There was confusion over the start time for the first race of the series due to the calendar on the website, and the race reminder, showing a noon start, while the SI’s (and history) called for 13:00. In the event the wind was so wildly capricious in strength and direction that the race did not start until 12:48 so it appeared no boats were inadvertently left at the dock. The on-line calendar has been corrected to match the SI’s and an e-mail sent to all members to set the start time at 13:00 for the rest of the series. Maybe the wind will have stabilized by then.
continue reading » Fall Nightcap Series 2018 – Race 1 Results
After a not so restful break, and to greet the equinox, the Fall Nightcap Series begins this Saturday (Sept. 22). Jazz will be CB. Start at Noon.
The dates for the rest of the series are on the calendar (right hand column of this page, or click on calendar tab).
Maybe in 40 – 50 years there will be enough of these, cheap enough, to replace the Thunderbird. And enough local sailors to crew them.
On a Mission to Maximize Participation
Published on September 9th, 2018
The late great Paul Elvstrom said it best: “It is much harder to build a solid class organization than to design a new boat.” But commerce motivates people to try, and while we may get excited at the latest shiny new object on the water, class building remains hard.
continue reading » On a Mission to Maximize Participation!
Labor Day will see the west coast Thunderbird fleet back in Port Townsend Bay for a fabulous two days of racing. Don’t miss out. Sign up, and get the Notice of Race, on-line at the Regatta Network page for the event.
Nine boats came out to honor and celebrate Ted. Limfiord, Pacifica and Sparkle have participated in all three of these annual races.
As usual there was a variety of means of beach access. Pacemaker and Falkor improved their handicaps by swimming in. BetsyD (a CB Sharpie Cat Ketch) won points for dropping anchor, grounding her stern and stepping ashore. She lost them again for not furling her sails. Limfiord gained points for the extraordinary quality and scarcity of her entry fee.
Wind at the start was steady Northwesterly but not yet up to the 6 kts forecast. Course #2 (SMBTBGCBMBF 13.7 nm.) was announced. This kept the boats mainly outside the bay. A temporary mark M was set to provide a windward start. It was hoped that the wind would build in the bay by the time the fleet approached G, but instead the usual hole persisted all afternoon. Several boats retired from the race and went cruising to enjoy the afternoon rather than fight for air at G. The course was shortened to 10 nm. for Class B but only Ariel of Victoria persevered.
The follow-on BBQ and testing of the rum blend (to general approval) was as successful as usual.
continue reading » Ted Pike Memorial Regatta 2018 – Results
Next Saturday, August 18 th., is the third Ted Pike Memorial Regatta. Here PTSA celebrates and honors Ted’s life and contributions to the sailing community.
The format of this regatta is as unique as Ted was. The key features are:-
● 12:00 – Boats arrive and anchor off the beach in starting area.
● 12:15 – Skippers arrive on beach by any un-motorized means.
— Entry Fee of one (1) fifth of good quality Rum deposited in keg. (Non alcoholic beverage OK if necessary).
— Racing and Cruising classes assigned.
— PHRF ratings invented for those without. Modified for various excuses.
— Courses announced.
● 12:30 – Start with Skippers on beach, boats anchored out.
— Get to boat and sail off anchor.
● Race around and out of bay (4.0 hr time limit).
— Challenging Course. (Dependent on conditions).
● Finish by any Crew Member reaching the beach to test rum in keg (or alternate beverage).
●16:30 – Awards and party at the Schooner Martha Boat-shop (Port Hudson).
— As the keg gets emptier the lies and excuses get greater.
Registration Forms, Sailing Instructions, and Courses are available right here.
The Tour-de-Bay was the fourth and final race of the Distance series.
The course set was SBHGIYTBF, 11.9 nm. The start, from City Dock, was delayed by half an hour for lack of wind. For the early part of the race there was good wind East of a line from Point Hudson to Indian Island Navy Pier but very little to the West.
Half the fleet persisted and finished just before the 5 hr time limit, the rest did not report a finish.
continue reading » Tour-de-Bay Race Results and Distance Series Final Standings
The TOUR-de-BAY Distance Race is this Sunday, July 29 th.
This race provides a challenging change from short W/L courses.
An approximately 15 nm. course, depending on wind, set inside the bay.
With multiple legs varying from .5 to 3 nm., using all points of sail, in and out of current.
Every sailboat welcome, with or without a PHRF rating.
Start from City Dock at noon.
When the CB reached the starting area the wind was a patchy 3 – 5 kts. from 330° M, making IG a good W/L course, but before the line could be set the wind veered to 360°. This made C a good windward mark but there was not a corresponding leeward mark as the spare tet carried by the CB was needed to substitute for a leaking pin buoy. While the RC were contemplating moving deeper into the bay and setting course SCF the wind strengthened and backed to 330°. The line was set for SIGF and the fleet started into 7 – 8 kts. of wind.
This did not last, when the fleet was passing the CB on the downwind leg the wind was down to 4 – 5 kts, then halfway down the leg a hole split the fleet, the first seven boats had a light and very variable breeze to carry them to the mark, the rest did not. The wind continued light and very variable to the point where the leading group heading for the finish passed the tailenders still heading for G with both groups sailing to windward. At the CB the wind maintained direction but continued to fade away to the point where the last boat needed 20 min. to cover the last few hundred yards.
This was the last race of the Cat’s Paw series. Congratulations to those who did well, at least to their own satisfaction, and a big thank you to all who came out and made it fun for everyone.
Wednesday evening races continue through August, in a self organizing manner, with the Dog Days series of single races.
The TOUR-de-BAY Distance Race is this Sunday, July 29 th. This provides a change from short W/L courses. A ~15 nm. course, inside the bay, of multiple .5 to 3 nm. legs, all points of sail, in and out of current. Start from City Dock at noon.
continue reading » Summer Cat’s Paw Series 2018 – Race Seven Results and Final Standings