Santa Barbara High sailor Liam Anderson placed third at the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association single-handed district championships in Long Beach and qualified for the national championships.
Anderson finished behind champion Katharine Doble of Harvard Westlake and second place Morgan Pinckney of Mater Dei in the two-day regatta that brought together 40 sailors from the Pacific Coast District, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
Sailors competed in 15 races over the two-day period and only the top three qualified for the national championship to compete for the Cressy Trophy.
Eight local sailors representing Santa Barbara High, San Marcos, Dos Pueblos and Laguna Blanca participated in the regatta. They were trained by Nick Kashak of the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation.
Sailing in Radial boats, the competitors had a strong and constant wind of 15 to 17 knots on the first day. The second day delivered totally different conditions, testing the sailors in a lighter wind.
In addition to Anderson, three local sailors placed in the top 10. Oliver Stokke of Dos Pueblos was seventh, Jonathon Seawards of Santa Barbara was eighth and Zoey Ziskind of DP was ninth.
Next month, high school sailing will continue with the first of five doubles races in Monterey.
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