2000 Cressy Results

Cressy 2000
National Singlehanded Championships


Peter Must of Lakewood High School (Lakewood, NJ)and Spencer Weber of Southern Regional High School(Manahawkin, NJ) each won his division in the 2000 ISSA National High School Singlehanded Championship for the Cressy Trophy in a two-day regatta sailed October 30-31 in Newport, RI.

The 32-school fleet was divided into two divisions, one in full-rig Lasers and the other in Radial-rig Lasers, the latter having less sail area to appeal to lighterweight sailors. The dual fleet is a new
departure for the championship which since 1986 has been sailed in a single division. The two winners share the championship and both names will be engraved on the trophy. Both Weber, who sailed in the full-rig fleet, and Must faced a wide range of conditions, from light to moderate winds the first day to hard gusts over 25 knots the second. Both, however, maintained remarkable consistency. Weber had five firsts in the 15-race series and Must had four as each increased his lead in the wind and sloppy seas the second day.

Runner-up to Weber was Andrew Lewis of The Assets School, Hawaii. Lewis was the 1999 Interscholastic Singlehanded Champion and reveled in the challenging conditions the second day but could not overcome his results in the light and shifty conditions of the first day. By contrast, Andrew Campbell of The Bishop's School(LaJolla, CA) excelled in those conditions and led the fleet at mid-point. The second day Campbell fell out of the lead into a tie with Lewis that was broken in favor of Lewis, who had more first places.

In the Laser Radial fleet, Anthony Hudson of Archbishop Rummel High School(Metarie, LA) used the heavy winds to climb from the middle of the fleet after the first day to second place in the final standings. Hudson actually had more first places, five, than than the winner Must but did not share Must's consistency. Similarly Stuart McNay of Roxbury Latin School (Boston, MA) went from first place in his division after the first day of racing to third when he was less successful mastering the heavier winds.

The championship was sailed in 32 new Lasers supplied by Vanguard Sailboats, partner in the ISSA growth and development project, out of the Sail Newport Sailing Center. Event Chair was Roger Rawlings and Principal Race Officer was Rob Hurd. Both are active coaches and officers of the New England Schools Sailing Association(NESSA) which was host for the national event. NESSA is one of seven districts in the Interscholastic Sailing Association(ISSA).
ISSA is a national organization of 275 schools that also sponsors the Interscholastic Fleet Racing Championship for the Mallory Trophy to be sailed May 13-14, 2000, at Long Beach, CA, and the Interscholastic Team Racing Championship for the Baker Trophy May 20-21 at Norfolk, VA.

For further details or information about ISSA contact Larry White at 860-739-3253, or e-mail:

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