Program Profile: The Northwest has long been the weakest district in the ICYRA. Its fairly isolated and has never been able to gather significant momentum. However, Leppert is an experienced sailor who occasionally travels with his team to intersectionals. The three NWICYRA schools who compete regularly, Oregon, Washington, and Western Washington, are closer as a group than some big teams. While the NWICYRA gets only one spot at nationals and a few intersectional berths each year, theres not much competition for these spots. Leppert says the Northwest is getting stronger, but for the immediate future, the competitive regattas are all still at least a long drive away. While Leppert is dedicated to the team, the district, and making sure both survive and continue to grow, the NW could stumble if he leaves and isnt replaced.