The PTSA race marks are back in the water and ready for the first race on April 3rd. Some may not know that the marks must be removed every year for the winter lest they accumulate too much fouling and kelp and be washed away in one of our big winter storms. The marks and rode must also be cleaned and repaired as necessary to be ready for the next season. James Arsulich, with his trusty Catalina 36 “Nora Mae”, has assumed responsibly for this task over the last several years. This year he has been ably assisted by Brian Bolling, John Lynes, and Jim Heumann. The guy actually doing the diving has been Oscar Johnson from Poulsbo.
The annual end-of-the-year awards party and dinner will be held at the Pope Marine Building at 6pm on Thursday 11/15 at 6pm. As in the past it will be a potluck dinner – please bring a main and a side dish to share. Beer and wine will be available and there will be a slideshow. This is always a fun event that provides an opportunity for each crew to relive their victories and decry their losses, to retell the stores of crashes and near misses, and to get excited for the new season starting in the spring of 2019.
The Pope Marine Building is located on the dock at the corner of Water and Madison Streets in Port Townsend (near the Cotton Building where the party was last year).
The Port Townsend Yacht Club is sponsoring a boat parade and blessing of the fleet to celebrate the start of the boating season. Everyone is invited to participate. The parade begins around noon at city dock. You can find all the details at their web site.
And don’t forget that leg one of the Port to Port race is this Saturday as well, starting at 2:30 (not 2:00). So you could join in the parade then race to Port Ludlow!
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.
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.