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One harbor, two top-notch sailing powerhouses

Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools producing quality sailing teams in national regattas.

March 29, 2011|By Mary Cappellini, Special to the Daily Pilot
  • Teams sail in the Pacific Coastal Interscholastic Sailing Assn.’s High School Regatta in Santa Barbara.
Teams sail in the Pacific Coastal Interscholastic Sailing… (Courtesy Mary Cappallenini )

Editor's note: The writer of this piece is a parent of sailing team members.

Finishing just a point behind the winner, the Newport Harbor High School Sailing Team placed 2nd in the Gold Fleet division in Pacific Coastal Interscholastic Sailing Assn.'s High School Regatta in Santa Barbara during the weekend of March 19-20.

The Corona del Mar High School Sailing Team placed third out of 28 teams from all over California. It is called the Gaucho Regatta, because the sailing team at UC Santa Barbara sponsors it.

The teams competed on March 19, sailing in the open ocean in 10 to 14 knots of wind, with light rain coming down all day. The racing was canceled on Sunday, as a major storm bore down on Santa Barbara, with small-craft warnings and 25 to 30 knots of wind and 10- to 12-foot waves breaking in the harbor.

On Saturday, viewing of the races was best off the Santa Barbara Pier in the middle of the main beach. The teams would return to shore, beach their boats and then switch sailors, because all of the teams rotated in the boats and sailed different boats throughout the regatta.

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Each team was made up of two CFJ boats, with a skipper and a crew. The combined scores of the team (the two boats) after the day of racing decided the winner of the regatta.

Newport Harbor had three teams competing in the Gold Fleet division.

The first team, which placed second overall, consisted of Kieran Chung, Erin Kincaid, Ryan Davidson and Francesca Cappellini.

The second team placed seventh overall and the sailors were Daniel Segerblom, Shelley Grice, Grant Wensley, Cooper Scott and Jackie Cappellini.

The third team that also competed consisted of Andrew Mathers, Bianca Barnes, Chase Wells and Sally Fuller. Other sailors that were part of the team were Keenan Chung, Aiden Dobkins, Erik Higbie and Greer Wattson.

Corona del Mar had three teams competing in the Gold Fleet division as well.

The first team, which placed third overall, consisted of Tyler MacDonald, Brooke Donahue, Michael Dahl, Hannah Callas and Chloe Dapp.

The second team placed 13th overall and the sailors were Connor Kelter, Hannah Hummelberg, Michael Madigan and Caitlyn Johnson.

The third team that also competed in the regatta consisted of Jimmy Madigan, Katie Donahue, Claire Dahl and Austen Boyce.

Other sailors that were part of the team were Konner Boivin, Meredith Kline, Brett Potter and Brooke Stinson.

CdM also had a Silver team, which consisted of Alexandra Ivory, Jack Thompson, Mackenzi Perkins and Sera Alptekin.

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