The fall season for Bainbridge High School’s sailing team concluded with top finishes at the North West Interscholastic Sailing Association Fall Championships.
The championships were held in Silverdale, Nov. 2 through Nov. 3.
Winds were light and shifty, but Bainbridge’s varsity team placed third out of 20 teams which qualified them for Fleet Racing Districts (the national qualifier) in the spring.
The Bainbridge junior varsity teams showed their depth of skill by placing fifth, sixth, and 14th out of 20 teams in the Fall Championships.
The strong final regatta follows five others that included winning both the Port Townsend Open Fleet Racing Regatta and the Trick-or-Treat Team Racing (3v3) Regatta in Anacortes, as well as a second-place finish by Zach Cooper in the full rig Laser Singlehanded Qualifier and the girls’ varsity qualifying and participating in the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association Girls’ Invitational in San Diego, California.
The team’s coaching staff said the fall sailing team roster of 27 included nine freshmen and seven sophomores, so the future is bright.
The fall team was led by captains Max Doane and Dane Petrakis and coached by Haley Lhamon, Jay Brown, Stasi Burzycki, and Susan Kaseler.
The spring high school sailing season will begin the last week of February.
Team officials also gave thanks at the close of the fall season for all those who supported the sailing team’s second annual Ski Swap fundraiser.