The Orcas High School sailing team traveled to the big city for a long weekend of practice and racing in mid-March.The weekend started with a Friday afternoon practice with the UW sailing team. Sam Parish (OIHS ‘09 Alumni) and the rest of the UW team had boats rigged and ready to get on the water for some team racing. Tuning tips and race strategies were discussed as well. When the team got back to shore, ISAF rules writer Dick Rose led a forty-five minute rules Q&A for the team.
“His definitions and diagrams of the rules in action helped all of us a lot,” said Orcas coach Burke Thomas.
Saturday brought cold temperatures, rain and wind and a long day on the water. The team had a couple capsizes, but sailed very well, in the puffy unpredictable breeze. Twelve races were completed by the end of sailing Saturday. Seniors Rhys Thompson and Annie Ryder grabbed a couple first place finishes in a fleet of 26 boats. Sunday was cold but had clear skies and 10 races were completed, in a shifty southwest wind. Orcas grabbed 4th overall in the gold division and second in the silver division. Complete scores and regatta report can be found at http://nwisa.hssailing.org/.