ISSA News

As referenced in ISSA’s Basic Guide for Safety Practices which is posted on the ISSA website under Safety Practices, High School Sailing recommends that all competitors to be safety conscious. It’s important that we follow safety practices during all sailing practices and regattas as injuries can happen. The basic guide provides information that will help all competitors and organizers continue with a positive safety environment for our sport.



The 2014 Golden Bear Regatta was sailed out of Treasure Island Sailing Center for the third year this past weekend. The 64 new sets of PCISA sails arrived in California just in time and the sailors had the privilege of hoisting brand new sails right out of the plastic bags on Saturday morning. With the new sails the PCISA allowed 64 teams to participate even though the regular regatta cap is 60. The Bay Area Youth Sailing Board worked hard to install all the floating docks for launching and rotations, since TISC keeps them in the parking lot during the winter.



After attending the US Sailing’s leadership conference last week in San Diego with 650+ attendees, I came away with a lot of ideas so we can improve junior sailing from the high school sailing point of view. I believe we fit in a box that is simple and structured. We are not trying to change any aspect of youth sailing other than creating a team sport that becomes important for high school students. The message from the conference was to learn as much as you can but come away with 5 key items that can use in your organization



Gill NA has a great scholastic program to get ISSA sailors in the right gear for the season



Zander Kirkland was a top high school sailor at Tabor Academy from 1998-2002. Following high school, he sailed at Tufts University (Medford, MA). Following Tufts, Zander was hired as the head coach of Newport Harbor High School’s 2009 National Championship Team. Zander left NHHS in 2010 to pursue his Olympic sailing dream with his brother Jesse (another Tabor sailing team graduate), and together they would represent Bermuda in the 49er Class in the 2012 London Olympics.



November 26th, 2013 ISSA President Tim Hogan ISSA recently concluded their Annual Meeting for High School Sailing. This is the 83rd year in existence and our program is in great shape. Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) has added 100 high school sailing teams in the last 5 years. We are now up to 465 schools and have approximately 5,000 sailors participating. This growth is fantastic but we have a number of challenges that arise with this expansion.



Congratulations to Riverview High School of Sarasota, Florida for winning the 2013 Great Oaks Regatta. The Riverview team of Sam Armington and Aaron Burnett also won the Larry and Babs White Trophy as the top first-time team.



The 2013 Atlantic Coast Championship [ACCs] were hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club and Severn Sailing Association using both of their fleets of 420s. 18 schools representing teams from MASSA, MISSA, NESSA and SAISA competed in the two day event.



Matthew Long (Dos Pueblos HS, PCISA) had a strong day to win the Laser Fleet and Gary Prieto (Southold HS, MASSA) had all top six finishes on Sunday to take the Radial Fleet.



It was unseasonably warm in Newport today, but that lead to very light and shifty breezes. The race management team did a good job of finding suitable wind over the course of the day and were able to run 4 races in each fleet.



Ideal seasonal conditions greeted competitors on the Thames River at the Coast Guard Academy in New London Connecticut.



Maine, Vermont high school sailors compete under bright skies on Rockland Harbor Thirteen high school sailing teams from Maine and Vermont joined Rockland Community Sailing Program sailors Sept. 29 to compete in a beautiful regatta on Rockland Harbor.



The allocations for the 2012-2013 ISSA Championship Regattas is now available.



The 2013 ISSA Annual Report is now available online.



SAISA's Ransom Everglades travels to England to compete in the 2013 School’s Week at the Itchenor Sailing Club and the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Finals at the West Kirby Sailing Club



Point Loma High School wins the 2013 Baker Team Race Championship followed by Antilles in second and Broadneck High School in third.



Congratulations to SAISA's Tampa Jesuit for winning the 2013 National Invitational Tournament Team Race



Antilles School takes the 2013 ISSA Mallory Championship with Cape Cod Academy and Hotchkiss School in second and third.



Cold weather and high winds make for an interesting day 2 of the 2013 Mallory Championship



Saturday report from the Mallory action at the Chicago Yacht Club



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