|Andrew Lewis of the Assets
School in Hawaii found Galveston Bay to his liking ,
winning the 1999 ISSA National High School Singlehanded
Sailing Championship(Cressy Trophy) 26 points up on
second place Bryan Lake(U San Diego HS/CA), taking six
firsts in eleven races, no throwouts. It was a first for
any Hawaiian school, and a first for Texas. In the
68-year history of ISSA, this was the first national
championship sailed in Texas. In a fleet of new Laser
radials furnished by Vanguard Sailboats of Portsmouth,
RI, 30 sailors selected nationwide in district
elimination series raced a tough two-day regatta in fresh
southerlies, second-day winds reaching gusts to 30 knots
when the series was called at eleven races. Lewis won the
last two races.
Tony Smythe organized a perfect regatta for the young sailors, and John Mauldin ran 11 spectacular races, windward-leewards and triangles. Host Southeast Interscholastic Sailing Association venue Texas Corinthian YC was a particularly fine choice. The club rebuilt following a severe tropical storm just weeks before the championship to meet its pledge to host this national regatta. Chief Judge Hank Arnold and regatta volunteers had high praise for the sailors, whose appreciation for their Texas welcome was reflected in their conduct ashore and afloat in spirited and keen competition. Lots of smiles and laughter here, good fun among friends.
The Cressy Trophy honors an avid sailor and Naval Officer, Morton Starr Cressy, Jr., a 1927 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, whose family and friends created this memorial.
The next 1999 ISSA National High School Championships are the Mallory(Doublehanded, two-division) at Grosse PointeYC(MI) May 8-9, 1999 and the Baker(Team Racing, 3 on 3) at St. Petersburg YC(FL) May 22-23, 1999. The 2000 ISSA Singlehandeds(Cressy) will be in Newport RI in the Fall of 1999, specific dates TBA.