OCC Invitational


Saturday, September 22:

Sixteen NJISA high schools, making up eighteen sailing teams, competed in the annual OCC Invitational regatta at Toms River Yacht Club. Mother Nature welcomed in the autumnal equinox with a beautiful low-humidity day, warm temperatures, mostly sunny skies and a variable velocity and oscillating northerly breeze.

The wonderful weather brought out a large number of recreational power boats, with their wakes and chop adding to the challenging conditions provided by wind speeds varying from 4-12 mph with 30° left and right shifts.

There 16 races in total, which included W4 and W3 courses each set for 8 races per division. Of the 16 races, 15 required resetting the marks to adjust the course to keep up with the relentless wind shifts.

The Ranney Panthers figured out how to be the most consistent, in the inconsistent conditions, and finished in 1st Place for the day with a total of 37 points. Their A-Division skipper Luke Arnone and his crews Blake Epstein and John Cocozza racked up 8 bullets for the day while B-Division skippers Cameron Giblin and Brooke Schmelz with their crews Will Beyer and Matthew Hamelsky had all but one top-5 finish for the day.

The Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs finished in 2nd Place overall with 61 points total from the skipper-crews combinations of Colleen O’Brien and Morgan Rice’s 2nd place A-Division standing and Michaela O’Brien and Amelia Buch’s 1st place B -Division standing.

The Southern Regional Rams, rounded out the top three with 68 points, the result of Bridget Green and Brielle Willoughy trading off positions on the tiller for their 3rd Place A-Division standing and Tom Green with crew Joe Mrazeks’s 2nd Place B-Division standing.

Thank you to Ocean County College Sailing Team alumni Mitchell Nunn and Nick Rinaldi for running the races and as always, many thanks to OCC and TRYC for the use of their fleet of boats, facilities and ongoing support of NJISA and high school sailing.

Score summary

2Rumson-Fair HavenBulldogs 1402161
3Southern RegionalRams442468
4Trinity HallMonarchs5547102
*5Toms River  NorthMariners5944103
*6Rumson-Fair HavenBulldogs 27132103
7St. Augustine PrepHermits4589134
8Marine Academy of ScVarsity4598143
9Christian BrothersColts8363146
10Toms River  SouthIndians7187158
11Donovan CatholicGriffins7391164
*14Central RegionalEagles11088198
16Oak KnollRoyals130102232
17Red Bank CatholicCaseys111131242
18St. RosePurple Roses120124244
*Head-to-head tiebreaker

Score history

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.

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