Mount Pleasant’s Cameron, Dilling claim sailing national title
LAKE GENEVA, WIS. — Carter Cameron and Ian Dilling of Mount Pleasant won top honors at the Club 420 National Championship Regatta on Lake Geneva this weekend in a field of 60 crews from across the country.
The regatta included four races hosted by the Lake Geneva Yacht Club. The two former Wando High School sailing team partners established their presence early, winning the first race, and then posted finishes of 11th, 8th and 7th place for 27 points. Second place went to Mary Claire Kiernan and Lucy Wilmot, of Lake Geneva, with 32 points. Fifth place went to a team also from the Carolinas as Patrick Mazzeo of Beaufort and Travis Tucker of Lake Norman, N.C., teamed up to take fifth place.
The keys to victory for Cameron, 16, and Dilling, 18, were comebacks late in the third and fourth races. In race three, they were midway in the fleet of 60 after two legs, but on the final third leg, they sailed to the windier side of the lake and passed some 20 boats to salvage eighth. In race four, they also found themselves down in the fleet, but caught eight boats on the last leg.
The two national champions sailed together last season at Wando. In their last national championship bid in November, they placed 14th sailing for Wando at the Great Oaks National Single Division High School Championship in New Orleans. Dilling graduated this spring and will attend the College of Charleston. Cameron will be a junior at Wando this fall.
420s are 14-foot sailboats raced with two person crews. Competitors in the Club 420 fleet must be 21 or younger.