We had a very fortunate weather window for this year’s Shipwright’s Regatta:- no rain, reasonably steady 11 knot SSE wind, and temperatures soaring into the mid 40’s.
26 boats registered, 20 participated and 18 finished. The course was twice around a roughly 2 mile triangle.
- -The First Wooden Boat to Start and the First Wooden Boat to Finish. ———- 505, Zaya,
- -The Last Boat to Finish. —————- Gloucester Gull Dory, Taswens
- -The Best use of Misspent Energy. (For only managing to start after a few boats had finished the first lap). —————- Stephanie E
- -The First Boat to Finish in B Class. —————- Erin.
- -The Van Hope Community Award for the most pickup crew. ———— Norma Mae.
- -The very young were left at home so that award went to the Oldest Crew. ————- Erin. (Thanks to Jim Blaiklock)
- (My apologies for mistaking Taswens and Stephanie E at yesterdays awards.)
Results by Class
A (Racing) Start time 12:05
- Zaya ——————-12:39:56
- Sir Isaac ————-12:50:46
- Lucky —————–12:51:22
- Sparkle ————–12:54:07
- Tanya Lee ———-13:10:58
B (Cruising) Start time 12:10
- Erin ——————- 13:05:00
- Norma Mae ——-13:05:45
- Ariel of Victoria- 13:11:18
- Able —————— 13:12:22
- Swell Dancer —- 13:20:19
- Noddy ————– 13:37:09
- Taswens ———– 13:40:02
- Stephanie E —— DNF
- Grin ——————-DNF
T-birds Start time 12:15
- Raven ————— 13:01:40
- Owl —————— 13:02:13
- Mabuhay ———- 13:02:33
- Thatuna ————13:04:50
- Coco Solo ——— 13:04:55
- Knot Raven —— 13:05:56
It was relatively warm on the first Saturday of the the new year and two Thunderbirds, Thatuna and Owl, took advantage of it to get in a race. Two laps from Indian Point around the tower. The wind was pretty good and it didn’t rain. Owl prevailed but it was a close fought contest.
The plan is to sail every Saturday, weather permitting. Races will start at 12 noon. Come on out and enjoy some casual winter sailing.
26 th Annual Shipwright’s Regatta – Feb. 25, 2017
This year’s Shipwright’s was greeted by light southerly breezes. A long triangular course was set so that if the wind didn’t pick up boats would have a good distance to travel within the 2 hour time limit. If the wind picked up they could sail the course twice around. The start was postponed for 20 minutes while there was no wind. The wind remained light so the course was shortened to once around. This worked out well as the fastest boat finished less than a minute short of one hour, and the slowest boat finished in about an hour and 40 minutes. Ironically, the wind speed doubled as the last boats were finishing.
Twenty-three boats entered in three classes;- A: Racing Boats (5), B: Cruising Boats (10), & C: Thunderbirds (8). All boats finished.
Half Model Sylvie for first wooden boat to start:- Sir Isaac
Pegleg for first wooden boat to finish:- Sir Isaac
Hook for last boat to finish:- Tarani
Trident for saltiest boat or crew:- Dorado
Directional Helmet for someone who gets lost or misses a buoy:- Impossible Dream
Whack-o-meter for best use of misspent energy:- Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Wire boat for 1st boat to finish in cruising class:- Carlyn
Van Hope Community Award for largest crew: – Norma Mae
Free Haul-out for Youngest crew:- Falkor
Across the line finish times (No handicaps were applied)
Class A:- Racing (starting time: 12:20)
1. Sir Isaac – 13:19:16
2. Blue Fin – 13:21:52
3. Sorcerer’s Apprentice – 13:29:01
4. Lucky – 13:29:07
5. Andiamo – 13:48:28
Class B:- Cruising (starting time: 12:25)
1. Carlyn – 13:40:18
2. Fiddlehead – 13:41:37
3. Norma Mae – 13:41:40
4. Second Wind – 13:41:42
5. Able – 13:45:55
6. Flakor – 13:47:40
7. Impossible Dream – 13:52:07
8. Jaga – 13:53:49
9. Tipi Haere – 14:02:06
10. Tarani – 14:03:07
Class C:- Thunderbirds (starting time 12:30)
1. Dorado – 13:25:44
2. Mabuhay – 13:26:17
3. Raven – 13:26:46
4. Boreas – 13:27:18
5. Blew Bird – 13:27:51
6. Thatuna – 13:30:05
7. Caveat – 13:30:20
8. Knot Raven – 13:30:48
2016 Festival: 26’ & Under Class and Thunderbird Race
Boats in Festival:
1 Kiya 16:10:27 (started 5 minutes after other Festival boats)
2 Chesuki 16:10:08
3 Zeta 16:17:19
All non T-Bird boats: Start time-14:48:00
1 Habenero 16:03:30
2 Chesuki 16:10:08
3 Rascal 16:11:14
4 Hakum 16:14:11
5 Zita 16:17:19
6 Aquavit 16:27:50
Thunderbird Race: Start time-14:53:00
1 Dorado 16:02:19
2 Boreas 16:04:13
3 Caveat 16:06:44
4 Kiya 16:10:27
2016 Schooner Cup Race
Start time 15:20:00.
1 Sir Isaac 16:07:18
2 Martha 16:10:31
3 Red Jacket 16:14:01
4 Alcyone 16:15:47
5 Dirigo II 16:17:39
6 Grail 16:28:14
7 Spike Africa 16:30:39
8 Elsita 16:39:46
9 Adventuress 16:41:15
10 Sassafrass 16:42:57
11 Prudence 16:46:26
Due to some inaccurate coordinates, we were unable to determine exact course distance. It was estimated at about 5 miles.
This fun event is begin held in Port Townsend for the second year in a row. Find all the details and the entry form in the notice of race (below).
And here are the final sailing instructions for the regatta:
This years CMR was graced with hot sunny weather and good winds which encouraged a good turnout by out of town boats. As usual the Wooden Boat Foundation were welcoming hosts. View some photos from the regatta (all taken by Ace Spragg).
On Saturday there were two races around a triangular course set in the inner part of the bay. The wind was Northwest in the high ‘teens and, except near the windward shore, changes in direction and strength were small and slow. During the second race there were extended gusts into the low twenties. The sea did not build significantly. With such ideal conditions competition was tight, as can be seen from the closeness of many of the finish times.
On Sunday a course was set on the outer part of the bay, extending out towards Point Wilson. This proved to be very challenging as the wind was light and very variable, generally less than ten knots in the bay, more outside. This was combined with a strong flood tide which put a premium on local knowledge of the back-eddies and weak spots. After the start most boats headed for the beach where the current runs Northeastwards but the wind was weaker. A long tack far into Admiralty Inlet was necessary to weather the Pt Hudson buoy. The most successful boats continued out into the Inlet in the wind in spite of the current, others tacked in to the beach under the bluffs where both current and wind were weaker. The run back was fast for the leaders but the wind inside the bay had become very light and variable and a few boats missed the time limit. (more…)
Seen at the Wooden Boat Festival, a new version of an old story.
Only 13 boats participated in this year’s CMR. It has been suggested that better promotion is needed.
The first course was set in a NE breeze around 7 knots. As conditions began to deteriorate, it was decided to shorten the course for classes B and Schooners. With a northerly breeze near town and a southerly breeze on the south side of the Bay, a windless whole formed near Boat Haven and it was feared that no boats would be able to finish in the 2 hour limit. Fortunately, a NW breeze saved the day and all but two boats finished.
The second race was on that NW wind around 8 to 10, and all boats still participating finished easily.
The long Sunday race went off well despite your’s truly (Myron) setting two marks early in the morning that went away! One was near Buoy 2, which then became the number 2 mark and the other was the tet near the Fort that was replaced by the one mark still in place–the orange fender. Annie Too made a great move to go into the inlet while other boats stayed west of the mark. She had a very significant lead when re-rounding #2 and going back into the Bay, but as the winds weakened, Sparkle took command and factored out a minute ahead of Annie Too. Classes A and B finished so close together that there was no need to announce any time limits after the first boat of each class finished.
Overall, a beautiful weekend to race. Thanks to all participants and the many folks who made the event possible.
The CMR is Jun 5 th, 6th, & 7th. Classic, traditional and historic boats of all description come from all around the region for this event. Unfortunately, On-line Details have been eclipsed on the WBF and NWMC websites by the R2AK and the Wooden Boat Festival. CMR details can be found here:
There is a rumor, unsubstantiated but worth checking out, that FG T-birds may be allowed to slip in. (though not eligible for awards).
In spite of what they say – they have in the past accepted late registrations at the skippers’ meeting (with an appropriate sob story).
Let’s all turn out and make one of the best classic regattas in the Northwest another resounding success!
The weather forecast looks great, sunny, 70+ deg. with steady NW winds at 10+ kts. in the pm.