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BHS Sailing Takes 2nd in District Team Racing Championships

May 21st – 22nd, 2016

The Bainbridge High School Sailing Team placed second in the “team racing” championships of the Pacific Northwest District over the weekend of May 21st through 22nd, at Anacortes.  Bainbridge posted a 13-6 record overall in a field of 8 varsity teams over the two days of racing, falling to Sehome High School of Bellingham but just edging Woodinville and Orcas High Schools which tied for third place.

“Team” racing involves head-to-head racing between two schools at a time, in which 3 boats of one team race against the opponent’s 3 boats.  The objective, through strategic control over the race course and the opponent’s boats, is to collectively finish so that one team’s combined placings beat those of the other team.  BHS attained a consistent 6-2 record in each of the two round-robin rotations, and then held on through the final championship round for 2nd place.

The top 4 teams were very evenly matched with each team demonstrating it was capable of beating the others in any particular matchup.  In fact, Bainbridge prevailed over eventual winner Sehome in two of their three meetings.

The Bainbridge Varsity team consisted of Co-Captains Karl Anderson and Caelan Juckniess, along with Blake Bentzen, as the three skippers, complemented by crewmembers Nicole Sanford, Elizabeth Rolfes, Sophia Kasper, and Amanda Gilmore.

The Bainbridge Junior Varsity placed 3rd out of 8 teams in the Silver Division, amassing an 8-6 record over the two days.  The wind conditions were an ideal 8-10 knots from a consistent southerly direction, and Bainbridge excelled with a 6-1 record and a tie for the lead in the first round-robin rotation.  Lighter and shiftier winds on Sunday proved more challenging, but Bainbridge held on for 3rd place.  Kat Smith, Harry Saliba, Olivia Mitchell, and Sophie Crandell rotated the skipper responsibilities, while Daniel Rentz, Roark Coggon, Camden Lee, and Jack Sobeck served as crew.


Bainbridge Varsity team members Nicole Sanford, Blake Bentzen, Karl Anderson, Elizabeth Rolfes, Caelan Juckniess, Sophia Kasper, and Amanda Gilmore with their 2nd place award at the District Team Racing Championships.  Photo by Jim Skeel.


Bainbridge Junior Varsity team members Sophie Crandell, Kat Smith, Olivia Mitchell, Harry Saliba, Jack Sobeck, Roark Coggon, Daniel Rentz, and Camden Lee with their 3rd place award at the District Team Racing Championships, Silver Division.  Photo by Jim Skeel.


Skipper Karl Anderson and crew Elizabeth Rolfes celebrate a win at the Team Racing District Championships.  Photo by Jim Skeel.


Skipper Caelan Juckniess and crew Sophia Kasper cover the completion on an upwind leg.  Photo by Jim Skeel.

BHS Sailing Places 18th in the Nation

May 14th – 15th, 2016

Bainbridge High School sailors competed at the national high school championships in “fleet racing” over the weekend of May 14th and 15th, after having qualified for the invitation by finishing as one of the top two teams in the Pacific Northwest.  They competed in a field of the top 20 high school teams in the country for the Mallory Trophy, held this year at the College of Charleston, South Carolina.

Skippers Blake Bentzen and Co-Captain Caelan Juckniess, complemented by alternating crew members Co-Captain Karl Anderson, Nicole Sanford, Elizabeth Rolfes, and Sophia Kasper placed 18th, just edging their Pacific Northwest rivals North Kitsap High School in the process.  Not only was the competition extremely challenging sailing against the country’s best youth sailors, racing on the Cooper River required dealing with heavy river/tidal currents up to 3 knots at a 45-degree angle across the course, which tested the sailors’ seamanship skills and at times generated significant chop that made racing physically grueling.

The regatta organizers took advantage of the ideal 15-knot westerly conditions on Saturday to pack in a very taxing day of 14 races.  Despite the stiff competition the Bainbridge boats each had a number of top-10 finishes in these races, including as high as 3rd place, but the elite level of competition was unforgiving of even the smallest mistake.

Sunday’s racing saw 6 more races in lighter winds, and the dominating current made aspects of the racing – like starts and mark roundings – very challenging.  Even with the demanding competition, Bainbridge’s two boats posted results showing increasing self-confidence and consistency as the regatta progressed with some excellent individual race results, allowing the sailors to maintain a positive outlook throughout, confident that they had accomplished all the goals they set for themselves.  Blake Bentzen and his crews finished the regatta ranked 18th in “A” fleet and Caelan Juckniess also ranked 18th in the “B” fleet; the combined A and B Fleet scores gave Bainbridge an overall finish in 18th place.

The 2016 Mallory Trophy regatta marked the first time since 2003 that BHS has competed in the “fleet” racing national championships, having competed each year since 2004 in the “team” racing nationals.


Skipper Blake Bentzen and crew Elizabeth Rolfes lead the pack on a downwind run.  Photo by Samuel Hodges.


Skipper Caelan Juckniess and crew Karl Anderson prepare to round the leeward mark.  Photo by Samuel Hodges.


Skipper Blake Bentzen and crew Elizabeth Rolfes strain to keep the boat flat and fast.  Photo by Samuel Hodges.


Skipper Caelan Juckniess and crew Sophia Kasper generate a boiling bow wave.  Photo by Samuel Hodges.

BHS Sailing Ties for Second in Team Racing Regatta

April 30 – May 1, 2016

The Bainbridge High School Varsity Sailing Team tied for 2nd place at the “Team Racing” regatta held on Lake Washington the weekend of April 30 through May 1st.  This was the first full regatta in the team racing discipline of the 2016 spring season, and the results demonstrated that Bainbridge is well situated to defend its Northwest District title in team racing when the regional championships are held on May 21st and 22nd.

Bainbridge tied its closest rival, Sehome High School of Bellingham, with equal 10-4 records for the weekend, while placing behind Sehome on tiebreakers based on head-to-head competition.  Of the 12 teams competing in the “Gold “ fleet, the regatta’s winner by a single race was a team comprised of sailors from multiple schools in the Portland area, making that team ineligible to compete in the upcoming District championship.

Co-Captains Karl Anderson and Caelan Juckniess, as well as Blake Bentzen skippered the three boats in Bainbridge’s team, assisted by crew Sophie Crandell, Sophia Kasper, and Nicole Sanford.  Bainbridge won handily in 10 of their races, while losing twice each to Lincoln (Portland) and Sehome High Schools.

The objective in team racing is to usher all three of one school’s boats ahead of the three boats of the competing school.  Unlike the dash to the finish that is “fleet” racing, the 3-on-3 format of team racing features “plays” complete with “blocking” and “passing” maneuvers designed to work the three boats in combination towards a strategic win.  As this was the first team racing regatta in the spring 2016 season in which a full round-robin of competition was accomplished, it is still early in Bainbridge’s seasonal preparation in this specialized discipline and Head Coach Susan Kaseler is pleased with the team’s development of strategic vision, coordination, and communication that are crucial to successful team racing.

In the “Silver” (junior varsity) fleet, the Bainbridge team comprised of skippers Olivia Mitchell, Harry Saliba, Sophie Lewis, and Quinn Ring, assisted by crew Amanda Gilmore, Jack Sobeck, Daniel Rentz, Camden Lee, and Kat Smith placed second with a 13-3 record, a scant single race behind Silver regatta winner Nikola Tesla STEM High School of Seattle.  A second Bainbridge team comprised of skippers Kat Smith, Quinn Ring, Will Price, and Roark Coggon, with crew Jack Sobeck and Camden Lee finished a very respectable 10th place, considering these sailors were all sailing in new positions in the team racing specialty.

The weekend of May 14th and 15th, the Bainbridge varsity team will take a “break” from team racing training and travel to Charleston, SC to compete in the Mallory Trophy, the national high school championships in “fleet” racing.  2016 will mark the 14th year in a row that Bainbridge has represented the Pacific Northwest at the national championships, in either the team or fleet racing discipline.


Skipper Caelan Juckniess and crew Sophia Kasper (foreground) and skipper Blake Bentzen and crew Nicole Sanford effectively block the competition’s lane as they reach toward the offset mark. Photo credit:  Jim Skeel.


Skipper Karl Anderson and crew Sophie Crandell keep the completion at bay on the way to a Bainbridge tie for second place.  Photo credit:  Jim Skeel


Skipper Harry Saliba and crew Quinn Ring help power the Bainbridge “Silver” fleet entry to a second place finish overall.  Photo credit:  Jim Skeel

BHS Sailing Advances to “Fleet” Racing National Championships

April 23-24, 2016

The BHS varsity Sailing Team qualified over the weekend of April 23-24 for the Interscholastic Sailing Association Mallory Trophy national fleet racing championship.  These high school championships will be held the weekend of May 13-15 in Charleston, South Carolina.  Co-Captains Caelan Juckniess and Karl Anderson, and Blake Bentzen, Nicole Sanford, Sophia Kasper, and Elizabeth Rolfes will represent Bainbridge at the Mallory Trophy regatta.

Qualification for the national high school fleet racing championships was based on season standings within the North West District, comprising schools from the four northwest states.  Standings were computed using a formula heavily weighted toward last weekend’s fleet racing regatta held at Lake Whatcom near Bellingham.  BHS pressed close rival North Kitsap High School for the regatta crown all weekend, with the lead changing hands several times, but Bainbridge eventually fell just short in a nail-biter finish that wasn’t decided until the last of the regatta’s 28 races.  In the end, Bainbridge High School finished the regatta in 2nd place among 17 varsity teams, and finished the combined season rankings just 2 points shy of North Kitsap.

While chasing North Kitsap, Bainbridge had to fend off stiff challenges posed by Sehome (Bellingham) and Woodinville High Schools to retain their second-place finish.  Winds were light to moderate and shifty all weekend, the predominant spring sailing conditions in the Pacific Northwest, including one dramatic 180-degree shift that upended the fleet, causing the race committee to abandon a race and re-sail it.

Ironically, members of the Bainbridge and North Kitsap squads are close friends, having competed with and against each other, and trained regularly together, for many years.  They will now bring this unique combination of friendship and rivalry to the national stage for the Mallory Trophy competition to be sailed at the College of Charleston.

At this same regatta, the Bainbridge High School Junior Varsity Sailing Team utterly dominated their competition.  Twenty-six teams sailed in the “JV” division, including three teams representing BHS.  The BHS Team 1 consisting of skipper Olivia Mitchell and crew Amanda Gilmore led the JV “A” fleet by 10 points; skipper Elizabeth Rolfes and crew Sophie Crandell gained an incredible 25-point lead over the “B” fleet in their respective 8-race series.  Combining Team 1’s “A” and “B” results gave them the JV regatta win with an astonishing 41-point margin over their closest competition.

JV Team 2 consisting of skipper Harry Saliba and alternating crew Kat Smith and Camden Lee finished in 12th place in fleet “A,” while skipper Sophie Lewis aided by alternating crew Daniel Rentz and Camden Lee finished 5th in “B” fleet, giving Team 2 a combined 9th place finish.  JV Team 3 skippers Quinn Ring and Will Price, aided by crew Roark Coggon and Jack Sobeck earned a solid 14th place overall out of the fleet of 26 teams.

A District record 220 high school sailors and 60 Flying Junior sailboats were active at the regatta between the Varsity and Junior Varsity competitions.

Coach Susan Kaseler is happy with these results, but more than that is pleased by the effort made by all the team members both at the regatta and at practice, that has made these results possible.  In particular, these “JV” results are outstanding all around, showing great team depth and auguring well for future seasons.

This will mark the 14th year in a row that the Bainbridge Sailing Team has advanced through the District Championships to represent the Northwest at the national high school championships, in one or the other of the “fleet” racing or “team” racing disciplines.

After returning from the national Mallory Trophy fleet racing championships, Bainbridge will defend its North West District “team racing” title on May 21st and 22nd in Anacortes.


Skipper Olivia Mitchell and crew Amanda Gilmore on their way to a dominating win in the Junior Varsity “A” fleet on Lake Whatcom.  Photo credit:  Jim Skeel


Bainbridge Sailing Takes 2nd Place at Islands Cup

April 16-17, 2016

By Coach Susan Kaseler

Seventeen members of the Bainbridge High School Sailing Team competed at the Islands Cup Regatta held at Westsound, Orcas Island, on April 16-17. Thirty-five teams representing schools from Washington and Oregon participated in the competition in fleet racing. The scores from this regatta comprise up to 10% of each school’s season championship score.

Bright and sunny conditions prevailed during the Friday practice session and weekend racing, with light to moderate winds from the south southeast and north during the sailing. Some large shifts in wind direction scrambled the fleet in many of the races, but the best sailors were diligent in anticipating and recovering from these changes and stood out in the 35-boat fleet. A solid victory was earned by neighboring North Kitsap High School, and Bainbridge’s varsity representative team finished second.

Carrying forward a first from a prior regatta also worth 10%, BHS has 20% of their score calculated to set them in the lead going into the District Fleet Racing Championship (worth 80%) this coming weekend in Bellingham. Hopes are high that the Team will qualify for participation in the Mallory Fleet Racing National Championship in Charleston, South Carolina. Representing the varsity sailors were Captain Caelan Juckniess and Blake Bentzen at the helm and crews Sophia Kasper and Nicole Sanford.

Bainbridge sailors also participated in an additional three teams at the Orcas venue. Bainbridge Blue sailed very well, and won the non-varsity section of the regatta, including besting varsity teams from eight other schools. Blue was sailed by skippers Olivia Mitchell and Captain Karl Anderson, with crews Elizabeth Rolfes and Kat Smith. Their finish was a ninth overall.

Bainbridge Gold showed much improvement over previous regattas, earning twentieth place. Harry Saliba and Sophie Lewis were at the helm with Amanda Gilmore and Sophie Crandell as crew.

Finally, Bainbridge Stripes put forth a valiant effort with some of the newer helms-persons on the team, and got some valuable experience in variable conditions, as well as exposure to large-fleet racing. Sailors included Quinn Ring, Daniel Rentz, Jack Sobeck, Camden Lee, and Roark Coggon.

Many thanks to our parent chaperone/drivers and to the generous citizen who has loaned us his van for the season for transport of kids and boats. We could not do it without them.


Skipper Sophie Lewis and crew Sophie Crandell take a commanding lead over the competition on an upwind leg.  Photo credit:  Ben Scott Luna

 Spartans Place 2nd in “Home” Regatta

April 9, 2016

The BHS Sailing Team tied for second in a truncated “team race” regatta on Saturday, April 9th.  Bainbridge played host to the Northwest District of the Interscholastic Sailing Association, attracting 19 teams from schools ranging as far as Portland, Bellingham, and the San Juan Islands.  To provide fully adequate facilities to host a regatta featuring 24 boats and well over 100 sailors, the regatta was sailed from the Port of Poulsbo marina in Liberty Bay.

A Bainbridge team comprised of Co-Captain Karl Anderson, Blake Bentzen, and Sophia Kasper as skippers, complemented by crew Will Price, Daniel Rentz, Jack Sobeck, and Sophie Crandell won 3 of their 4 races to tie for second place.  A mixed team composed of both experienced team members and those new to the “team racing” discipline, featuring skippers Co-Captain Caelan Juckniess, Olivia Mitchell, and Sophie Lewis, with crew Quinn Ring, Camden Lee, Kat Smith, and Amanda Gilmore, placed a solid 9th.

Team racing is a unique sailing competition in which three boats representing one school square off against three boats from another.  The combined results of one team’s three boats determine the race winner, so the objective is as much to hinder the other team’s boats within the rules, as it is to sail for the finish.  Boathandling skills, strategic vision, and team cohesion are at a premium.

As the first team racing regatta of the spring season, BHS used Saturday’s races to introduce the new members to the unfamiliar strategies and nuances of this niche discipline.

Although race organizers had planned an aggressive schedule packing in dozens of races, the wind rose late, and fell earlier, than hoped.  The 6-8 knot southerly conditions in the middle of the day allowed each of the 19 teams to get 4 or 5 races completed before racing concluded.

Next up for the BHS Sailing Team:  the Islands Cup, hosted by Orcas Island High School on April 16th and 17th, one of the regattas that is included in the computation for the “fleet racing” Northwest District Championships.


Bainbridge High School Shows Promise in Light-Air Regatta

By Susan Kaseler

March 19-20, 2016

In an early season regatta last weekend, in Olympia, Bainbridge Sailors showed exceptional concentration and determination, producing two teams in strong finishes in the fleet race competition. Saturday’s very light and challenging wind with cloudy skies were the backdrop for 34 boats sailing in A and B sections for combined regatta scores, that will factor a maximum of 10% into the determination of the season’s District Championship. Sunday held soaking rain and no wind, so races were postponed and finally called off for Sunday.

BHS Team Captains Caelan Juckniess and Karl Anderson with crews Elizabeth Rolfes and Kat Smith sailed consistently well and finished the regatta in third place with 41 points. Regatta winner Orcas was exceptionally successful, earning only 21 points, and Lincoln, of Oregon, was second with 29 points.

The BHS team designated to represent “varsity” for this regatta, Blake Bentzen and Olivia Mitchell at the helm and Nicole Sanford and Sophia Kasper as crews, finished in fourth with 42 points, only one point out of third. In the scoring system, teams not designated “varsity” will be dropped, and BHS will carry a third place forward into the calculations for district champion, along with a first place result earned in the Cascadia Cup regatta from fall, 2015. Currently BHS retains the advantage.

Perhaps the most exciting result for Bainbridge was the effort of the underclassmen who sailed a third team representing BHS. New skippers Sophie Lewis and Sophie Crandell and crews Will Price, Daniel Rentz, Camden Lee, and sub Roark Coggon showed tremendous promise, their endeavors producing a 25th place finish in the 34 boat fleet – very impressive. Congratulations, BHS Sailors, for a regatta well sailed!


Skipper Caelan Juckniess and crew Elizabeth Rolfes make a clean rounding of the windward mark. Photo by Jim Skeel.


 Skipper Blake Bentzen and crew Nicole Sanford jibe to stay in clear air on a downwind leg. Photo by Jim Skeel.

Spartan Sailors Battle through Heavy Winds to Third Place Finish

March 12-13, 2016

The Spartan Sailing Team battled winds gusting over 40 mph on Saturday and Sunday, in the first regatta of the season that brought together all the high school teams in the Pacific Northwest. The “fleet” race was sailed at Sand Point on Lake Washington, and over 15 schools participated in races of 40 double-handed boats.

The racing started in light wind conditions on Saturday morning and built to very blustery and shifting winds by late afternoon, with many of the weekend’s sailors compelled to focus more on remaining upright than racing performance. A short-lived calm allowed the regatta organizers to complete two more races Sunday morning before the howling winds picked up again out of the south and brought to an end the weekend’s races.

Blake Bentzen, with alternating crew Quinn Ring, Nicole Sanford, and Harry Saliba tied for 3rd of the 40 boats in the “Gold” fleet, with two first-place finishes in the last of the weekend’s 6 races. Co-Captain Caelan Juckniess, with alternating crew Sophie Crandell and Sophia Kasper placed 9th. Co-Captain Karl Anderson, with alternating crew Kat Smith and Elizabeth Rolfes, also braved the stiff conditions and placed solidly in the Gold division. Also trying their hand as skippers in the demanding conditions were Nicole Sanford, Elizabeth Rolfes, Harry Saliba, and Sophia Kasper, assisted by crew Lizi Dauber and Jack Sobeck.  Also representing the BHS Sailing Team were Roark Coggon, Amanda Gilmore, Camden Lee, Sophie Lewis, and Daniel Rentz.

Bainbridge High School’s next competition will be at the “It’s the Water” regatta at Olympic Yacht Club on March 19th and 20th.



Skipper Nicole Sanford and crew Jack Sobeck strain to keep the boat flat and fast. Photo by Jim Skeel.


Skipper Elizabeth Rolfes and crew Lizi Dauber put distance on their competition. Photo by Jim Skeel.


Spartan Sailors Kick Off their Spring Season

March 5, 2016

The Bainbridge High School Sailing Team took 4th, 5th, and 9th place finishes on Saturday, March 5th, in the first regatta of the 2016 North West Interscholastic Sailing Association spring season. Sailors in 20 teams representing a dozen high schools sailed in this “fleet” racing regatta, hosted by three Central Kitsap County schools on Dyes Inlet in Silverdale.

“Fleet” racing involves two sets of races, with the scores of the “A” Division boat and the “B” Division boat from each team combined. The Bainbridge “Gold” team combination of “A” boat skipper Caelan Juckniess, sailing with alternating crew Camden Lee and Daniel Rentz, along with Karl Anderson and Kat Smith who traded off as skipper and crew in the “B” boat, placed 4th. Bainbridge “Blue” team “A” boat skipper Blake Bentzen and crew Quinn Ring combined with “B” boat skipper Sophia Kasper and her crew Sophie Lewis to place 5th. The Bainbridge “Stripes” team of “A” boat skipper Olivia Mitchell and crew Amanda Gilmore, paired with “B” boat skipper Harry Saliba sailing with alternating crew members Sophie Crandell and Roark Coggon, placed 7th.

The sailing in Silverdale began in beautiful racing conditions with 8 knots of wind in mild winter weather. After just a few races for each of the “A” and “B” Divisions, the wind dropped and became increasingly shifting and frustrating for the racers. Each division was able to complete only four races on the day before racing was cut short due to the diminishing winds.

The Silverdale regional regatta included the schools in the southern and western portions of the North West District. Saturday’s race was a qualifier to determine the distribution of teams among the Gold (varsity) and Silver (junior varsity) fleets at next weekend’s District-wide fleet regatta to be held at Sail Sand Point in Seattle.

This first regatta was sailed after Bainbridge had only a handful of days practice on the water the week before. Head coach Susan Kaseler made a point of pairing experienced skippers with less-experienced crew to jump-start the season and bring everyone quickly up to speed competitively.


Skipper Blake Bentzen and crew Quinn Ring make the best of the light wind conditions.
Photo credit: The Dome Studio, www.thedomestudio.com .


Upcoming Events:

Fundraiser for Z420 fleet:  Scotch Broom Pull, 1 – 4 p.m., Saturday, April 2nd.  Stay tuned for further details.


Parent Orientation Meeting:

The 2016 pre-season parent orientation meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 7:00p.m. at Bainbridge High School Classroom #301. I am aware that there is a popular presentation taking place in the BHS Commons at 7:30, so the doors to Classroom #301 will be open at 6:30, and Carolyn and I will be there to accept fee payments, check sailor registration information, discuss driver volunteer procedures, and discuss fundraising opportunities. The meeting will start very promptly at 7:00 p.m. to cover the maximum amount of important information before some parents will need to depart.

     At this parent meeting Coach Susie Kaseler will discuss the upcoming competition season, and we will go over the logistics for the spring, discuss appropriate on-water gear for the sailors, and confirm sailor and parent volunteer registration information for the season. This is a great opportunity to get to know the other parents, to meet the team’s coach and get your competition questions answered, and to meet the team captains and the Friends of Bainbridge Island High School Sailing Board members. It is very important that a parent of every sailor attend this meeting. A successful season depends on the participation of the parents.

Eagle Harbor Yacht Club Annual Banquet:  Saturday, January 30th.

Eagle Harbor Yacht Club has been a strong financial supporter of the Sailing Team for many years.  On Saturday, January 30th, the Captains will be presenting a slide show on the Sailing Team and its prospects for 2016 at the annual Eagle Harbor Yacht Club membership banquet.  Team members will be serving the dinner for the Yacht Club members during this fun event. Roark is serving as the liaison between our two groups for this big event, and he is looking for several more  volunteers so sailors please contact Roark if you can assist in serving.


Blake is 8th in Nation

November 1, 2015

Blake competed at the ISSA Singlehanded National Championships this weekend, in the Laser Full-Rig division, at the Cressy Trophy competition held this year at Old Dominion University.  Congratulations to Blake for placing 8th in the nation!  Full-rig results can be found here:   http://scores.hssailing.org/f15/high-school-singlehanded-full-rig/ .  Here’s a photo of the four qualifiers from the NWISA waiting for racing to commence:

Spartans Win Orcas Island Team Racing Regatta
October 25, 2015
BHS Sailing competed in the Orcas Trick or Treat Team Race the weekend of October 24th and 25th.  Congratulations to Team members Caelan, Elizabeth, Olivia (skippers), and Sophia, Sophie Lewis, Taylor and Banning (crew) who placed 1st in a truncated regatta, with a 6-1 record.  The wind failed to cooperate in Westsound, Orcas Island, and there were multiple wind delays and some abandoned races (although there was a delightful breeze just before the regatta began and just after it ended).  The racers were unable to sail a full round-robin to complete the regatta, and BHS did not race against their strongest competition of the weekend, Sehome High School, but BHS Sailing’s record gave us the highest win-loss percentage to take the regatta win.  Results can be found here:  http://scores.hssailing.org/f15/orcas-trick-or-treat/ .
Olivia and Banning lead Caelan and Sophia on a reaching leg.
Elizabeth and Taylor keep a watchful eye on the competition ahead.

More photos of the BHS Team at the regatta can be found in an unedited set of pictures here:  https://picasaweb.google.com/112112757252962788773/OrcasOctober24252015?authkey=Gv1sRgCL-Wz7neqpmUxAE&feat=email .  Also, Jim Skeel took photos of the regatta, generally, which can be found here:  https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMv1mO4rlMJDX6bRw2AqDe5tUTmH51CorQzZypPgyPCVFrf4w5xGSvwSl1hStlujw?key=bXdhNm5YdkxSN21NQ2R2Q1FnUW0tU3RhcEZOby1B .


Spartans Prevail in Cascadia Cup
October 11, 2015Cascadia Cup Fleet Race – With a little help from new team members and several 8th graders, the Sailing Team had a super result in the Cascadia Cup on October 10th and 11th at Sail Sand Point, a regatta that will eventually be factored into the spring season results and team standings.  The Varsity team held off a strong challenge by Sehome and Franklin (Oregon) High Schools to win the Cup:  Skippers Blake and Caelan each won their divisions to combine for first place, sharing crew members Nicole, Sophia, and Karl.  The fleet racing team consisting of skippers Olivia and Elizabeth, assisted by Kat and new sailors Sophie Lewis, Taylor Lhamon, and Lizi Dauber as crew placed a outstanding 4th, out of 28 competing teams.  Two additional teams consisting of a mixture of team members — some in unfamiliar roles — and many new sailors and 8th graders posted a very solid showing in 19th and 24th places.  The full score report can be found here:  http://scores.hssailing.org/f15/cascadia-cup/full-scores/ .

Elizabeth and Taylor keeping the boat flat.  Photo by Jim Skeel.

Blake and Sophia rounding onto the downwind leg.  Photo by Jim Skeel.

Olivia and Kat executing a flawless roll tack.  Photo by Jim Skeel.



PCISA Girls’ National Invitational Regatta:  Five Team members traveled to San Diego the weekend of October 17th and 18th to compete in a national interscholastic fleet race regatta for young women.  Eighteen teams from across the country sailed, including some of the biggest southern California powerhouse high schools.  Skippers Olivia, Elizabeth, and Nicole, assisted by crew Kat and Sophia placed an excellent 11th out of 18.  The full score report can be found here:  http://scores.hssailing.org/f15/pcisa-girls-invitational/full-scores/ .



BHS Sailing outreach at National Marina Day

Date: 6/20/2015


Thanks very much to all who participated in putting on a tremendously successful event to introduce novice sailors to our sport, in conjunction with the City of Bainbridge Island’s celebration of National Marina Day. We showcased the proficiency of our BHS sailors, as well as your winning personalities in one-on-one teaching situations. As Carolyn noted, the feedback from the participants was outstanding, without exception. We got great exposure for the Team and its programs, and helped provide excellent publicity for the summer sailing programs of our partner Park District at the same time, all while cementing good relations with the Harbormaster by providing a focal activity for her National Marina Day event.

Thanks go to Caelan for coordinating and directing the program, to Haley and Carolyn for their indispensable help in planning and setting it all up, and to Susie for her advice on how best to run things. Thanks to Jeff for assisting in organizing and for keeping us all safe and organizationally protected. Most of all, thanks to the BHS Sailing volunteers: Zach, Kat, Sophia, Harry and Nicole; and to the Park District instructors who lent their certified expertise to make this event such a success: Lucas, Michael, and Connor.


Spartan Sailors 8th in Nation

Date: 5/30/2015 Author: Christine Brown
Link to Inside Bainbridge article.


The BHS Sailing Team, as Northwest district champions, traveled to the 2015 ISSA Baker Trophy Team Racing National Championship in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend, capturing 8th place. According to co-captains Will Brown and Josh Rentz, the team had set a goal of breaking into the top 10 nationally.


A highlight for the team was winning Saturday against St. George’s School, a private high school from Rhode Island. Brown said, “After that race, we knew we could be competitive at the national level in team racing.” St. George’s School ended the regatta in 4th place, losing a tie-breaker for 3rd.


Conditions were challenging both days, with light winds and vertical chop on Lake Michigan, which Coach Susie Kaseler described as “washing machine” waves. On Saturday, the race committee managed to hold 52 races, not quite making it through one full rotation of 66 races. Sunday’s weather was cloudy with no wind, and racing moved farther out on Lake Michigan in pursuit of wind. The race committee found a few puffs early on, and Bainbridge sailed in the first very slow race. The wind died, and the team bobbed on the water for several hours until the wind built enough to continue the rotation. The race committee finished the initial round robin but had no time for the usual Gold, Silver, and Bronze rounds. Instead, they ran a best-of-three sail-off between the two teams tied for first. Shorecrest Preparatory School and St. Thomas Aquinas, two private school, cross-state rivals from Florida, contended for the championship, with Shorecrest coming out on top.


Varsity 8. Front Nick Dresl, Nicole Sanford, Josh Rentz, Hannah Harrison; back Stasi Burzycki, Jackson McCoy, Blake Bentz, Will Brown.


Sailing for the BHS varsity team were seniors Josh Rentz, Will Brown, Stasi Burzycki, Jackson McCoy, Hannah Harrison, and Nick Dresel, as well as juniors Blake Bentzen and Nicole Sanford. Coach Kaseler said, “The success of these representatives of the sailing team at the Baker National Championship was greatly dependent on the work ethic and support of the entire team. Any victory or defeat belongs to the team as a whole, and not to the representatives alone.”


Sailors on the BHS team this season also included seniors Lucas Burzycki and Francine Brownell; juniors Caelan Juckniess, Karl Anderson, Cole Garthwaite, and Zach Mellin; sophomores Elizabeth Rolfes, Harry Saliba, and Kat Smith; and freshmen Christoph Webber, Olivia Mitchell, Quinn Ring, Sophia Kasper, and Sophie Crandell.


Stasi Burzycki, Will Brown, Jackson McCoy, Nick Dresel (in boat)
Brown commented that community support for the team has also been a key component in the team’s success in reaching Nationals. The team’s participation in the ISSA Baker Trophy Team Racing National Championship was supported by a generous grant from the Port Madison Yacht Club.


Spartan Sailors Headed to Nationals

Date: 5/6/2015 Author: Christine Brown


For the second time in a week, the Bainbridge High School (BHS) Sailing Team won a district championship, and this time they accepted the invitation to Nationals. The team won the NWISA Fleet District Championship April 25-26 but declined to participate in the Mallory National Championship, giving second place Woodinville High School the berth. By NWISA policy, a NWISA school may attend only one ISSA double-handed national championship per season. BHS had hopes of winning the NWISA Team Racing District Championship, which was held this past weekend at Sail Sand Point on Lake Washington, and is the qualifier for the ISSA Baker National Team Racing Championship.


Team racing involves three sailboats from one high school racing against three sailboats from another high school. Boat speed and handling, strategy and tactics come in to play as each team tries to get its group of three boats to finish in the top positions while impeding the other team. Seven Northwest high schools participated in the varsity fleet. The BHS varsity sailors ended with a record of 20 wins and 1 loss, dropping only one race late in the 2nd day of racing to the 2nd place team, Woodinville, which ended with a record of 14 wins and 7 losses. Sehome High School from Bellingham placed third with 12 wins and 9 losses.


Conditions were very nearly perfect on Saturday, with sunshine and a steady breeze from the north in the mid-teens. The wind moderated somewhat on Sunday with some oscillation. The races ran continuously for two days, with the race committees managing 72 varsity races and 90 junior varsity races.


BHS sailors in the varsity fleet were Co-Captains Will Brown and Joshua Rentz, Stasi Burzycki, Jackson McCoy, Hannah Harrison, Nick Dresel, Blake Bentzen, and Nicole Sanford. These team members will represent the NWISA in the Baker Trophy ISSA Team Race Championship to be held at the Chicago Yacht Club May 22-24.


Front row: Coach Susie Kaseler, Nicole Sanford, Hannah Harrison. Back row: Nick Dresel, Stasi Burzycki, Blake Bentzen, Joshua Rentz, Jackson McCoy, Will Brown.


The BHS Sailing Team hosted a junior varsity regatta at the same location as the district championship, which allowed for extra sailors to have the opportunity to compete in team racing. This bracket included a second and third team from BHS, a second team from Orcas, and varsity teams from seven other Northwest high schools. The BHS Blue team remained undefeated through 18 races. The BHS Gold team took third with a 14-4 record, just one point behind second-place Wilson High School with a 15-3 record.


Bainbridge Blue sailors were Lucas Burzycki, Caelan Juckniess, Olivia Mitchell, Kat Smith, Sophia Kasper, Sophie Crandell, and Harry Saliba, who sailed for second place Wilson on Saturday and BHS Gold on Sunday. Bainbridge Gold team members were Karl Anderson, Elizabeth Rolfes, Zach Mellin, Cole Garthewaite, Francine Brownell, Christoph Webber, Maddie Ekin, and Liam Sherry. Complete results can be found on the NWISA website and at scores.highschoolsailing.org, where regatta results are posted in real time.


The Sportsmanship Award, presented to the team that best exemplifies the ethic of sportsmanlike conduct, fair play, and friendliness on and off the race course, was won by Oak Harbor. The BHS Coach Kaseler was especially delighted that BHS was among the nominees for this award. “Competition is fun, and the goal is to earn the respect of your competitors. You cannot win that respect without sportsmanlike behavior, on and off the water. I have also been impressed this year with BHS sailors’ willingness to load up boats for transport everywhere, even those boats that were another team’s responsibility. This year’s team has worked hard for their success and thoroughly earned the respect of their competitors and coaching staff.”


BHS Sailing Team Co-Captains Josh Rentz and Will Brown commented on how impressive it was to see both junior varsity teams compete so well at team racing. “It shows off our depth and why we have a tradition of winning team racing districts. It was also really rewarding to show that we can also excel at fleet racing; we sail fast and sail smart. We are ready for Nationals.”


2015 Northwest Fleet District Champions

Date: 4/26/2015     Author: Christine Brown


The Bainbridge High School Sailing Team are the 2015 Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association’s District Fleet Race Champions following last weekend’s regatta in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. 16 teams from the Northwest district (Washington and Oregon) competed for the championship.


The Varsity A and Varsity B boats both won their first race and maintained their first place ranking overall through 11 races on Saturday and Sunday. Varsity A sailors were Stasi Burzycki, Will Brown and Nick Dresel, and Varsity B sailors were Jackson McCoy, Hannah Harrison, and Josh Rentz. The team finished with a score of 67. 2nd and 3rd place teams were separated by only a point with Woodinville taking the lead over Sehome (Olympia), 92 to 93.


The course was set in Penn Cove. The winds shifted considerably on Saturday necessitating a change in the race course with each shift. After the first race in Division A, the sailors has to wait on the water for over 3 hours for their 2nd race in the series while squalls blew in from the west until the wind direction settled and the race course could be set. Sunday, the winds were relatively steady from the east, causing considerable chop.


The Bainbridge High School Junior Varsity Team sailed in a separate regatta at the same location and the Spartans 3 team comprised of Blake Bentzen and Sophia Kasper in Division A and Caelan Juckniess and Karl Anderson in Division B also took first place out of 15 teams. The Spartans 2 team (Olivia Mitchell, Kat Smith, and Sophie Crandell in Division A and Elizabeth Rolfes, Harry Saliba and Nick Dresel in Division B) came in 4th, and the Spartans 1 team (Lucas Burzycki and Christophe Webber in Division A and Nicole Sanford and Francine Brownell in Division B) took 6th place.


With the win, the Varsity team qualified to compete at the national level in the Mallory Trophy ISSA Fleet Race Championship at the Naval Academy. The team, however, forfeited their placement in favor of Woodinville in the hope that they will qualify for the Baker Trophy ISSA Team Race Championship, held in Chicago this year. The NWISA Team Racing District Championship is this weekend at Sail Sand Point on Lake Washington.


Mt. Baker Open Regatta

Date: 3/28/2015     Author: Christine Brown


On March 28, 29 teams of high school sailors from 21 different Northwest high schools met at Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center on Lake Union for the Mt. Baker Open Regatta. Bainbridge High School team fielded three teams of two divisions which were each assisted by a high school sailor who managed the rotations and provided advice following each set.


Racing was in Vanguard 15’s, and breezy conditions held throughout the day with stronger puffs that led to a number of capsizes. The three Bainbridge teams sailed well, capturing 3rd, 11th, and 14th place. In 3rd place were, Will Brown, Kat Smith, Christophe Webber, Caelan Juckniess, and Sophia Kasper (coached by Jackson McCoy). Josh Rentz, Harry Saliba, Zach Mellin, Elizabeth Rolfes and Nick Dresel took 11th place (coached by Blake Bentzen and Lucas Burzycki) and Olivia Mitchell, Nicole Sanford, Karl Anderson and Sophie Crandell (coached by Stasi Burzycki) came in 14th.


The team did not compete during spring break, but seven sailors, led by Nick Dresel, got together to pick up trash from Waterfront Park as part of a challenge from Point Loma High School in California. In just 2 hours, they picked up, sorted, and recycled 22 pounds of garbage including 31 cans, many cigarette butts and the most unusual piece of trash, a 20 gallon fish tank. The team’s results will be sent to the Rozalia Project which is collecting data from high school sailing teams across the country. The team will organize another event next September.


And a link to pictures:



Sail Sand Point Regatta

Date: 3/22/2015     Author: Christine Brown


170 sailors, from 24 Northwest high schools, competed at Sail Sand Point on Lake Washington on March 21-22 in a Combined Division Regatta. The first two-day event of the NWISA Spring season had teams split into two fleets, Gold and Silver, based on North and South regional qualifiers held the previous weekend. Bainbridge High School qualified four teams for the Gold Division and added one boat in the Silver Division.


Saturday began with winds in the mid-teens with frequent higher puffs that made for some exciting racing and a few capsizes, particularly in the first Gold Division set. The wind moderated a bit by the time Silver Division came out to a 10-14 knot Southerly. The wind held up all day with plenty of shifts and puffs to keep everyone challenged. By the end of the day Saturday, six races averaging 21-minutes each were completed in each 38-boat division.


Racing continued on Sunday but was postponed until noon due to a lack of wind. A light SE breeze finally arrived and allowed four more Gold Division races and two more Silver Division races.


Bainbridge High School placed 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th out of 19 teams in the Gold Division and 18th in the Silver Division. Taking 3rd place were Jackson McCoy, Nicole Sanford, and Sophie Crandell paired with Olivia Mitchell and Karl Anderson. 4th place sailors were Blake Bentzen, Kat Smith, and Quinn Ring paired with Caelan Juckniess and Josh Rentz. Stasi Burzycki, Harry Saliba and Sophia Kasper were paired with Will Brown and Nick Dresel and placed 5th. 8th place went to Lucas Burzycki and Francine Brownell paired with Hannah Harrison and Elizabeth Rolfes. In division-wide results, Jackson McCoy with Nicole Sanford and Sophie Crandell took 2nd place, narrowly missing 1st place in a tie-breaker. Christophe Webber with Zach Mellin and Quinn Ring finished 18th in the Silver Division.


Here is a link to pictures:



Eagle Harbor Regatta

Date: 3/14/2015     Author: Christine Brown


The Bainbridge High School sailing team hosted the second North West Interscholastic Sailing Association regatta of the season this past Saturday, March 14. 16 teams from 10 schools, 3 from as far away as Portland, Oregon, competed in Eagle Harbor in this district qualifier. Each team has a boat with a skipper and crew in the A fleet and a boat with a skipper and crew in the B fleet. The Bainbridge Sailing Team qualified all four of its teams for the gold fleet at the district-wide combined regatta at Sail Sand Point in Seattle, March 21 and 22.


Racing started at 10:40 am and progressed until the last warning at 4:55 pm with 7 races in each division. The sailors enjoyed a few sun breaks as the predicted steady rain did not materialize. However, the regatta did not lack for wind, and the puffy conditions led to some exciting racing. The wind was in the mid teens, oscillating 30 to 40 degrees once the southerly wind prevailed, with gusts to 25 knots that caused a number of capsizes through the middle of the day.


Bainbridge High School teams finished first, second, sixth and seventh in the regatta. The BHS Blades with Stasi Burzycki, Sophia Kasper, Nicole Sanford, Will Brown and Nick Dresel placed first in Division A, and first in Division B to take the win.


BHS Gold finished second and included sailors Blake Bentzen, Kat Smith, Olivia Mitchell, Quinn Ring and Caelan Juckniess.


BHS Booms finished sixth and was represented by sailors Jackson McCoy, Sophie Crandall, Karl Anderson, Hannah Harrison, and Christophe Webber.


Seventh place was earned by BHS Blue; sailors were Lucas Burzycki, Harry Saliba, Elizabeth Rolfes, and Francine Brownell.


Co-captain Will Brown said he was impressed at how well the new sailors filled in for the upperclassmen who had to miss the early part of the regatta due to the SAT test.


The Sailing Team will sail at Sail Sand Point on Lake Washington next weekend.


Here is a link to photos by Jay and Christine Brown:



ISSA Baker National Team Racing Championship

Date: 5/25/2014     Author: Christine Brown
The Bainbridge Island High School sailing team competed in the ISSA Baker National Team Racing Championship over Memorial Day weekend in Seabrook, Texas.


Bainbridge High School qualified as one of twelve teams out of 471 to vie for the Baker Trophy. Team Captains Carissa Block and Connor Juckniess, with Nels Challinor, Geoff Brelsford, Stasi Burzycki, Jackson McCoy, Hannah Harrison, and Will Brown acquitted themselves well against teams from throughout the United States, including sailing powerhouses from California, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Florida.


The schools competed in double-handed dinghies in a three versus three format that emphasizes tactics and knowledge of sailing rules as well as great boat handling and boat speed.


Lakewood Yacht Club hosted the event on Clear Lake, running 102 races over two days in nearly ideal conditions, with winds averaging twelve knots and temperatures in the mid-eighties under mostly sunny skies.


Bainbridge High School, coached by volunteer Susie Kaseler with assistant Dave Kaseler, finished 11th overall, with California’s Point Loma High School taking the trophy for the third year in a row. In the bronze division on Sunday, the team competed well, winning 3 out of 6 races.


Coach Susie Kaseler commented that “It was great to see the caliber of the teams from the schools representing the 12 districts of ISSA. The Baker Regatta as usual provided an excellent visual demonstration of the moves and plays inherent in the sport of team racing for those waiting their turn in the boats or observing the racing. I could literally see our kids growing in skill as they progressed through their rotation and was glad that they were able to have the experience of competing at the national level.”


Here is a link to pictures:



Team Race District Championships

Date: 5/4/2014     Author: Christine Brown


The BHS Sailing Team won the 2014 NWISA Team Racing Championship last weekend sailing in FJs in Silverdale. BHS’s championship division skippers were Stasi Burzycki, Jackson McCoy, and Connor Juckniess, with crew Carissa Block, Geoff Brelsford, Will Brown, Nels Challinor, and Hannah Harrison.


The BHS sailors prevailed in tough weather conditions. Strong, steady wind on Saturday built overnight to borderline conditions on Sunday, with winds in the high teens causing significant chop and whitecaps. Constant precipitation, from drizzle to torrential downpours, added to the challenge.


BHS’s three-boat championship division team sailed 15 races Saturday, out of a total of 45 races in three round-robins among six high schools. BHS led Saturday with a 14-1 record. Several close finishes showed the strength of their competition from Sehome High School (Bellingham) and Lincoln High School (Portland). Saturday’s races identified the four top teams to compete against each other on Sunday. With challenging conditions causing capsizes even among these top four teams, BHS won 3 of 6 races Sunday. Combined with Saturday’s results, BHS held on to first place overall, with Sehome second and Lincoln third.


BHS sent three other teams of three boats/six sailors to the district regatta held in V15s at the same time in the same location. The V15 fleet raced a full day on Saturday, but the Race Committee kept these boats with larger sail area on the shore Sunday given the conditions. Skippers Maddie Walker, Lucas Burzycki and Caelan Juckniess, with crew Diana Curtis, Johanna Rosenboom, and Nicole Sanford, tied for first but lost on a tie-breaker to Orcas Island. Cole Garthwaite/Zach Mellin, Olivia Mitchell/Harry Saliba, and Nick Dresel/Kat Smith, placed 5th while Olivia Moeller/Francine Brownell, Karl Anderson/Harry Brelsford, and Elizabeth Rolfes/Charlie Snapp placed 6th out of a total of 9 teams.


2014 will be the 12th year in a row that the BHS Sailing Team has competed at a National High School Championship. This year’s ISSA Baker Trophy High School Team Race National Championships will be May 24-25th in Seabrook, Texas, near Houston.


Here is a link to photos:



Fleet Race District Championships

Date: 4/27/2014    Author: Christine Brown


The Bainbridge High School Sailing Team placed 4th out of 16 teams in the NWISA Fleet Racing District Championship this last weekend in Anacortes. Skipper Stasi Burzycki sailed in the A Fleet, and Connor Juckniess skippered in the B Fleet. The crew, who sailed in both fleets depending on the conditions faced, included Carissa Block, Geoff Brelsford, Nels Challinor, and Olivia Moeller. On Saturday, the wind started frustratingly light, and then built throughout the day to brisk conditions. Racing on Sunday was quite challenging because of inconsistent wind strength and frequent 90-degree shifts. Stasi Burzycki and crew competed well against some stiff competition in the always-challenging A Fleet, while Connor Juckniess and crew put in a very consistent performance in B Fleet.


Sehome High School is this year’s District fleet racing champion, edging out Port Townsend in a match-up that wasn’t decided until the last race.


The team hosts the NWISA Team Racing Championship this weekend in Silverdale.


Here’s a link to pictures taken by Craig Juckniess:



SSP Team Race

Date: 4/13/2014    Author: Christine Brown


The Bainbridge High School Sailing Team competed in the first team racing regatta of the season on April 12-13 at Sail Sand Point on Lake Washington. Thirteen teams from ten different high schools around the Northwest competed. “Team” racing differs from the more familiar “fleet” racing, in which the first boat to finish wins. Each team is comprised of three boats with six sailors who compete head-to-head against three boats of another team. The team race winner is determined by the combined finishing places of the team’s 3 boats. Team racing is a chess match on the water that places a premium on strategy, coordination, and boathandling ability. There are offensive tactics (e.g., 2-on-1), where one boat intentionally slows an opponent in order to permit a teammate to “pass up” for better collective position in the race. On defense, the team may spread over the course in order to cover their opponents by blocking their wind.


BHS sailors performed well on at the regatta under near perfect conditions. The breeze was steady at around 10 knots, and the sun shone all weekend. The top finish was 4th place for the team of Jackson McCoy and Harry Brelsford, Stasi Burzycki and Kat Smith/Cole Garthwaite and Maddie Walker and Francine Brownell. The team tied for 3rd place but lost the tiebreaker to Sehome High School. Bainbridge demonstrated the depth and balance across the team by also taking 5th and 6th places in the Gold Fleet, or upper division. In the Silver Fleet, Nels Challinor and Harry Saliba/Diana Curtis, Hannah Harrison and Olivia Mitchell/Cole Garthwaite and Karl Anderson and Charlie Snapp took first place out of 6 teams.


The sailing team is hosting the next team racing regatta, the district championships, in Silverdale this weekend.


Here is a link to pictures:



Island Cup

Date: 4/5/2014    Author: Christine Brown


The Bainbridge Island High School Sailing Team traveled to Lopez Island last weekend for the annual Island Cup Regatta which is held on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez in alternate years. 29 high school teams competed, and 5 of those teams were from Bainbridge. The team traveled on Friday and fit in a practice on the water Friday afternoon. Races were held on Saturday in winds ranging from 5 to 10 knots. The wind was shifty and varied in velocity across the race area. Sailors had the added challenge of dodging crab pots in Fisherman’s Bay. The race committee was able to hold 16 races on Saturday.


On Sunday, the winds were much lighter and the racing day was shorter to allow the sailors time to return home. Winners of the regatta were from Port Townsend, whose representatives won both A fleet and B fleet. The top BHS team, placing fifth, was Blake Bentzen with Lucas Burzycki sailing in A and Carissa Block with Karl Anderson in B fleet. BHS top A fleet finish was a sixth for Connor Juckniess and Harry Brelsford, and BHS top B finish was that of Jackson McCoy and Will Brown in second place.


The team now moves on to team racing which starts next Saturday at Sail Sand Point.


Here is a link to pictures, taken by Jay Brown:



Port Angeles Fleet Race

Date: 3/29/2014    Author: Christine Brown


The Bainbridge High School sailing team traveled to Port Angeles on Saturday for a fleet race regatta that was held in light and shifting winds in Port Angeles harbor. Competitors from 17 Northwest high schools competed in this regatta with some, including Bainbridge, with multiple teams composed of a skipper and crew in A fleet and B fleet. Bainbridge sailors had excellent results, winning 2nd, 7th, 12th, 13th, and 15th out of 24 teams. Top sailors for Bainbridge were Carissa Block and Caelan Juckniess in the A fleet and Will Brown in the B fleet who placed 2nd overall.


The Port Angeles Yacht Club hosted the regatta as part of their effort to revitalize youth sailing in their area. The team next travels to Lopez Island on Friday for the Island Cup on Saturday and Sunday.


Here is a link to pictures:



Sail Sand Point Combined Division Regatta

Date: 3/23/2014    Author: Christine Brown


The Bainbridge High School sailing team competed in a two-day district-wide regatta at Sail Sand Point on Lake Washington last weekend.


Thirty boats were sailed in each of two divisions, Silver and Gold, by teams which had qualified to participate in the previous weekend’s regattas. Bainbridge was represented by 6 teams. There were 22 schools qualified, represented by approximately 88 students, including 28 from Bainbridge. The sailors had to wait until mid-afternoon Saturday for enough wind to start a race. The Gold Division and the Silver Division each got two races in before the wind died around 5:00 PM and racing was called for the day. In steady wind on Sunday, the Gold and Silver Divisions each completed four additional races between 10 am and 3:30 pm.


In the 15-team Gold Division, BHS placed 4, 5, 6, and 7. Bainbridge dominated the Silver Fleet taking first and fourth out of the 15 teams. Outstanding BHS sailors in the Gold Division were Stasi Burzycki and Elizabeth Rolfes who placed 2nd in the A fleet and Carissa Block, Cole Rees, and Nicole Sanford who placed 2nd in the B fleet. In the Silver Division, BHS sailors Olivia Mitchell and Harry Saliba were 1st in A fleet, and Will Brown and Johanna Rosenboom were 2nd. Cole Garthwaite and Harry Brelsford placed 2nd in the B fleet. These results continue to demonstrate the depth of the BHS Sailing Team.


The team travels to Port Angeles next Saturday for another day of fleet racing.


Here is a link to pictures:



Bainbridge Regional Regatta

Date: 3/15/2014    Author: Christine Brown


The Bainbridge High School Sailing Team began their competition season by hosting a regatta in Eagle Harbor last Saturday, March 15th. This was the first regatta hosted by the team in several years and provided a great opportunity for the team to put their new fleet of Flying Junior sailboats to the test. The wind held steady for most of the day, and the rain mostly held off. Only one race late in the day had to be re-started when the wind died and then shifted dramatically.


This regatta was a qualifying regatta for next weekend’s District-wide fleet racing regatta at Sail Sand Point in Seattle. Teams are comprised of one skipper and one crew member in Division A and one skipper and one crew member in Division B. The fleets race separately, and then their scores are combined. BHS sailors had an excellent day on the water, with four out of the six teams placing in the top seven (out of 19 teams).


Coach Susie Kaseler said “The team showed depth and pretty good consistent sailing in the regatta. Our goal was to do our best to qualify as many teams as possible to sail in the gold fleet at the district-wide regatta.” Bainbridge qualified four teams to sail in the Sail Sand Point district regatta, and two additional teams, which finished 9th and 12th, will sail in the silver fleet. Bainbridge was the only school to qualify more than one team.


The regatta was truly a community effort. Organized by parent Pat Mitchell, the regatta benefitted from the expertise of Peter Shorett of Port Madison Yacht Club, who ran the racing with a crew of past and present parents of high school sailors. Eagle Harbor Marina also generously offered their facility as a base for the sailors.


The following sailors are listed in order of their success in the regatta. They are listed A skipper, A crew, B skipper, B crew.

Bainbridge 6 were: Stasi Burzycki, Johanna Rosenboom, Will Brown, and Cole Rees.

Bainbridge 5: Geoff Brelsford, Kat Smith, Lucas Burzycki, and Olivia Moeller

Bainbridge 1: Jackson McCoy, Harry Brelsford, Caelan Juckniess, and Harry Saliba

Bainbridge 2: Carissa Block, Hannah Harrison, Maddie Walker, Nicole Sanford

Bainbridge 3: Connor Juckniess, Olivia Mitchell, Karl Anderson, and Elizabeth Rolfes

Bainbridge 12: Blake Bentzen, Charlie Snapp, Nick Dresel, and Cole Garthwaite


In addition, Bainbridge sailors Joshua Rentz and Diana Curtis sailed the Olympia 2 B boat in a split team, and Zach Mellin sailed as crew for a visiting team.


The team was back on the water every afternoon this week, gearing up for next weekend’s district-wide regatta at Sail Sand Point.


Here is a link to pictures: