Submitted by COACH BURKE THOMAS
The Orcas High School sailing team has had away regatta madness this March, travelling and competing away from home every weekend in March.
This adds up to 42 NWISA district races that the team has raced in, compiling well over 40 hours of on-water tiller time at those regattas. All the hard work is starting to pay off. The team seeded all three boats into the gold division at the Sail Sand Point combined division regatta on March 21 and 22 and at the end of two long days of racing, two of the Orcas teams finished in the top ten overall. The team carried that momentum from SSP into the final NWISA March Regatta at the Mt. Baker Open on Saturday, March 28, where the strong shifty winds played into their sailing strengths. Twelve races were completed in the 29 boat fleet with the Orcas teams placing fourth, fifth and tenth overall. Complete regatta results can be found at http://scores.hssailing.org/s15/mt-baker-open/.
The team will host Friday Harbor on their home waters of West Sound April 4th for the annual Orcas Cup and then will hit the road again for a regatta every weekend through May 15.