2016 Great OaksPosted on December 13, 2016
Friday’s practice was warm with a nice steady breeze, however the cold front passed through over night and Saturday dawned significantly cooler (still nice for many northern teams) and much windier.
Saturday air temps started in the mid 50’s and creeped up to about 62 by 5pm. Winds however were blowing a steady 27 MPH with regular gusts up to 34 at 1000 hrs. The starting time was postponed several times and the regatta was in danger of no racing for the first day. At 2 pm, the wind had dropped enough to go out on the water with only 1 fleet. The Red Fleet was launched and 2 races run with winds at approx. 20ish MPH and regular gusts around 25 MPH. Green Fleet launched as Red came in for rotations and the 2 fleets completed 4 races each, one more than the minimum to have a Gold & Silver Fleet on Sunday. In the Red Fleet, the top 3 teams were Orono, Xavier & U Chicago Laboratory schools. The Green fleet top 3 were Westminster, Fairfield Ludlowe and Beaufort Schools.
Southern Yacht Club hosted a traditional New Orleans dinner for all regatta participants Saturday Night!
Sunday morning was again cool and windy! 800 hrs saw steady winds over 20mph and gusts to 30mph, and the temp was about 55 degrees. After a 1 hour postponement, Gold Fleet started racing at 1030hrs and Silver Fleet at 1045hrs. The air temp had climbed to about 62 and reached 68 by 1500hrs, with winds at about 10 mph. By 1300 hrs, the wind was about 7-8 mph and stayed there for the rest of the afternoon.
Gold Fleet completed 10 races with Orono High School from MISSA winning the regatta. 2nd place was Myers Park from SAISA and 3rd Wayzata also from MISSA. Silver Fleet completed 8 races on Sunday and was won by Brother Rice High School – IL of MISSA, 2nd was St. Patrick Catholic High School of SEISA and 3rd was Jensen Beach High School of SAISA.
Thank you to The Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee for their support of High School Sailing! Thank you to Southern Yacht Club for hosting the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl - Great Oaks Regatta, for your hospitality and opening your club and for this wonderful regatta. Thank you to PRO Nathan Adams and ALL of the regatta volunteers, especially Yvonne Pottharst as Regatta Chair.