Regatta Kicks off String of Allstate Sugar Bowl Events


Regatta Kicks off String of Allstate Sugar Bowl Events park

The Optimist Mid-Winter Regatta Championship will kick of another exciting string of Allstate Sugar Bowl events over the next three weeks.

The Optimist Mid-Winter Regatta will be contested on Thanksgiving Day, as well as Friday and Saturday, on Lake Ponchartrain with sailors from eight to 15 years old competing. 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 Midwinter Championship is expected to welcome 250-275 sailors and their families to town for the event.

The majority of the sailors come from around the United States, but the event will also feature young participants from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Peru and Singapore. The boats launch between 9 and 9:30 a.m. each day from Southern Yacht Club and sail to the offshore course. Sailing continues throughout each day.

Next week, the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament will begin play on Wednesday, November 30, continuing through Saturday, December 3. The opening rounds of the tournament (Wednesday and Thursday) will be played at Brother Martin, Holy Cross, Jesuit and St. Paul's with the semifinals and finals (Friday and Saturday) being played at Jesuit.

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys' Basketball Tournament Opening Round, November 30
Shaw vs. De La Salle, 4:30 p.m. (Brother Martin)
West Jefferson vs. Jesuit, 6 p.m. (Brother Martin)
Newman vs. Brother Martin, 7:30 p.m. (Brother Martin)
Catholic High vs. Holy Cross, 6 p.m. (Holy Cross)
Benjamin Franklin vs. John Curtis, 7:30 p.m. (Holy Cross)
East St. John vs. Rummel, 6 p.m. (St. Paul's)
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. St. Paul's, 7:30 p.m. (St. Paul's)
Chalmette (first round bye)

The fifth annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational opens action on Friday, December 2, at the AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner, La. Fifteen women's collegiate teams, including many of the top-ranked teams in the country, are scheduled to compete with the championship rounds slated for Saturday.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Select High School Football Championships will be held on Friday, December 2 in the Superdome. Four championship games will be played that day.

Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Select Football Championships, December 2
Division IV, 10 a.m.
Division III, 1:30 p.m.
Division II, 5 p.m.
Division I, 8:30 p.m.

Additional regatta events will be held on December 3-4 (Saturday and Sunday) on Lake Ponchartrain. In addition to the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl High School Regatta Championship, the annual Race of Champions will be contested, as well as the PHRF, One-Design and Board Boats regattas.

Football action resumes at the Superdome the following weekend with the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Non-Select Football Championships for Classes 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A on December 9-10 (Friday and Saturday).

Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Non-Select Football Championships, December 9-10
Class 1A, Friday, Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m.
Class 2A, Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m.
Class 3A, Saturday, 12 Noon
Class 4A, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Class 5A, Saturday, 7 p.m.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk in City Park on Saturday, December 10, at 3:30 p.m. will be the final community event prior to the week-long spread of events surrounding the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 88 Hall of Fame players, 47 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 82-year history. The 83rd Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 2, 2017. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.3 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade.