Orcas sailors qualify for district

Amelia Kau, Emma Freedman, Ronan Rankin, Dominick Wareham and Meitte Woolworth from the Orcas High School sailing team traveled to Oak Harbor on March 23 and 24 to compete in the Oak Harbor ranking regatta.

Twenty teams from the Northwest District Interscholastic Sailing Association participated in the regatta, making for a crowded start line. The sailing conditions were very difficult at best as very light and shifty winds persisted both afternoons.

A tidal flood running across the race course also pushed boats past lay lines and turn marks, keeping the competitors on high alert. Start lines were skewed, creating a log jam of boats all looking for the favored lane at the start. Orcas overcame a slow start and a disqualification in race 3B and grabbed seventh place overall after 14 races, earning the team a berth at district championships on May 4 and 5 in Anacortes. Complete results for the Oak Harbor regatta can be found at https://scores.hssailing.org/s19/nwisa-ranking/full-scores/

Next up for the team is the Bellingham team race regatta on April 6 and 7.