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Pass Christian Yacht Club wins second straight Jr. Lipton title

The Pass Christian Yacht Club won its second straight Junior Lipton Sailing Championship. Team members: Front Row (from left): Sofia Diaz del Valle, Mallory Edwards, Helen Charbonnet, coach Shelly McNair, William Weber, coach David Bolyard and coach John Dane III. Back row: Charles Breath, Michael Burns, Chris Luffey, Thomas Duffy, Thomas Weber and sailing director Ged Eustis.
The Pass Christian Yacht Club won its second straight Junior Lipton Sailing Championship. Team members: Front Row (from left): Sofia Diaz del Valle, Mallory Edwards, Helen Charbonnet, coach Shelly McNair, William Weber, coach David Bolyard and coach John Dane III. Back row: Charles Breath, Michael Burns, Chris Luffey, Thomas Duffy, Thomas Weber and sailing director Ged Eustis. Special to the Sun Herald

The Pass Christian Yacht Club Junior Sailing team repeated as Junior Lipton Regatta champions on Sunday.

The PCYC won by five points over Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans, who had 13 points. St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club of Panama City, Fla. finished third with 22 points.

“We’re fortunate that we had most of our team come back from last year,” said PCYC coach John Dane III. “We won it in a tie situation last year. This year, they just started out the regatta with three firsts, and we held on to win by five points. We’re really proud of them. They practiced really hard for the past five weeks. I think that paid off with their performance.”

PCYC captain Thomas Weber, in his final year at this level of sailing competition, enjoyed the run. He skippered two races.

“It feels great,” said Weber. “I really enjoyed seeing my team grow together. And how it all came together in the end was really gratifying. It was very stressful. I needed to put my trust in the team. It was really great to see the outcome.”

Michael Burns, who skippered the first two races, said the conditions were tough.

“It was very tough,” said Burns. “It was challenging to figure out which way we needed to go sometimes and who was going to go to which side and who needed to stay with. It was all about speed and trying to stay fast and point at the right angles.”

The event ran into weather conditions Saturday, forcing the regatta to shut down the competition after the first event, leaving the final four races for Sunday.

“It was an absolutely fantastic event for the kids,” said PCYC Commodore Hudson Lambert. “We had a little weather situation on Saturday, but alls well that ends well. They had a great weekend. I think we grew a lot of sailors.

“We had fifteen club teams come from as far as Florida, up to Jackson and over into Louisiana. Those fifteen teams showed up on Friday, and had a great weekend of fantastic sportsmanship and racing on the water.”

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