New Friday PHRF Race Series

Since a number of the boats in the PHRF fleet could not make the Wednesday evening races we have added a new series that will run on Fridays starting at 6:15pm.  The first race is 4/5/2019.  All boats are welcome.  If you are not sure what PHRF means and want to know more click here.

And don’t forget the kickoff party this Thursday!

By |2019-03-19T21:09:27+00:00March 19th, 2019|Club News, PHRF, Race Reminder|0 Comments

The Ted Pike Memorial Regatta – Next Saturday

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.




By |2018-08-12T21:59:21+00:00August 11th, 2018|Race Reminder|0 Comments

First Spring Whitecap Series Race Friday April 7th, 2017

If the forecast holds true, a gale warning is already in effect, there will be a lot of whitecaps!  You may be wondering if the race will be cancelled.  Here is the section from this year’s sailing instructions regarding weather cancellations.

WEATHER CANCELLATION – If NOAA posts Gale Warnings for Admiralty Inlet covering race time the race may be canceled depending on local observed and predicted conditions. Skippers will gather at the Boat Haven two hours before start time to consider the advisability of racing and inform the RC.

UPDATE April 10th, 2017 – The race committee met with the few skipper who showed up at 4pm,  measured the wind as gusting over 30 knots in the Boat Haven parking lot, and officially cancelled the race.

By |2017-04-10T16:58:37+00:00April 6th, 2017|Race Reminder, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

PTSA Smith Island Race – Saturday April 1st.

The first race of the new season starts at 11 am from City Dock and rounds Smith and Minor Islands.  The currents are favorable and it should be great fun to get out of the bay for a change.  Everyone is invited to join us, just show up and check in at City Dock.  If you don’t have a PHRF rating we can invent one for you.

A printable copy of the sailing instructions is at Smith Island SI’s

By |2017-03-24T23:15:13+00:00March 24th, 2017|Race Reminder|0 Comments

Summer Cat’s Paw Series – Race 7

Race 7 was scheduled as a “make-up” should we not be able to run six successful races in the regular series to permit a throw-out of each boat’s worst performance.  This year we had six completed races but had not celebrated the series with a BBQ as tradition dictates.  As the RC tends to loiter around the Boat Haven Friday evenings (needs to get a life) we went out for a race.  The only ingredient missing was the wind.  Occasionally a 2.5 kt breeze would spring up (with gusts to 3) but never from the same direction.  So the RC spent an hour frustrated and fretting while the fleet patiently used the time to socialize and bond.  One boat reported being able to sail completely round the committee boat – but didn’t mention if it was all on the same tack.

Not wanting to be late for the BBQ, as is usual for the RC, the race was called around 18:50.  Ironically, as the N flag was raised the wind filled in solidly from the NW.  Too late for a race but at least it helped everyone get back to their moorage in time for the party.  Thanks to Steve, Dean and Tulip it was great.

The Race Committee would like to congratulate the series winners and thank everyone for not noticing (or at least not commenting upon) the occasional confusion and errors by the RC.

NOTICE:- The Dog Days races have been moved from Fridays to Wednesday and merged with the Ed Barcott series.  There will not be any regular RC support or recording of results.

The next regular series (the Fall Nightcap) starts Sunday September 18 th at 13:00.

NOTICE, NOTICE:- Don’t forget the Bush Point distance race this Saturday, July 30 th., Noon start from City Dock, report your own finish time.

ALSO:- The Ted Pike Memorial Race August 20 th. at Noon (details to follow, but it involves a Keg of Rum).

AND:- The Thunderbird Regional Regatta September 3 – 4.

By |2016-07-24T11:53:35+00:00July 23rd, 2016|On the Water, Race Reminder, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Weather looks promising for Smith Island Race tomorrow

National Weather Service Forecast

857 AM PDT FRI MAR 25 2016



Mostly cloudy with a high of 55 and 0% chance of rain.

See the distance race page for more information.

By |2019-01-21T20:15:20+00:00March 25th, 2016|Club News, On the Water, PHRF, Race Reminder|0 Comments

Radio-Controlled Sailboat Regatta


Ludlow pond T37

On Saturday April 16, the Port Townsend Yacht Club will host the 2016 T37 Regional Championships at Port Ludlow.  This annual race, which is typically held at the Seattle Yacht Club, will be the first time these radio-controlled sailboats have raced in a Championship event on the Quimper Peninsula. At present, there are over 2,750 boats worldwide, 750 in the Puget Sound area, and 50 boats registered to our local fleet.

These 37-inch long wooden boats are built from a kit available from Tippecanoe Boats, The T37 RC Racing Sloop is a fully sanctioned one-design class in the American Model Yachting Association. Each boat has a unique personality reflecting the builder’s preference for paint styles and colors. The hull is 1/8-inch mahogany plywood. The mast and booms are high-tech carbon fiber; sails are nylon spinnaker cloth, the same material as is used on full-size sailboat spinnakers. Everything for building and sailing the boat, including the radio control gear is in the kit, except for paint, varnish, and AA batteries.

Onlookers are welcome to watch the action in the ponds between the Port Ludlow Marina and the Port Ludlow Yacht Club. The boats are powered only by the wind in the sails. No propulsion motors, no propellers. There are two servo motors inside, each controlled by a radio transmitter. One servo trims the sails in and out. The other turns the rudder. That’s all. This is real sailing and, as you’ll see, real racing.

The local fleet expects to do well in the Northwest Regional Championship since big-boat racers Dan Newland (of Port Hadlock) and Lucas Hurt (of Port Townsend) are the 2015 National and Regional T37 Champions, respectively. For this year’s Regionals, we expect about 30 of the best sailors from Seattle and British Columbia, and our area to compete.

For more information, contact Michael Machette, Race Director (360-531-2441)and check out the website of the Pacific Northwest Model Yacht Club at

By |2016-03-24T09:16:18+00:00March 24th, 2016|One-design, Race Reminder|0 Comments

Upcoming Events!

Racing is almost here!  The following three events will all happen within the next two weeks.

  • Smith Island Race, the first PTSA race of 2016 is this Saturday March 26th.  It is the first of five long distance races scheduled for 2016.  Let’s get a good turn-out for this one!
  • The start of racing kick-off party at 6:00 pm on Thursday March 31st at the Northwest Maritime Center.  Beer and wine will be available.  Besides being a celebration we will discuss the various events planned for the year and race committee chair Dave Burrows will go over the revised sailing instructions for 2016.  This for skippers and crew as well as any others who would like to learn more about racing and the the PTSA.
  • The first race of the Spring Whitecap series is at 6:00 pm on Friday April 1st.


25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta

25th Annual Shipwrights' Regatta, February 27, 2016.

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta, February 27, 2016.

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta to be held February 27th!
The 2016 sailboat racing season opens with the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 27th.  A well-loved regional tradition is celebrating its 25th year.   This year we look back and celebrate 25 years of winter sailing, in snow and sleet, gale force to flat calm, Port Townsend Bay has seen it all.  This friendly regatta is sponsored by The Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), Wooden Boat Foundation (WBF), Port Townsend Sailing Association (PTSA), and Edensaw Woods.  Boats of all construction are welcome.

As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing but do not have a boat.  Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers Meeting and be connected with skippers looking for crew.

Registration forms are currently available at the Chandlery located at the NWMC at 431 Water Street as well as on-line here.  Last-minute registrations will be accepted between 8:00-9:00 am on Saturday February 27th, the Skippers’ Meeting will follow at 9am.  The Skippers’ Meeting will be held upstairs at the NWMC with coffee provided by Sunrise Coffee.  The race starts at 12:00 noon on Port Townsend Bay.  An awards ceremony will be held at approximately 4:00pm upstairs at the NWMC.  Beer and snacks will be provided as well as the usual perpetual awards, laughter, and comradery. A free haul-out will be awarded to two lucky sailors, courtesy of Sea Marine and the Port of Port Townsend.

Please join us in celebrating 25 years of the Shipwrights’ Regatta here in beautiful Port Townsend, WA.

For more information please contact:
Catherine Leporati
Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-385-3628 x 104

By |2016-01-29T10:27:20+00:00January 30th, 2016|Race Reminder|0 Comments