Ten boats came out for a beautiful evening of sailing. A tet was set near where “Y” would be for a windward mark and the tower was used for the leeward mark. With a steady NW wind there was hope of twice around, but the wind was diminishing before the first lap so the race was finished after one lap. All boats but Thatuna realized that “SYTF2” required crossing the line on each lap.
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It was a cool, but not rainy, race with better than expected winds. Four boats came out and everyone finished in under three hours. Owl was first across the line with an impressive performance beating the three much bigger boats. Next distance race is Port to Port from PT to Port Ludlow with an overnight stay in Ludlow (May 5-6).
Sparkle leads Pacifica out of the bay.
Martha and Pacifica
Owl leads Pacifica into the Strait.
Pacifica under spinnaker.
continue reading » 2018 – Distance Race Series – McCurdy Point Race
Boreas rounds the worlds largest windward mark.
Heading for city dock from the barge.
Race 2 offered several challenges both for the RC and the participants. 9 boats came out and all returned safely. Details inside.
continue reading » Spring Whitecap Race 2
Due to the unsteady weather this time of year, and following the rugged conditions experienced in last year’s Protection Is. race and especially the Smith Is. race, they have been merged, this year, into the McCurdy Point race, which is shorter and in more sheltered waters. It is our desire for the crews to return happy, and on boats that are unbroken. It is just the beginning of the season.
The Race start is from City Dock at 09:00 Saturday 04/14. If it mostly floats, has sails and we can guess at a PHRF number, you are heartily invited to join in.
A printable PDF of the Sailing Instructions Addendum is here – McCurdyPt SI’si. It’s only one page so you can give one to each of your crew for a teachable moment.
Seven boats braved the steady rain to find 8 – 10 kt. winds at City Dock, with little gusting. The Wind Direction was unusual at 085°M. Marks Y and T would have provided a W/L course but, in consideration of the still early sunset, a shorter course (SATAF – 3¼ n.m.) was set. With this wind direction there was no hole at the Tower, the wind funneled between the islands, so finish times were fast and close.
NOTE: Don’t forget the first race of the Distance Series, McCurdy Pt., is Saturday April 14 th., 09:00 hrs. Start at City Dock.
continue reading » Spring Whitecap Series – 2018, Race 1 Results
Don’t miss the first race of the season. It will be a City Dock start at 6:15pm.
Last week’s kickoff party was a good time with an excellent potluck, some interesting speakers, and about fifty people attending.
2018 Season Kickoff Party
In support of Thursdays kick-off party and eager anticipation of the new season, updated SI’s are available under the RACING tab. Print a copy for the review at the party (someone said something about a quiz).
It’s almost time to start racing. But first it’s party time. All the information you need is on the poster below. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and having a fun start to the racing season.
Many of us woke to a hailstorm with one big clap of thunder and almost rolled over. Fortunately 30+ skippers showed up for the Skipper’s Meeting, and 26 boats ended up participating on the water. While the course was being set the NW wind was averaging 11 knots with gusts to 18. Shortly before the start, we had some sleet and the wind died considerably. With barely enough breeze for boats to maneuver, the three classes started sequentially. This created a bit of a problem for T-birds as there were still Cruising boats starting at their start, but the hope was to get everyone on the course in case conditions deteriorated further. The winds remained light and the first boat to finish the first lap, Sparkle, did so in 45 minutes. In hopes of having as many boats as possible to finish, the second lap was shortened at the reach mark. Only three boats failed to finish. Myron Gauger, PRO
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