Reach for Hospice Regatta – Sequim Bay September 16th, 2017

The Sequim Bay Yacht Club has sponsored the Reach for Hospice Regatta since 1991, supporting the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC).  The 2017 regatta will be the held on Saturday, September 16th.   The Notice of Race can be found here.

The cost is a donation for $50 (but boats are encouraged to donate more).  Registration can be done on-line via the US Sailing Regatta Network.

The Regatta is on Saturday, as stated above, then on Sunday there will be a race back to Port Townsend, which is the last race of the PTSA distance races series.

Last year the Sparkle crew competed in this event and said it was a great time.  Let’s try to get a good showing from the PTSA to support our friends in Sequim and help raise money for a good cause.

For more information and pictures from last year”s race see the SBYC site.


By |2017-09-06T19:57:59-07:00September 6th, 2017|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Bush Point Distance Race – Saturday

Bush Point Race – Addendum to PTSA Sailing Instructions

SCHEDULE – Saturday July 1st. The Warning signal will be at 10:00 hrs on City Dock.

RULES – As in  2017 Sailing Instructions for PTSA Races except as amended herein.

COURSE – Cross Start line at City Dock towards NE. Round mark “SC” to port (its the yellow mid-channel buoy west of Bush Point). Cross the Finish line at City Dock towards SW. Course distance is 14.9 nm.

CLASSES – All boats will start together and race with a PHRF handicap.

IDENTIFICATION – All boats, especially visitors, check in with the RC at the City Dock before the start to make sure their PHRF rating is recorded.

SHORTENED COURSE – There is no provision for shortening course.

TIME LIMIT – There is no time limit.

FINISH TIMES – The finish will be unmanned. Each boat will record their finish time, preferably to the second (use GPS or cell phone time) and note the names of the nearest boats ahead and behind them (if visible). This information is to be e-mailed within 48 hrs after the finish to racecommittee@

REQUESTS FROM USCG – All vessels must be aware of COLREGS Rule 10 (Traffic Separation Schemes) and must comply with such regardless of their competitive position at the time.

– All vessels should monitor VHF Ch 05A.

By |2019-01-21T20:12:10-07:00June 28th, 2017|PHRF, Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Distance Race Series 2017, Port to Port Races – Results and Series Standings

The Southbound race Saturday afternoon started with a light Northwesterly which only got lighter and more variable.  In the end the time limit was extended as two boats were within five minutes of the line and the last had already retired.

The start of the Northbound race on Sunday was delayed half an hour waiting for a light Northerly breeze to enter the bay.  The ebb increased the apparent wind and all boats finished well within the  time limit. (more…)

By |2019-01-21T20:13:02-07:00June 19th, 2017|PHRF, Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Port-to-Port Race Coming up Next Weekend (June 17-18, 2017)

Join us for the annual Port Townsend to Port Ludlow (and return) race.  Sailing Instructions are below.

The Sparkle crew will be providing some grilled meat options for the Saturday night BBQ.  Please bring a side dish to share and a dessert if you feel inspired by a delicious idea.  The Sparkle crew is hosting the dock breakfast on the party barge Sunday morning.

The moorage reservations for Port Ludlow need to be made in advance and as soon as possible.  The space is limited but they do have room for us.  Please let them know that you will be there for the PTSA Port to Port Race.

If you are planning to anchor out please let Tulip know so that she can include you in the BBQ and dock breakfast count.  She can be reached by emailing: secretary@

The long range forecast promises good winds and no rain. (Its only a forecast).

Printable copy of the Port to Port sailing instructions:   Port to Port Sailing Instructions 2017

By |2017-06-14T13:54:31-07:00June 13th, 2017|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Smith Island Race 2017

Smith Island start

Smith Island start

Martha racing around Smith Island (photo by Robert Ambrose)

Following a blustery week, and faced with a Gale Warning, the twelve boats reporting for the start found very light winds and calm seas.  As race time approached long scans of the surface showed no dark patches to indicate wind.  The very light NE draft was not enough to register on the RC anemometer.  However the fleet was demonstrating steerage-way, although barely stemming the current by the pier, so there was nothing to be gained by a postponement and the start was on time.

Observation from Fort Worden an hour after the start showed the fleet flying rather limp spinnakers to a light Southeasterly in Admiralty Inlet but after passing Pt Wilson the current became stronger than the wind and boats were carried West until they could clear the wind shadow of the bluffs.  Challenging conditions.

The results are provisional as two boats we do not have contact information for have not reported finish times to (more…)

By |2017-07-23T14:38:13-07:00April 3rd, 2017|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Ted Pike Memorial Regatta – Saturday August 20th, 2016

Ted Pike

Ted Pike

Ted Pike came across this fun regatta format during a stay in Southern California where it is popular, and he believed it would translate to our area. He enthusiastically introduced it to the PTSA board and was actively planning for it (and had it put on this years schedule) when he passed. All the details are included in the attached Sailing Instructions but an overview of the concept will help understanding.

The Ted Pike Memorial Regatta is open to all Port Townsend Sailing Association members and invited guests. The regatta begins with the boats anchored, with sails furled, off the beach South of the Marine Science Center (yachts must be properly anchored, with sails secured by approximately 12:00 noon). The Skipper alone (or approved designee) will come ashore (by unspecified, non-powered, means) and will deposit an entry fee of One fifth of quality rum into the Regatta Keg on the beach. This is the only race of the year where a yacht’s handicap may depend on the quality of the entry fee. The Race Committee has latitude in assessing penalties and time awards for the quality of seamanship or originality in costume and beach access. After acceptance of the entry fees, the Sailing Instructions are reviewed and skippers are informed of the Course to be raced. The Course, which obviously depends on wind conditions, is intended to be long and complex enough for the crews to display their competence to the full on all points of sail, in and out of strong tidal current. On the starting signal the skippers return to their boats to up-anchor, raise sail and sail the course (no motors). When the course has been completed by each boat, it approaches the beach South of The Northwest Maritime Center (will not anchor) and a crew member will come ashore, with their own cup, to test the blend of brandy in the keg. The draining and inverting of their cup sets their boat’s finish time for the race.

The race is followed by a raft-up (optional) of the fleet in Point Hudson (see regatta format document below) followed by the Awards Ceremony starting at 17:30 up at the North West Maritime Center. Bring your own food and drink, we will provide BBQ Grill. Here crews reflect on the race (embellish the “truth”), critique each others’ performance and garb and awards are given and received while the remainder of the rum in the keg disappears into some of the finest rum drinks to be found.

All of the details and the entry form can be found in the documents below.

Ted Pike Regatta Instructions 2016
Ted Pike Regatta Format 2016
Ted Pike Regatta Entry 2016
Ted Pike Regatta Courses 2016


By |2016-08-11T12:03:14-07:00August 11th, 2016|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Bush Point Race 2016 – Updated Results

Falcon having fun on the way to Bush Point. Picture by Eric Anderson

Falcon having fun on the way to Bush Point.
Picture by Eric Anderson

Five disparate boats came out for a warm sunny afternoon on the water.  The goal was a trip from City Dock around the yellow mid channel buoy SC, off Bush Point and back to City Dock, ~15 miles.   The wind on the dock at the start was a steady Southeasterly at a brisk 8 kts.  After the start, as the fleet headed out of the bay on a long starboard tack, it was noticeable that their heel increased as the wind grew and they joined the flood.  There was a light chop towards the mid channel where the wind was against the current. Even though, reportedly, the wind began to die as the returning fleet re-entered the bay, boats finished the course in under 3.5 hours and closely bunched enough for handicaps to become effective.

Both Falcon and Second Wind reported spinnaker handling problems on the return leg.  Second Wind was short handed and the spinnaker won the fight.

It looked like great sailing and it is a pity that more sailors were not able to be out to enjoy it.

NOTE:-  Don’t forget the Ted Pike Memorial race on Aug 20 th.  If you have not received an invitation contact Doug Jones at


By |2016-08-04T13:25:36-07:00July 30th, 2016|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments