2009 Cressy Results

ISSA High School Single Handed Championship
for the 2010 Cressy Trophy
Corpus Christi Yacht Club & SEISA
October 30 - November 01, 2009

36 of the top high school Laser and Laser Radial sailors in the country, each representing one of 7 districts, met in Corpus Christi, Texas to compete for the ISSA 2009 Singlehanded Championship. Host district for the regatta was the South Eastern Interscholastic Sailing Association (SEISA) and Corpus Christi Yacht Club was the regatta venue. Eighteen races were completed in two days on Corpus Christi Bay in a variety of conditions. Principal Race Officer, Mark Foster, and Regatta Chairman, Sandi Carl, did a fantastic job of getting all the races completed and keeping all the competitors happy. Practice races were held on Friday in an uncharacteristically light breeze (5- 7 kts). Saturday, the first day of racing, provided no increase in wind velocity in the morning. The breeze was 5 – 7 kts. most of the day out of the northwest and shifting to the north after lunch. Sailors began racing at 9:30 and were back at the dock by about 5:00. Ten races were completed in the Radial class and 11 in the Laser class. One request for redress was granted and one protest was filed resulting in a DSQ. At the end of the first day of racing, Max Nickbarg (Antilles School, SAISA) was winning the Full Rig Division and Christopher Stocke (Sarasota HS, SAISA) was on top of the Radial fleet.

On Sunday, a northerly breeze greeted the sailors which built steadily from 7 kts. to 12 kts. by the end of racing with a shift to the east for the final 3 races. In the Laser class, Max Nickbarg (Antilles School, SAISA) finished first with 85 points and 11 top 5 finishes out of 18 races. Second was Trey Hartman (Bellaire High School, SEISA) with 131 points and 6 top 5 finishes. Third place went to Matthew Gowell (East Greenwich HS, NESSA). Consistency was the key for Radial Fleet winner, Nevin Snow (Cathedral Catholic, PCISA). Thirteen of his 18 finishes were in the top five. Close behind were Christopher Stocke (Sarasota HS, SAISA) in second with 101 points and Max Lopez (Middletown HS South, MASSA) in third.

Thank you to Laser Performance for supplying the boats for this event and to Corpus Christi Yacht Club for their hospitality and excellent race management.

 


Photos by Tom Monkus