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Florida Team Wins Great Oaks Regatta
Monday, November 25, 2013
Riverview High School from Sarasota, Fla., captured the overall title at the Great Oaks High School Regatta, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and hosted by the Southern Yacht Club, this past weekend on Lake Ponchartrain. This was the 16th edition of the event and the fifth sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Riverview team of Sam Armington and Aaron Burnett also won the Larry and Babs White Trophy as the top first-time team.
This year's Great Oaks Regatta included 42 high school teams and over 180 sailors. Each school brought two skippers/drivers and up to two crew (one light, one heavier) for each skipper to match the wind conditions.
Schools from 17 different states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, took part in the event - the school traveling the furthest distance was Cape Elizabeth High School, from 1,620 miles away in Maine. Last year's winners were Ransom Everglades (Miami, Fla.) and Long Beach (Miss.) High School.
Local high schools with teams in the weekend's event included: Brother Martin, Christ Episcopal, Jesuit, Louis S. McGehee, Metairie Park Country Day, Mount Carmel, St. Martin's Episcopal and Ursuline.
Click here for a look at the history of 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.