Roche Harbor Island Cup

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The San Juan Island Sailing Team will be one of 16 teams slated to compete Saturday and Sunday at the Roche Harbor Island Cup, April 6 and 7.

As many as 150 sailors from high schools across the region — Oregon and California too (a first) — will put knowledge and skills to test during the two-day sailing regatta, sponsored by the San Juan Sailing Foundation.

The regatta features a “fleet race”, in which “everybody gets a boat,” SJSC coach Dez Bridgmon said.

That means as many as 30 boats in the queue at the start line, with races averaging 8-15 minutes, depending on wind. Competition begin mid-morning on both days. Races will be held in Vanguard sail boats.

San Juan County becomes National Monument

San Juan Islands National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located in the Puget Sound area in the state of Washington. The monument protects archaeological sites of the Coast Salish people, lighthouses and relics of early European American settlers in the Pacific Northwest, and biodiversity of the island life in the region. The monument was created from existing federal land by President Barack Obama on March 25, 2013 under the Antiquities Act.

The national monument consists of approximately 75 separate sites totaling roughly 1,000 acres (4 km2) in area.

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