Community Sports

Local teen headed back to Fencing Junior Olympics

Abby Barr is taking another stab at the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships, held from Feb. 13-16, in Richmond, Va.

The 14-year-old from Bellingham Bay Fencing Association competes in all three weapons of modern competitive fencing: foil, epee and saber. She qualified in the Junior (20 years old and younger) and Cadet (17 and younger) age groups.

Barr is also pre-qualified for three senior women’s epee events at the 2015 National Championships which take place this summer, in San Jose, Calif.

‘Nauti-Gals’ women’s cruise on the Schooner Zodiac

The Schooner Zodiac, the Bellingham-based tall ship, announced the dates of its annual ‘Nauti-Gals’ women’s cruise in the San Juan Islands. The cruise departs the ship’s berth on Saturday, July 25 and returns on Monday, July 27, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

The cruise includes three days of exploring the San Juan Islands aboard a historic tall ship. Passengers are encouraged to learn sailing maneuvers, help haul on lines and steer the ship under the direction of the crew. Passengers are also given the opportunity to hike and explore various islands, kayak in secluded anchorages or simply lounge on deck with a glass of wine. The trip is $675 per person for a standard berth and $750 per person for a double-occupancy, private stateroom. Reservations can be made by calling 206-719-7622.

The Zodiac is a classic, 160-foot U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel, operated by a licensed captain and experienced team of volunteer crew members. More information on the cruise can be found at

Chuckanut Bay Rugby kicking off

Chuckanut Bay Rugby starts training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Whatcom Community College.

Youth teams train from 6:30-8 p.m. and adult teams practice from 7:30-9 p.m. For more information on gear, prices and signing up, visit

Mount Baker Club Outings

The Mount Baker Club has two events coming up this week: a Mount Baker Snowshoe and Southside Wandering with Walt.

The snowshoeing trek is a 5-mile hike with significant elevation gain. The group may continue on to Artist Point, if conditions allow. The group will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Maple Falls Shell. For more information contact Susan Krienen at

Southside Wandering with Walt is a leisurely stroll through various trails and residential neighborhoods between Taylor Street and Fairhaven Park, in Bellingham. Meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, the Alaska Ferry Terminal, weather permitting. Contact Walt at for more information.

For more information on the Mount Baker Club, visit

Advantage Basketball Outreach welcomes sign-ups

Advantage Basketball Outreach, named one of the top basketball camps in the nation by Sports Illustrated for Kids, is accepting sign-ups for its spring break camps.

The camps run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6-9, or April 6-8, at Whatcom Middle School. Cost is $225 for the four-day camp and $195 for the three-day camp.

The camp will feature ball-handling and shooting drills, and focus on court awareness and defense. For more information, visit


Hole-in-one: Hal Reardon hit a hole-in-one on Tuesday, Jan. 27, on the 14th hole at North Bellingham Golf Course. Reardon used an 8 iron on the 140-yard hole, and was witnessed by Dale Geleynse.