Volvo Penta support US high school sailing’s national team race

Over Memorial Day weekend, the ISSA (Interscholastic Sailing Association) held the prestigious Baker National Team Racing Championship for high school sailors at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. Volvo Penta was there to support with new sets of sails.


The Bay Access Foundation (BAF), a charitable organization that supports youth and adult amateur sailing on Galveston Bay and Clear Lake, Texas, was the main sponsor of the event. BAF’s industrial partner, Thomas McAndrew, principal at Enchanted Rock and chair of the Bay Access Foundation, reached out to Volvo Penta to help co-sponsor the event.

Volvo Penta was excited by the opportunity and answered the call by sponsoring 24 new sets of sails for the FJ fleet of boats used for team racing. The new sails featuring the Volvo Penta logo will be seen at multiple racing events that occur over the next four years following this championship. To help promote Volvo Penta, their banner will also be displayed at all Bay Access Race Series events in 2014.

“This national high school event has been held for over 80 years,” stated McAndrew. “It is a great opportunity to promote the Volvo Penta brand while supporting this worthwhile effort to get young adults into boating. We are thankful for their support in purchasing the new sails for these identical boats.”

Tim Hogan, president of ISSA, shared his thoughts on the event “The venue was fantastic as evidenced by the 102 runs that were sailed. The condition of the borrowed boats was great and the addition of new sails made for very even racing.”

This year’s first-place winners were Point Loma High School, from San Diego, CA, with second place going to a team from Annapolis High School in Annapolis, MD.

The Interscholastic Sailing Association is organized to encourage and promote the sport of sailing and sailboat racing among high schools. Organized into seven districts, over 430 schools compete annually in events across the country.


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