They placed fifth in a field of twenty-two teams competing at the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association’s (PCISA) state championship held off Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California. The hard-fought win qualified the team for the ISSA High School Double-handed Championship for the Mallory Trophy, high school sailing’s most coveted prize. The event takes place in Chicago on May 11th and 12th.
The DPHS team will be represented by Caroline Gay (‘15), Matthew Long (‘14), Stephen Long (‘13) and Niles Sterner (‘14).
According to Willie McBride, SBYSF Head Coach, “DPHS sailors pulled off a tremendous accomplishment, upsetting some of Southern California’s best teams. While the team was represented at PCISA by only two skippers and their crew, they overcame obstacles and persevered. They sailed with intelligence and a great deal of heart, representing the goals and values of our sailing organization. The last time a Santa Barbara area team went to nationals was in 2002. On behalf of the entire high school race team, I congratulate them for a job well-done.”
The Santa Barbara Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by members of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club to meet the need for a youth sailing program in our community. The purpose of the Santa Barbara Youth Foundation is to develop in young people, through the sport of sailing, attributes of self-reliance, responsibility, teamwork and sportsmanship, together with a constant awareness of the requirements of safety.