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Great Oaks High School Regatta To Be Held This Weekend on Lake Ponchartrain
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The Great Oaks High School Regatta, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and hosted by the Southern Yacht Club, will be contested this weekend (Saturday-Sunday) on Lake Ponchartrain. This is the 13th edition of the event and the second sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. There will be practice sailing on Friday, while the actual competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Fans can watch the regatta at no charge by going to the Southern Yacht Club clubhouse. The address is 105 North Roadway St., New Orleans, La. 70124 or you can click here for directions.
This year's Great Oaks Regatta is expected to include 38 high school teams and over 150 sailors. Each school sails one boat with two sailors. Team members may be substituted between races. The school with the lowest combined score from the full slate of races is declared the winner.
Schools from all over the country, including Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington and Oregon, will take part in the event. Among the local schools competing will be Country Day, De La Salle, Jesuit, McGehee and St. Stanislaus. Last year's winner was Minnetonka High from Excelsior, Minn. Recent local winners have included Brother Martin (2006) and Country Day (2003).
Click here for a look at the history of the event.
Next weekend, from Thursday-Saturday, the second Sugar Bowl Regatta event, the Optimist Midwinters, will be contested on Lake Ponchartrain. Optimist sailors are assigned to a "Fleet" according to age. The "White Fleet" includes skippers who are under 10 on the opening day of the Regatta. "Blue Fleet" skippers are 11 or 12 years old and "Red Fleet" skippers are 13-15 years old. The Optimist Midwinters are expected to include 225-250 sailors and their families in town for the event.
The Sugar Bowl Regatta has been held on Lake Ponchartrain every year since 1935, except during World War II. The original sailing competition is divided up into two separate phases, spread out over four two-day periods, usually weekends, beginning in late November and concluding on New Year's Eve.