Elite PLHS sailing team claims another national championship
by Scott Hopkins
May 30, 2012 | 3589 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The news finally came via text message: “We won, baby! PL has won two national championships!”

Point Loma High School senior Kyle Sutter, still awaiting his luggage Monday night at Lindbergh Field, sent word of a down-to-the-wire performance by Pointer sailors over the weekend in the national team championships to win the Toby Baker Trophy for the fifth time.

Sailing on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass., Sutter reported the trophy was in doubt until the final race, one that saw a Pointer boat defeat Tabor Academy, a private prep sailing powerhouse from nearby Marion, Mass.

The dramatic victory secured the cup for the Pointers, leaving 2011 champion Tabor as the runner-up.

The Pointers, under head coach Steve Hunt, sent nine students to the event, with the capability of being configured as captain/crew for either light or heavy winds. Event officials reported 8-10 knot winds prevailed during the event.

First awarded in 1989, the Pointers previously won the Baker Trophy in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. 

Earlier this year, the Pointers won the Mallory Cup in Seattle as best prep sailing fleet in the U.S. Begun in 1930, the cup went to the Pointers in 1993, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Captains for the Pointer boats were Jake Reynolds, Olin Paine and Scott Sinks.

For Reynolds, who is headed to the College of Charleston, and Paine, who will be attending Fordham University, the event marks the end of highly successful prep sailing careers.

Other seniors besides Sutter are Matt Hecht and Grant Rickon. All are headed to college on sailing scholarships.  

“Our team has a lot of depth. We’re good all over,” said Sutter. “And I think [the returning Pointers next season] will do just fine in coming years.”
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