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.
|2||Rumson-Fair Haven||Bulldogs 1||40||21||61|
|3||Southern Regional High School||Rams||44||24||68|
|*||5||Toms River North||Mariners||59||44||103|
|*||6||Rumson-Fair Haven||Bulldogs 2||71||32||103|
|7||St. Augustine Prep School||Hermits||45||89||134|
|8||Marine Academy of Science and Technology||Varsity||45||98||143|
|9||Christian Brothers Academy||Colts||83||63||146|
|10||Toms River South||Indians||71||87||158|
|11||Donovan Catholic High School||Griffins||73||91||164|
|*||12||Summit High School||Gold||99||99||198|
|*||13||Chatham High School||Cougars||103||95||198|
|*||14||Central Regional High School||Eagles||110||88||198|
|15||Summit High School||White||102||104||206|
|16||Oak Knoll School||Royals||130||102||232|
|17||Red Bank Catholic High School||Caseys||111||131||242|
|18||St. Rose High School||Purple Roses||120||124||244|
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.