1999 Baker Results

The 1999 Baker Trophy
The National High School Team Racing Championships

Just before memorial Day and two weeks after the Mallory in Michigan, 12 teams from all seven districts met at Eckerd College in St.Petersburg ,FL, for the ISSA National High School Team Racing Championship(Baker Trophy), sailing in 24 Club 420s supplied by St.Petersburg YC(12) and by Vanguard Sailboats of Bristol RI(12), Partner in ISSA's Growth and Development Project. Last year in Coronado this regatta's headquarters was in a tent in what we now see as a pattern. It was this year as well. Regatta Chair Jim Casesa made superb arrangements to expedite racing without neglecting the sailors needs by using a tent near the boat exchange site with full view of the two race courses.Racing conditions for the most part were ideal for team racing, moderate winds and smooth water, with a few races on each extreme,- flat and listless and pre-thundersquall. Racing was delayed on Saturday while some local violent squalls blew through. Florida has this neat bi-coastal sea breeze conflict which breeds some quite interesting afternoon diversions.

A 66-race round robin determined the seeding for the final four double-round championship play-off and the 8-team consolation series. A sail-off between two Florida teams, St. Petersburg and Lakewood High Schools, determined fourth place with Lakewood moving up.

The consolation series came within minutes of concluding, with one race to go between St. George's and Redwood HS for fifth place, when time ran out and teams reverted to their first round-robin scores: (5) St. Petersburg HS(FL), (6) Belmont Hill(MA), (7) Redwood HS(CA), (8) Southern Regional HS(NJ), (9) St. George's(RI), (10) Marin Catholic(CA), (11) Grosse Pointe S HS(MI), (12) Bainbridge HS(WA).

The final four raced a 12-race double round and carried their first round scores forward. Going in Newport Harbor and Tabor were each 10-1, Jesuit 9-2 and Lakewood 7-4. When the spray settled, Newport Harbor HS repeated last year's performance by winning the 1999 Baker Trophy competition with a final tally of 15 victories with second-place Tabor one point back. Jesuit racked up 10 wins and 4th-place Lakewood 9. The top two teams will race in England in July in the International High School

Team Racing Championship organized by the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association (BSDRA), this year also the RYA Youth Team Championship and a demonstration event for ISAF. Judges this Spring included Navy Coach Pat Healy,Barbara Farquhar, Tom Farquhar, Ann Newton, J.C. Moore, Ted Everingham(Chief at the Mallory) and Don Becker(Chief at the Baker). Don and Pat served at both Spring Nationals.

ISSA is grateful for the all-volunteer effort which makes school sailing available to so many, in rapidly-growing numbers.——-Larry White

Final Standings
(1) Newport Harbor HS (CA)   
(2) Tabor Academy (MA) 
(3) Jesuit HS (LA) 
(4) Lakewood HS (FL) 
(5) St. Petersburg HS (FL) 
(6) Belmont Hill (MA) 
(7) Redwood HS(CA) 
(8) Southern Regional HS(NJ) 
(9) St. George's(RI) 
(10) Marin Catholic(CA 
(11) Grosse Pointe S HS(MI) 
(12) Bainbridge HS(WA)

Click on the thumbnails below to view the images.

--Top Three Teams -- -- --Jesuit H.S. --Newport Harbor H.S. --Tabor Academy

All photos from Thornton (Vanguard Racing Sailboats)