High School Sailing
High School Sailing Today
High school sailing has three national championship events; double-handed (2 person) dinghies, single-handed (one person) dinghies and team racing (3 vs 3 boats). Local schools are perennial contenders and have been for all four decades they have participated.
The Mallory trophy is high school sailing’s oldest trophy, first presented in 1930 when high school sailing was primarily a league of elite prep schools sailing in New England. Newport Mesa schools started participating in this event in the mid-1970’s when the trophy was dedicated as a true national level event. Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) won in 1977, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, and 2015. Corona del Mar High School (CDMHS) won in 1987.
Team racing has always been a popular college sailing format and high school sailing created a national championship in 1989. NHHS won this trophy in 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009, and CDMHS once in 1992. Winning this event reflect the depth of a team’s talent, not just the excellence of 1 or 2 sailors. Our success in this event is evidence of our high level of coaching and the strength of our team structure.
The high school single-handed championship is sailed in Laser Radials has been awarded since 1990. Qualification for this event is keen and sailors from local schools have been participating since its inception. This trophy was won by NHHS sailors Chris Barnard in 2008 and Joseph Hou in 2015.
High school sailing competition formats mimic those used in college sailing. College competitions have been in existence for almost 90 years and its growth foreshadowed that of high school sailing. Given their success in at the high school level, it is not surprising that local Newport Mesa sailors have gone on to achieve great things in college sailing. Each year the Intercollegiate Sailing Association names just a handful of sailors from over 230 colleges/universities to its College All American Team, an honor that has been bestowed on many sailors from NHHS and CDMHS.
Newport-Mesa High School Sailing Time Line
1930s to 1950s
The New England Years
High school Sailing active on the East Coast since 1930 except for a 7 year hiatus during WWII.
No National Competition. Competition for the Mallory Trophy is between East Coast Schools.
Informal sailing club on CDM and NHHS campuses. Sailors meet for lunch and get together for an occasional ocean sail.
The Beginning of High School Sailing on the West Coast
Mid-sixties Dave Ullman (NHHS) and Kim Desenberg (CDMHS) convince Bill Wakeman to run races between the two high schools becoming the first high school sailing event on the west coast.
Growing High School Sailing
1972 – Bill Wakeman, now a full time teacher at NHHS, is approached by Bettina Bents and Bill Mais to be the sailing club advisor.
More schools join in – Catalina Island school (now defunct) and Harvard Boy’s School.
1973-74 – Then PTA President Judy Franco along with several parents worked successfully with Principal Chuck Godshall at NHHS to have sailing approved for PE credit.
1974 – NHHS Sailors Mike Arrigo, Scott Barnard, Nick Madigan and Steve Schock, along with coach Bill Wakeman travelled to Fort Worth Boat Club for the annual Cotton Bowl Regatta for their first major regatta.
1979 NHHS wins the National Championship for Cressy Trophy (Cressy is now the singled-handed championship)
NHHS Sailors: Ned Jones, Jim Lawson, Jordie Murphy, Jerry Norman, & Tim Sullivan
The West Coast Has Arrived
1986 – The Cressy National Championship becomes the single-handed National Championship.
1987 – CDMHS becomes the first school from outside New England to win the co-ed National Championship for the Mallory Trophy. CDMHS Sailors: Jeff Olson, Eric Proul, Mark Schulein, and Chris Karjala.
Establishing a Powerhouse
From 1992 to 1999 CDMHS and NHHS won a combined Seven National Championships, and during the same period they qualified and placed in the top five each year.
1992 – CDMHS; Winner National Team Race Championship for the Baker Trophy
1993 – NHHS; Winner National Team Race Championship for the Baker Trophy
(Nathan Dunham, Steve Kleha, Casey Hogan, Heather Porter, Patrick Hogan, Mandy McDonnel, Cortney Polovina, & Gray Dougherty)
1995 – NHHS; Winner National Double-Handed Championship for the Mallory Trophy. (Nathan Dunham, Allison Hill, Casey Hogan, Patrick Hogan, Steve Kleha, Mandy McDonnell, Corney Polovina, Heather Porter, & Kassy Thompson)
1996 NHHS; Winner National Team Race Championship for the Baker Trophy (Patrick Hogan, Kassy Thompson, Heather Porter, Greg Dougherty, Brian Bissell, Alison Hill, Cryssa Byers, & Mandy McDonnel)
1997 NHHS; Winner National Double-Handed Championship for the Mallory Trophy (Brian Bissell, Cryssa Byers, Greg Dougherty, Allison Hill, Patrick Hogan, Heather Porter, Kassy Thompson, Heather Porter, & Troy Treaccar)
1998 NHHS; Winner National Team Race Championship for the Baker Trophy
1999 NHHS; Winner National Team Race Championship for the Baker Trophy
2000 to 2009
New Millennium Dominated by California Schools
From 2000 to 2009 California schools won the National Double-Handed Championship eight of ten years. NHHS won the first National Championship of the new millennium and repeated in 2007 and 2009. During this period CDMHS and/or NHHS qualified & placed in the top five at the National Championships each year.
2000 NHHS; Winner National Double-Handed Championship for the Mallory trophy (Gary Grimes, Tyler Haskell, Scott Hogan, Ryan Marshall, Meredith Potter, & Paige Thompson)
2000 NHHS; Winner National Team Race Championship for the Baker Trophy
2007 NHHS; Winner National Double-Handed Championship for the Mallory Trophy (Caitlin Beavers ’08, Blair Belling ’07, Charlie Buckingham ’07, Michael Menninger ’07, Chris Segerblom ’10, and Brooke Thomson ’07)
2008 NHHS; Winner National Single-Handed Championship for the Cressy Trophy (Chris Barnard)
2009 NHHS; Winner National Double-Handed Championship for the Mallory Trophy (Chris Barnard, Francesca Cappellini, Brooks Clark, Ryan Davidson, Nicole Grice, Kayla McComb, & Chris Segerblom)
2009 NHHS; Winner National Team Race Championship for the Baker Trophy
Skippers: Chris Barnard ’09, Chris Segerblom ’10, & Wade hatton ‘09
Crews: Brooks Clark ’09, Kayla McComb ’09, Jeff Aschieris ’09, Alexis Scott ’09, Nicole Grice ’11, and Ryan Davidson ’12)
2010 to Present
A New Generation
Our local teams continue to qualify for and place in the top ten at Nationals. Sailors are increasingly recruited by college coaches from top schools. We look forward to more decades of dominance.
2015 NHHS; Winner National Double-Handed Championship for the Mallory Trophy
(Madeline Bubb ’16, Briggs D’Eliscu ’16, Campbell D’Eliscu ’15, Davis Hanscom ’15, Eliza Moody ’16, Andrew Person ’17, Michael Sabourin ’16, and Sean Segerblom ’16)
2015 NHHS: Winner National Single-Handed Championship for the Cressy Trophy