20th Annual Shipwrights Regatta

CRUSOE ghosts past town, 2011 Shipwrights Regatta. Photo by Elizabeth Becker.

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The 20th Annual Shipwrights Regatta finally sailed on March 5th, after a postponement the week before due to snow, sleet, and high winds. The weather was considerably nicer for the second try, with 5-12 knots of wind, 40-50 degrees, and even a brief period of sunshine. 27 boats registered for the event, and 20 actually made it to the water. The course was a little confusing since the wind would not cooperate with the predetermined North or South choices on the Race Instructions. When you read the race results, please keep in mind that as many boats missed a rounding as not, and it was impossible for the Race Committee to keep up with who did and didn’t exactly follow the course. And then there were the inshore small boats who choose to do the “long course.”

It doesn’t matter. This is a “fun”, get your boat ready and your mind set for the racing season, kind of event.

May I have the Envelope Please, And the Winners Are ….

By |2011-03-07T19:12:58-08:00March 6th, 2011|Racing on the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation|0 Comments

Crew Choices Keep Things Positive

Seattle area sailor Jonathan McKee in Sailing World on getting the most from your racing program – focusing on the process, rather than the result, you may find a greater sense of fulfillment at the end of the day.

Most of us race for fun, but the activity is competitive. This is a fundamental paradox of sport, and it’s especially strong in sailing. With so many aspects of the race beyond our control, we set ourselves up for disappointment when we define our success by our finish. So, for my own program on Dark Star, I try to emphasize the process rather than the result. It allows us much more control over a positive outcome, and I’ve come to realize that the largest determinant of how we enjoy our day on the water is choice of shipmates.

Photo: Pierrick Contin from Sailing World

How do you go about building a happy crew? I don’t pretend to be uniquely qualified in this area, but I have learned a few guidelines over the years:
Choose personality over skills. You can always teach a person to be a better sailor, but it is very hard to change personality.

Sail with family. I grew up sailing with my parents; I’ve raced with my brother for 40 years, and with my wife for 25. The bonds you create by sailing with family member are strong and overwhelmingly positive (at least for me). As my kids are getting older, they’re starting to race with us, too, which is very cool for a parent.
Rekindle old friendships. Inviting someone to sail with you for a day is a great way to reconnect or broaden a relationship, since racing allows an ideal level of meaningful interaction.

Make new friends. If someone expresses interest in your boat, invite them aboard. If one of your regular crew has a friend, have them along. If you have a co-worker that you enjoy, get them on your boat. What a great gift you are offering, and some of these people will end up as regular crew or lifelong friends.
Keep perspective. Measure success by how many laughs and great conversations you had!

By |2011-02-13T08:51:52-08:00February 13th, 2011|Racing Skills|0 Comments

Well, that was fun …

That was fun.

It’s tough to say goodbye to another season of racing on the Bay. What did you learn out on the water? What thoughts are you carrying around in your head as to how you plan to improve next year? We’d love to hear from you.

In cruising the web I came across this season end summary which expresses my experience in 2010.

… the challenges in the sport of sailing present themselves in different forms and at times when you least expect it, and regardless of how much effort you put forward, there are no guarantees to success.  In the past year, there were events and races where it seemed where we could do no wrong, and there were other times, where you wonder after 20+ years of competing on the water, how can you be so far off from where the leaders are.  But I guess it is a combination of the two that make this sport so great; when you reach your goals, there is no better feeling, and when you get kicked around and come up short, you are left with a hungry feeling to not let it happen again.  There was a good mix of both feelings in 2010, and the lesson learned is to not get too high when things go well because you are always one mistake away from a shocker, and don’t get too low when you have a tough day on the water…the next race is just around the corner and anything can happen.

By |2010-10-28T11:45:14-07:00October 28th, 2010|On the Water|0 Comments

More 2010 6 Meter NA Championship Photos

Thanks, Mike. More photos of the 2010 6 Meter North American’s from Michael Berman. More of his great photos at http://www.michaelbermanphotography.com/

By |2010-08-22T13:43:40-07:00August 22nd, 2010|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Wahooooo! It’s a Sunny Summer Weekend!

Wahooo! Time to go sailing!

Wahooo! Time to go sailing!

Lots to do this weekend.

– Port to Port Race. Registration and sign ups will be at the Skipper’s meeting at the Maritime Center, Saturday morning at 9:30. Race starts at 1:00 on Saturday for the hoped for downwind ride to Port Ludlow. Sunday’s race starts at 9:30 for what is forecast to be a beat back to PT. We have the party barge with pizza’s at Port Ludlow. Satch showed me his chart plotting and navigation skills by folding up a business card to one nautical mile and computing the distance as around 14 miles or so. It’s a beautiful weekend, isn’t it time you got out of the Bay?

– 6 Meter North American Championship. Thanks to past PTSA Commodore Adam for putting together this exciting event. 6 Meters are designed to the same rule as the 12’s that competed for the America’s Cup for so many years. Two classes, modern and historic. The boats are elegant, the racing intense. If you are available to do some volunteer work, it would be appreciated. Contact Adam. In any case, don’t miss the opportunity to walk the dock and check out these boats.

– There’s no Dog Days race listed on the calendar but last Wednesday’s Barcott Series race was a good time in a light wind, stop and go kind of a way. A number of boats danced with the bar and the Pt Hudson shore looking for relief from the ebb. The motor home crowd certainly had front row seats and something to look at on that one. The boat with the most smiles per race may have been The Wizard which had a Dan, Piper, and a boat load of happy kids.

Go sailing this weekend.

By |2010-08-13T13:04:31-07:00August 13th, 2010|Racing out of the Bay, Sailing on the Bay|0 Comments

505 Regatta Update. Room on Committee boat.

Chris Grace is taking out Petrel for the committee boat for the 5o5’s and there’s room on it for PTSA members who want to watch the races. If you’ve never done that, it’s a very cool experience to watch starts, etc. Dan says there will be mark boats that can ferry people in and out between races. Volunteers appreciated, too.

By |2010-05-20T16:26:34-07:00May 20th, 2010|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Port Townsend Yacht Club Opening Day Parade

A note from Galen Peterson, Fleet Capain PTYC:

Opening Day Parade will be on May 1st this year. It will start after the 12:45 PM ferry leaves the dock.  A pre-parade meeting will be held on the 21st of April at 7PM at the PTYC building.   Order of boats, parade route, safety, etc. will be discussed.  We would love to have the PTSA be part of the parade.  Please make sure we have your info if you would like to participate.  Thanks!

By |2010-04-19T14:03:40-07:00April 19th, 2010|Meeting Announcement, Sailing on the Bay|0 Comments