This past weekend Corinthian Yacht Club was well represented by 30 Junior Sailors (only 60% of our team!) at the NWISA Fleet Race Championships in Bellingham.
Six teams sailed, two of which were competing for two spots in the ISSA Mallory Doublehanded National Championships. We had a late start on Saturday and the weather changed from a rainy, light wind morning to a sunny, no wind afternoon. The competition for the two berths at nationals came down to the final couple of races, with the top three teams battling it out on the water. Ballard (one of our teams) went into the final race of the series with 51 points, 8 points out of first. Those on shore were riveted, staring through binoculars waiting for results. Ballard Highschool placed third, just missing the mark but excited to try again next year! Dieter Creitz and Meimei Peterson sailed hard and managed to win B division with a solid 11 points through 6 races, and Catie Vandervort, Phoebe Howe, and Sam Airhart placed 7th in A division. Our other teams had a great regatta too- many top 5 finishes in both Gold and Silver fleet, and several 8th graders who had never sailed in a high school regatta gave upperclassmen something to be worried about. Delicious tacos served by majority Bellingham parents filled an entire regattas worth of teenagers' bellies on Saturday evening, and throughout both days chaperones cooked over grills and kept the team as warm as possible and fed. The team camped together in Bow and had a delightful time. Sunday was rainy all day with just enough wind to get races off! Overall, lots of fun grilling burgers, warming hands, and competing with 43 teams in Bellingham total. This was also the last regatta for our 6 seniors. From The Downtown School, Mira Shupe, Kermit Tonnes-Priddy, Ryan Curtis, and Isabelle Mcnabb, and from Ballard High School, Catie Vandervort and Meimei Peterson, are graduating. We'll miss these kids and all they've brought to the community over the years and wish them the best of luck as they move on to their next adventure.