ISSA News

1999 Great Oaks Results

FLORIDA SCHOOLS DOMINATE GREAT OAKS, FIRST ISSA NEW TEAMS' REGATTA
SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB - New Orleans, LA
13-14 November 1999

After two days of racing in Lake Pontchartrain's light and shifty winds, Berkeley Prep (Belleaire, FL)'s team of David Phillips and Scott Ashbaugh won decisively in their first major schools regatta, followed by a one-point spread between second-place Community School of Naples(FL)' s Ryan Shaughnessy and Meredith Pelton and New Orleans' Newman High in third, with brothers Ben and Scott Montgomery racing.

This was the inaugural of a new Interscholastic Sailing Association regatta for school teams which have been organized for less than three years, and teams from Hawaii to Connecticut, 16 in all, responded eagerly to the challenge. For many sailors, it was their first national-level event in doublehanded boats. The Southeast District of ISSA (SEISA) hosted the new Great Oaks Invitational at Southern YC in Club 420s loaned for the regatta by Southern YC, Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. SEISA Director Chris Clement was Regatta Chair, working with Principal Race Officer Lea Fisk , Chief Judge Jerry Blouin and an impressive team of volunteers.

After eight races, it looked like the hometown schools might take all the marbles, - Newman HS and Metarie's Rummel HS had solid positions, but Berkeley and Stockton(CA)'s Lincoln HS were not out of reach, in fact down eight places it was still up for grabs. 7th place Stonington HS(CT) won the third race, Fridley, MN's Totino Grace HS won race 12. The only dominant first place finisher was Berkeley's team with 7 bullets in the 17-race series.

Southern Yacht Club was an outstanding host for these young sailors in their first meeting with new friends from all over, friends they will sail with for years to come. The 2000 Great Oaks Invitational Regatta is expected to be at
Southern YC on the second weekend in November, with 26 schools invited nationwide selected through district eliminations among teams less than three years old in ISSA's seven districts. One doublehanded boat per team, with a total team of no more than four sailors, permits emerging teams to compete on more nearly equal terms.