Photo by Shawn O’Connor

Photo by Shawn O’Connor

Wildcats finish season with program best

The Oak Harbor High School sailing team will take a month off before starting their summer season.

The Oak Harbor Wildcats finished the 2021 spring season with a program best sixth place at the NWISA Fleet Race Championship.

The Wildcats were greeted by big breeze and a building sea state on Saturday, conditions not seen often by the Wildcats.

B division pair Ben Servatius and Liam Chapman were able to capture three third place finishes, but Oak Harbor struggled on day one, finishing the day in ninth place after 14 races.

The ‘Cats fortunes changed immediately on Sunday. Flatter waters and breeze similar to their normal practice weather was a welcome sight, as Servatius and Chapman started the day with a bang, collecting a second and a first in the first two races of the day.

Andrew Buys and Thomas Buys also bounced back in a big way, collecting three top five finishes in their four-A division races on Sunday.

The foursome of Thomas Buys (‘22), Andrew Buys (‘21), Ben Servatius (‘22), and Liam Chapman (‘22) punctuated the program’s most successful season in program history in a big way. The group collected seven podium finishes in 24 races, more top three finishes than all prior district championships combined.

The Wildcats will take about a month off before starting their summer season. Andrew Buys is the lone senior on the varsity team, setting the program up for a very successful 2021-22 season.