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High School Sailing Team Makes Texas History
The first ever Texas team has captured the Mallory Trophy in a 1st place win at the National Championship in Charleston, SC this month. Trained by Bay Access in cooperation with Lakewood Yacht Club, the winning team from Clear Falls High School qualified to represent the state of Texas at the US Junior Championship for the Bemis Cup in August.

The co-ed racing fleet for Division-A was made up of 18-year-old Wiley Rogers and his 16-year-old crewmate Hunter Skinner who dominated both days to pull in a victory overall. Dane Byerly and Laura Masterson partnered with Julia Sheaffer and Bailey Spatz to pull ahead to the finish in Division-B.

While the first day of racing brought on a light, Westerly breeze, sailing conditions became shifty. As the day progressed, the wind picked up to 15 knots, slowing down most of the teams. But by the end of the day, the Clear Falls team had pushed themselves to a significant lead.

Day two saw some of the most difficult conditions with light winds out of the North. The team fought hard to come out on top for the duration of 20 races. After two days of intense sailing, the Clear Falls team finished with a 38-point lead.

Training with fellow high school and college sailors in the Houston area, the Clear Lake Knights had worked hard to prepare for the championship.

Leaving behind a rich legacy of sailing, Byerly, Masterson, and Skinner will graduate this year and pursue college sailing at Saint Mary's College of Maryland, the College of Charleston, and Jacksonville University. The graduates look forward to their second national championship for the Baker Cup in Anacortes, WA at the end of May.

Bay Access is a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes amateur sailing for kids and adults alike. Camp fees include professional instruction, sailboat, and life jacket for those who can’t bring their own. Classes will begin on June 20 and continue on week days through early August. To learn more about the classes and how to register, please go to www.bay-access.org.

Anne Bechard 
Digital Marketing Specialist

I'm thrilled to be a part of Lakewood's marketing team! From an early age, I started showing signs of becoming an auspicious writing geek. Today, I'm a columnist for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Business Insider. I get excited about exploring new ideas, communicating in a creative way, and solving problems that stump me. It's especially thrilling that I get to do all this in a place that personifies one of my greatest loves -- nature and the outdoors. I'm looking forward to growing our digital marketing techniques and meeting your communications needs with excellence!

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