The Great Oaks, hosted by Sail Black Rock (SBR), the home of Fairfield and Sacred Heart Universities, was sailed in strong SSW breezes with 4 foot swells which became steeper as the day progressed.
The morning speaker was renown marine photographer, Guy Gurney, who showed spectacular sailing photos on a large monitor and told sailing adventure stories spanning his 5 decades in business.
Competitors were offered the latest SBR sponsor, SKOUT BARS, the best organic energy bars available. Note: They are the right size for slipping into pockets for a quick boost while on a downwind leg.
Because there were only 6 teams, RC ran longer W4s, with the last three about 30 minutes each. In the afternoon the wind clocked slightly west but held steady at 15 knots. The seas became steeper encouraging surfing off the wind. There were a half dozen capsizes with several tough recoveries which ended in DNFs.
All in all, the sailors were highly skilled and aptly handled the strong wind and sea conditions. Scoring was very close for most competitors with final scores within a point or two.
End of day the sailors enjoyed a pizza party sponsored by Sail Black Rock with a special dessert treat of the new signature ice cream; THE SAIL BLACK ROCK, vanilla base with red raspberry ribbons and dark chocolate "rocks" .
|Moses Brown School
|Marthas Vineyard RHS
|Portland High School
|Brien McMahon High School
|Fairfield Ludlowe High School
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.