After the first race of the 2013 Arizona State High School Sailing Championship, after hearing the yells from the winning boat, it was apparent whose names would be etched on the championship aulde mug trophy.
Cedric Lorch (son of multi-year AYC club champion Martin Lorch) from Valley Lutheran HS and Mitchell Wenger from Connolly Middle School took home the hardware. But of the seven boats racing, the team of Graydon Sharp and Peter Blake kept the heat on with steady finishes and took second, just four points behind.
Race committee chairman, high school sailing coach, and instructor George Tingom said that this year’s event was by far the best for the championship and thinks next year’s could be even stronger.
“We have a fantastic core of volunteers that will make this event a strong foundation for high school sailing in Arizona,” he says. “We’re hopeful of fielding a bigger turnout of between ten to fourteen boats culminating with a barbeque.”
This year’s champions vow to be back for a repeat.
—Words by Philip Freedman
(Corrected Results with Throw-outs)
1st Place 6 Points – (Cedric Lorch / Mitchell Wenger)
2nd Place 10 Points – (Graydon Sharp / Peter Blake)
3rd Place 15 Points (Bharath Tata / Jake Xu)
4th Place 19 Points (Luke Marino / Lliya Panfilinco)
5th Place 22 Points (Madison Cordova / Isabella Hutchinson)
6th Place 22 Points (Alec Arthur / Daniel Moore)
7th Place 30 Points (Wilson Davis / Austin / Lannitti)