Annapolitan John Torgerson, a junior-level sailor, won the U.S. National High School National Singlehanded Championship and its associated Cressy Trophy in a 16-race regatta last weekend in Newport Beach, Calif.
This year's Cressy regatta, which previously was sailed at the Naval Academy, was run by the Newport Harbor Yacht Club under the auspices of the U.S. Interscholastic Sailing Association.
Competing were 31 sailors representing high schools across the country, who were selected in regional qualifying events.
Sailing for Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn., Torgerson qualified for the national Cressy regatta by winning the New England Interscholastic Championship in Boston on May 2. His win in the nationals has earned him an invitation to the finals of the U.S. Men's Singlehanded O'Day Trophy Championship in New Jersey in July, as well as the slot as U.S. representative to the Fastnet International Schools Regatta in Ireland in July.
Sailed in Lasers on the Pacific Ocean off of Newport Beach, in light to moderate air, the Cressy Championship consisted of 10 races on Saturday and six on Sunday.
In Saturday's sailing, Torgerson built an early lead with consistent top-five finishes, but met with misfortune in Race 7 when a foul by a competitor at a mark rounding left him with a 29th-place finish in that race and put him 14 points behind long-time rival and pre-regatta favorite Brian Camet of the University of San Diego High School, according to his father, Bill.
Torgerson recovered, managing finishes of 1-1-4 to Camet's 11-3-3 in Saturday's last three races, to end the day three points out of first place.
With the third-place contender 35 points behind, Sunday's competition became a match-racing duel between Torgerson and Camet, during which Torgerson caught and passed Camet in the standings, finishing the regatta with a 15-point lead.
Locals compete in Bermuda
An invitation to one of sailing's classic events, Bermuda's by-invitation-only International Race Week, is something to be treasured, and a number of local sailors were more than happy to be able to accept for this year's event, on Great Sound out of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Spanish Point Boat Club May 2-7.
Sailed in Snipes, Comets, Lasers, Sunfish, Tornados, Etchells 22s, J/24s and International One-Designs, the regatta was graced by perfect weather. Winds, at 12 to 15 knots, were lighter than usual as well as somewhat shifty because of the prevailing southerly to south-southeasterly direction for the week, said Annapolis Snipe sailor Lisa Emmet, who sailed in the regatta with her husband, Rob.
In the 19-boat Snipe class, in which Severn Sailing Association's Henry Filter of Stevensville with crew Elizabeth Merrifield were fourth as the top area finishers, other locals included Ramsay Murray, crewing for seventh-place Bill Buckles; Lisa Foulke as crew for eighth-placer Alex Pline, and Lianne Randall sailing with 10th-placer Lee Griffith.
The 12-boat Laser class was won by SSA's James Jacob of Alexandria, Va., and in the 11-boat J/24 class Annapolitan Doug Clark, with an Annapolis and Navy crew, including James Appel, Kyle Weaver, Jamie White and Colin Jones, finished third, just ahead of Geoff Moore of Newport, R.I., whose crew included Annapolitan Debbie Holt.
Match racing seminar
As a lead-in to the 1993 Santa Maria Cup women's match-racing regatta next Thursday through Sunday in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, a pre-regatta clinic and seminar in match racing for women has been set for Wednesday.
The program will begin with an on-the-water match-racing clinic in J/22s, with space available on a first-come, first-served basis, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The clinic will be followed by an on-shore match-racing seminar from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club on Key Highway in Baltimore.
Guest experts will discuss rules, match-racing techniques, J/22 speed and handling secrets, and local knowledge. The clinic is ++ presented in conjunction with the Santa Maria Cup regatta, sponsored by BOAT/US, and is made possible by a grant from U.S. Sailing.
For more information, call Susan Taylor at (410) 974-4341.
North Sails open house & expo
North Sails Chesapeake will conduct its first Open House & Sailing Expo on May 22-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its marina/loft at 317 Chester Ave. on Back Creek in Eastport.
Organizers promise on-site service, rig checks and tuning, sail handling instruction, sail checks and minor repairs, canvas evaluations, running rigging inspection and replacements, and advice on electronics and deck layouts and hardware.
On hand at the event, which will be catered, will be exhibits and demonstrations, including displays from Coastal Climate Control, Electronic Marine Inc. and J/World.
Attendees are invited to bring their boats to the open house and to make appointments for one-on-one service.
Reservations are required for dock space at North Sails' marina and must be received by Saturday.
For more information, or to make appointments and reservations, call (410) 269-5662.