NJISA 2024 Spring Fleet Championship


Saturday, April 20:

Eleven New Jersey schools arrived at Toms River Yacht Club for the 2024 NJISA Spring Fleet Championship, looking for a chance to advance to the MASSA spring regattas. The west wind struggled to fill in early, but sailors got on the water around 1015 and began sailing in a patchy, light southwest breeze. The breeze slowly began to increase from the west-southwest, ranging from 5-8 knots early to 12-18 knots late in the day. Racing was completed for the day just before 1700 hours with 14 LA2 races completed.

At the end of day one, Donovan Catholic held a four-point lead over Christian Brothers Academy, while third place Southern Regional was two points behind CBA. Sunday's racing is set to begin at 1000 hours with race B7.

Sunday, April 21:

Sailors returned to TRYC on Sunday with eight races remaining to complete a full rotation. The breeze once again was light from the west with the same forecast for it to very gradually build. The breeze settled into a southwest direction at 6-10 knots for most of Sunday's racing. All eight LA2 races were completed by 1330.

The three-team battle at the top of the standings made for interesting racing on Sunday. Ultimately, it was Christian Brothers Academy that took control of the regatta by winning three races and finishing second in three more. The Colts won the Spring Fleet Championship with 61 points, ahead of second place Southern Regional with 67 points. Donovan Catholic finished in third place with 75 points and Seton Hall Prep was fourth with 90 points.

These four schools have qualified for the MASSA Spring District Championship and Mallory Qualifier on May 11-12 at TRYC.

The next four schools, Toms River South, Point Pleasant Beach, Summit, and Ranney, have qualified for the MASSA Spring Invitational on the same weekend at Washington College.

In A Division, it was the CBA team of Christopher Small '26, Matthew Dupree '25, and Mitchell Hnatt '24 that finished first. Donovan's James Kopack '24, Caroline Felser '24, and Gianna Deresz '27 were second in A Division.

B Division was won by Southern's Jude Ryon '27 and Erin Little '25, followed by CBA's Cole Buczkowski '27 and Luke Pennisi '24.

Thank you to the on-water team for helping make this event possible: Dave Magno (PRO), Dr. Randall Nunn (mark boat), Jody Lutz (mark boat), John Paggi (RC boat), Peter Chirlian (US Sailing judge), Jim Walsh (US Sailing judge), and Vince Harris (US Sailing). A special thanks to TRYC for hosting the regatta and to the BBYRA for the continued partnership with the FJ fleet.

Best of luck to all of the NJISA teams at the MASSA events in a few weeks!

Score summary

1Christian BrothersColts322961
2Southern RegionalRams481967
3Donovan CatholicGriffins413475
4Seton Hall PrepPirates434790
5Toms River  SouthIndians6477141
6Point Pleasant BeachGarnett Gulls43101144
10RidgeRed Devils77111188
11Trinity HallMonarchs114101215

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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