Distance Races2017-06-14T12:08:48+00:00

2017 Port to Port Race

2017 Protection Island Sailing Instructions

2017 Smith Island Sailing Instructions


Races from 2016

Saturday August 20, 2016 – Ted Pike Memorial Race

Ted in a PT11. Photo from the Port Townsend Watercraft blog, photo by Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown

Ted in a PT11. Photo from the Port Townsend Watercraft blog, photo by Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown

Ted Pike came across this fun regatta format during a stay in Southern California where it is popular, and he believed it would translate to our area. He enthusiastically introduced it to the PTSA board and was actively planning for it (and had it put on this years schedule) when he passed. All the details are included in the attached Sailing Instructions but an overview of the concept will help understanding.

The Ted Pike Memorial Regatta is open to all Port Townsend Sailing Association members and invited guests. The regatta begins with the boats anchored, with sails furled, off the beach South of the Marine Science Center (yachts must be properly anchored, with sails secured by approximately 12:00 noon). The Skipper alone (or approved designee) will come ashore (by unspecified, non-powered, means) and will deposit an entry fee of One fifth of quality rum into the Regatta Keg on the beach. This is the only race of the year where a yacht’s handicap may depend on the quality of the entry fee. The Race Committee has latitude in assessing penalties and time awards for the quality of seamanship or originality in costume and beach access. After acceptance of the entry fees, the Sailing Instructions are reviewed and skippers are informed of the Course to be raced. The Course, which obviously depends on wind conditions, is intended to be long and complex enough for the crews to display their competence to the full on all points of sail, in and out of strong tidal current. On the starting signal the skippers return to their boats to up-anchor, raise sail and sail the course (no motors). When the course has been completed by each boat, it approaches the beach South of The Northwest Maritime Center (will not anchor) and a crew member will come ashore, with their own cup, to test the blend of brandy in the keg. The draining and inverting of their cup sets their boat’s finish time for the race.

The race is followed by a raft-up (optional) of the fleet in Point Hudson (see regatta format document below) followed by the Awards Ceremony starting at 17:30 up at the North West Maritime Center. Bring your own food and drink, we will provide BBQ Grill. Here crews reflect on the race (embellish the “truth”), critique each others’ performance and garb and awards are given and received while the remainder of the rum in the keg disappears into some of the finest rum drinks to be found.

All of the details and the entry form can be found in the documents below.

Ted Pike Regatta Courses 2016
Ted Pike Regatta Entry 2016
Ted Pike Regatta Format 2016
Ted Pike Regatta Instructions 2016


  • Bush Point Race – Saturday 7/30/2016 – 12 noon start at city dock.  6pm time cutoff.  Port rounding.  Record your own finish time and send it by email to the race committee.



  • The Port to Port Race is June 25th and 26th, 2016

This race goes from Port Townsend to Port Ludlow and back with an overnight stop in Port Ludlow.  The course goes outside of Marrowstone Island, not through the cut.  Starts are timed to make use of favorable current.

PT Start: 6/25, 2pm
Cutoff:  7pm in Port Ludlow
Port Ludlow start: 10am
Cutoff: 3pm in PT

Skippers need to call ahead and make a moorage reservation.  When you call you will need to tell the Port Ludlow moorage office (360.437.0513) that you are participating in the PTSA Port to Port race.  The fire ring and BBQ area are already reserved for Saturday night.

The Sparkle crew will provide hotdogs, bratwurst, condiments and buns on Saturday.  Please bring a side dish if you can.  Some great additions would be potato salad, pasta salad, green salad, watermelon, baked beans, marshmallows, pie…

On Sunday morning the Sparkle crew will provide coffee, tea and OJ and a  breakfast of fruit, yogurt, granola, homemade muffins, hard boiled eggs…

This was a really fun event last year and we are looking forward to another great P to P race.

  • Tour de Bay – Saturday 6/11/2016. 12 noon start and 6pm time cutoff.  There will be a committee boat.  This is a fun race – the course is contained within Port Townsend Bay, but it is a distance race race because the race committee will set the course to include as many of the marks within the bay as conditions will allow.  Last year’s course was: “SADIYGTCTZMF”.  Come out an enjoy a fun day of racing.
  • Around Protection Island – 5/21/2016.  The start is at 10am at city dock. Check in with the race committee from the water. Port or starboard rounding of the island, it’s skipper’s choice. Cutoff time for the finish (at city dock) is 6pm.   Take your own finish time and email it to the race committee (Dave).  Skippers meeting is at 8am at the picnic table across from the boatyard office at Boat Haven.  Results will be posted here on the PTSA website. Total distance is approximately 24 nautical miles.

Smith Island Race – Saturday March 26, 2016 – This the first of several distance races for 2016.

Skippers Meeting at 8am at the committee boat on A dock at Boat Haven.  Go down the ramp on A dock; take the first right; the committee boat will be the first (white) power boat on the left.

The race starts at 10:00 am.  This will allow racers to catch last of the ebb to get out into the Strait.  After rounding Smith Island the current will be flooding and should help everyone get home in reasonable time.

Time limit is 8 hours (6:00 pm).

Start is at City dock, check in with the Race Committee from the water. Take your own finish time and email it to Dave. Results will be posted here on the PTSA website.

Total round trip distance is around 30 nautical miles.