2013 Mallory Results

Saturday:

The sailors showed up to Belmont Harbor on Saturday morning greeted by sun and flat water, a calm SW wind blowing over Lake Michigan.  A Division hit the water around 9am for a first warning gun at 945. The morning brought some shifty breeze as the front arrived, shifting between SW and NW with big oscillations keeping both the sailors and the Race Committee on their toes.  As the breeze built, it continued to shift right, and the RC had to raise a few postponements to make sure that the course was fair and square.  Around noon, the breeze built dramatically, topping out with at a solid 22 knots, a few gusts reaching 28kts on the race course.  By 230pm, it had settled in the upper teens, gusts in mid-20s from the NNW, and continuing to shift N. A few boats flipped and swamped, but for the most part the fleet was handling the big wind just fine, and so the RC continued on!  During some of the biggest breeze mid-afternoon, Minnetonka’s (Minnetonka, MN) B-division boat’s pintles both broke off mid-race, and so the spare boat was switched into the rotation. As the clouds rolled in and the wind went further right, temperatures dropped and the sailors’ endurance was put to the test. By the end of race 8A, the breeze had died down to around 6kts, and by the time B went out to sail races 7 and 8, the wind had shut off.

So just about every condition was seen today! Winds shifted all the way from SSW to NNE throughout the day, gradually shifting through 180 degrees.  The was fleet able to sail just off of the sea wall at the mouth of Belmont Harbor, and despite the unseasonably chilly temperatures (wind chill in the low 40s), the spectators were able to watch some great racing from shore. Racing was called at 545pm. Three protests, two redresses and one scoring inquiry were filed resulting in one DSQ and one granted redress.  The Antilles School of St. Thomas, USVI sits atop the fleet with 62 points, followed by Cape Cod Academy with 88, and Severn School with 110.

Sunday:

A much colder and windier day on Sunday!  Wind chills were in the mid-30s at the 8am call time as the sailors arrived.  The breeze had piped up from the NW and the lake waves were already starting to build.  By the time the first warning went off for race 7B, the temperatures had improved a bit and the breeze was a solid 15+ knots from the NNW.  As the day progressed, however, the conditions got much more fluky as the wind shifted towards the east, huge oscillations and pressure changes in each race really mixing the fleet up and keeping all of the sailors on their toes.  Antilles and Cape Cod Academy were neck in neck for much of the day, jockeying back and forth in first and second.  Hotchkiss was able to creep up and have a solid hold on 3rd place by midday, followed by Point Loma and Severn falling behind.  With such unpredictable conditions, however, one good or one bad set by any team could really mix up the standings, so teams were fighting hard for their spot until the very end. By the end of the day, the breeze had swung all the way to the east and had settled in between 6-10 knots. The Race Committee remained alert, swinging the course around and keeping it as square as possible.  They were able to get off three sets in B and two in A for a regatta total of twelve races in each set.  Two protests were filed, resulting in one DSQ.

The range of conditions proved to be a true test for all of the sailors at the championship, but ultimately the title of the 2013 ISSA High School Doublehanded National Champions goes to The Antilles School of the USVI, winning by just four points over Cape Cod Academy from Osterville, MA.  The Hotchkiss School from Lakeville, CT finished the event in 3rd place.  Antilles senior Ian Barrows with crews Agustina Barbuto and Ian Coyle dominated A-Division, finishing with just 43 points over the next team with 87. Chase Quinn and crews Tatiana Chui and Elizabeth Pemberton from Cape Cod Academy won B-Division. Congratulations to all of the sailors for a wonderful national championship event!

Thanks to all of the volunteers on the water who helped with Race Committee, mark set, judging, safety and rotation boats, breakdowns and media, and for helping to make the 2013 Mallory Championship such a successful event!


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