Local brother and sister win regional sailing regatta on Orcas Island

  • Fri Apr 8th, 2016 1:00pm
  • Sports

San Juan Island Youth Sailing Team members Perham and Leah Black won the Orcas Regional sailing regatta at West Sound on Saturday, March 26.

At the regatta, sixteen competing boats (each with a skipper and crew) represented Orcas Island High School, Friday Harbor Youth Sailing Team, Sehome High School (Bellingham), North Kitsap High School, and Bellingham High School.

Perham, a sophomore, skippered and his sister Leah, a freshman, crewed. The duo amassed 17 points in seven races, besting their nearest competitors from Sehome, who finished with 24 points. Another Friday Harbor team took tenth place, while Orcas Island teams placed fourth, fifth and seventh.

The regatta results can be found at http://scores.hssailing.org/s16/orcas-regional/. Team photos can be found at https://www.facebook.com/sjisf. Interested youth should consider signing up for the San Juan Island Parks & Rec sailing program this summer, as it is the typical feeder program for the team.

The San Juan Island Sailing Foundation sponsors and supports the San Juan Island Youth Sailing Team, which typically has around 15 to 20 sailors and is coached by Todd Roberts. The team can be seen practicing off Jackson’s Beach on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the spring.

The San Juan Island Sailing Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance sailing in the San Juan Islands. The foundation’s primary focus is to provide sailboats and coaching for the SJI Youth Sailing Team, and it funds participation in regional regattas. The foundation also provides boats, equipment, and volunteers to support San Juan Island Parks & Recreation’s summer sailing classes for beginning and intermediate sailors of all ages. The foundation has also had youth sailors from Shaw Island, Spring Street International School, and Friday Harbor High School on the team.