The Olympia Yacht Club High School Sailing Team and our feeder program: the Middle School Sailing Team, are comprised of students from numerous Thurston County Schools.
Sailors practice 3 days a week on the High School Team and 2 days a week on the Middle School Team. The OYC High School Sailing Team and Middle School Team are part of the Olympia Yacht Club Sailing Program. A year round program dedicated to being a leader in growing and teaching the activity of boating to the greater South Sound region.
Olympia Yacht Club Summer Instructors 2018
Our Learn to Sail Staff are all current or alumni OYC High School Sailors - how many school sports provide a path to summer employment well into college? Not many!
Top row, L to R: Erin, Elena, Max, Orion, and Kevin. Second row, L to R: Sarah and Erik. Bottom row, L to R: Annie, Macy, Lindsey, Caroline, and Ciara. Not pictured: Evan and Owen.
We have, as always a fantastic group of Sailing Instructors this Summer - all of them are US Sailing Level 1, or greater, certified. They are passionate, dedicated, hard working young adults, and in teaching new youth how to sail they are not only helping build our program, they are growing the sport of sailing. Thank you for all the hard work!
Thank you for your support!
Olympia High School Sailing Attended Fleet Race Nationals in Galveston Texas. Over $5,000 was fund raised to help cover Travel Costs!
The Olympia High School Sailing Team attended the Interscholastic Sailing Associations (ISSA) High School Sailing Fleet Race Nationals 2018 Championship for the Mallory Cup in Galveston Texas, May 13-15th.
After practicing for 3 hours on Friday, plus enjoying the sights and BBQ, the Team was feeling good - but fully aware of the stiff competition and intense (hot and windy) conditions they would face.
Saturday the team started out bottom of the pack aggressively meeting the challenge of figuring out the course, and fleet management. Once the team began playing a upper-course left shift, that provided a consistent port-tack lift to the mark, and offensively seeking room on the down winds their scores began to improve. However the viewing docks for the event had no shade, tents were not allowed, and large yachts blocked the cool breeze. By mid-day a number of sailors (and Chaperones!) from both Olympia, and other teams begin to show signs of heat exhaustion. Coach Sarah made the call, despite the hassle, to move the team to a shaded area on land where there was no-viewing but it was significantly cooler.
Sunday the Team over-hauled their approach to the heat, purchasing a shade tent, and setting up on the grass on land in the shade of the trees. This help immensely with the team’s vibe, health and focus. Senior, Max Miller lead the charge as the primary skipper in B Fleet snagging a 4th place finish with crew, Junior, Kevin Hicks.
Sunday ended after a long day of intense by satisfying racing, with Olympia finishing in 17th out of 20 overall. Meaning for the first time ever, Olympia High School Sailing Team established themselves as one of the top 20 Fleet Racing High School Sailing Teams in the entire Country!!!
This is a monumental achievement for such a young, and rapidly growing team. This was the first, of what will be many National appearances with the goal of continuing to become, not only a top 20 team in the USA but the best overall.
Thank you to all of the OYC High School Sailing Teammates, Friends, Parents, Family, Teachers, OYC Members, SSSS Members and Supporters who donated to the Team’s Travel Fund, helped with practices, regattas, and other Fundraisers this past year.
Thank you to our GoFundMe Campaign Donors,
David & Kay Minton
Bob Van Schoorl
Tim And Becca DuMontier
Joy and Jeff Johnson
Jon & Cindy Adkins
OYC Dinner Meeting Members
SSSS Meeting Members
2 Anonymous donors