Killian's win impressive


CdM skipper edges elite competition to win 2013 Lido 14 National Class Championships.

August 22, 2013|By Steve Virgen

When Christophe Killian competed in the 2013 Lido 14 National Class Championships last week, he went up against his father, Chris, and 13-year-old brother, Porter, in the gold fleet.

Killian said it was a bit of a different experience to compete against family. Away from the regatta, they remain family. But on the water, it's a different story.

"There's no face to who you're sailing against," Killian said. "It's just another boat."

Killian, 16, a skipper who will be a senior at Corona del Mar High, treated everyone the same at the regatta and aimed for the top spot. Killian, along with Greg Dair, came out on top after wining the Lido 14s Aug. 15.


Killian admitted he had come a long way since competing in his first Lido nationals five years ago.

"It was a pretty happy moment," said Killian, who ranked the victory among his top accomplishments. "I had been sailing the boat for five years. When I first started I did my first nationals and I thought I was never going to win it. And then I win it as the youngest person ever and it was, 'Did that just happen?' To be honest, it was a little bit of a surprise."

It was also impressive. He went to his home club, Balboa Yacht Club, on Wednesday and received several congratulations from friends and other members. It was praise well-deserved.

Killian raced against elite competition. Killian and Dair in Big Red 1 won two of the five races in the gold fleet of 13 boats. Their lowest finish was seventh and they took a second and a third to score 14 points.

Stephen Klotz was second at 16 points, and Stuart Robertson was third at 17 points.

Killian's father and brother finished 12th.

Robertson is a six-time champion of the Lido Nationals. Klotz has won three International Flying Junior World Championships, Killian said.

Having Dair as crew certainly helped, Killian said, even though it was their first time competing together. Killian had sailed with the Dair family and has competed with Dair's younger brother, Frankie.

Even though Killian had Dair with him, the victory proved challenging.

"Some of those guys, they didn't make it easy," Killian said. "It turned out to be a one-on-one fight to try to beat the other person."

Killian has been sailing since he was 6. He put this accomplishment next to the feat he completed earlier this year.

He won the Pacific Coast Championships in a club flying junior with Clare Dahl for CdM at Cabrillo Beach.

Daily Pilot Articles Daily Pilot Articles