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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

This was the last regatta of five-regatta series for the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Assn. before its Gold Pacific Coast Championship in Long Beach on April 9-10, which will decide which teams go on to the Double Handed Championship High School Nationals in Austin, Texas, May 6-8 .

Currently, Newport Harbor is in third place in the standings out of 56 teams from California, Arizona and Hawaii. CdM is in fifth place — making an impressive feat for one harbor to produce two sailing powerhouses.

Five teams will be selected to represent the Pacific Coast Division at nationals.

In 2009, Newport Harbor got first in the nation, and CdM got third at the nationals in Florida.

In 2010, Newport Harbor got third in the nation at the nationals in Greenwich, Conn.

Congratulations to both teams and good luck in the PC Championships!

Also, there are team racing championships that both teams are preparing for. The team racing consists of three boats from one team match racing against three boats from another team. Each team competes against every team at least twice. They combine the scores to see which teams will win to go on and compete for the national championship, called the Baker Regatta.

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The Baker Elimination Regatta, which will have teams coming from all over the Pacific Coast and Hawaii, will be here in Newport Harbor at the Lido Isle Yacht Club on Easter weekend, April 23 and 24. The top five teams will go on to compete at the Baker Regatta in Norfolk, Va., May 20-22.

In 2009, Newport Harbor got first in the nation, and CDM got 6th at the Baker in Redwood City, Calif..

In 2010, Newport Harbor got fourth in the nation, and CDM got 5th at the Baker in Seattle.

Good luck in the Baker eliminations!

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