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Orcas sailors win San Diego regatta

March 27, 2013 · Updated 12:52 PM

Ian Wareham (in red). / Tim Wilkes photo

Local skippers Ian Wareham and Chris White traveled to San Diego, Calif. for the Sperry Topsider NOOD regatta held March 15-17 at the San Diego Yacht Club in the soling class.

Seven boats all of the same design competed over three days. Wareham and White topped the scoreboard with first and second over five San Diego crewed boats, beating out John Walton, a long-time friend.

Soling is a complex sloop with spinnaker with a crew of three. Seattle-based Angus Brackett and San Diego-based Alex Levine (Wareham’s nephew) crewed for Wareham on a chartered boat he named “Ghost.” Orcas-based Gavin Bracket and Anacortes-based David Way crewed for White on another chartered boat he named “Crazy I.”

The three days of racing required a full day of equipment preparation and practice sailing in San Diego Harbor. Conditions ranged from 13 knots on day one to two to eight knots on days two and three. Swells from the Northwest at two to six feet with wind waves one to two feet from the Southwest made maintaining boat speed very difficult.

Wareham and crew dominated racing with all firsts over six races for a low score of six – one of the lowest amongst 11 other one-design fleets.

White’s team scored five consecutive second place finishes and after one third for 13 points a solid second place showing.

“Only a few times did ‘Crazy I’ lead ‘Ghost,’” White said. “Ian and the crew are truly champions at sailing the soling.”

Orcas Island Yacht Club continues to sponsor racing activities, starting with the Sail Orcas programs Junior Sailing chaired by Betsy Wareham, high school racing with head coach Burke Thomas, and adult lessons with White, who is the adult head coach.

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