Sunday, April 27, 2014

What a SUCCESS!!!!

This weekend the Anacortes High School Teen Sailing Team hosted the NWISA (NW Interscholastic Sailing Assoc) Doublehanded District Championships with the most able and dedicated backing of the kid's parents and volunteers from our AYC.  There were at least 2 dozen AYC volunteers there both days, on the water, on the dock and on shore helping to organize and manage this complicated event. The venue was PERFECT...Seafarer's Park!!  But you had to be there to comprehend the logistics of pulling this regatta off, let alone feeding the 90+ teens and the volunteers.  Here's how it works:  There were 16 schools, each with two double handed teams (4 schools from Portland, the rest from Olympia, Gig Harbor, Bainbridge, etc to Bellingham) and 16 identical dinghies.  The boats are FJ's (Flying Juniors) with new sails (provided for the event by SYC Sailing Foundation). So you have 32 sailing teams and 16 boats.  The goal is to have every team sail  2 races on every boat.  After every 2 races they sail back to the dock and change boats.  32 races in the 2 days would be perfect....we did 28!!!!   Congrats to all involved and CONGRATULATIONS to the kids from Sehome who won a trip to the Nationals in San Diego next month.