Defending ISSA-FLOW Super Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will face Excelsior High in the quarter-finals of the knockout tournament. In another quarter final, Wolmer’s Boys will line up against reigning daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College while STETHS will lock horns with St Jago High. Reigning Walker Cup holders St George’s College who blanked Petersfield 5-0 at Sabina Park have set up a quarter-final date with Glenmuir High. Five Manning Cup schools qualified for the quarter-finals of the Super Cup following wins in the round of sixteen on Saturday. Super Cup round one scores: Glenmuir 3 KC 2 Hydel 1 Clarendon College 2 Jamaica College 2 Vere Technical 1 St. James 1 Excelsior High School 1 (Excelsior advanced 6-5 on penalties) Wolmer’s 3 Port Antonio 1 STETHS 4 Charlie Smith 1 Petersfield 0 St. George’s College 5 St. Jago 3 Lacovia 1
By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER Coastal winds and choppy waters kept rescue teams busy aiding passengers aboard about a dozen distressed boats off the South Bay coast Friday, including a schooner with 35 children on board. At least two vessels took on water, while seasick passengers and inexperienced captains required assistance on other boats, according to authorities. Although wreaking havoc at sea, the winds caused few problems on land aside from the occasional downed tree and dust storm. Today is expected to be more calm. The children – along with seven adults – were rescued from the 130-foot schooner that took on 18inches of water when a seam burst about 7 miles offshore San Pedro, authorities said. The American Pride was returning from a five-day educational excursion to Catalina Island, according to Helen Clinton, executive director of the Yorba Linda-based Children’s Maritime Foundation, which operates the ship. “The weather just got the best of us,” said boat Capt. Greg Clinton after the boat safely reached land. “But the kids seemed to be loving it. They were whooping and hollering, and fortunately nobody was injured.” Another tall-masted ship apparently stopped and passed along a water pump to assist the American Pride, according to Capt. Manny Aschemeyer, executive director of the Marine Exchange of California. Escorted into Long Beach by a contingent of fire boats, Coast Guard cutters and news helicopters, the ship made its way safely back to Rainbow Harbor around 2:30 p.m. – nearly two hours after the initial call for assistance. The vessel was able to power itself back to shore. “A few people probably lost their lunch, but considering the danger, it ended well,” Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Will Nash said. The ship will likely be dry-docked while it undergoes repairs, Helen Clinton said. In a separate incident a short time later, rescuers from Baywatch Avalon and the U.S. Coast Guard oversaw efforts to save two people aboard a 23-foot sailboat that was also taking on water about 16 miles south of the Port of Los Angeles, Munoz said. The boat, which had lost contact for some time with rescuers, was traveling on its own power and returned to Long Beach later in the afternoon, Munoz said. No injuries were reported. By midafternoon county lifeguards had responded to about a dozen other distress calls. “People get out there, they exceed their level of expectations and they encounter some real rough seas,” said lifeguard Chief Mickey Gallagher. “They panic more than anything and they don’t know what to do.” Making matters worse, many inexperienced boaters had set sail for Catalina to take part in the annual Buccaneer Days pirate festival at the Isthmus, which drew more than 7,000 revelers last year. Conditions seemed benign at the mainland, Gallagher said, but boaters encountered winds of 30 mph about 3 to 4 miles offshore. Gallagher described the conditions as “real rough,” causing boaters to become seasick as water crashed over their vessels. “It’s like you are in a washing machine slopping back and forth,” he said. Meanwhile, at the Redondo Beach Yacht Club, a group of sailors’ dreams of attending the pirate party Friday night were dashed by the white water whipping up in the channel. “It’s totally gnarly out there,” said Wes Houston, owner of South Bay Sailing in Redondo Beach. “Everyone is just sitting here waiting for the weather to break so they can go to Catalina,” he said. “Usually there would be droves going out there – especially on a holiday weekend like this, but everyone I know was smart enough not to sail today.” Two Harbors resident Chris Peterson described the festival’s epicenter as being filled with anchored boats with masts swinging violently. “The wind is whipping around town and dust is blowing everywhere, but there’s still a bunch of pirates here having a good time anyway,” Peterson said. “I bet there’s a lot of pirates stuck on the mainland wishing they would have left on Thursday.” Elsewhere, lifeguards joined Coast Guard officers in towing boats back to Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach and San Pedro harbors. No one needed treatment for any injuries. No boats sank, but a large sailboat off Malibu lost its steering and required a tow to Marina del Rey. High winds also downed a 60-foot tree in Harbor Gateway at 3 p.m. on 190th Street east of Western Avenue. Winds reached 30 mph with gusts reaching up to 40 mph, said Ken Clark, a senior meteorologist at Accuweather. Accuweather and the National Weather Service said the winds were caused by a fast-moving low-pressure system traveling down the coast from Alaska. “The good news is this is kind of a one-day event,” Clark said. Winds will die down and temperatures will warm up this weekend as a high-pressure system moves in. As of late Friday, Southern California Edison had not received reports of power outages related to the wind, spokesman Gil Alexander said. The Goodyear blimp stayed tethered in Carson all day, despite a scheduled trip to Pasadena as a test run for today’s UCLA football game against Notre Dame. But Bob Urhausen, the airship public relations manager, said that’s not unusual. Utility companies reported no damage in the South Bay, but a resident near Knoll Hill in San Pedro said the afternoon wind kicked up a significant dust storm on the hill overlooking Los Angeles Harbor, sending dirt and debris into nearby homes through windowsill cracks. As for the young passengers on the American Pride, school administrators ordered them to avoid speaking to the media, although several gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up as they marched off the ship and onto chartered buses. Staff writers Larry Altman, Megan Bagdonas, Paul Eakins, Laura E. Davis, Kristopher Hanson and Donna Littlejohn contributed to this article. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!