On a Mission to Maximize Participation!

Maybe in 40 – 50 years there will be enough of these, cheap enough, to replace the Thunderbird.  And enough local sailors to crew them.

 

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On a Mission to Maximize Participation

Published on September 9th, 2018

The late great Paul Elvstrom said it best: “It is much harder to build a solid class organization than to design a new boat.” But commerce motivates people to try, and while we may get excited at the latest shiny new object on the water, class building remains hard.


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Raven Wins 2018 Thunderbird West Coast Championship Regatta (updated)

Steve, Stig, Simon, and John dominated the regatta with four firsts, three seconds, and one fourth place finish.  And in late breaking news Magic Bus has been declared the third place winner. They tied with Invader in points and there was some confusion as to the tie breaking criteria, which as now been cleared up.

Here are the official, final, results:

It was an excellent two days of racing with better than predicted winds and good weather (after the fog burned off).

Thunderbird West Coast Championship Regatta – Sept 1-2, 2018

 

Labor Day will see the west coast Thunderbird fleet back in Port Townsend Bay for a fabulous two days of racing.  Don’t miss out.  Sign up, and get the Notice of Race, on-line at the Regatta Network page for the event.

Ted Pike Memorial Regatta 2018 – Results

Nine boats came out to honor and celebrate Ted. Limfiord, Pacifica and Sparkle have participated in all three of these annual races.

As usual there was a variety of means of beach access. Pacemaker and Falkor improved their handicaps by swimming in. BetsyD (a CB Sharpie Cat Ketch) won points for dropping anchor, grounding her stern and stepping ashore. She lost them again for not furling her sails. Limfiord gained points for the extraordinary quality and scarcity of her entry fee.

Wind at the start was steady Northwesterly but not yet up to the 6 kts forecast. Course #2 (SMBTBGCBMBF 13.7 nm.) was announced. This kept the boats mainly outside the bay.  A temporary mark M was set to provide a windward start. It was hoped that the wind would build in the bay by the time the fleet approached G, but instead the usual hole persisted all afternoon. Several boats retired from the race and went cruising to enjoy the afternoon rather than fight for air at G.  The course was shortened to 10 nm. for Class B but only Ariel of Victoria persevered.

The follow-on BBQ and testing of the rum blend (to general approval) was as successful as usual.


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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.

 

 

 

Tour-de-Bay Race Results and Distance Series Final Standings

The Tour-de-Bay was the fourth and final race of the Distance series.

The course set was SBHGIYTBF, 11.9 nm. The start, from City Dock, was delayed by half an hour for lack of wind. For the early part of the race there was good wind East of a line from Point Hudson to Indian Island Navy Pier but very little to the West.

Half the fleet persisted and finished just before the 5 hr time limit, the rest did not report a finish.
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Distance Race #4 – TOUR-de-BAY, This Sunday.

The TOUR-de-BAY Distance Race is this Sunday, July 29 th.

This race provides a challenging change from short W/L courses.

An approximately 15 nm. course, depending on wind, set inside the bay.

With multiple legs varying from .5 to 3 nm., using all points of sail, in and out of current.

Every sailboat welcome, with or without a PHRF rating.

Start from City Dock at noon.

Summer Cat’s Paw Series 2018 – Race Seven Results and Final Standings

When the CB reached the starting area the wind was a patchy 3 – 5 kts. from 330° M, making IG a good W/L course, but before the line could be set the wind veered to 360°. This made C a good windward mark but there was not a corresponding leeward mark as the spare tet carried by the CB was needed to substitute for a leaking pin buoy.  While the RC were contemplating moving deeper into the bay and setting course SCF the wind strengthened and backed to 330°. The line was set for SIGF and the fleet started into 7 – 8 kts. of wind.

This did not last, when the fleet was passing the CB on the downwind leg the wind was down to 4 – 5 kts, then halfway down the leg a hole split the fleet, the first seven boats had a light and very variable breeze to carry them to the mark, the rest did not. The wind continued light and very variable to the point where the leading group heading for the finish passed the tailenders still heading for G with both groups sailing to windward. At the CB the wind maintained direction but continued to fade away to the point where the last boat needed 20 min. to cover the last few hundred yards.

This was the last race of the Cat’s Paw series. Congratulations to those who did well, at least to their own satisfaction, and a big thank you to all who came out and made it fun for everyone.

Wednesday evening races continue through August, in a self organizing manner, with the Dog Days series of single races.

The TOUR-de-BAY Distance Race is this Sunday, July 29 th. This provides a change from short W/L courses. A ~15 nm. course, inside the bay, of multiple  .5 to 3 nm. legs, all points of sail, in and out of current. Start from City Dock at noon.


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Summer Cat’s Paw Series 2018 – Race 6 Results & Standings

Strong winds and a building chop provided excitement and challenge. The wind was varying around Westerly and climbing from 12 kts. when the CB left the Boat Haven.  SYTF was set as a good windward/leeward course, with the first leg kept short so the starting area was in smoother water. The wind continued to climb and shifted to the point that resetting the line  was considered a couple of times but at the start it was back to being square.

At the start the wind was W 24 – 26 kts with occasional gusts over 30 kts. Two boats prudently retired around the Windward Mark.

Next Wednesday (25 th.) is the final race of the series and the following Saturday (29 th) the Tour-de-Bay Distance race starts at Noon.


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Summer Cat’s Paw Series 2018 – Race 5

Just results, commentary later.
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