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Frostbite Series 2020 – Race 1 Results

Five T-Birds and one Murrelet showed up for the inaugural race of the new frostbite series.  However, at the last minute one of the T-Birds, Owl, was not able to race.  

The main story of the day was the weather; wow what a great day; bright sun, temperatures in the mid forties, and wind 5 to 10 kts from SSE.  We set a leeward mark near the entrance to Boat Haven and used the green buoy as the windward mark.

THEN, we retired for the inaugural party of the new clubhouse.   Thanks to Steve for organizing the event and preparing the great chili.  Heidi’s tasty corn bread sure went well with the chili.

This race started at noon, to make sure we could finish the party before dark.   The following races of the series will start at 1:00.

PTSA Frostbite Series 2020
Boat Name Sail # Skipper Name Race 1 Series Position
Raven 1190 Blackbird Associates 1 1
Kuma San 542 Jim Heumann/ John Lynes 2 2
Falcon 1177 Roland Nikles 3 3
Magic Bus 1069 Dunlap / Ginther / 4 4
Murrelet Bertrum Levy 5 5
By |2020-01-22T13:09:27-08:00January 5th, 2020|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

First race of 2020 Is Still On (Saturday 1/4/20)

As of 5:30pm on Friday 1/3 the forecast still looks reasonable for a race on Saturday 1/4.  Start time is 12 noon.  Afterward there will be a party at the container/clubhouse (between West Marine and the dive shop). Steve Scharf is cooking up two batches of chili, one with meat and one without.  Heidi Eisenhour is providing cornbread.  Please BYOB. This is your opportunity to start the year out right – let’s go sailing!

By |2020-01-05T20:07:43-08:00January 3rd, 2020|Club News|0 Comments

Year-end party report

The year-end party was a good time with good food, awards, a slide show, and chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Thank you gift cards were awarded to those who contributed in various ways throughout the year (see below). We awarded $900 to the high school sailing team.  Elections were held – see this page to find out who is on the expanded board for 2020. John Lynes gave a treasurer’s report explaining where our money comes from and where it goes. A recap of 2019 was presented as well as plans for 2020.  A special thanks goes to Steve Scharf who provided all of the trophies and who has contributed so much of his time and resources this year.

Thank you’s and year end awards:

Photos from the party:

By |2020-01-01T21:12:28-08:00November 16th, 2019|Club News|0 Comments

End of Year Party and Awards

Racing is done for the year but the fun isn’t over yet. The end of year party will be held on Thursday November 14th at 6pm at the Cotton building (607 Water Street in PT). It is a potluck. Please bring a main and a side dish to share. Don’t worry about paper plates and plastic cutlery. they will be provided.  A fine selection of beer and wine will be available.

There will be awards, to be presented in an exciting new format.

We are going to have elections.  The proposed slate of officers: President – Jim Heumann, Vice President – Heidi Eisenhour, Secretary – Steve Scharf, Treasurer – Johns Lynes.  At-large positions: Doug Jones (PHRF fleet rep), Dave Burrows (race committee), Piper Dunlap, Stig Osterberg, Jeff Brantley, and Joe Daubenberger.  However, more help is needed!  If you want to get involved or to run for one these positions let us know at info@ptsail.org.

There will also be a general discussion of PTSA operations to help in planning for next year. Topics to include length of each race series, preferred race days, race courses, distance races, and PHRF races. We will also talk about the new container clubhouse and how it will be used.

Please attend! It will be fun and you can help set direction for next year

By |2019-10-31T15:22:56-07:00October 31st, 2019|Meeting Announcement|0 Comments

T-Bird Documentary Filming

The Raven crew, during their trip to Boston for the Internationals, met a documentary filmmaker who is making a film of the T-Bird story. Filming is moving to the west coast this week with visits to Gig Harbor and Port Townsend.  The PT filming will happen during the race this Saturday, so it would be great to get as many T-Birds out as possible. You could be a star.

And please remember that these races are for PHRF boats too.  Everybody is welcome and encouraged to race.

By |2019-10-10T07:16:19-07:00October 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Too Much Wind For The First Race of the Nightcap Series

Five boats left Boat Haven for the race course on Saturday in a stiff breeze. By the time they got out to the committee boat the wind had picked up.  By the time the race was about to start the wind picked up some more.  Five boats decided not to race after all.  Thanks to Dave, the race committee, and Piper for braving the elements to get the committee boat out and anchored, and the course set, only to have to reverse the process and head back into the marina.

It was windy

By |2019-10-03T13:59:57-07:00September 29th, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Help Wanted

PTSA has a new “clubhouse” (pictured above).  As you can see it is a shipping container, and it is located between West Marine and the dive shop, across the street from the Yacht Club.  The goal is that this can become  place where we can have after race BBQs, as well as providing storage for club related gear.

But first it needs a little work to make it look nicer and be more hospitable.  Steve Scharf has been working diligently, pressure washing and treating rust spots.  The next step is to paint the whole thing – and you can help! It’s a big job but with several people helping it will go fast. Send Steve an email (steve@stevescharf.com) and he will let you know when the painting parties are happening.  But don’t wait, painting starts soon.

And remember the fall race series starts Saturday Sept 28th.  All boats are welcome!

By |2019-09-27T12:02:22-07:00September 27th, 2019|Club News|0 Comments

2019 T-bird West Coast Championship Results

On August 31-September 1, 2019 the Port Townsend Sailing Association hosted the 2019 Thunderbird West Coast Championships. It was a well-run affair with a variety of windward-leeward courses set over seven races.  At the skippers’ meeting Saturday morning there was grumbling of “can we postpone sailing until this afternoon, when some wind is expected?” The race committee knew better.  

Sixteen boats made their way out to the anticipated starting area at the center of Port Townsend Bay by 10:30 a.m., drifting about as the race committee searched the horizon for wind. Some promising ripples soon appeared near Rat Island guarding the entrance to Kilisut Harbor.  By the time the fleet reassembled a perfect sailing breeze was blowing from the SE.  

Race 1.  To my eye the pin end seemed favored, and indeed the bulk of the fleet set up to start on starboard well down the line. Falcon started mid-line, off the front line, but with room to tack for clear air within a few boat-lengths off the line.  It was the right way to go. Jaunty (a Steve Scharf owned boat skippered by Matt Pistay, with Eric Dorman,  Brent Campbell, and Burgess Malarkey) nailed the start at the committee boat, tacked over to port, found better pressure on the right side of the course, and walked away with the race. Owl (skippered by Dale Dunning, with Kyle Marlantes, Lynn Watson, and sailmaker Eric Taylor) followed suit and finished second.  Raven finished third.  Kuma San (skippered by John Lynes and Jim Heumann) also followed the leaders to the right side and they had their best result of the regatta, finishing 5th.  

Race 2.  Conditions remained largely unchanged from the first race. Magic Bus (skippered by Piper Dunlap, with Dan Ginther, Robert Ambrose, and Lucas Hurt) started ahead, near the committee boat, and managed to out-distance everyone to the first tack. They lead all the way to the finish. Invader (Mike Dotson, with Olga Dotson and Cliff Wright) had their best showing of the regatta, finishing in second place.  Predator (Craig Burnell, Kemp Jones, Katherine Hovell, and Steve Garth) recovered from a poor first race and began to make their move in the regatta, finishing in third place, followed by Raven (Steve Scharf, Jon Piskula, Simon Miles, and Jeff Brantley).  

Race 3.  The wind continued to blow from the southeast, weakening slightly, and the race committee wasted no time in starting the third race.  It was Raven’s turn to start well. They launched and outflanked everyone, leading start to finish. Again on the right side of the course upwind.  Predator kept pace and finished second.  Magic Bus held their own and finished third.  Owl staked their claim for recognition in the regatta with another strong finish at fourth. 

As the wind died after the third race, the Port Townsend threesome of Raven (8 pts), Magic Bus (11 pts), and Owl (11 pts) had reason to look around proudly, leading Raptor (15 pts) and Predator (16 pts).  

Race 4.  After dwindling to very light and shifty, the wind soon settled in from the West at perhaps ten knots. “The middle right was favored,” said Stig Osterberg observing the regatta from his power boat, “you had to go to the right and flop over.” Raptor (Grant Chyz, Paul Chyz, Helen Chyz, and Chris Thompson) figured out the magic formula.  They had a good start and were battling with Raven on the first weather leg.  Raven tacked towards the middle of the course while Raptor carried out farther towards the right lay-line,” observed Osterberg.  Raptor’s patience and faith in the right side paid off and they won the race. Predator collected another second-place finish. Kolus (another Steve Scharf owned boat skippered by the Portland crew of Drew Wiener and Kerry Poe and friends) crossed the finish line third. Jaunty showed renewed signs of life in fourth place after two disappointing races.  Raven dropped to sixth place in the race.  

Race 5.  The last race on Saturday was dominated by Predator.  They got a good start, stayed right, and it paid off.  Raptor traded places with them from the previous race. Invader took the third spot. These top Seattle boats were beginning to assert themselves. Owl was the first Port Townsend boat across the line in fourth, followed by Raven in fifth.  

Saturday was a dramatic day of sailing. On a day where it did not seem destined, the race committee somehow delivered strong sailing breezes from two directions to maximize our views over five races. The Port Townsend backdrop provided allure and history, and the magnificent Olympic mountains looked on. The battle between the top Port Townsend boats and their Seattle challengers was joined. At the end of the first day, with no races to discard yet, the leaderboard was as follows: 

Predator 18 pts.

Raptor 19 pts.

Raven 19 pts. 

Owl 23 pts. 

Magic Bus 24 pts. 

Race 6.  Sunday morning brought the light winds some had feared for Saturday. After nearly three hours of drifting about on a glassy sea, and one abandoned race chasing an ephemeral NE breeze, the wind finally filled from the southeast. It was lighter than on Saturday, and the wind lasted just long enough to complete the race with a weather mark once again near Rat Island.  “In light air,” says Osterberg, “the key is to keep moving at the start, and to find pressure out on the course.  Magic Bus nailed it and won this race by a mile” marveled Stig Osterberg, who looked on from his boat parked on the edge of the course. Kolus had their best showing of the regatta, finishing second. Invader garnered a back-to-back third places, all of a sudden making them a real factor with the throw-out.  Raven had a terrible start,” observed Osterberg, “but they picked up perhaps 11 boats after the start on the upwind and downwind legs, salvaging a fourth place.” 

The wind promptly died again, setting up a dramatic final light air race.  The positions going into the final race (with the discard of all worst scores through six races) were as follows: 

Predator 13 pts.

Raven 17 pts.

Magic Bus 18 pts.

Raptor 19 pts.

Owl 23 pts. 

Race 7.  After a substantial delay, the wind filled in sufficiently from the North for one last dramatic race.  Magic Bus took themselves out of the game early. They were stuck to leeward and couldn’t get off the starting line, ultimately finishing ninth.  Kolus and Dorado (skippered by Molly Jackson, with Daubenberger (fils), Emily Bishop, and Michael Karas) won the first beat, but went towards the City Front after the weather mark and ran out of wind.  Raptor seized the moment by hanging back at the start, coming in late with speed at the committee boat, gybing left after the weather mark where they found more wind, and finishing first.  Owl finished strong with a second place. Raven finished third and Predator consolidated their overall regatta win with a fourth-place finish in the final race.

Final results: 

1. Predator 17 pts. 

2. Raptor 20 pts. 

3. Raven 20 pts.

4. Magic Bus 25 pts. 

5. Owl 25 pts. 

6. Invader 27 pts. 

Raptor won the tie-break with Raven by virtue of their two first place finishes, versus one for Raven. Magic Bus won the tie-break with Owl by virtue of their two first place finishes.  

Congratulations for a well-run regatta to the organizers, the race committee, and the crews of all 16 boats who showed up to compete. The Cotton Building was an ideal location for the Saturday dinner and the Sunday awards party. Point Hudson marina has lots of room. Spread the word. Let’s shoot for 20+ boats on the line next year.  

[Thank you to Stig Osterberg who shared his notes of the racing, and without whose help this recap would not have been possible]

Roland Nikles


Predator heading off to right side of course

 More photos on the Thunderbird Fleet 2 Facebook page.

By |2019-10-26T23:05:33-07:00September 3rd, 2019|Racing on the Bay, Thunderbirds|0 Comments