NJISA 2024 New Jersey State Championship


Saturday, May 18:

The NJISA sailing season - and the school year - came to a close with the annual New Jersey High School State Championship, held at Toms River Yacht Club for the fifth consecutive spring. Eleven teams contended for the Elizabeth Olsen Memorial Trophy in rainy, cool conditions. The breeze started from the north-northeast and continued to go right, finishing at an easterly direction. At its peak, the breeze reached 8-10 knots, but was as light as 3-5 knots at times. Twelve races were completed, eight LA2 and four WA3 courses. A thirteenth race was started, but was abandoned as the river began to glass off.

Christian Brothers Academy led the regatta from the first set, ultimately winning the championship by five points. Southern Regional remained on the Colts' heels for the entire day, finishing as a strong second place. Donovan Catholic, Seton Hall Prep, and Pingry School rounded out the top five teams.

In A Division, CBA's Christopher Small '26 and Matthew Dupree '25 won by two points over Donovan's James Kopack '24 and Caroline Felser '24. In B Division, CBA's Cole Buczkowski '27 and Luke Pennisi '24 also narrowly beat out Southern's Jude Ryon '27, Belle Placa '25, and Noah Tallman '25 by two points.

Thank you to John Barbano for serving as PRO, Mike Buczkowski for helping on the RC boat, Dr. Randall Nunn for running the mark boat, and Harry Foote, Jan O'Malley, and Vince Harris for serving as US Sailing judges.

A special thank you to TRYC for hosting high school sailing for yet another school year. Our gratitude also goes out to the BBYRA for continuing to partner with the NJISA on the CFJ fleet.

Congratulations to CBA for winning its third state championship!

ALL-TIME STATE CHAMPIONS: 2009 - Rumson-Fair Haven; 2010 - Rumson-Fair Haven; 2011 - Toms River South; 2012 - Toms River South; 2013 - Red Bank Regional; 2014 - Rumson-Fair Haven; 2015 - Christian Brothers Academy; 2016 - Christian Brothers Academy; 2017 - Ranney School; 2018 - Ranney School; 2019 - Rumson-Fair Haven; 2020 - No Regatta; 2021 - Toms River North; 2022 - Southern Regional; 2023 - Donovan Catholic; 2024 - Christian Brothers Academy

Score summary

1Christian BrothersColts131427
2Southern RegionalRams161632
3Donovan CatholicGriffins153146
4Seton Hall PrepPirates262551
5The PingryBig Blue471865
6Toms River  SouthIndians244872
8RidgeRed Devils593594
10Trinity HallMonarchs6148109

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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