MASSA Team Race Championship


Saturday, October 14:

Old Dominion University welcomed 12 district high schools to the 2023 MASSA Fall Team Race Championship on the Elizabeth River.

Sailors endured less than comfortable conditions starting the morning with overcast skies and SSE winds at 8-15 mph gusting to 19mph. A bit of light sprinkle began shortly after first warning, giving false hope that the weather wouldn’t be too unpleasant. However committee, umps, and sailors endured all of the sorts of precipitation progressing through drizzle to full on downpour at 60 degrees F. We had a lull just before noon as the wind shifted east, eventually clocking back to SSW, then S, and the on to SE before a late afternoon lull around 4:30 resulting in a postponement that led to concluding racing for the evening just before 5PM. Afternoon wind velocity varied between 4 and 13 mph with gusts up to 17 mph. Seas remained relatively flat with an occasional gentle roll from distant passing commercial traffic.

45 races were accomplished. The day concluded with Severn School winning the tie-breaker to lead in first place, followed by Christchurch School holding second place, and Norfolk Academy sitting in third place.

Sunday, October 15:

Another blustery day met sailors with NNW morning winds from 13-17 mph and gusts from 20-25 mph. Light rain gave way to clear skies around 10AM. The three foot waves fetching directly onto the launch ramp made it unsafe to launch the boats. High tide covering the pickings on the sides of the ramp further compounded the difficulty launching. Sailors were postponed ashore until just before noon when it was apparent that time and conditions would not allow for completion of the full round robin and the decision was made to opt for SI 3.5.2 Plan C.

Races 31 through 45 were removed from Tech score leaving Severn in first place followed by Christchurch School in second place in Division 1, and Hampton Roads Academy in first place followed by Archbishop Spaulding in second place in Division 2.

Just after noon, the wind settled to 10-15 with gusts up 18 mph and the seas settled to about a foot and a half. The decision was then made to proceed with SI Option 1 and sail a Final Four with the top two teams from each division. Boats were launched and the Final Four round was completed at about 1:45PM.

Final results found Christchurch School in first place with 7 wins and on loss, followed by Severn School in second place with 6 wins and two losses, and Hampton Roads Academy in third place with 5 wins and three losses.

We extend our greatest thanks to everyone who made the regatta a success, especially Michael Collins who served as PRO, and the umpires Christine Acetella, Jerry Thompson, Anna Patterson, Carter Little, Dan Montgomery, and ODU sailors, Parker, Tyler and Ryder. And to Old Dominion Sailing, many thanks to all of the sailors who were the meat behind the event serving in all all manner roles.

Final Results

1ChristchurchChristchurch SchoolSeahorses7/1Owen Grainger '24Cameron Kinnear '24
Jordan Viera '24Simone Moss '25
William Angus '25Paul Rodrigues Jr '24
Wylder Smith '27
2SevernSevern SchoolAdmirals6/2Annie Sitzmann '26Helena English '24
Ava Cornell '24John Szynal '24
Alex Baker '26Scarlett Harris '24
Reese Corckran '24
Nathan Long '24
3Hampton RoadsHampton Roads AcademyNavigators5/3Pierce Brindley '24Daphne Ambrosino '27
Charlie Moore '27Nicholas Bielewicz '26
Leila Pfrang '25Ryan Foretich '25
Parker Moore '25Josie Brindley '26
4Archbishop SpaldingArchbishop SpaldingCavaliers4/4Charles Geraghty '26Maggie McInerney '25
Owen MacWilliams '24Gehrig Dewaele '24
Parker Herman '24Taylor Collison '24
Christina Pierce '25
*5Norfolk AcademyNorfolk AcademyBulldogs3/2Sean Trudell '24Jack Poynter '25
James Allgeier '27Amanda Wong '25
Hunter Wheary '24Marin Soderberg '24
Eliana Mopper '26Sabrina Casagrande '25
Anna Iacobucci '25
**6The Stony BrookThe Stony Brook SchoolBears3/2Gavin Hudson '24Dora Qian '26
Mauro Gonzales '24Joshua Henson '25
Mairead Reitzel '24Mia Jones '26
**6Christian BrothersChristian Brothers AcademyColts3/2Mitchell Hnatt '24Donald Johnston '25
Christopher Small '26Jules Buczkowski '26
Cole Buczkowski '27Luke Pennisi '24
Kyle Lombardino '25
8Norfolk CollegiateNorfolk Collegiate SchoolOaks2/3Kiana Beachy '24Emma Horton '25
Maddie Murphy '25Finian Bohan '27
Cal King '27Tucker Peltier '26
**9KeyKey SchoolZags1/4Mason Cook '25Molly Bonham '26
Trey Burman '25Elizabeth Roesch '27
James Rizek '23Annabelle Ulak '26
*9BroadneckBroadneck High SchoolBruins1/4Aden Keithley '24James O'Leary '25
Chris White '24Carter Telep '24
Hayden Clary '24Ryan Becker '24
**9Leonardtown HighLeonardtown High SchoolRaiders1/4Joseph Murphy '24Jared Werner '25
James Lilyquist '24Everett Moulds '25
Will Clay '25Mia Cassetta '25
12MauryMaury High SchoolCommodores0/5Tucker McGrady '26Madeline Ballard '25
Emily Priest '25Charlotte McCoy '24
Jackson McGrady '26Gabby Cloe '24
*Number of races won when tied teams met (1)
**Tie stands