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CCS sailors finish 3rd among 20 teams at Mallory National Championship Regatta 

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Seahorses pictured above with their 3rd Place Medals at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, include, from left, Mariana Guzman (Mexico City, Mexico), Benton Amthor (Yorktown), Galt Oliver (Virginia Beach), Nathan Smith (Yorktown), Jefferson Elkin (Urbanna), Boyd Bragg (Irvington), and Sally Johnson (Richmond).

The Christchurch School sailors traveled to Seabrook, Texas, last weekend to compete in the ISSA High School Double-handed Fleet Race National Championship Regat-ta for the Mallory Trophy at Lakewood Yacht Club. 

Three teams from the MidAtlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA) qualified for the event—Christchurch, Mamaroneck School (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and The Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J). 

The regatta had 34 total races, with 137 sailors from across the country. The Interscholastic Sailing Association reports the race conditions as follows: Saturday began with a variable wind between 8 to 12 knots which gradually shifted approximately 40 degrees to the east through the morning and early afternoon with several course resets. The wind settled into a SE 10-14 knot velocity for the rest of the day. The day was sunny and warm with a high of 87 degrees! Sunday, the day started sunny with about an 8 knot breeze, but shifted several times within an 80-degree direction resulting in a 30-minute postponement. The wind settled at an ESE 8-12 knots and racing commenced. It gradually shifted to an ESE breeze between 8-12 with 14 total races being run, ending just after 2:30 p.m. for A fleet and around 3:10 p.m. for B Fleet.

Christchurch finished the regatta in third place, Mamaroneck in fourth and Ranney in seventh. Point Loma High School of San Diego finished in first place, winning the coveted Mallory Cup, school sailing’s oldest trophy. Parker Francis School of San Diego finished in second place, ahead of Christchurch by 3 points. Other schools competing in the 20-school flight were Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, Cal.), Clear Falls (League City, Texas), Antilles (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands), South Fork (Stuart, Fla.), Saint Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Hotchkiss (Salisbury, Conn.), Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Cal.), Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.), Rocky River (Rocky River, Ohio), Minnetonka (Minnetonka, Minn.), Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.), Olympia (Olympia, Wash.), Orcas Island (Eastsound, Wash.), Barrington (Barrington, R.I.), and New Trier (Chicago, Ill.) 

Next, the Seahorses head to the Baker Team Race National Championship Regatta in San Diego, Cal., the weekend of May 25-27. The team is coached by head coach Kieran O’Connell and coach Claire Rae ’16.

posted 05.16.2018

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