Whidbey’s Wildcat Sailing qualifies in gold, silver divisions

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Organizers of the first qualifying regatta of the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association’s season say the event was a huge success.

This was the first time Oak Harbor has hosted the North Regionals. A total of 18 teams representing 11 schools competed, according to Wildcat Sailing coach Erik Mann.

Orcas Island claimed first and second place overall, followed in third by Woodinville.

“Oak Harbor had two teams competing,” Mann said in an email to Whidbey Daily. “Our first team finished 8th in A division, and 5th in B division, placing 6th overall (one point out of 5th place). Our second team finished 12th in A division, and 11th in B division, placing 11th overall.”

For the first time, an Oak Harbor team has qualified for Gold Division in a combined division competition.

“Our first team easily qualified for Gold Fleet at next weekend’s Combined Division Regatta in Seattle at Sail Sand Point, and our second boat is the second seeded team in the Silver Fleet,” Mann said.

Next week’s competition will be considerably larger, with 40 boats competing.

The weather for last weekend’s regatta cooperated most of the day, according to Mann. The wind gave out about 3:30 p.m., before all the races had been completed, so just the first four races in each division could be scored. To see complete results, click here.

The competition may have ended early, but it was still a great day all the way around, said Mann.

“We had over 20 volunteers from team parents, Oak Harbor Youth sailing, the Oak Harbor Yacht Club, and the community that all came together to help with set-up, registration, running the races on the water, safety boat operation, feeding the sailors and cleaning up,” he said. “The event would not be possible without such a great group of supporters.”

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