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H.B. Plant High School wins the National Invitational Tournament/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 in Greenwich, CT on May 28, 2017. 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. Plant High School sails out of the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL.

Sailing for Plant High School were Connor Nelson ’19, Erica Brown ’17, Charlie Curtis ’17, Audrey Perry ’17, Andrew Burns ’17, and Olivia McIntosh ’18. They were coached by Ian Linberger.


Saturday, May 27:
Challenging conditions ruled the day. 4-5 from the west, switching to the east made life for RC and competitors frustrating. 42 races were completed with few flags thrown.

Sunday, May 28:
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.
The National Invitational Tournament Regatta started in 2009 as a way to promote team racing among school teams. Since NESSA had a strong back ground in team racing, they combined with the two districts on their boarders to create a event for those teams that just missed out on the Baker. The first NITs was in Rochester, NY. The winner of the NITs receives the Founders Trophy, a permanent trophy donated by the coaches from the three remaining founding schools of high school sailing – Tabor Academy, St. George’s School, & The Hotchkiss School – to further the interest in intersectional team racing. The small trophy is in the trophy case at the Davis Island Yacht Club and the large trophy that must return to the competition next year will be displayed at Plant.

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