ISSA News

Welcome to the 2014 - 2015 ISSA year! Most of us have had a summer break from High School Sailing, but through the efforts of One Design Management, we have accomplished a number of administrative items over the summer.


The Charles River served up two days of light to moderate easterly winds for the 6th annual National Invitational Tournament for the Founders Trophy. 81 races were completed among 10 teams representing 4 ISSA districts. Congratulations to our winners from Lake Forest High School.


Congratulations to Point Loma High School for winning the 2014 Baker Team Race Championship in a closely fought battle with Annapolis High School. Congratulations to all 18 schools for a great event and especially to SEISA and Joanne Willits and her crew for organizing a special event.


High School Sailing (Interscholastic Sailing Association – ISSA) holds the final Championship of the sailing season with the Baker Team Race Championship, in Seabrook, TX sailed out of Lakewood Yacht Club this coming weekend, May 24-25. If the Mallory Championship was any indicator, the Baker will be equally as exciting.


The High School Doublehanded Championship brought together 20 schools from across the USA to compete in San Diego Bay on May 10-11. With the venue just off the B Street Pier, and team compounds perched on the edge over the course, it proved to be an epic venue for both sailors and spectators. The 11-race regatta, sailed in Club Flying Juniors, ended in dramatic fashion. It could not have been any closer. Sharing the details and emotions of the moment is Steve Hunt, coach of the winning Point Loma High School team…


Besides honoring the most important women in the world, SDYC observed another Mother’s Day tradition in May by hosting the High School Doublehanded National Championship. The top twenty teams from around the country assembled to vie for ISSA’s coveted Mallory Trophy, setting the stage for a dramatic weekend. Utilizing SDYC’s regionally unrivaled fleet of 24 CFJ dinghies and the ultra-spectator-friendly Cityfront venue; sailors, coaches, and fans were treated to breezy conditions and a nail-biter finish! Congratulation to the Point Loma High School Pointers, who rallied on Sunday to win by one point, capturing their sixth National title!


High School Sailing (Interscholastic Sailing Association – ISSA) kicks off the Championship sailing season with the Mallory Championship, in San Diego, CA this coming weekend, May 10-11. The Mallory Trophy, dedicated in 1930, will determine the best of fleet racing among the 7 Districts represented by 20 schools across the USA. The best High School sailors will descend upon San Diego Yacht Club with the racing to be held off the city front with spectacular viewing from the Embarcadero.


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.


Congratulations to Point Loma High School


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.


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