The Wildcat sailors competed against the Ballard Beavers Saturday. Although the Oak Harbor team suffered their only loss of the season against Ballard, the team is headed to Olympia next weekend to compete for a chance to advance to the National Championships. Photo by Shawn O’Connor.

The Wildcat sailors competed against the Ballard Beavers Saturday. Although the Oak Harbor team suffered their only loss of the season against Ballard, the team is headed to Olympia next weekend to compete for a chance to advance to the National Championships. Photo by Shawn O’Connor.

Wildcat sailors compete in Olympia next weekend

The team is looking for a chance to compete for the National Championships.

The Wildcats ended their regular season on a high note, besting Anacortes High School in two races Sunday.

The races were contested in light, swirling wind off Cap Sante in Anacortes.

Oak Harbor cruised to victory, their varsity starting lineup of Thomas Buys, Andrew Buys, Ben Servatius, Liam Chapman, Ryan Metz and EJ Boilek back in tact after a shorthanded loss to Ballard on Saturday. The tricky conditions played right into the hands of the ‘Cats, securing two dominant wins, a 1-2-3 in race one and a 1-2-5 in race 2.

Two other races were sailed on Sunday involving Whidbey Island sailors. The Anacortes varsity team raced a mixed team twice.

The mixed team was made up of one Oak Harbor boat — freshman Anna Servatius and sophomore Allison Bailey — one South Whidbey boat — freshman Colin Byler and freshman Hans Scheyer — and one Anacortes boat.

Anacortes won both races, securing a strong 1-3-4 finish in Race 1 and a nail-biter 2-3-5 in Race 2. The second race was back and forth from the start, and the final two boats crossed within inches of each other, deciding the outcome of the race.

Sunday’s victory followed the Wildcats’ first loss of the season Saturday against the Ballard Beavers.

The Wildcats were short staffed as junior skipper Ben Servatius was unavailable due to AP Testing.

The team bounced back in a big way in the first scrimmage, capturing a thrilling 2-3-5 win to get on the board. The victory was short lived, however, as the ‘Cats lost the last six scrimmages.

The official races were raced by Thomas Buys, Andrew Buys, Ryan Metz, EJ Boilek, Anna Servatius, Allison Bailey and Liam Chapman. Joshua Odeneal and Shelby Lang also saw time on the water.

The Wildcat team’s record is 6-1 overall and 6-0 in region.

The Oak Harbor sailing team will travel to Olympia next weekend to compete against seven other NWISA teams for a chance to compete for the National Championships.

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