Ten schools descended on Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club for the eighth annual New Jersey High School State Championship on Saturday, April 29th. The sailors arrived to light winds out of the southwest, but it took just one A division set to build to hiking conditions. By mid-afternoon, the breeze had shifted west and gusts of 16-18 knots began to skate down the course, giving sailors a challenge to pick the next big shift.
With the exception of a few W5s early, 20 mostly W4 races were sailed, completing a full rotation and giving the sailors a long, but solid series. As the day progressed, the battle for the Elizabeth Olsen perpetual trophy was tight between the Ranney School and Southern Regional. The series ended with Ranney on top with 43 points, Southern Regional in second with 54 points and 2016 champion Christian Brothers Academy in third with 69 points. The Ranney Panthers took the top spot in A division, while the CBA Colts topped the B division.
Thank you to SSYC and Monmouth University for allowing us to use the great facilities and fleet of FJs. John Garth chaired the event, with assistance from many generous SSYC members. John King and Harry Foote served as our protest committee, but luckily they didn't have to hear a single protest. Two schools were awarded breakdown points during two different races in the series. Of course, a thank you to all the sailors, coaches, parents and friends who came out to support a great day of high school sailing.
Congratulations to the Ranney School for capturing their first-ever state title!
|2||Southern Regional High School||Rams||23||31||54|
|3||Christian Brothers Academy||Colts||46||23||69|
|4||Summit High School||Hilltoppers||72||29||101|
|5||Donovan Catholic High School||Griffins||62||46||108|
|*||6||Red Bank Catholic High School||Caseys||48||87||135|
|8||Toms River South||Indians||79||71||150|
|10||Chatham High School||Cougars||87||100||187|
|*||Number of high-place (3) finishes|
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.