Orcas sailors compete at combined division regatta

More than 200 sailors representing 40 teams from the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association schools descended on Sail Sandpoint March 11 and 12 to compete at the NWISA combined division regatta. The teams were seeded into gold, silver and bronze divisions based on their regional scores from March 4.

The Orcas team traveled to Sail Sandpoint with 13 sailors fielding two teams in the gold fleet and one team in the silver fleet. Rain, no wind and more rain greeted the team Saturday morning and after one light air race, the race committee postponed the racing and sent the teams to shore to wait for better conditions. The forecasted SW breeze finally filled in at 2:30 p.m., the Orcas sailors all enjoyed the steady winds. They all raced until the light faded, finally getting off the water around 6 p.m., making for a long day.

Orcas had positioned themselves well and after one day of racing, the teams were first and 10th in gold fleet and third in the silver fleet. Sunday brought warmer weather, not much rain and light winds. The Orcas teams battled hard all day, with the Vikings 1 team holding on for the regatta win in the gold fleet, and the Vikings 2 boat placing eighth in the gold fleet. In silver fleet the Viking team finished strong, placing third. The team travels to Bainbridge next weekend for two days of racing on Eagle Harbor.