This weekend of April 21 and 22 was a big one for the local high school sailing teams competing in the Gold and Silver Pacific Coast championships.
Newport Harbor High School qualified for the National Championship with a fifth place overall finish in the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Assn. (PCISA), narrowly beating out rival Corona del Mar after a close regatta at the Gold Pacific Coast Championship (PCC) in San Francisco.
In the Gold PCC Regatta at Treasure Island, Corona del Mar placed fifth and trophied, finishing just ahead of Newport Harbor, which placed 6th. But the course wasn't enough for CdM to go on to the national championship.
Because of Newport Harbor's third-place standing in the PCISA, the combined scores of all of the regattas of the year, plus the Gold PCC score, launched Newport Harbor above its rival CdM by one point.
On May 12 and 13 in Seattle, Newport Harbor will join three San Diego teams, Point Loma, Cathedral Catholic and Coronado, as well as the San Francisco team of Branson, to represent the Pacific Coast Region in the High School National Double Handed Sailing Championship — the Mallory Cup.