ISSA Team Race Championship (Baker Trophy)


Saturday, May 27:

Twelve teams of top sailors from districts nationwide arrived to beautiful blue skies and moderately warm temperatures on the Elizabeth River at Old Dominion University. The wind was not so favorable, starting the morning Northwesterly, and oscillating back and forth through every compass point except due east. Velocity was equally temperamental ranging seemingly randomly up and down from 0 to 10 mph with gusts to 15 mph. Sailors waited out multiple delays while the committee adjusted the course and waiting for the wind to full in. Twice they were sent ashore for lengthier postponements. Despite the difficult conditions, the committee ran 27 races on a digital N course. Sailors finished racing at 6:30PM, with the threat of lightning looming on the horizon, before retiring to shore for a pig pickin.

Sunday, May 28:

For the second day of racing, teams converged on Old Dominion University to be met with another day of erratic oscillations again covering every compass point except due east. Wind velocity varied unpredictably up and down from 0-15 mph with higher gusts reaching into the lower 20 mph. range. Seas started flat and moved through bumpy to a bit of a chop by the end of racing.

Teams reported at 8:00, and launched at 8:30 only to find themselves in postponement waiting for the breeze to fill in. Shortly after sailing commenced, amidst a concert of constant postponements, course shifts, and outright relocations, the committee chose to go to Baker format "Plan C, Option 1". The remaining 3 races of the first 30 races of the initial round robin were completed constituting complete rounds for each of the two embedded divisions. The teams were seeded into Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Gold Round 1, four out of six races of Gold Round 2, three out of six of the Silver Round, and four out of six races of the Bronze Round were completed before races were abandoned shortly before 2:00 due to an approaching thunderstorm. Because Gold Round 2, Silver Round and Bronze Round were not completed, they were discarded, with only two bronze races retained as a tiebreaker sail-offs. Ranking was determined using the Gold Round finishes for the first four places, and results of the first 30 races for places 4-12 per the SI's, Format Options, and rules.

Final ranking resulted in Antilles High School taking the first Place in the national team race championship! Second place was earned by Point Loma High School and third place went to Milton Academy! Placing teams were rewarded with swag from Patagonia in addition to medals and plaques.

We extend out thanks to the volunteers that not only made this event possible, but worked tirelessly with challenging conditions to complete as many races as possible. Special thanks to Gary Bodie for serving as PRO, Rob Overton for serving as CHUMP, and to Randy Stokes for serving as the regatta chairperson.

Final Results

1AntillesAntilles SchoolHurricanes7/1Sam Morrell '17Caroline Teare '17
Teddy Nicolosi '19Ryan Hunter '17
Christopher Sharpless '19Robert Hunter '18
2Point LomaPoint Loma High SchoolPointers7/1Jack Reiter '18Remy Reynolds '17
Jack Egan '20Kenny Moats '17
Diego Escobar '20Emma Batcher '18
3Milton AcademyMilton AcademyMustangs5/3Luke Monnich '21Julia O'Connor '20
Henry Burnes '17Hunter Zonnenberg '20
Charles Hibben '18Jamie Fox '21
Isabelle Alex '21
4Newport HarborNewport Harbor High SchoolSailors5/3Joseph Hou '18Emily Overstreet '17
Andrew Person '17Katie McAllister '17
Scott Mais '20Grace Vandervort '17
Wills Cook '20Marley Mais '17
5MamaroneckMamaroneck High SchoolTigers3/2Carmen Cowles '19Molly Banks '18
Emma Cowles '19Julia Henderson '18
Emma Kaneti '18Lizzy Kaplan '19
5St. George'sSt. George's SchoolDragons3/2Matt Logue '18Ben White '18
Truckie Greenhouse '17Ellie Williams '18
Gray Benson '18Victoria Boatwright '17
7ChristchurchChristchurch SchoolSeahorses2/3Benton Amthor '19Thomas Walker '17
Boyd Bragg '19Sally Johnson '18
Austin Freda '17Eric DeMaro '18
7Ransom EvergladesRansom Everglades SchoolRaiders2/3Shawn Harvey '17Delilah Lubarsky '17
Tucker Weed '18Maddie Sharp '18
Celine de Araujo '18Alex Sidi '17
9St. Ignatius (IL)Saint Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, ILWolfpack1/4Bridget Groble '17Cristina Dombrowski '19
Ray Groble '17Aisling Sullivan '18
Logan O'Connor '17Nicholas Alfano '18
10OrcasOrcas High SchoolVikings1/4Axel Greening '17Millie Kau '19
Maggie Toombs '18Sandy Rost '17
Michael Chesher '17Ronan Kau '19
Dominick Wareham '19Matia Schwartz '17
11Clear FallsClear Falls High SchoolKnights0/5Dutch Byerly '20Matthew Morrell '20
Julia Sheaffer '18Drake Tierney '18
Alexander Hankins '18Julia Sheaffer '18
Asher Zittrer '19Alexander Hankins '18
Philip Adams '18
12Grosse Pointe SouthGrosse Pointe South High SchoolBlue Devils0/5Blake Stackpoole '18Lucas Bellamy '20
John Walton '18Kaitlin Malley '17
Caroline Seski '17Christiana Scheibner '19
Taft Peck '18
Jacob Orhan '17