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Lakewood team captures third in national event

By DORAN CUSHING

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 6, 2001


Competing May 25-27 in the National High School Team Racing Championship in Massachusetts, Lakewood finished third overall in the 12-team finals round for the Toby Baker Trophy.

The south St. Petersburg squad had the second best record entering the championship round with eight wins after 11 races. It trailed two California teams and a Louisiana crew, which each had posted nine victories in the qualifying round.

The St. Petersburg teens finished the finals with a 3-3 mark to move ahead of the Louisiana team in overall positions and two points out of first place.

Sailing for Lakewood were seniors Ryan Druyor, Rick Korab and Kevin Reali. Their younger teammates included Mike Slater, Everett Jones and Hudson Harr.

St. Petersburg High School took ninth, winning the consolation round with a 3-0 record. Crew members were Frank Ball, Stacey Goff, David Stephen Cox, Ryan Rey, Garrett Pyros, Ashleigh Schmidt and Chelsea Silverstein.

The regatta was sailed in Marion, Mass., on outer Sippican Harbor in light to moderate wind. Coronado edged another southern California squad, University of San Diego High School, by a point for the national title.

Coronado captured the National Double-Handed Fleet Championship for the Clifford Mallory trophy May 11-13 in Charleston, S.C.

Lakewood finished sixth in the 20-team fleet. Community School of Naples placed 12th, and St. Petersburg High took 17th. COLLEGE: Eckerd, the only Florida collegiate team to qualify for the women's national championships, finished 14th overall in the North American Dinghy Championship, May 29-31.

The University of Hawaii won the three-day event, which was raced in Flying Junior dinghies with two-women teams competing in two divisions on Charles River in Cambridge, Mass.

Sailing for Eckerd in Division A were Sarah Hardy, Virginia Irvin and Sarah Schaill. The Division B team included Cherylanne Kirschenheiter and Becca Thomas.

FALL SCHEDULE: The 2001-2002 Tampa Bay area racing schedule includes events hosted by dozens of clubs from at least five west coast counties. The preliminary planning meeting for that schedule will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

A tentative schedule was mailed to club representatives in May, and the meeting will be used to make final adjustments prior to the schedule being finalized and published.

Unlike past years, when the calendar was printed and distributed by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, the schedule will be available only on the Internet, www.spyc.org.

Beth Pennington of the West Florida Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF), who's coordinating the meeting, can be contacted at (727) 595-3420 or via e-mail,w.westflaphrf2@verizon.net.

The mailing address for West Florida PHRF has been changed to P.O. Box 34, Largo, Fla., 33779-0034. The St. Petersburg address no longer is being used.

The season is set to begin Aug. 31 with the Labor Day Night Race hosted by Davis Island Yacht Club.

TEEN TAKES HONORS: Clearwater's Zach Railey, who trained locally with two of the best Laser sailors in the U.S., has continued to move up in the ranks in national events.

Competing May 18-20 in the U.S. Laser Nationals at Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, N.C., Railey captured second in the 72-boat fleet. He edged one of his mentors, Brett Davis of Largo, by a point. Clearwater's Brad Funk finished sixth, and St. Petersburg's Andy Casey placed 15th. Other locals competing were St. Petersburg's Rick Ericson, who took 19th and was the top masters sailor, and Ian Lineberger, who finished three points behind Erickson for second in the masters class.

Tim Landt of Tierra Verde was third in masters, 28th overall.

Davis, along with St. Petersburg's Mark Mendelblatt, trained with Railey for the 1999-2000 Olympic Trials. Mendelblatt is a member of the international offshore team djuice dragons, headed by America's Cup sailor Ed Baird of St. Petersburg.

Railey's performance qualified him for the 2002 Laser World Championships. BIXBY IN 505: St. Petersburg's Ethan Bixby, sailing with Ken Hardy of Tampa, finished fifth overall in the 505 East Coast Championships, May 26-28 in Hampton, Va.

Former college sailor of the year Tyler Moore of Hampton teamed up with three-time 505 North American champion Peter Alarie of Bristol, RI, to win the three-day, seven-race series.

ON THE HORIZON: The Epilepsy Transbay Cup is scheduled for Saturday and will be hosted by Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa Sailing Squadron and St. Petersburg Sailing Association.

The one-day race across the bay is open to monohulls and multihulls with PHRF ratings.

For information, call Richard Neal, (727) 381-6363.

Clearwater Yacht Club and the Windjammers of Clearwater have launched a summer series of evening races. There will be weekly Friday events in the Gulf of Mexico near Clearwater Pass through August. For information, call (727) 447-6000. CORRECTION: In the May 23 report on the Clearwater to Key West race, the names of the winning crew -- Rod Koch and Jamey Rabbitt aboard tri Southwinds -- were misspelled.

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