NJISA 2016 Spring Fleet Championship


Saturday, April 9:

Eleven NJISA teams arrived at Toms River Yacht Club for the league’s Spring Fleet Race Championship and were greeted with cool temps, partly cloudy skies and relatively calm winds. The ominous weather forecast turned out to be accurate, with rain and what felt like sleet at times, moving into the area late morning and remained to provide unpleasant sailing conditions for the rest of the day.

Wind started out easterly, worked it’s way to the south, and then continued to clock left for the rest of the day with the last rotation being sailing in a crisp NW breeze. Teams had to cope with shifty winds ranging from 5-15 mph throughout the day. W4 and W3 courses were sailed and a full rotation of 22 total races was completed for the day.

Mr. John King patrolled the course as the on-water judge and then served with Senior US Sailing Judge Mr. Harry Foote as the protest committee. There was one protest filed, which was dismissed after the hearing. One team could not complete all the races and were given DNS scores for their last rotation.

The Christian Brothers Academy Colts came out on top for the day with 61 points followed closely by The Ranney School Panthers with 65 points. The Toms River North Mariners rounded out the top three with their 77 points.

The Rumson-Fair Heaven Bulldogs held on to a narrow lead over the Southern Regional Rams, at times as little as two points, to finish in fourth place to earn the last qualifying berth for NJISA at the MASSA District Qualifier Championship next weekend at The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY.

Fifth place Southern Regional Rams, followed by the Donovan Catholic Griffins, Princeton’s Tigers and the Red Bank Catholic Casey’s in 6th, 7th and 8th will advance to the MASSA District Silver Championship at Washington College in Chestertown, MD next weekend as well.

MANY thanks to Dave Magno, for donning his ski gear (helmet and all) and braving the elements to run to mark boat and chase the wind all over the river to keep the course square during the gradual 180° change in direction throughout the day. And thanks to Harry Foote and John King for coming out to serve as protest committee. Also thanks to Matt Goetting and Peggy McGarry for helping out with recording and posting the scores online as poor radio transmissions, cold wet cell phones (and fingers) and soggy paper made it difficult to take care of from the RC boat.

Thank you to all the teams, their coaches, families and friends for attending and supporting high school sailing. As always, thank you to TRYC and OCC for the use of their facilities and the fleet of boats.

Best of luck to all NJISA teams representing our league next weekend at both MASSA District Championships.


Score summary

1Christian BrothersColts372461
3Toms River  NorthMariners374077
4Rumson-Fair HavenBulldogs4060100
5Southern RegionalRams5453107
6Donovan CatholicGriffins6944113
7PrincetonLittle Tigers7886164
8Red Bank CatholicCaseys7995174
11Toms River  SouthIndians100102202

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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