PTHSST sailors Eliza Dawson and Olivia Gibbons ahead of the pack in the Central Kitsap Regatta April 15. Photo by Sugar Flanagan

Port Townsend High School sailors dominated the Central Kitsap regatta in Silverdale this last weekend April 14 & 15. Sailing two-person Vanguard 15s, the varsity team took first place in a highly competitive ten boat fleet. The varsity line-up was composed of skipper Eliza Dawson with crew Olivia Gibbons and skipper Cody Kowalski sailing with Serena Vilage. Port Townsend won more races than any other team taking first in nine out of the fourteen races. Most importantly, this was a District Qualifier. According to Coach Sugar Flanagan, “This was some really impressive sailing. It’s the first step toward being qualified for Nationals!”

Port Townsend junior varsity sailors claimed a 4th place finish just two points behind third-place Portland. Winds were light on Dyes Inlet next to the old-town Silverdale park where the regatta was held, but sun breaks and mild temperatures made for pleasant conditions.

Next Saturday April 21 the team hosts the Port Townsend Regatta at the Northwest Maritime Center. Races will be held from 10:30 to 5:30 in Port Townsend Bay just off of the downtown waterfront. Good viewing can be had from the NWMC pier and the public is invited to watch the action.  The team is supported entirely by donations, if you would like to contribute please contact Coach Flanagan at 531-0356.