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WHS SAILING: WHS places 5th in sailing championships

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

WHS Sail2Junior and sophomore WHS sailors Karl Skeel, Adam DiDomizio, Connor Hughes, Nathan Finger and Erik Skeel placed fifth of 16 teams. (Courtesy photo)

Five members of the Woodinville High School Sailing Team traveled to Anacortes the last weekend in April to compete in the Northwest Fleet Race Championship in the waters of Fidalgo Bay.

High school teams came from as far south as Portland, Ore. and from as far north as Bellingham. Sixteen high schools came for the two-day regatta.

Washington state teams are dotted along the Salish Sea from Orcas Island to Olympia. Teams competed in pairs, each made up of a skipper and crew, in both A and B fleets. The Woodinville team practices at Sail Sand Point with other high schools on the Eastside and Seattle.

Winds on Saturday were 10-15 knots from the south with minimal waves and current. At the end of day one, WHS was in third place. Over the two-day event, 28 individual races were held. Woodinville had a good showing with one first place, five second place, and two third place finishes.  

Light and shifting winds created a challenge on Sunday with wind 3-7 knots. Significant direction changes occurred over the day. Wind came from west, south and east, requiring several course layout changes.

Congratulations go to first place Sehome High School for qualifying to nationals, vying for the Mallory Cup in San Diego, California.

 WHS SailingConnor and Erik sprinting to the finish line. (Courtesy photo)

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