Race Committee Releases 2014 Sailing Instructions

Dave Burrows and our hard working race committee have released the 2014 season race documents. As always there are a number of changes and clarifications. Now’s the time to take a look.

Among other changes the following was added for Weather Cancellations –


If the NOAA forecast contains Gale Warnings for Admiralty Inlet covering race time that race is automatically cancelled.  Small Craft Warnings will be considered on a case by case basis.  If the race is cancelled an “A” flag will be displayed on the picnic table in front of the Yard Office at the Boat Haven.”

Updated 2014 Sailing Instructions (PDF)

Marks and their Labels (PDF)

Revised Starting Sequence, Signals and Flags (PDF)

PTSA mark chart (JPG)

By |2014-03-25T07:06:42-07:00March 24th, 2014|Club News|0 Comments

2013 Wooden Boat Series Starts Up this Saturday

Headed to the windward mark. Photo by Wendy Feltham

Headed to the windward mark. Photo by Wendy Feltham

This Saturday, May 25th, marks the start of the 2013 Wooden Boat Series. Saturday’s race will be a great tune up for the Classic Marniers Regatta which happens on June 8th and 9th and is scored as part of the Wooden Boat Series. We’re calling all wooden boats – now’s the time to get out on the Bay again, dust off the your sailing skills, have a great day on the water with like-minded sailors, and show off your hard work.

The series is open only to wooden boats. Race #1 will feature a City Dock start at noon on Saturday. Make sure you have a copy of the “Marks and Their Labels” sheet which you can download under the “Racing” tab.

By |2013-05-23T20:15:20-07:00May 23rd, 2013|Racing on the Bay, Uncategorized, Wood boats|0 Comments

Mark Your Calendars Now: The 2012 MIDSUMMER REGATTA is June 23rd

The sponsors of the Port Townsend Regatta, see the bottom of the poster for specifics, have this this thing that it is just as important to socialize as it is to race (well, almost). So untie your boat from the dock and plan for a great day full of racing. Join us after the races for traditional Scandinavian food and drink, and Dean’s Grill …mmmm. It is truly the best regatta party of the year!

It’s this Saturday, June 23rd. Note that there is NOT a race on Friday, June 22nd, so that you will all  be fresh for Saturday’s racing. (Your accumulated score from the Midsummer races will count as your score from the #3 Summer Cat’s Paw series race.)

The Skipper’s Meeting and Registration is at 9am at the Northwest Maritime Center Compass Rose. There is a registration form attached should you wish to fill it out ahead of time. There is no fee this year to participate but there is a suggested donation for the festivities.

Races  begin at 11am.  There will be at least 3 races, quite possibly more. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place in each class.

By |2012-06-24T17:13:43-07:00June 13th, 2012|Club News|0 Comments

How About A Couple of Cruises This Year?

Vince Townrow, Commodore of Port Hadlock Yacht Club is planning a couple of cruises this year and has invited all our members to join in the fun. Here is a lettter I recieved from Vince with the details:

Proposed Weekend Cruises for the 2012 season.

They should be informal and a way to have fun on the water.

Spring and Fall to ensure some sort of weather but not too cold. Reasonably close to Port Hadlock to reduce the logistics. I would plan to invite members of the clubs in Port Townsend and Sequim to join us in the good time.

Hunter Bay on Lopez Island, 2011

Spring Cruise to Hunter Bay

May 5 to Hunter Bay on Lopez Island.

A very pleasant anchorage, well sheltered with great views about 30 miles from the Port Hadlock moorings.  It is situated beyond the west end of Lopez Pass. Suggested that we would arrive around the 1700 hours leaving plenty of time for dinner (Pot Luck?) and socializing. Sunset is 20:30. There is a dock at the entrance of the bay with public parking and allegedly a deli 2.2 miles down the road.

Currents (at least according to C-Map) are the most favorable this weekend in the month. They show a favorable ebb thru the Straits past Point Partridge on Whitbey until midday with a flood to carry us up to Lopez Island till late afternoon. The current through Lopez Pass is favorable until 2000 hours. The return shows favorable current through Lopez Pass until 1300 hours and favorable current past Point Wilson from 1200 to 2000 hours. Now if the wind would cooperate it would be perfect…

In order to generate enthusiasm, challenge and to give the competitive something to do I would propose that the Skippers will publicly state the time they will arrive close aboard R4 situated at the west end of Lopez Pass. The Skipper who most closely achieves the arrival time wins Bragging Rights for the weekend. Perhaps we could find a nice stone on the beach as a trophy? All methods of propulsion are encouraged.

Fall Cruising at the PHYC

September 15 Mackay Harbor on the south side of Lopez Island, A nice reasonably sheltered harbor with a small dock at the north end. There is an excellent store just a short walk up the road. There are also blackberry bushes which hopefully will still be in season. The blackberries will go very nicely with the ice cream from the store.

You can contact Vince at 410-937-4997 or email at:  townrow80@msn.com

Hope to see you out on the water,




By |2012-01-30T08:54:49-08:00January 29th, 2012|Club News, On the Water|0 Comments

Greg Fisher Goes Over the Basics

The first event of the year, the Shipwrights Regatta on February 25, 2012, is coming up at a good clip. Time to start thinking about what you need to do on the boat and to get your head back into the very basics of sailing a race on the Bay.

In the video below, Greg Fisher, former North Sails One Design star and now a college coach, goes over the basics. And if your goal is just to get the boat out of the slip a couple times more in 2012, or maybe give racing a try, consider joining the Port Townsend Sailing Association and being part of the fun.

By |2012-01-12T10:13:17-08:00January 12th, 2012|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Dialing in Step’nAnnie for Heavy Weather

 So with last Sunday’s race canceled, we took a vote and decided to get a practice session in with some real wind, we stayed out for a couple of hours, and got the boat and crew pretty comfortable. Boat speeds up into the 8 kt range a few times, lots of 7 kt speeds. Good times for sure, and we’re ready for some pressure now. Winds were in the upper 20’s, gusts into the upper 30’s.  Port Townsend Bay is really pretty protected so this was a good opportunity.

  Special thanks to crewmember Charles for bringing the keen video camera. There should be more video’s at YouTube if you would like to see more…
See Ya,


By |2011-10-06T16:56:27-07:00September 29th, 2011|Sailing on the Bay|0 Comments

More Race Photos

Do you like to see pictures of your boat in action?  Thanks to some of our PTSA members, you can do just that.

Kate Clayton took pictures of the recent Midsummer Regatta with Satch’s “boat camera” aboard Step ‘n’ Annie. You can view those pictures at:


If you would like a high resolution copy (free) of any of the photos, send a note to Satch with the photo number and your e-mail. Satch’s e-mail is:  beercanracer@hotmail.com.

Elizabeth Becker also has pictures from the Classic Mariners Regatta that she took from her classic Lake Union Dreamboat Emmeline. You can see these, as well as many other of her photos at:   www.seaportphoto.com

Here is a sampling:

…. more photos after the break


By |2011-07-07T11:18:06-07:00July 6th, 2011|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments