"Out of seven different districts across the country, the top 20 teams qualified for the event, earning their right to fight to become the National Champion," said LYC Coach Bernat Bali.
Throughout two days of beautiful sailing conditions, teams had two sailors racing in each Fleet, Divisions A, and B, and their scores were combined to make the competition as global possible.
After 17 races per division (34 races in total) and a great job by the local Race Committee, led by LYC member Dwight Bengtson, Point Loma, out of San Diego, claimed the overall win for the second year in a row. Christchurch High School, from Virginia, finished second, followed by Parker High School in third, also out of San Diego.
The South East District of Interscholastic Sailing Association (SEISA) was represented by Clear Falls High School, where all the sailors are part of the Lakewood Sailing Program.
"Zane Rogers, Dutch Byerly, Tyler Kemberling, Philip Adams, Katie McGagh, Noah Zittrer, Asher Zittrer and Matthew Morrell were the sailors representing Texas," added Bali.
Although they felt the local team pressure, they sailed a very consistent regatta finishing 6th overall."
The Clear Falls Team doesn't get a break in action anytime soon, as they prepare for a trip to San Diego to participate in the second part of the Nationals, the Baker Cup, where the best high school sailing team will be crowned National Champion.