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Christchurch sailing team finishes 9th at nationals

The CCS sailors in St. Petersburg include, front from left, Bobby Lippincott and Josh Greenslade; back row, Katherine Johnson, Blake Burgess, Archer Ruffin, Jono Dill holding the Bermuda flag, Eric Siegel, and Matt Lawler.

The Christchurch School sailing team traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida, last weekend to compete in the annual National High School Doublehand Fleet Racing Championship—the Mallory Cup.

The Seahorse sailors earned their berth at the national championship by winning the entire Mid Atlantic Fleet Racing Championship earlier this season in Long Island, N.Y.

In Florida, the sailors competed against the best high school sailing talent from across the country and placed 9th.

It’s been a terrific year for the Seahorses, beginning with their fall victory in the prestigious Lawrence A. White Trophy Regatta at the U.S Coast Guard Academy, followed by a first place state finish in the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association. The CCS sailors went on to win the Mid Atlantic Fall Fleet Racing Championship in Annapolis, and then the spring championship in Long Island.

On May 23-24, the sailors will fly to California, where they have earned a spot in the National High School Team Racing Championship in Redwood City.

Christchurch headmaster John E. Byers said, “We are so proud of our sailing team. Our sailors have gone farther, faster than we ever could have imagined. They set high goals for themselves. With coaches David Livingston and Jill Petrone and the dedication of the team, Christchurch School has outpaced many prestigious sailing programs in achieving national prominence.”

The Christchurch Sailing team practices and hosts regattas at the school’s waterfront, which features a sailing pavilion, a 200-foot dock, and the school’s fleet of 20 Club 420s. 

posted 05.13.2009

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