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Sailing Director
Hannah Tuson-Turner

Orcas native Hannah Tuson-Turner has joined the Sail Orcas Board as its new Sailing Director. She oversees all Sail Orcas sailing programs, including teaching the adult learn-to-sail lessons, coaching the Orcas high school sailing team, serving as the head instructor for the middle school exploratory sailing lessons and supervisor of the summer junior lessons.

Junior Sailing Starts June 26th

Good Summer Fun on West Sound

Great Venue, Great Boats, the Best Instructors

For the past 25 years, Orcas youth ages 8-18 have been introduced to the sport of sailing through this popular program. Sail Orcas is happy to present this summer program which focuses on teaching sailing skills in a safe, fun environment. With a variety of boats including Vanguard Prams, Lasers and 6 Bics, the program can accommodate beginners and experienced sailors. We offer the perfect venue on the protected waters of West Sound on Orcas Island. All instructional staff are US Sailing Certified Instructors and Coaches. Intro to Sailing and Intermediate Sailing will be offered all weeks this summer. Intro to Race, Fun on the Water will each be offered in select weeks. Please read the course descriptions under the Junior Sailing menu item and feel free to contact Sail Orcas with any questions you may have. Register and pay using our standard online form using any major credit card.


NWISA Team Race Champions!

Orcas High School Sailing Team Goes To Nationals

It Happened May 5-7 at Sail Sandpoint in Seattle

The Orcas High School Sailing Team travelled May 5-7 to Sail Sandpoint in Seattle, to compete in the NWISA Team Race District Championships. The team took to the water Friday afternoon for a 4 hour wet and windy and very productive practice session with other NWISA teams. Saturday morning brought very light shifty SE winds and only 3 of the 62 scheduled races had been completed by 2pm. Spring’s sunny weather finally showed up in the afternoon and a 6-9 knot northerly breeze filled the digital N race course. Forty-two 3 on 3 team races were completed Saturday, with the racing going very late in the evening. All the teams were exhausted and Orcas was very happy to have grabbed the lead with a 10 win and 1 loss record.

Sunday brought shifty 3-6 knot north winds, with lots of tight racing. Two complete round- robins were completed by 3pm with Orcas and Olympia tied for first with identical 12-2 records. The final 4 Gold round robin would decide the regatta. Bainbridge handed Olympia a loss and Orcas grabbed a win against North Kitsap, to go up by one win in the first flight. In flight two, Olympia beat North Kitsap and Orcas lost against Bainbridge, tying the two teams again with 13-3 records. After two full days of racing, and 61 races completed the regatta would be decided on the final race, number 62 Orcas versus Olympia. Orcas took to the offense early with some aggressive pre-start tailing, which helped Orcas get off the start line and into a winning combination early on the first leg of the course .The team was able to sail fast and extend into a solid 1-2 winning combination for a decisive race win, making them NWISA District Champions. “The team worked hard and stayed focused, I am very proud of their accomplishment” said Coach Hannah Tuson-Turner. “It was a whole team effort of both Varsity and JV to put us into position to compete at this level and now a great opportunity for the team to compete against the 12 best teams in the nation in Norfolk, VA May 26-28 for the Baker Trophy National Championship”.


NWISSA Doublehanded Championships

Orcas Island WA April 29 &30th

Thirty-nine teams and 180 high school sailors from around the Northwest participated in the 2017 NWISA Doublehanded Championships on Orcas Island April 29 &30th. Sixteen races we completed in the Varsity fleet over the two days. The wind and weather were a mixed bag over the course of the two day regatta. Pouring rain and cold light winds on Saturday made for a very long day on the water for the sailors. Sunday the sun came out and the breeze filled in after lunch giving the sailors some good racing conditions.

The Charles Wright Academy beat out Orcas for the regatta win with Bainbridge Island placing third overall in the regatta.

In the twenty boats JV fleet Orcas teams placed 5th and 18th for the regatta. Up next on the spring schedule the team travels to Sail Sandpoint for Team Race champs on May 5&6th.



Busy April for Sailing Team

Annual Islands Cup April 8 & 9 th at Oak Harbor.

The Orcas High School Sailing Team has been very busy traveling to regattas this spring! Fifteen sailors traveled to the Annual Islands Cup Regatta April 8 & 9 th at Oak Harbor. Blustery SE winds made for an exciting two days of competitive racing. With time running out Sunday afternoon, five teams were only separated by a few points; the last race which was number 22 for the regatta would decide the winner. The Orcas team sailed very well but finished 1 point out of first and placed 3rd over-all for the regatta in the gold fleet. Gold Results The Orcas silver teams sailed very well also grabbing 2nd and 5th in the silver fleet. Silver Results

Regional NWIS Regatta April 22nd Bellingham

April 22nd the team traveled to Fairhaven in Bellingham for a long day of 3 on 3 team racing on Bellingham Bay. The team sailed great and won the regional regatta with a 10 win & 1 loss record. NWISA Regional Results

Regional District Championships April 29th & 30th on Orcas

Looking ahead the team is excited to have the NWISA District Fleet Championships on Orcas in April hosted by the Orcas Island Yacht Club and Team Parents at the OIYC West Sound facility. So much work to be done by local volunteers to accommodate nearly 200 visiting sailors. Notice of Race


Orcas Sailors Are On A Roll!

Kitsap 10% regatta March 18-19.

Fourteen Orcas sailors from the high school team travelled to Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island to compete in the Kitsap 10% regatta March 18-19. This two day district wide regatta counts as 10% of the team’s season score, and helps determine what team will move on out of district to Nationals. Rain and light winds Saturday morning greeted the 150 competitors from 33 teams as boats were rigged and launched, by the time the first start gun sounded the rain had slacked and a light SE wind had filled the race course on Eagle Harbor. All the Orcas teams stayed focused and battled hard in the light and very shifty breezes in the first 4 races. The sun peaked out after lunch and the breezed shifted 180 degrees to the NW and built to a steady 15-18 with gusts near 20mph, and the Orcas team excelled in the conditions.

Sunday brought clear skies and light winds, the Varsity team competed in 16 races for the regatta, winning the last two securing the regatta win. Twelve races were completed by the JV team, which came from behind winning 3 out of the last 4 races, getting them the regatta win as well.
Complete scores can be found at: Kitsap - Varsity   Kitsap - JV


Sail Sandpoint - Orcas Team Takes Gold

NWISA Combined Division Regatta March 11th & 12th

Over Two hundred sailors representing forty teams from the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association (NWISA) schools descended on Sail Sandpoint March 11&12 to compete at the NWISA combined division regatta. The teams were seeded into Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions based on their regional scores from March 4th.

The Orcas team, travelled to Sail Sandpoint with 13 sailors fielding two teams in the gold fleet and one team in the silver fleet. Rain, no wind and more rain greeted the team Saturday morning and after one light air race, the race committee postponed the racing and sent the teams to shore to wait for better conditions. The forecasted SW breeze finally filled in at 2:30, the Orcas sailors all enjoyed the steady winds. They all raced until the light faded, finally getting off the water around 6pm making for a long day. Orcas had positioned themselves well and after one day of racing the teams were 1st and 10th in gold fleet and 3rd in silver fleet. Sunday brought warmer weather, not much rain and light winds. The Orcas teams battled hard all day, with the Vikings 1 team holding on for the regatta win in gold fleet, and the Vikings 2 boat placing 8th in the gold fleet. In silver fleet the Viking team finished strong placing 3rd. The Team travels to Bainbridge Island next weekend for two days of racing on Eagle Harbor. Complete results from SSP Regatta can be found here:  Gold  Silver  Bronze 


NWISA North Regionals

Orcas Vikings have a great regatta

March 4th, 2017 in Anacortes

Spring sports got underway this past week on Orcas, including the Sailing team taking to the waters of West Sound for practices. The weather has been anything but spring like, snow on the ground and temperatures hovering in the 30's have made practices a challenge , but as the saying goes "island kids are tough" so the team practiced all week anyway.

Saturday March 4th the team travelled to North Regionals in Anacortes to kick off their "Spring Season" and was greeted with snow, sleet and cold, cold winds. "The team layered up with warm clothing and rallied to show immense physical and mental toughness in very trying conditions* said Coach Hannah Tuson-Turner. The results did not reflect the temperatures as the two Orcas boats placed first and second out of 14 boats in the first race, setting the tone for the day and battling between themselves for the top spot. Sixteen races were completed before the 4:30 pm stop time was reached, with Orcas Vikings 2, edging out Orcas Vikings 1 for the regatta win. "This win puts the Orcas team into a really solid position going into the Combined Division Regatta at Sail Sand point next weekend" said Tuson-Turner and "I am very excited to see the team working hard at improving their skills this spring!"

Complete results can be found at NWISA Results



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