H.B. Plant (Tampa FL) Wins the NIT/Founders Trophy
Congratulations to the Plant Panthers on winning the National Invitational Tournament for the Founders Trophy (high school team racing) sailed Memorial Day weekend out of Indian Harbor Yacht Club. The Panthers recorded a 11/2 record in the final double round robin to defeat Tabor Academy (also 11/2 but second by virtue of having been beaten by Plant in both their races) and Greenwich High School at 10/3.
The event was made possible through the generosity of the local high schools (Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy and Greenwich High School) who lent their 24 identical Club 420s.
In all one full round robin and double round-robins once the fleet was split into gold and silver were sailed.
Images courtesy of Mary Alice Carmichael.
Challenging conditions ruled the day. 4-5 from the west, switching to the east made life for RC and and competitors frustrating.
42 races completed, few flags thrown.
Thank you to the volunteers and parents that helped out on the race course to make the event happen.
Special thanks to Indian Harbor YC Race Committee for their work.
After short postponement ashore, racing got underway in a building easterly around 11:30. The final 2 races of the RR were finished with 1 protest being heard and disallowed.
A gold and silver round robin were completed in a beautiful 5-8 ESE breeze. 2 protests filed, 1 heard resulting in 1 DSQ.
Thank you again to the coaches, sailors, and parents that made their way to Greenwich on Memorial Day weekend to sail.
Special thanks to the volunteers that gave up their holiday to further the sport of sailing and team racing in high school.
Thank you to all those who gave all for the ability to spend a weekend on the water.