2003 Cressy Results

2003 ISSA National High School Single-handed Championships
for the Cressy Trophy
Houston Yacht Club
October 25-27, 2003
Regatta Highlights

Despite a ninety percent chance of rain on Saturday and a sixty percent chance of rain on Sunday, the Houston Yacht Club in conjunction with the La Porte HS Sailing Team hosted the 2003 ISSA National High School Single-handed Championships for the Cressy Trophy.

The regatta was sailed in sixteen new Full Rig Lasers and Radial Rig Lasers supplied by Vanguard Sailboats. The thirty-two sailors from around the nation qualified through their districts to earn the right to sail in this national competition. Racing began on Saturday with 10-15 knots of breeze, cloudy skies, and drizzle. Fortunately the breeze held up and the rain diminished giving the race committee an opportunity to complete 10 races in each fleet on Saturday. Sunday began with light and shifty conditions for the first four races of the day, then shifted to the northwest at 8-12 knots for the final two races. The race committee set the short thirty minute course  adjacent to the north jetty area of the Houston Yacht which gave spectators and coaches an opportunity to have close viewing of the racing.

A special thanks goes to PRO John Kolius and Terry Flynn for working hard to complete sixteen races in each fleet. Their strong race committee crew included members of the La Porte HS Sailing Team: Roberta Steele, Chris Flynn, Mallory Fontenot, and Megan Mulhern along with Parrish Academy sailors: Ben Parrish and Luke Parrish. The Chief Judge for the event was Pat Healey of the Naval Academy and his team consisted of Jim Tichenor, Steve Gay, and Joanne Kolius. On behalf of the all the volunteers, Regatta Chair Joanne Kolius wants to congratulate the winners and thank all the competitors for exhibiting excellent sportsmanship the entire weekend.