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

***** It All Happens This Saturday! *****


Skipper’s Meeting NW Maritime Center at 9:30 AM, Saturday, June 21st

Registration fee $20 per boat

Racing Starts at Noon, Look for Committee boat

3 to 5 race regatta goal, Scoring on races run

Following race, a traditional Swedish Midsummer Celebration

And trophy awards ceremony.

Join Us For the Fun!

By |2014-06-19T13:09:52-07:00June 17th, 2014|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Protection Island Race With NWMA This Saturday


Let’s get a great turnout of all you folks who have been asking for longer courses.

The NWMA sailing instructions are at http://www.nwmultihull.org/northwest-multihull-regatta-2014

 Last minute update.

There will NOT be a buoy at Kanum Point, now you MUST round the Island (in either direction – your choice).  I suggest you designate a crew member whose sole duty is to project the course forward on the chart and watch the depth sounder with no distractions.   Don’t forget the strong current set.

By |2014-05-12T13:19:05-07:00May 12th, 2014|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

It’s On! The Call is made for Friday, January 24!


Watch it LIVE –  Friday, January 24!

Contest organizers for The Body Glove Mavericks Invitational Presented By GoPro®, have confirmed that the world’s premier big wave surf contest will take place this Friday, January 24, 2014 in Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay.

With a massive swell forecast for upwards of 40 feet, the world’s best big-wave surfers will be putting on a death-defying show for the live stream and those in attendance this Friday, January 24th at 8 am Pacific time.

“Changes in the offshore weather prompted a postponement until today for the official announcement,” said contest director Jeff Clark. “There was concern for a south wind and giant swell, which could have posed danger not only for competitors but for all boats out in the water.

Finding new ways to let fans experience the action, Mavericks Invitational organizers are also expanding the Mavericks Viewing Festival. The festival will be held on Friday, with gates opening at 7:30 a.m., on the grounds of the Oceano Hotel & Spa in Princeton Harbor, just down the road from Mavericks.

More pictures and info after the break …


By |2014-01-23T15:47:53-08:00January 23rd, 2014|On the Water|0 Comments

2012 Port-to-Port Race, Sunday, May 13th,

The Port Townsend Rigging sponsored 2012 Port-to-Port race is a challenge race between two yacht clubs: The Port Townsend Sailing Association and the Port Ludlow Yacht Club.  In the distance past there was likely a moment in some local sailor’s dive where one slightly tipsy resident of one town pointed a finger at the resident of the other town and announced that “you lads can’t sail and your bottom needs cleaning.” No doubt many of the historic races started this way – a drink, a taunt, a trophy. Australia got the Sydney-Hobart, we got the Port-to-Port. It’s our own local version of the America’s Cup.

It’s also a lot of fun. There’s a great party on Saturday night, a long afternoon in the shipping lanes on Sunday where you can settle the boat down and play the current, and a chance to sail against some boats you ordinarily don’t see. This race is for a reciprocal trophy, awarded to the club with the most winners in the top three positions, after corrected time using standard PHRF ratings. The winning club gets to defend the trophy the following year and the trophy currently resides at the Port Ludlow Yacht Club. The race alternates direction annually.

The schedule for this years Port-to-Port race is:

Saturday, May 12th, 5pm. Pre-race Party Beer, wine, and refreshments at the white tent near the marina store in Port Ludlow. Greek dinner of kabobs, salad, baklava to follow. Your RSVP to Kathy Grace is appreciated but not mandatory.

Sunday, May 13th, 1030am. Skippers Meeting at the picnic tables near the Marina store

Sunday, May 13th, 12noon. Race begins in Port Ludlow and finishes in between City Dock and the PTSA racing buoy in Port Townsend

Race documents in downloadable format:

2012 Port-to-Port race instructions PDF

2012 Port-to-Port Poster JPG

U.S. Coast Guard Keep Clear Handout


By |2012-05-13T20:22:46-07:00April 30th, 2012|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Shipwrights’ Race Is Saturday, February 25th!!!!

That’s right. Let the sailing season begin! Dig out your old ski parkas and thermoses, pick up some hand warmers, and call your crazy friends. Let’s go sailing! Complete details are a few posts down. Poster for the race with complete information is here.

The Sunrise Coffee sponsored skippers’ meeting will be at 9 am at the Maritime Center commons, and the race is scheduled to start at noon. If you don’t have a boat but want to come sailing, just show up at the skippers’ meeting and we’ll find you a ride! There will be chowder, libations, and an awards ceremony at the Maritime Center following the race.

By |2012-02-24T13:30:18-08:00February 17th, 2012|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

6 Meters Here Aug 12th,13th & 14th

Maybe VII gets rowed to her anchor. Photo: Dana Olsen, all rights reserved

The Six Fleet will be here Aug 12th,13th & 14th for King Olav Cup regatta.  Currently 7-8 boats are registered for the event and will be arriving Friday evening.  We will have both a modern and classic division with awards for top three in each division.

Boats will be moored in Pt. Hudson and we will sail several races on Saturday with a dinner Saturday evening and a couple of races on Sunday with award following after the last race.

By |2011-07-20T12:51:19-07:00July 20th, 2011|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

2010 Reach For Hospice Race, SBYC

The Sequim Bay Yacht Club has invited members of the Port Townsend Sailing Association to join them for the 2010 Reach For Hospice Race to be sailed September 18th in Sequim Bay. The event promises to be a fun time and a worthy fund raiser for Hospice. Registration will start at 10:30 am in the SBYC Clubroom with a skippers meeting to follow at 11:00 in the great room. Final description of the courses and any modifications to the instructions will be made at this meeting.

The full Entry and Sailing Instructions can be viewed here.

By |2010-09-10T10:04:35-07:00September 10th, 2010|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments