Silver Pacific Coast Championship Sailed in Picturesque Conditions
Encinal Yacht Club hosted the 2022 Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association (PCISA) Silver Pacific Coast Championship last weekend. The sailing conditions on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary provided numerous photo opportunities for those watching from the sidelines. Joerg Bashir had his camera ready and sent us some stunning images of the high school sailing teams going head to head — or bow to stern — in the two-day regatta.
Sixteen schools entered teams that competed across two divisions aboard 13-ft CFJs (Club Flying Juniors). The 220-lb, 4-ft-wide dinghies have a reputation for delivering fast, exhilarating sailing.
Topping the A Division were Walter McFarland and Hampton Tester. Skipper Tate Oyler, with Morgan Williams crewing for most of the races and Thomas Hofer for Races 3 and 4, won the B Division. Both of the winning teams were sailing for the Mater Dei High School Monarchs of Santa Ana. Teams from the Stevenson School in Monterey came in second in both divisions. The Alameda High School Hornets, sailing in their home waters, placed third — also in both divisions. Each division had 18 entries.
Mission Bay YC in San Diego will host the Gold PCCs, for the William Wakeman Trophy, on May 14-15. MBYC will also host the Mallory Interscholastic Sailing Association Doublehanded Championship on June 4-5. (PCISA is a regional district of the national ISSA organization. PCISA covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Utah and Nevada.)
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