Distance Series, Port-to-Port Race Results

Eight boats came out on a warm and sunny weekend for this popular, two race, overnight party. The races are part of the Distance Series. The Saturday race had the potential for congestion with the PTYC Opening Day parade and the massed finish of the STYC Race to the Straits pursuit race. These proved to be non-problems.

The wind on City Dock at the start of the Southbound race was ~8 kts. ±2, hovering around 290 ±10 deg.M but it appeared weaker and more Northerly away from shore. With the N wind and flood current the leaders turned in times of around three hours for the 15.4 miles.

The Saturday evening BBQ around the fire pit was reported to be a great success. As was the very extensive breakfast on Sunday.

The Northbound race on Sunday suffered light winds. At the start ~3 kts. Northerly wind was measured on the beach at Burner Point. Out in the bay it was very patchy and the fleet was observed having a struggle to reach the mouth of the bay where a little more wind could be seen on the water. For the return trip, to windward, the leaders needed about four hours. Further back, some ran out of patience.


By |2019-01-21T20:10:27+00:00May 9th, 2018|PHRF, Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

2018 – Distance Race Series – McCurdy Point Race

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.



By |2019-01-21T20:11:20+00:00April 15th, 2018|PHRF, Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

McCurdy Point Distance Race This Saturday

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.

By |2018-04-08T23:23:56+00:00April 8th, 2018|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Reach for Hospice Regatta – Sequim Bay September 16th, 2017

The Sequim Bay Yacht Club has sponsored the Reach for Hospice Regatta since 1991, supporting the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC).  The 2017 regatta will be the held on Saturday, September 16th.   The Notice of Race can be found here.

The cost is a donation for $50 (but boats are encouraged to donate more).  Registration can be done on-line via the US Sailing Regatta Network.

The Regatta is on Saturday, as stated above, then on Sunday there will be a race back to Port Townsend, which is the last race of the PTSA distance races series.

Last year the Sparkle crew competed in this event and said it was a great time.  Let’s try to get a good showing from the PTSA to support our friends in Sequim and help raise money for a good cause.

For more information and pictures from last year”s race see the SBYC site.


By |2017-09-06T19:57:59+00:00September 6th, 2017|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Bush Point Distance Race – Saturday

Bush Point Race – Addendum to PTSA Sailing Instructions

SCHEDULE – Saturday July 1st. The Warning signal will be at 10:00 hrs on City Dock.

RULES – As in  2017 Sailing Instructions for PTSA Races except as amended herein.

COURSE – Cross Start line at City Dock towards NE. Round mark “SC” to port (its the yellow mid-channel buoy west of Bush Point). Cross the Finish line at City Dock towards SW. Course distance is 14.9 nm.

CLASSES – All boats will start together and race with a PHRF handicap.

IDENTIFICATION – All boats, especially visitors, check in with the RC at the City Dock before the start to make sure their PHRF rating is recorded.

SHORTENED COURSE – There is no provision for shortening course.

TIME LIMIT – There is no time limit.

FINISH TIMES – The finish will be unmanned. Each boat will record their finish time, preferably to the second (use GPS or cell phone time) and note the names of the nearest boats ahead and behind them (if visible). This information is to be e-mailed within 48 hrs after the finish to racecommittee@

REQUESTS FROM USCG – All vessels must be aware of COLREGS Rule 10 (Traffic Separation Schemes) and must comply with such regardless of their competitive position at the time.

– All vessels should monitor VHF Ch 05A.

By |2019-01-21T20:12:10+00:00June 28th, 2017|PHRF, Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Distance Race Series 2017, Port to Port Races – Results and Series Standings

The Southbound race Saturday afternoon started with a light Northwesterly which only got lighter and more variable.  In the end the time limit was extended as two boats were within five minutes of the line and the last had already retired.

The start of the Northbound race on Sunday was delayed half an hour waiting for a light Northerly breeze to enter the bay.  The ebb increased the apparent wind and all boats finished well within the  time limit. (more…)

By |2019-01-21T20:13:02+00:00June 19th, 2017|PHRF, Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Port-to-Port Race Coming up Next Weekend (June 17-18, 2017)

Join us for the annual Port Townsend to Port Ludlow (and return) race.  Sailing Instructions are below.

The Sparkle crew will be providing some grilled meat options for the Saturday night BBQ.  Please bring a side dish to share and a dessert if you feel inspired by a delicious idea.  The Sparkle crew is hosting the dock breakfast on the party barge Sunday morning.

The moorage reservations for Port Ludlow need to be made in advance and as soon as possible.  The space is limited but they do have room for us.  Please let them know that you will be there for the PTSA Port to Port Race.

If you are planning to anchor out please let Tulip know so that she can include you in the BBQ and dock breakfast count.  She can be reached by emailing: secretary@

The long range forecast promises good winds and no rain. (Its only a forecast).

Printable copy of the Port to Port sailing instructions:   Port to Port Sailing Instructions 2017

By |2017-06-14T13:54:31+00:00June 13th, 2017|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments