Six sailors traveled to Seattle, WA this past weekend to compete in the Mallory singlehanded national championship. It was sunny and warm almost all weekend (which the PRO said was always the case in Seattle), but the wind was very light. We went to brunch on Friday morning before going to Sail Sand Point to collect our regatta stickers and practice in the FJs. On Saturday morning, we got to the venue early but were put in postponement until the afternoon due to lack of wind. We spent the time eating otter pops, hanging out on the dock, and swimming in the lake. Once we got sailing around noon, we got in a couple sets (Anna McBride ‘20 and Quinn Keenan ‘19 in A; Izzy Cox ‘19 and Nathan Whisner ‘19/Noah Barton ‘19 in B). We struggled with boat speed but put up a good fight before the day ended due to dying wind.
On Sunday, alternates and Matt hopped on a large tug boat with an attached rotation dock to travel across the lake to a new racing location. There was more wind on Sunday morning, so we began racing before 10 a.m. Pairings on Sunday were: Quinn/Anna in A; Izzy/Noah, Izzy/Nathan, and Alex Adams ‘19/Nathan in B. The shifty wind proved difficult, and the course was moved near the end of the day to try and bring more wind for the racers. We ended the regatta in 20th, but learned a lot of valuable things and enjoyed racing with the best high school teams in the country. We finished our weekend by playing Frisbee in Gas Works Park. Thanks to the McBrides for chaperoning!