**REMINDER**Tour-de-Bay Distance Race on Saturday**REMINDER**

The popular and challenging Tour-de-Bay has moved from July to September in a search for better (any) wind.

The race is open to any and all sailboats. Just check-in with the race committee, on City Dock, before noon.

The race Course will round most of the marks in Port Townsend Bay for about 13 nm.

This will appeal to those requesting longer courses and those longing for PHRF starts (and those that have admitted they like dock starts).

No need to hunt for a link to the Sailing Instructions, they are right below. A printable PDF is here tourdebay2019 SI’s

PTSA “Tour-de-Bay” Race – Sept. 21 st. 2019

Sailing Instructions

The regular PTSA Series Sailing Instructions for 2019, published on ptsail.org will apply except as modified here. PHRF handicaps will be used.


All boats are to check in with the Race Committee on City Dock prior to the Alert signal. Boats that have not regularly raced with PTSA are requested to provide Boat Name, Sail Number (if any), Skippers Name and PHRF rating (if known). Boats without a rating will be assigned a temporary one.

The Course

The course will be displayed on the letter board as usual and, depending on the wind, will include most of the permanent marks on the “Marks and their Labels” sheet and the “Approximate Mark locations” chart.


Mark H is the most Northerly of the mooring buoys at Fort Townsend State Park. Mark M is the most Northerly of the mooring buoys at Fort Worden State Park. They are both close to shallow water, and there may be boats moored to them. Watch for tenders in the area.

Pre-Start Announcements

Three long horn blasts indicate the RC will be making an announcement by loudhailer and/or VHF Ch 68. Be a sport and check that your neighbors are aware of the information.

The Start

The S/F line runs from the NE corner of City Dock to the course side of mark C, which serves as the pin. There will be one start, the Class flag is A and the Sequence begins at Noon.

Altering/Shortening Course

The course set will require competitors to round Mark C at least once during the race. If at that time the S flag is displayed on City Dock, boats will be finished as they round C. If the C flag is displayed, with occasional horn blasts to draw attention, the course has been CHANGED. Check the course letters on the pierhead.


The Finish line will be the same as the start line.

Time Limit

Five Hours.

Have fun and be safe

If in doubt, give way. Also, a 360 later deemed unnecessary, scores much better than a DSQ.

By |2019-09-27T11:26:19-07:00September 14th, 2019|Race Reminder|0 Comments

First Warning: Midsummer Regatta 6/15/2019

The mid-summer regatta, held to celebrate the longest day of the year has become a fun tradition.  A full day of racing with a dock party and trophies after. All boats are welcome PHRF and Thunderbird. This year it is being held on 6/15/2019.  You can find all the details and register on line at our US Sailing Regatta Network page.  Note, however, that there is a ten boat minimum in order to hold the race.  If that number of boats have not registered by 6/5/2019 the race will be cancelled and all registration fees refunded.  So talk to your friends and get them to come out – it’s going to be a fun day.

By |2019-05-24T21:51:53-07:00May 24th, 2019|Race Reminder|0 Comments

Dock Party After Racing This Wednesday (5/22/2019)

To celebrate the completion of the Wednesday Sunshine Series, and the PHRF Whitecap Series,  all racers (and all members of PTSA) are invited to a dock party after racing this Wednesday.  Bratwurst will be provided.  Please bring your own drinks and any side dishes you would like.  The location is Boat Haven, A-dock, on Tbird row.  Please help get the word out – it’s going to be fun.

By |2019-05-24T21:52:07-07:00May 18th, 2019|Race Reminder|0 Comments

Racing This Wednesday and Friday (4/3 and 4/5)!

It’s here – the start of the racing season!  On Wednesday there will be two starts; one for Thunderbirds and one for PHRF boats.  Friday is dedicated to the PHRF fleet – all boats are welcome, including Thunderbirds, but all boats will race according to their PHRF rating.  If you don’t have a rating yet come on out anyway and the race committee will assign one for you.

The race committee is ready, are you?

By |2019-04-01T23:01:24-07:00April 1st, 2019|Race Reminder|0 Comments

New Friday PHRF Race Series

Since a number of the boats in the PHRF fleet could not make the Wednesday evening races we have added a new series that will run on Fridays starting at 6:15pm.  The first race is 4/5/2019.  All boats are welcome.  If you are not sure what PHRF means and want to know more click here.

And don’t forget the kickoff party this Thursday!

By |2019-03-19T21:09:27-07:00March 19th, 2019|Club News, PHRF, Race Reminder|0 Comments

The Ted Pike Memorial Regatta – Next Saturday

Next Saturday, August 18 th., is the third Ted Pike Memorial Regatta. Here PTSA celebrates and honors Ted’s life and contributions to the sailing community.

The format of this regatta is as unique as Ted was. The key features are:-

● 12:00 – Boats arrive and anchor off the beach in starting area.

● 12:15 – Skippers arrive on beach by any un-motorized means.

Entry Fee of one (1) fifth of good quality Rum deposited in keg. (Non alcoholic beverage OK if necessary).

Racing and Cruising classes assigned.

PHRF ratings invented for those without. Modified for various excuses.

Courses announced.

● 12:30 – Start with Skippers on beach, boats anchored out.

Get to boat and sail off anchor.

● Race around and out of bay (4.0 hr time limit).

Challenging Course. (Dependent on conditions).

● Finish by any Crew Member reaching the beach to test rum in keg (or alternate beverage).

●16:30 – Awards and party at the Schooner Martha Boat-shop (Port Hudson).

As the keg gets emptier the lies and excuses get greater.


Registration Forms, Sailing Instructions, and Courses are available right here.




By |2018-08-12T21:59:21-07:00August 11th, 2018|Race Reminder|0 Comments

First Spring Whitecap Series Race Friday April 7th, 2017

If the forecast holds true, a gale warning is already in effect, there will be a lot of whitecaps!  You may be wondering if the race will be cancelled.  Here is the section from this year’s sailing instructions regarding weather cancellations.

WEATHER CANCELLATION – If NOAA posts Gale Warnings for Admiralty Inlet covering race time the race may be canceled depending on local observed and predicted conditions. Skippers will gather at the Boat Haven two hours before start time to consider the advisability of racing and inform the RC.

UPDATE April 10th, 2017 – The race committee met with the few skipper who showed up at 4pm,  measured the wind as gusting over 30 knots in the Boat Haven parking lot, and officially cancelled the race.

By |2017-04-10T16:58:37-07:00April 6th, 2017|Race Reminder, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

PTSA Smith Island Race – Saturday April 1st.

The first race of the new season starts at 11 am from City Dock and rounds Smith and Minor Islands.  The currents are favorable and it should be great fun to get out of the bay for a change.  Everyone is invited to join us, just show up and check in at City Dock.  If you don’t have a PHRF rating we can invent one for you.

A printable copy of the sailing instructions is at Smith Island SI’s

By |2017-03-24T23:15:13-07:00March 24th, 2017|Race Reminder|0 Comments

Summer Cat’s Paw Series – Race 7

Race 7 was scheduled as a “make-up” should we not be able to run six successful races in the regular series to permit a throw-out of each boat’s worst performance.  This year we had six completed races but had not celebrated the series with a BBQ as tradition dictates.  As the RC tends to loiter around the Boat Haven Friday evenings (needs to get a life) we went out for a race.  The only ingredient missing was the wind.  Occasionally a 2.5 kt breeze would spring up (with gusts to 3) but never from the same direction.  So the RC spent an hour frustrated and fretting while the fleet patiently used the time to socialize and bond.  One boat reported being able to sail completely round the committee boat – but didn’t mention if it was all on the same tack.

Not wanting to be late for the BBQ, as is usual for the RC, the race was called around 18:50.  Ironically, as the N flag was raised the wind filled in solidly from the NW.  Too late for a race but at least it helped everyone get back to their moorage in time for the party.  Thanks to Steve, Dean and Tulip it was great.

The Race Committee would like to congratulate the series winners and thank everyone for not noticing (or at least not commenting upon) the occasional confusion and errors by the RC.

NOTICE:- The Dog Days races have been moved from Fridays to Wednesday and merged with the Ed Barcott series.  There will not be any regular RC support or recording of results.

The next regular series (the Fall Nightcap) starts Sunday September 18 th at 13:00.

NOTICE, NOTICE:- Don’t forget the Bush Point distance race this Saturday, July 30 th., Noon start from City Dock, report your own finish time.

ALSO:- The Ted Pike Memorial Race August 20 th. at Noon (details to follow, but it involves a Keg of Rum).

AND:- The Thunderbird Regional Regatta September 3 – 4.

By |2016-07-24T11:53:35-07:00July 23rd, 2016|On the Water, Race Reminder, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments