The Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club (SSYC) in Oceanport, NJ and the Monmouth University Hawks Sailing Team are co-hosting the Atlantic Coast Championships Regatta for High School sailors this weekend. 18 teams from twelve different states and the US Virgin Islands qualified for the event that is being sailed in Monmouth's fleet of 18 FJs.
Racing commenced at 10 am with the air temperature at a chilly 40 degrees and a northwest wind at around 8 knots that soon backed to the west and then southwest, with one race sailed in very light air until the wind finally settled in. With the starting line only 100 yards from the end of SSYC's docks, the sailors executing quick rotations of boats, the breeze generally in the range of 7 to 10 knots, and several mark boats adjusting the racecourse rapidly as needed, the race committee managed to squeeze in 16 W-4 races by 4:30 pm.
When not on the water between rotations, sailors enjoyed a close-up view of their teammates racing from SSYC's upper and lower decks and also warmed themselves inside enjoying tasty chili by a roaring fire in the fireplace.
The competition is extremely tight, with the top four teams separated by only 6 points and the fifth-place team only 12 points off the lead. Racing resumes Sunday morning at 9am.
Racing resumed at 9am Sunday morning with a 6 to 8 knot breeze from the northwest that oscillated between northwest and southwest throughout the day. The race committee managed to squeeze in another 12 races before the 3pm time limit, for a total of 28 races over the two-day event.
The 2014 High School Atlantic Coast Championship was won by the sailors from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They finished the first day of racing in second place, only 1 point out of first, but came on strong on Sunday to win the event by 22 points over second-place finisher The Severn School from Annapolis, MD. Third place was earned by the team from Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, MN.
|1||St. Thomas Aquinas High School||Raiders||97||61||158|
|3||Minnetonka High School||Skippers||80||110||190|
|7||Annapolis High School||Panthers||119||115||234|
|8||North Kingstown High School Sailing||Varsity||101||136||237|
|9||Falmouth High School, ME||Yachtsmen||119||123||242|
|10||Irondequoit High School||Eagles||116||142||258|
|11||Duxbury High School||Dragons||145||118||263|
|12||New Trier HS||Trevian||149||138||287|
|13||Wayzata High School||Blue||157||148||305|
|15||Yarmouth High School||Clippers||171||169||340|
|16||Pine Lake Prep||Varsity||142||211||353|
|17||Arrowhead High School||Warhawks||196||158||354|
|18||Academic Magnet High School||Varsity||234||211||445|
The following chart shows the relative rank of the teams as of the race indicated. Note that the races are ordered by number, then division, which may not represent the order in which the races were actually sailed.
The first place team as of a given race will always be at the top of the chart. The spacing from one team to the next shows relative gains/losses made from one race to the next. You may hover over the data points to display the total score as of that race.