First Annual Yellow Island Wooden Boat Regatta

   Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Saturday May 19, 2012

Any kind of wooden sailboats may enter.  Non-wood boats are also welcome but will receive no prizes. The course will have a starting line with a committee boat south of the Deer Harbor Marina. The marks of the course will consist of various small islands and rocks in the area, as well as a race buoy located near the marina. The race entry fee of $15 is payable before the 9 am skipper’s meeting at the Deer Harbor Boatworks the morning of the race. Included in the entry fee is one skippers’ breakfast.  Additional breakfasts are $8. Breakfast supplied by the San Juan Islands Wooden Boat Society. Skippers must also sign a liability waiver. The race will start around noon, and will have a four-hour time limit. Those without a current PHRF rating will have a temporary rating assigned to them by race organizers. Non-racers are welcome to relax and socialize at the marina. We will try to stage one end of the finish line at the outside float of the marina.

Colorful burgees representing first, second, and third place finishers, will be awarded at a potluck/awards ceremony at the marina the evening after the race. Participant burgees will also be available for sale, with donations encouraged to offset costs. Any proceeds from burgee sales will benefit the San Juan Islands Wooden Boat Society, which seeks to help coordinate wooden boat activities in the islands.

Regatta participant discount moorage for Friday and Saturday nights is $1/foot.   From the following Sunday to Friday noon the rate is $2/foot for the five nights. First come, first served. Call the Deer Harbor Marina, 360-376-3037  to reserve a slip well in advance, as other boat groups are planning to be there. Plenty of good anchorage is also available in the Harbor.

Please contact Ward Fay ( or 360-298-2057 for more information about the race.