PLHS sailing team battles to fourth-place finish in Mallory Cup under challenging conditions
by Scott Hopkins
May 15, 2013 | 1983 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Greatly varying wind, temperature and water conditions plagued the Mallory Cup sailing event May 11-12, and in the end, Point Loma High’s highly touted team wasn’t able to adjust as well as they would have liked.

The Pointer sailors finished fourth overall with 190 points in the High School Double-handed National Championships event held on Lake Michigan and hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club under the auspices of the Interscholastic Sailing Association. 

Twenty teams participated.

Capturing the cup this year was Antilles School from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Second place went to Cape Cod Academy from Osterville, Mass., and finishing third was Hotchkiss School from Lakeville, Conn.

The Pointer “A Division” boat was skippered by junior Scott Sinks with crew of senior Greer Watson, freshman Steven Lueck and sophomore Rebecca McElvain. They finished in third place with 99 points over 12 races.

In “Division B,” junior Will LaDow skippered the Pointer boat with crew members sophomore Jennifer Johnson, junior Trevor Hecht and senior AJ Reiter. They sailed to a fourth-place finish with 91 points.

First day racing was marked by wind gusts up to 28 knots and directional shifts of 180 degrees, with wind-chill temperatures in the 40s.

On the final day, wind chill dropped into the 30s as breezes began at

15 knots, later changing direction and dropping to 6-10 knots.

2013 MALLORY CUP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Antilles School: 43 + 108 = 151 points

2. Cape Cod Academy: 113 + 42 = 155 points

3. Hotchkiss School: 118 + 54 = 172 points

4. Point Loma:  99 + 91 = 190 points

Next up for the team: the ISSA Team Racing Championship for the 2013 Baker Trophy, to be sailed May 25-26 and hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Fla.
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