DP Sailors to Nationals in Chicago
May 10, 2013
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By Kyra Oakes | Staff Writer
May 10, 2013
For most, sailing is typically associated as a leisurely recreational activity, but for the members of the Dos Pueblos High School Sailing Team, they compete consistently and did exceedingly well in the High School Gold PCC’s at the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club April 20th until April 21st.
Stephen Long, a senior on the team, believes sailing is not just a competitive sport for him, which he plans to continue in college, but it has also taught him leadership and responsibility.
Out of 22 competitors, Dos Pueblos placed 5th, scoring 167 points, only 37 points behind the victors, Point Loma. These results enabled them to advance to Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) High School Double-Handed Championships, which will be held in Chicago at the Chicago Yacht Club.
The team consists of senior Stephen Long as well as the juniors, Matt Long, Jonathan Beardon and Niles Sterner, sophomore Caroline Gay, and freshman Zachery Zerman. The regatta will be held on May 11th and 12th and all members except Zerman will attend. Competing teams will be vying for the prestigious Mallory Cup.
There are 5 regular season regattas, which the team participates in their region, the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association (PCISA). The PCISA includes teams mainly centered in California, but also Hawaiian teams and some from the rest of the West Coast.
The Dos Pueblos Sailing Team trains Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 until dark under direction of Willie McBride. This is McBride’s second year as director of the high school sailing program at the Santa Barbara Youth Foundation, which is part of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. The team competes in Lasers, Laser Radials, 29ers, 420s, but mainly competes in Club Flying Juniors, more commonly known as CFJs.
McBride’s training regiment has helped the team improve in training harder and having high aspirations, that with dedication and passion for the sport of sailing they would be able to qualify for nationals in Chicago.