The Bainbridge High School sailing team spent a beautiful sparkly weekend in Anacortes Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, team officials said, competing in their last regatta of the season, the NWISA Fleet Racing Championship.
Although the championship regatta is limited to 20 schools, based on ranking from previous regattas, there is a separate concurrent regatta for schools that did not qualify to sail in the championship and for extra sailors from the qualified schools. One of the larger teams, BHS was able to field two teams in the alternate 25-team regatta as well as the event proper.
Light and shifty winds were the norm for Saturday’s racing and the committee spent a lot of time chasing the zephyrs to keep the racing going, team officials said.
Sunday’s winds were moderate to light, with the secondary regatta course set farther off shore in a better breeze.
The fleet racing format for high school and collegiate events consists of each school team sailing a pair of students in an A Division and a different pair of students in a B Division, and combining the scores for an official total. Limited substitutions are allowed, with a minimum of four and a maximum of eight sailors per school participating per team.
Olympia High School, which won the Team Racing Championship at Eagle Harbor last weekend, sailed a very strong regatta, earning only 99 points after 22 races, winning the Fleet Racing Championship and the berth to sail in the ISSA Mallory Championship in fleet racing, which is to be held in Seattle next weekend.
Second place Sehome, with 139 points, will also be able to sail at Mallory.
Third place was earned by Orcas, which also won the sportsmanship trophy, awarded by vote of their peers.
Bainbridge varsity representatives, captains Zach Cooper and Max Doane, and Dane Petrakis, Lauren Heinzelman, Lindsay Campbell, and alternate Camden Lee earned fifth place with 152 points in the 20-boat regatta.
In the concurrent regatta for 24 non-qualified teams, BHS had two entries.
After 18 races, this regatta was won by Sehome with 80 points, and BHS 1 wound up seventh with 166 points, while BHS 2 finished in 11th place with 203 points.
Sailing In BHS 1 were Banning Jones, Gus Beer, Barrett Lhamon, Lola White, Thomas McNulty, and Trevor Royset.
BHS 2 sailors were Chase VanDerrick, Camden Lee, Evan Yeung, Gianna Dewey, Jack Bennett, Jack Turkovich, and Grace Frei.
BHS sailing team officials are supremely grateful to volunteer assistant coaches and parents who make their program possible, they said, and to their graduating seniors for their maturity, wisdom, and experience.