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Getting off the Line and Up to Speed

A post from Quantum Sails by way of Sailing World. A reminder on how to get a good start.


In large fleets, starts can make or break a race, so make sure when you line up for go, you know exactly where you want to be, and how to get your boat moving afterwards. Remember these key aspects of every start and you’ll get off the line every time!


On the line Checks

  1. Head to wind check. Sight across the boat, which end is higher or favored?
  2. Where is the next mark?
  3. How strong is the fleet? Size/speed of competitors.
  4. What is the best course for the fastest first beat?
  5. Check laylines for the starting box – windward & leeward ends.
  6. Time the line – know how long it takes to run to each end.
  7. The Practice Start

A practice start helps assure success by creating a plan of attack for your next set up.

  1. Confirm lines of sight and bearings on the line
  2. Check laylines
  3. Confirm wind direction and close hauled headings
  4. Approximate timing for the final approach
  5. Check sail trim for acceleration off the line
  6. Confirm crew organization and communications

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By |2016-02-16T12:43:37-08:00February 16th, 2016|Racing Skills|0 Comments

Public Invited to Discuss Port ED Job Qualification Packet

Steve Tucker asked we pass this along.

There will be special meeting this Wednesday, Feb 17th, at 9:30 AM at the Commission building regarding the Job Qualification Packet to be distributed for the search for the new Executive Director. This meeting is also listed in the Calendar on the Port website. Many folks have expressed interest in the criteria used for soliciting the candidates. This would be the time to provide public testimony on that.

By |2016-02-14T19:03:04-08:00February 14th, 2016|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

Annual Meeting of the Moorage Tenants Union

Bertram asked that we pass this on.

Having a bit of sticker shock from the moorage rate increase this year (eg $240.00 /year increase for a 40 footer)? This is only the beginning. You can count on an equal 3.5% increase next year and maybe 5.5% if the “friends of the Port “ get their way. Its all part of a Port plan to drive us out for out of towners on the waiting list.

Come to the meeting to learn how we can to stop this process!

Annual Meeting of the Moorage Tenants Union
Tuesday !6 February
7:00 PM
Marina Room at Port Hudson (next to Shanghai)


  1. New leadership for the MTU
  2. New Port Rate Policy
  3. New Port executive director
  4. Taxpayers subsidize moorage tenants myth. What are the facts.
By |2016-02-13T10:43:37-08:00February 13th, 2016|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments

An Old Wetsuit Can Help a New Sailor

Sugar Flanagan contacted us to ask if anyone has an old wetsuit or drysuit or dinghy sailing accessorories to donate to the Port Townsend High School Sailing Team.

It looks like we have a bunch of new sailors thinking about joining the sailing team and one of the big hurdles for them is gearing up for sailing/swimming in our 46 degree water. I was wondering if anyone has a sailing style wet suit in their closet that hasn’t seen, and probably won’t see, water in the near future that some teenage kid would enjoy it’s use. Old wet or drysuits don’t get better with age. Any dinghy sailing accessories would also be most welcome.

Fair Winds,

For more info you can contact Sugar at schooneralcyone@yahoo.com

By |2016-02-10T08:42:14-08:00February 10th, 2016|PTHS Sailing Team|0 Comments

5 Tips: How to Survive a Squall When Racing

What sort of weather will see at the Shipwrights’? Who knows. But in case we have a repeat of the boat buster that came up several years ago, here are some thoughts on dealing with a squall when racing from Yachting World.


Things get complicated when dark clouds build to windward and the horizon looks more like night than day. There’s breeze under squall clouds, but could it herald a major change in the weather? Can you survive with the sailplan or should you change down?

While you may be fine under current conditions, doing nothing risks blowing out sails or could end your race completely. But to change down jibs or drop the spinnaker might lose you the race. It’s a gamble, but delaying the call until the boats around you are on their beam-ends is probably far too late.

Read more on-line here.

By |2016-02-02T12:14:32-08:00February 2nd, 2016|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta

25th Annual Shipwrights' Regatta, February 27, 2016.

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta, February 27, 2016.

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta to be held February 27th!
The 2016 sailboat racing season opens with the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 27th.  A well-loved regional tradition is celebrating its 25th year.   This year we look back and celebrate 25 years of winter sailing, in snow and sleet, gale force to flat calm, Port Townsend Bay has seen it all.  This friendly regatta is sponsored by The Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), Wooden Boat Foundation (WBF), Port Townsend Sailing Association (PTSA), and Edensaw Woods.  Boats of all construction are welcome.

As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing but do not have a boat.  Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers Meeting and be connected with skippers looking for crew.

Registration forms are currently available at the Chandlery located at the NWMC at 431 Water Street as well as on-line here.  Last-minute registrations will be accepted between 8:00-9:00 am on Saturday February 27th, the Skippers’ Meeting will follow at 9am.  The Skippers’ Meeting will be held upstairs at the NWMC with coffee provided by Sunrise Coffee.  The race starts at 12:00 noon on Port Townsend Bay.  An awards ceremony will be held at approximately 4:00pm upstairs at the NWMC.  Beer and snacks will be provided as well as the usual perpetual awards, laughter, and comradery. A free haul-out will be awarded to two lucky sailors, courtesy of Sea Marine and the Port of Port Townsend.

Please join us in celebrating 25 years of the Shipwrights’ Regatta here in beautiful Port Townsend, WA.

For more information please contact:
Catherine Leporati
Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-385-3628 x 104

By |2016-01-29T10:27:20-08:00January 30th, 2016|Race Reminder|0 Comments

Revised Sailing Seminar Schedule Released


The seminars actually look and feel nothing like this.

The upcoming Monday, January 25th seminar has been canceled, but the good news is that the revised seminar schedule has been confirmed. We got off to a late start organizing the talks this year, but the February dates and subjects are firm!

Folks can attend one class, two, or all three. Simply show up at 6 pm at the Maritime Center upper floor classrooms and pay $5 to cover the cost of the room.

Feb. 8 – Stig Osterberg will lead a discussion loosely based on David Dellenbaugh’s most recent issue of Speed and Smarts (Issue #136). It can be purchased at Dave’s website – speedandsmarts.com. Most of the PTSA racers subscribe to this excellent publication.

Feb 22 – Dale Dunning will give a talk about running a regatta from the perspective of the Race Committee. He is a US Sailing certified PRO (Primary Race Officer) who lives in Sequim.

Mar 7 – TBD. Either Dick Rose’s famous presentation on the Racing Rules of Sailing or another discussion based on Speed and Smarts, this time Issue #135.

By |2016-01-22T10:32:17-08:00January 22nd, 2016|Club News|0 Comments

Free Boat Show Tickets & Buy 1, Get 2 Winches Boat Show Special

PTSA sponsor Port Townsend Rigging will be at the 2016 Seattle Boat Show, January 29th through February 6th, in Booth 12. All local sailors are invited to stop by and say hi.

If you would like complimentary Seattle Boat Show tickets, or special event tickets for the two Friday nights of the show, get in touch with them. The Friday night tickets include tokens for either wine or beer tastings and are a fun way to view the show.

During the show they are offering their ‘Great Two-for-One Lewmar Winch Sale’! Buy one Lewmar winch, get a second one free. You know those old Barrients with the smooth drums and the flaking plating? Or the halyard winches you were thinking of adding to your T-Bird? Maybe now is the time to replace them with new, shiny, self tailing Lewmars. Special pricing is only available for the duration of the show!

Call PT Rigging  for more information, free tickets to the boat show or two-for-one winch pricing, call Shannon Africa at 360-385-6330 or stop by.

Thanks to PT Rigging for being a loyal PTSA sponsor.

PTR Rigging & Sailing Optimized
290 10th Street Port Townsend, WA 98368

By |2016-01-21T09:29:55-08:00January 21st, 2016|Sponsors|0 Comments

2016 PTSA Schedule Promises Fun Year


The 2016 sailing schedule promises a busy, fun year. The calendar is updated on the site with the exception of several events that are still being scheduled. They will be updated as we know more. If you’d like a paper copy of the schedule you can download a paper copy by clicking here. Sailing on the Bay starts with the Shipwrights Regatta on February 27th.

A couple of events worth noting:

  • The Distance Racing Series is growing with more races to get you out of the Bay. For some of us, the opportunity to sit on a long tack is irresistible. This year’s PTSA long races include Round Smith Island, Round Protection Island, Port-to-Port (a two day race), the Tour de Bay and Bush Point.
  • The PNW T-Bird Regionals are coming back to the Bay. Last year with 17 boats on the line, PTSA’s Fleet 33 set a high standard and this years regatta promises to be even better.
  • A new race, the Ted Pike Memorial regatta. High spirits in honor of our good friend, Ted.
By |2016-01-09T12:06:18-08:00January 9th, 2016|Racing on the Bay, Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Moorage Increases

Having paid our first moorage bill of 2016 with the imposed increase, it might be timely to read Bertram’s thoughts from the Jefferson County Moorage Tenants Union blog, JCMTU.wordpress.com.

By now you have received in the mail notification of a moorage increase. The mailing neglected to tell you that your total increase is 3.5%. Commissioner Tucker and his inner circle pushed hard for a 5.5% increase but were blocked thanks to Cathy Langley who reminded the Commission that there was already a motion for a 3.5% increase. Cathy’s presence at the meeting shows the great value of attending Port meetings.

The push for rate increase came from the “market rates for moorage” battle cry from the Tucker reelection campaign. If you listen to the hours of audio from the 2015 budget workshops and meetings, you will hear the discussions dominated by Mr. Tucker’s inner circle who wanted the Commission to ignore the Strategic Plan and follow their own agenda. This includes: economic development as the sole commission mandate, maximize profits on port services, ignore regional pricing, define market rates on the basis of the waiting list demands, and raise rates until the waiting list is exhausted.

Two meetings ago I asked Commissioners Tucker and Hanke if indeed their policy on Port Market Rates was to raise moorage rates until there is a significant reduction in the waiting list? They refused to answer (which in my book means yes).

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By |2016-01-07T11:57:30-08:00January 7th, 2016|Port of Port Townsend|0 Comments