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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The 2017 Protection Island Race is scheduled for April 29 th. That’s NEXT SATURDAY. At 11:00 hrs., from City Dock. The date has been chosen for favorable currents.
Printable SI addendum is available at Protection Island SI’s. Print out a couple so you have a spare to hand out on the dock or water to a friend who has not read this.
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.
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
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.
National Weather Service Forecast
EAST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-
857 AM PDT FRI MAR 25 2016
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT.
S WIND 5 TO 15 KT BECOMING W 15 TO 25 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT.
Mostly cloudy with a high of 55 and 0% chance of rain.
See the distance race page for more information.