Competing in South Points #3 were 20 varsity teams and 11 JV teams on North Lake at Holland Park in Hollywood, FL.
On-the-water activity commenced at 09:00 with an East-Northeast breeze at 5-7 knots and a rising tide. The first “A” Division race started with a 4 leg windward, leeward, windward and downwind finish using a gate and single weather mark. The second race of each series finished at the weather mark allowing an easy reach into the beach for boat rotations. As the day progressed the breeze veered due East and then slightly Southeast; the course axis was changed after each set of races.
All series were started with both Varsity and JV teams on the same line (31 boats) at the same time thus allowing all competitors an opportunity to race against the best talent. This made for interesting mark roundings, crowded leeward gates, and packed starting lines. With only one single exception, every start had individual recalls, one involving 12 boats being recalled. The Race Committee utilized calls from both the windward end and the leeward pin with a pair of line-spotters on each boat.
The winning strategy for most of the races involved a clean start near the favored end (line was adjusted after every race) and positioning which allowed the skipper to sail towards the next zone of pressure. Once in the new pressure dividends were awarded by staying in phase and figuring out the top corner which allowed the most breeze velocity into the windward mark. Gains on the runs were made by keeping clear lanes, gybing on the shifts, and choosing the leeward gate mark which allowed an exit towards the next area of wind pressure. Grounded cruising sailboats, anchored yachts, jetskis and long anchor rodes provided plenty of “traps” for the competitors to avoid in each of the races.
The race committee afloat was comprised of PRO Tom Lihan, Libby Toppa, Mike Toppa, Jonathan Swain, Wanda Cassaretto, Steve Lewis, and Dr. John Wright.
On shore, registration team of Karin Gillette, Beth Reilly and Suzanne Sabadash made sure each school and every competitor provided the correct consents, waivers and other documentation. Support at the waterfront from Jody Lewis and Alberto Cassaretto kept the boat rotations running smoothly in tight quarters while Albert Owler kept the fleet of 420s in working order. US Sailing judges Harriet and Martin Ottenheimer handled the protests with ease and professionalism. Holger Weis served as scorer. LYC's Julia Melton, Arthur Blodgett and Megan Place assisted with organization while also overseeing their respective teams.
Clyde Wright and his assistant chefs Tom Fox and David Rulien provided another great BBQ delivering the equivalent of 420 meals. Cindy Buckley provided a light breakfast.
Thank you to all of the volunteers from Pine Crest, St. Thomas Aquinas, Lauderdale Yacht Club and friends supporting high school sailing that made this event possible, all led by Regatta Chairman Steve Buckley.
|Pine View School
|Pine View Varsity
|Shorecrest Preparatory School
|Gulliver Preparatory School
|St. Thomas Aquinas High School
|Ransom Everglades School
|H. B. Plant High School
|South Fork High School
|Coral Shores High School
|Jensen Beach High School
|Dunedin High School
|Coral Gables Senior High
|Community School of Naples
|Lakewood High School
|Westminster Christian School
|Martin County High School
|MOA/Westwood High School
|Pine Crest School
|Seacrest Country Day School
|Admiral Farragut Academy
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.