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CdM, Newport Harbor sailing teams qualify to compete for Baker Trophy

Sea Kings finish second, Sailors take third at PCC Team Race regatta in San Diego.

By Steve Virgen

10:37 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

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For the second straight week, the Corona del Mar High and Newport Harbor sailing teams qualified for national competition.

CdM finished second at the Pacific Coast Championships Team Race regatta at Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego Sunday. Newport Harbor was third.

Both qualified to compete for the Baker Trophy May 24-26 at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Fla. There they will compete in the Interscholastic Sailing Assn. Team Racing Championship.

CdM finished behind Point Loma, as the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Assn. advanced the top three teams to nationals.

"The breeze was perfect for the team racing at 8 knots," CdM Coach Nate Dunham said in an email. "Ultimately the best team racing teams rose to the top by proving to have a balanced attack with great form, boat handling, and overall team racing knowledge."

The CdM team featured Connor Kelter, Jimmy Madigan, Alex Ivory, Caitlyn Johnson, Chloe Dapp, Ainsley Henderson, Clare Dahl, Jack Thompson and Christophe Killian.

CdM and Newport Harbor qualified for the High School Dinghy National Championships April 21.

CdM finished third at the Pacific Coast Championships at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club in San Pedro.

CdM edged Newport Harbor, which finished fourth and also qualified to compete for the Mallory Trophy May 11-12 in Chicago.