It was blowing in the 20’s and seemed to be building at race time on Friday (4/8/2016). Several crews decided to go out anyway and the race committee (Dave Burrows) went off to City Dock to set up the course. However, after mulling it over, and listening to the wind howling in the masts at the marina, it was decided that a better idea would be to consume the race beer and other refreshments at the dock. John Lynes rode his bike down to City Dock to tell Dave. While there he saw that Martha and Sparkle had made it out and seemed to be enjoying the strong winds. Several of the other crews took shelter in Jim Heumann and Karen Sullivan’s power boat (Raven) for an impromptu dock party. Let’s hope for better conditions next Friday.
There will be no races held on October 11th so that PTSA members can attend the memorial service for Ted Pike, scheduled from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, October 11th, at the NW Maritime Center. Ted was an extraordinary mariner, and an extraordinary friend. No one had a better smile or gave it so often, or freely. Below is lovely remembrance of Ted by Anna Nasset in Three Sheets Northwest.
On Monday, August 24, there were more tears on the docks of Port Townsend than the bay could possibly hold due to the passing of our beloved Ted Pike. Following a sudden illness, Edwin “Ted” Bertram Pike III passed on to other seas at the age of 65 (born January 25, 1950) surrounded by family and loved ones.
There are some lives that are impossible to sum up in words, and Ted’s is one of them. His reach was as vast as his love and zest for life. There is a giant “Ted” shaped hole in the hearts of thousands. I will try to honor our dear friend — the great ancient mariner, mentor, father, husband, friend and best hugger in the world — in all his glory.
Born in Berkeley, California to Edwin Bertram Pike, Jr. and Jane Parrish Pike, Ted was raised in Marin County and Lake Tahoe, California. Even as a young boy, his sisters remember how other children were drawn to Ted, gathering around him as he told stories, thus beginning a lifetime and legacy of being a great and grand storyteller to all he met. He had the unique ability of conveying experiences and tales with an almost childlike delight, yet layered into them great life lessons. Ted was the master of ceremonies for countless regattas over the years, the person to speak at funerals and memorials, a spokesmen for multiple companies, the person who could stand up in front of any amount of people in a situation that may be full of grief, or at great celebrations. He was THE person that could hold that space. This gift he had left an impact that spread through the many people Ted met in his lifetime.
Often Ted’s tales revealed his adventures throughout life. In the early years, Ted traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and Eastern Asia.
After a light and variable morning the wind began to rise rapidly around midday. When the Race Committee decided to cancel in late afternoon the wind at the ferry dock was southerly, averaging high 30’s and gusting over 50 mph, making the decision easy, even though an official Gale Warning had not been issued. The Bay was a mass of whitecaps with breaking rollers across the Boat Haven entrance (it was low tide) making exit difficult. Ironically, around race time the wind suddenly switched to a Westerly and dropped below 10 kts., making the RC feel foolish. However this was only temporary and after an hour or so the wind went back to the South and built back up to the low 20’s with gusts to 30 mph. Let’s hope for more amenable conditions next Friday.