Following a blustery week, and faced with a Gale Warning, the twelve boats reporting for the start found very light winds and calm seas. As race time approached long scans of the surface showed no dark patches to indicate wind. The very light NE draft was not enough to register on the RC anemometer. However the fleet was demonstrating steerage-way, although barely stemming the current by the pier, so there was nothing to be gained by a postponement and the start was on time.
Observation from Fort Worden an hour after the start showed the fleet flying rather limp spinnakers to a light Southeasterly in Admiralty Inlet but after passing Pt Wilson the current became stronger than the wind and boats were carried West until they could clear the wind shadow of the bluffs. Challenging conditions.