Distance Series – McCurdy Point Race, 2019

Dave. : 04/22/2019 1:23 am : PHRF, Racing out of the Bay

Before the start the wind was varying between 340° & 010°M, 2 – 5 kts. By the start the wind had steadied on 330° and built to 6 – 7 kts with the occasional gust to 9. It was sunny and warm, a beautiful day for a race.

Unfortunately, as the fleet was approaching McCurdy Point, the wind died to the point that they were unable to progress against the building flood. Nobody finished.

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Next Up In Distance Series – McCurdy Point Race This Saturday

Dave. : 04/15/2019 9:48 pm : Racing out of the Bay

ALERT! McCURDY POINT RACE  ALERT!

 

McCurdy Point Race, 2019 – Addendum to PTSA Sailing Instructions

SCHEDULE – Saturday April 20st. The Warning Signal will be at 12:00 hrs. from City Dock.

RULES – As in 2019 Sailing Instructions for PTSA Races except as amended herein.

COURSE – Cross Start line at City Dock towards NE. Round the McCurdy Point Buoy (Red, #4) to Port. Cross the Finish line at City Dock towards SW. The Red Pt. Hudson Bell Buoy #2 is to be left to shore-ward as usual. The Red #6 buoy North of Pt Wilson is to be left to Starboard when Westbound and to Port on return. Course distance is 11.4 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. However, if conditions make it advisable to round Red Buoy #6 and return, participants should reach agreement on VHF Ch. 68 before the first boat reaches that point. Notify the RC of the course change when reporting finish time.

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 of, and astern of them (if visible). This information is to be e-mailed within 48 hrs to racecommittee@ptsail.org. or DNF will be assumed.

REQUESTS BY USCG – (extra requirements for the race permit).

— 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.

— Particular caution is to be used headed outbound in the Southbound VTS lane. Any boat impeding Commercial traffic is to be DSQ. A boat may use her motor for avoidance provided she does not

improve her competitive position.

— All vessels should monitor VHF Ch. 05A.

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Distance Race Series 2019 – Bush Point Results

Dave. : 04/15/2019 9:30 pm : PHRF, Racing out of the Bay

Four boats came out in the face of a forecast for a Southerly gale. The wind at  City Dock after the start was coming from 175°M at 13 Kts. with gusts to 16. Reportedly, after the boats rounded Marrowstone Point they found 30+ kt. southerly winds and 3 foot seas. Magic Bus retired with a broken main halyard. Knot Raven, equipped with reef points, wisely retired, apparently before breaking anything. Owl did not report a finish..


Distance Series 2019

Bush Point Race

Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results saved: Monday, April 15, 2019 8:01:57 PM PDT


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Start Date/Time = Saturday, April 13, 2019    10:09:00.0,     Length (nm) = 14.90

Pos Sail Boat Skipper Rating Finish
Order
Finish
Time
Time
Allowance
Corrected
Time
Time
Behind
Adjust. Pts
1 18944 Sir Isaac Bailey, John 93 1 12:41:34.0 00:23:05.7 02:09:28.3 00:00:00.0 1.0
DNF 549 Knot Raven Bolling, Brian 198 DNF No Time 00:49:10.2 No Time No Time DNF 5.0T
DNF 643 Owl Dunning, Dale 198 DNF No Time 00:49:10.2 No Time No Time DNF 5.0T
DNF 1069 Magic Bus Dunlap, Piper 198 DNF No Time 00:49:10.2 No Time No Time DNF 5.0T

Notes

(1) Scoring System is ISAF Low Point 2017-2020
(2) RRS A9 (Series Longer than a Regatta) is in effect.
(3) Time limit expired (TLE) penalty is: Finishers plus 1

Information is provisional and subject to modification. Principal Race Officer: Dave B


Version 7.5.5: Scoring by JavaScore, Open Source available at http://www.gromurph.org/javascore

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Distance Races

Dave. : 04/11/2019 11:59 pm : PHRF, Racing out of the Bay

ALERT Bush Pt. Race 10:00am April 13, City Dock ALERT

 

Bush Point Race – Addendum to PTSA 2019 Sailing Instructions

SCHEDULE – Saturday April 13 th. The Warning signal will be at 10:00 hrs on City Dock.

RULES – As in 2019 Sailing Instructions for PTSA Races, except as amended herein.

COURSE – Cross Start line at City Dock towards NE. Round mark “SC” to port (it’s 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). All this information is to be e-mailed within 48 hrs after the finish to racecommittee@ptsail.org.

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.


ALERT! McCurdy Pt. race noon April 20, City Dock ALERT!

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Distance Series, Port-to-Port Race Results

Dave. : 05/09/2018 12:24 am : PHRF, Racing out of the Bay

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.

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Distance Race Series – Port to Port – May 5 th. & 6 th.

Dave. : 04/26/2018 4:25 pm : PHRF, Racing out of the Bay

The first race starts from City Dock on May 5 th. at 14:30 hrs.  The Sailing Instructions are available for printing here  P to P 2018 .  Or you can read them:- more »

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2018 – Distance Race Series – McCurdy Point Race

Dave. : 04/15/2018 11:30 pm : PHRF, Racing out of the Bay

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.

 

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McCurdy Point Distance Race This Saturday

Dave. : 04/08/2018 11:23 pm : Racing out of the Bay

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.

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2017 Distance Race Series – Sequim Bay Race

Dave. : 09/20/2017 8:27 pm : PHRF, Racing out of the Bay

Although not a competitor, Andiamo Again was the only boat to represent the PTSA in Sequim Bay during the SBYC Hospice Regatta.

Consequently, she was the only boat to cross the starting line for the race returning to Port Townsend.  Wind and tide conditions gave a quick trip. more »

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

Jim Heumann : 09/06/2017 7:57 pm : Racing out of the Bay

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.

 

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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.

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  • 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.

 

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