The NESSA Team Racing Championship for the Mark Trophy opened with a double round robin of eight teams, 56 races. The wind was from the east at 10-12, gusting to 20, with a persistent misty rain. The teams were selected using coaches poll and a computer ranking algorithm based on their team racing results through the spring season. The top 8 teams were invited to compete for the Mark Trophy while the second group of eight teams were invited to compete for the Terk Trophy. As in recent years, the Mark was run at the same venue as the Terk, interleaving flights of 3 races for each event. The Mark was sailed in CFJs while the Terk was sailed in Fireflys.
There were 3 protests, resulting in one DSQ and 2 requests for redress resulting in one resailed race in Round 1. There were one protest in the second round, resulting in one DSQ. One race in the second round was resailed due to an error by the race committee.
At the end of the initial double round robin, a three-way tie for first place existed that was left to stand. A second three-way tie existed for the fourth remaining spot to continue to the next day. Unfortunately, one of those teams misunderstood the standings and left the venue before a sail-off could be conducted. The remaining two teams, The Hotchkiss School and Greenwich HS, sailed a single race sail-off to decide which team moved on to Day 2.
The NESSA Team Racing Championship for the Mark Trophy was decided by the double round robin championship round of 12 races today. Overnight the breeze swung from the east to west-southwest with slightly more velocity, 15 gusting to 25. With scores carrying over from yesterday, the day started with three teams tied for first place with 12 wins and 2 losses each. After some tightly contested races, the championship came down to the last race of the event with Tabor Academy edging out St. George's School.
Many thanks to MIT Sailing for hosting the event. Stew Craig did a stellar job fixing boats as things broke during the two days, allowing us to stay on schedule. NESSA is very fortunate for the continuing support of high school sailing by MIT Sailing.
Thanks also go out to the umpire crew: Brent Jansen (CHUMP, Saturday), etc. Thanks also to the many coaches that volunteered to man the finish boat and record scores. The event chair was Andrew Burr [Martha's Vineyard RHS]. The PRO was Andrew Nugnes [Falmouth HS MA] who ran the races from the start boat. The scorer was NESSA's Stat Geek, Carl Zimba.
Congratulations to all the participants for well-sailed races and a high level of sportsmanship. Best wishes to those that move onto the next events, Tabor Academy and St. George's School at the ISSA Team Racing National Championship and Milton Academy and The Hotchkiss School at the National Invitational Tournament.
|1||Tabor Academy||Seawolves||17/3||CJ McKenna '18||Nick Marshall '18|
|Jack Howard '19||Michael Collins '18|
|Anthony Minder '19||Cat Shakin '19|
|Jack Corbett '19||Stone Lack '18|
|Harper McKerrow '19|
|2||St. George's School||Dragons||16/4||Gray Benson '18||Amelia Jessop '21|
|John Kirkpatrick '18||Colin MacGillivray '19|
|Matt Logue '18||Wyatt Fogg '19|
|Ben White '18|
|Ellie Williams '18|
|3||Milton Academy||Mustangs||14/6||Charles Hibben '18||Alexandra Barron '20|
|Hunter Zonnenberg '19||Amelia Carlson '20|
|Jamie Fox '21||Isabelle Alex '21|
|Julia O'Connor '19|
|Ben Monnich '20|
|Henry Taylor '20|
|4||The Hotchkiss School||Bearcats||7/13||Tommy Whittemore '18||Elizabeth Koobatian '19|
|Christopher Lukens '19||Gwyneth Howell '20|
|John Eastman '20||Elissa Ito '19|
|Oliver Hurwitz '21||Casey Mason '19|
|Tatiana Whitman '18|
|5||Greenwich High School||Cardinals||6/8||Aiden Iacconis '21||Louisa Bjerke '18|
|Max Anker '20||Kate Russack '18|
|Pierce Ornstein '18||Angus Manion '21|
|Jack Childs '19|
|Isabella Clemens '18|
|6||Falmouth High School, ME||Yachtsmen||6/8||Caleb Robinson '18||Alex Mazelsky '20|
|Peter Morrissette '18||Emma Cole '21|
|Brendan Mittleider '19||Catherine Carpenter '19|
|Ava Brimicombe '21|
|7||Dartmouth High School||Indians||1/13||Tony Root '18||Sadie Thomas '19|
|Thomas Walker '20||Ben Will '18|
|Gracie Woodcock '19||Lucy Tibbals '19|
|8||North Kingstown High School||Skippers||1/13||Kevin Stamp '18||Odey Hariri '20|
|Odey Hariri '20||Kevin Stamp '18|
|Alex Dicenso '19||Caroline Bourgeois '18|
|Dixon Wixted '21||Nora Ong '19|
|Coghlin Molly '21|
|Olvia Mazzone '19|
|Elsa Kincaid '18|