2014 Sunfish North American Sailing Championships underway in the Bay

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - 19 girls and boys, 18-years-old and younger, hit the high seas at 1:30 Monday afternoon, competing in the first of 7 races over the next two days, vying for the 2014 Sunfish Youth North American Sailing Championship.

Local sailors from Bay-Waveland, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Mobile and Fairhope, Alabama are trying their best to beat international sailors.

After the first two races, Jose Boccalandro of Venezuela was the leader. He placed second and 1st for three points. John Birkett of Ecuador also had three points with a 1st and second place finish.

Daniela Rodriguez of Ecuador was third, with six points.

Boyd Housey of the Pass Christian Yacht Club occupies 5th place. He had a 5th and 7th place finish in the first two races for 12 points.

A third race was held Tuesday evening and Birkett took sole possession of first with 4 points, placing first in the final race of the day.

Boccalandro is second after placing second for the second time and has 5 points.  Rodriquez went three-for-three with three third place finishes and has 9 points.

John Pereira of Fairhope sits in fourth place with 14 points.  He finished 6th in the first race and 4th in the second and third races.

Housey of the Pass Christian Yacht Club is in 5th place with 17 points.  He had a 5thm 7th and 5th place finish in the three races.

The Sunfish Youth Champion will be determined on Tuesday with four more races slated on the day.

The men and women hope to make a big splash beginning Wednesday.

Bay Waveland Yacht Club co-chairman Beth Edwards says close to 60 sailors from throughout the world

will be competing.

Edwards said,"The competition is going to be stiffer then I have ever seen in any recent years. It's a buzz over the internet right now."

Beth Edwards may compete. She's hasn't decided yet...since she's is co-chairman of the regatta along with her husband Todd, who will definitely sail in the championships on Wednesday.

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