PLHS sailors setting sail for another title
by Scott Hopkins
May 01, 2013 | 3999 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Crew members from the winning boat pose with the Gaucho Regatta trophy the Point Loma High team won last month in Santa Barbara. The team goes after the national championship next month in Chicago.                                                                                         Courtesy photo
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After again ruling the west, Point Loma High School’s renowned sailing team is heading east next month to again establish itself the best in the United States.

The Pointers will try to head home with the Mallory Cup national championship when they travel to Chicago for the May 11-12 event to be sailed on Lake Michigan.

Also earning the right to represent the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association (PCISA) region are Cathedral Catholic, Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor and Dos Pueblos High Schools — all from California.

The Pointers count five Mallory Cup victories in the series that dates to 1930. Point Loma’s first victory was in 1993, followed by titles in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2012.

In the PCISA’s final regatta of the season, the Pointers traveled north, facing extremely challenging conditions, yet winning once more.

This time, it was the Pointers’ junior varsity boat that sailed to victory in the Gold Division of the 2013 Gaucho Regatta held last month off Santa Barbara.

Aboard the winning Gaucho Regatta boat were juniors Will Ladow, Trevor Hecht, sophomore Jennifer Johnson and freshman Megan Landsdale. All were singled out by the race committee for “uncanny ability to play huge shifts and read what was coming next” as light winds shifted more than 30 degrees.

Conditions were so poor, including heavy fog, that only five races could be completed by the 30 Gold Fleet entries over two days.

The varsity Pointer boat also fared well, finishing sixth overall, 10 points behind third-place Newport Beach’s junior varsity craft.

The Pointers also won the PCISA Gold PCC event held April 20-21 at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.

Junior Scott Sinks captained the winning Pointer boat, with sophomore Rebecca McElvain or senior Greer Wattson as crew.
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