Sailing, rowing teams making a splash

Bulletin_Sailing team
Photo courtesy Christine Brown.

By David Nelson, Bainbridge Islander editor

Sailing team takes first in Anacortes

The Bainbridge Island High School Sailing Team won first place at the annual Islands Cup regatta in Anacortes on April 11-12.

This fleet-racing regatta rotates among various locations in and around the San Juan Islands each year and attracts teams from all over the Northwest.

Sailors completed four races, two in each division, before racing was called off on the first day when wind gusts of more than 25 knots continued to build, with as many as six boats capsized on the course at a time. Weather conditions on Sunday were nearly perfect.

The Bainbridge High School Plaid team, with Stasi Burzycki and Sophia Kasper/Kat Smith in Division A and Jackson McCoy and Hannah Harrison in Division B, took 1st place out of 32 teams to win the 2015 Islands Cup. Fourth place went to the combined team of Will Brown and Josh Rentz in Division A and Caelan Juckniess, Nicole Sanford and Harry Saliba in Division B.

Lucas Burzycki, Elizabeth Rolfes, Christophe Webber, Harry Saliba, Olivia Mitchell and Sophie Crandell placed ninth, and Nick Dresel, Karl Anderson, Zach Mellin, Quinn Ring and Cole Garthwaite placed 21st.

Rowers competes in British Columbia

Bainbridge High School rowing teams earned several first- and second-place finishes last weekend at the international Brentwood Regatta on Vancouver Island.

The Varsity Boys Eight came in first of the U.S. teams in the high school race, with a boat consisting of Alex Larsen, Scott Musselwhite, Will de Rubertis, Konnor Vander Leest, John Danielsson, Dan Queen, Lars Erickson, Cole Sander and coxswain Keith Carlson.

In girls races, the varsity eight took second overall in the high school race, the

lightweight four finished second and then launched for a second race with the rest of their squad as the lightweight eight boat.  In a close final, Bainbridge finally nosed ahead of Brentwood for second place behind Holy Names, which won in a late sprint.

The boys novice eight boat, Colin Veilleux, Gavin Veilleux, Conor Sweeney, Jackson Patrick, Peter Van Ness, Aaron Lewis-Sandy, Hudson Dore, John Merritt, cox Sam Carson, took first place, the first time a junior novice team from the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club has won an Open-A level race, according to coach Tim Goss. The novice boys four also won its race.