Sunday, October 11th, Events for Ted

On the Water

ANNIE TOO is planning on leaving the dock around 11AM (weather permitting) and heading out onto the Bay. The family has asked that if boats have room to take family and friends out, they meet at the Boat Haven Yard Office at 10:15 AM. SPARKLE plans to leave the dock around 10:30 and will be monitoring channel 68.

On Land

There is a memorial service scheduled from 2 PM to 5 PM at the NW Maritime Center.

By |2015-10-11T20:10:37-07:00October 10th, 2015|Port Townsend|0 Comments

October 11th PTSA Fall Nightcap Races Canceled

There will be no races held on October 11th so that PTSA members can attend the memorial service for Ted Pike, scheduled from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, October 11th, at the NW Maritime Center. Ted was an extraordinary mariner, and an extraordinary friend. No one had a better smile or gave it so often, or freely. Below is lovely remembrance of Ted by Anna Nasset in Three Sheets Northwest.

Ted in a PT11. Photo from the Port Townsend Watercraft blog, photo by Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown

Ted in a PT11. Photo from the Port Townsend Watercraft blog, photo by Ashlyn Ecelberger Brown

On Monday, August 24, there were more tears on the docks of Port Townsend than the bay could possibly hold due to the passing of our beloved Ted Pike. Following a sudden illness, Edwin “Ted” Bertram Pike III passed on to other seas at the age of 65 (born January 25, 1950) surrounded by family and loved ones.

There are some lives that are impossible to sum up in words, and Ted’s is one of them. His reach was as vast as his love and zest for life. There is a giant “Ted” shaped hole in the hearts of thousands. I will try to honor our dear friend — the great ancient mariner, mentor, father, husband, friend and best hugger in the world — in all his glory.

Born in Berkeley, California to Edwin Bertram Pike, Jr. and Jane Parrish Pike, Ted was raised in Marin County and Lake Tahoe, California. Even as a young boy, his sisters remember how other children were drawn to Ted, gathering around him as he told stories, thus beginning a lifetime and legacy of being a great and grand storyteller to all he met. He had the unique ability of conveying experiences and tales with an almost childlike delight, yet layered into them great life lessons. Ted was the master of ceremonies for countless regattas over the years, the person to speak at funerals and memorials, a spokesmen for multiple companies, the person who could stand up in front of any amount of people in a situation that may be full of grief, or at great celebrations. He was THE person that could hold that space. This gift he had left an impact that spread through the many people Ted met in his lifetime.

Often Ted’s tales revealed his adventures throughout life. In the early years, Ted traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and Eastern Asia.

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By |2015-10-11T20:09:03-07:00October 4th, 2015|Port Townsend, Race Cancellation, Wood boats|0 Comments

SPARKLE Shines at 45th Shaw Island Classic

PTSA member Guy Hupy and the SPARKLE crew won "First in Division" and "First Overall Monohull" at the 45th Annual Shaw Island Classic. <br>Photo by Kim Carver

PTSA member Guy Hupy and the SPARKLE crew won “First in Division” and “First Overall Monohull” at the 45th Annual Shaw Island Classic. Photo by Kim Carver

The 45th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race was held on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club. According to the Journal of the San Juan Islands “The race, with 35 boats participating, started at noon with a light breeze. All entrants made it past the half-way point, but the wind came to a stand-still back at the mouth of Friday Harbor.”

In the end, Guy and the crew of the mighty SPARKLE won First in Division and First Overall Monohull.


PTSA’s Tulip Morrow shows off SPARKLE’s latest “1st in Class” flag. Photo by Kim Carver.

By |2015-08-12T21:12:09-07:00August 12th, 2015|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

MARTHA Gearing up for Monday Transpac Start

Ted Pike made the journey from Port Townsend to visit and sail on MARTHA,  It’s good to see friends from Port Townsend.  Edensaw Woods has been a strong supporter of our endeavors at the Schooner Martha Foundation and we thank them for their support.

Ted Pike made the journey from Port Townsend to visit and sail on MARTHA, It’s good to see friends from Port Townsend. Edensaw Woods has been a strong supporter of our endeavors at the Schooner Martha Foundation and we thank them for their support.

MARTHA is preparing for a San Francisco departure and the crew have all gathered for a Friday evening dinner at the Saint Francis Yacht Club. Special thanks to the Saint Francis for hosting MARTHA the week before our departure for Longbeach.

We find it an interesting fact that as MARTHA and crew prepare,  we are dockside only a few feet from where MARTHA was built in 1907 at the site of W.F. Stone Boatyard.

In addition, inside displayed at the Club are DORADE’s 2013 Transpac Trophies;  so imagine a lovely evening with a perfect view of the bay.  MARTHA’s crew enjoyed a evening of good food,  conversation and laughter warmed by the glow from the venerable Transpac Trophy and photos of the Champion DORADE.

Before we depart we want to warmly thank the various friends, old and new, who have made MARTHA’s visit a memorable one.

The San Francisco Yacht Club, Encinal Yacht Club and Saint Francis Yacht Club, who’s members, staff and Flag Officers have been warm and helpful in celebrating MARTHA’s return visit to the Bay Area.

The clock for the Transpac launch is in countdown mode,  MARTHA and crew are finishing up small projects in preparation for delivery to Long Beach and we will sail out of the Golden Gate on Saturday with a Monday, July 13th start.

The Transpac tracker can be accessed here.

By |2015-07-12T18:51:38-07:00July 12th, 2015|Racing out of the Bay, Wood boats|0 Comments

Jim Daubenberger and Ed Barcott Awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards

Two of Port Townsend’s most influential sailors, Jim Daubenberger and Ed Barcott, were awarded the Wooden Boat Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 WBF. Port Townsend is often described as a sailor’s town but in more recent times it was not always so. Through their efforts, and the efforts of others they inspired, sailing and sailboat racing continue to flourish on our Bay. Here’s a tribute to Jim Daubenberger from the Port Townsend Leader.

Daubenberger helped launch PT’s modern sailing legacy

Sea Scout lessons Jim Daubenberger gives Sea Scout lessons to young sailors at Port Townsend Boat Haven. The building in the background is the former DeLeo Brothers lumber shed, now the site of the Harborside Motel.

Sea Scout lessons
Jim Daubenberger gives Sea Scout lessons to young sailors at Port Townsend Boat Haven. The building in the background is the former DeLeo Brothers lumber shed, now the site of the Harborside Motel.

Jim “Daubie” Daubenberger’s passion for sailing took him to the water for the first time in 1937, when, at the age of 13, he hatched a plan to sail Discovery Bay in a rented rowboat using his dad’s pup tent for a sail.

There was no Internet and barely any information available about sailing. His sail plan came from a picture he found in the dictionary. Jim gathered the parts for his sailing rig in the family’s backyard and garage. He borrowed some line and his dad’s pup tent, but was not allowed to cut or alter either in any way. He found a couple of poles for a mast and boom.

Then, on a weekend trip to a family picnic spot on Adelma Beach on Discovery Bay, he put his boat together. He lashed the two poles together to make the mast and boom, folded the heavy cotton tent into a triangle and tied it to the makeshift rig, rented a rowboat for a dime and start rowing toward Beckett Point.

Jim rowed upwind until he couldn’t wait any longer, turned the boat downwind, shipped the oars, fixed his sailing rig at the forward thwart, held one of the oars at the transom for a rudder and, reminiscent of a Jack London story, was off on his first sailing adventure. He sailed that day, rowing upwind then sailing downwind, until he was forced to return the boat to the rental stable. That was the beginning of his lifelong love of sailing.

Another sailing opportunity arose in Port Townsend a year or two later. The local Sea Scout Troop acquired a 40-foot Navy launch rigged for sailing as a ketch. Jim was not old enough to join the Sea Scouts, so was not allowed to sail with his friends Bobby Jones and Bob Porter. Undeterred, he spent hours hanging around on the dock with his friends while the boat was being fixed up. Soaking up the paint- and pine-tar-filled atmosphere fueled his fire to learn how to sail.

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By |2014-09-06T08:40:33-07:00September 6th, 2014|Sailing on the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation|0 Comments

PT Singlehanded Transpac Sailors Get Ready

PT’s Singlehanded TransPac sailors are now completing their final tasks before the start of the race on Saturday, June 28th. After turning the corner and heading south,  Jak Mang in his 38″ Ingrid MAITREYA had a couple of days of easy sailing. But that changed as he got closer to San Francisco Bay and found himself in gale. Here’s his story from his blog, S/V  MAITREYA. You can follow the race at the Single Handed Sailing Society’s website.

Jak Mang's 38' Ingrid, MAITREYA.

Jak Mang’s 38′ Ingrid, MAITREYA.

Sunday, June 15, 2014, Tied up at the Berkeley Yacht Club at about 8:30 Saturday night.

Last couple of days was an entirely different trip. I was caught in a gale for a day and a half. This was 32 to 35 knots with gusts to 40. The real issue in that weather is waves. They were 8 -12 feet at about a 4-7 second interval. Very steep waves push the boat around a lot. You can suf down at 9 or 10 knots, but it is 4 knots going up.

Sustained some damage.

The cockpit had been dry except for spray until I took a wave through the companion way. This left the whole galley awash in about a 1/4 inch of water. A bit of splash hit the SSB. It seems to work in general, but the audio is gone.

Had to hand steer for 2-3 hours as the peak winds were causing the boat to round up when the main seemed to overpower the Monitor vane. Of course it was at midnight. Fortunately, there was a full moon to brighten things a little bit. When the boat would round up, you would have big waves on the beam really rolling the boat way over. I was sailing about 170 off the wind to try to hit a waypoint. This was important because I was getting near land. The boat might have been happier at 160, where the staysail was not blanketed as much and could balance the boat by offsetting the main.

Winds didn’t die much until I was in near the Farrallones islands.

Outside the gate we had 18 to 20 knot winds which seemed like nothing. I needed to gybe. When I did, I had a goosewing gybe where the boom shoots up and catches the backstay. This pins you backwinded rolling you pretty far. At that point, the boom brake is not really engaged and the half gybe back just about rips the boom and mainsheet off. I had been using preventers on the rail to pull the boom down and prevent an accidental gybe. These are disconnected to swing the boom. I’ll need to rig a vang to keep the goosewing from happening. The wild gybe ended up knocking the solar panel free so that it was laying on the tiller during recovery.


By |2014-06-25T20:09:48-07:00June 25th, 2014|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

Farewell SIROCCO

One our Bay's quickest and loveliest boats, Steve Scharf's SIROCCO.

One our Bay’s quickest and loveliest boats, Steve Scharf’s SIROCCO.

by Larry Fisher

It’s often said that all boats are for sale, yet it was hard to believe the rumors we started to hear a few months ago. Could it possibly be true that Steve Scharf was preparing to part with Sirocco? For even in a town blessed with more than its share of special boats, Sirocco was a standout: beautiful, fast, meticulously maintained, and possessed of an esprit de corps that the rest of the fleet could only envy.

But after 10 years Steve has sold Sirocco to a wooden boat enthusiast in the south of France, where she will grace the vintage racing scene out of Marseilles. A fairy tale ending to a local love story? Well, sort of, Steve explains.

“I got his email out of the blue,” Steve says. “I was thinking about selling, but I wanted to do the first PTSA series, the Classic Mariners Regatta. But he wants the boat now.”

Steve says he was motivated to sell partly by the high cost of keeping Sirocco in top shape–like any high maintenance love she demands a lot of attention. But he also cited the changing shape of the Port Townsend fleet, which no longer features vintage racing boats of similar length and performance to Sirocco. “This is no longer a real wooden boat racing town,” he says. “Sirocco has no one to play with.”


By |2014-05-06T09:19:44-07:00May 6th, 2014|Club News, On the Water, Wood boats|0 Comments

Don Haviland

Don Haviland, July 14, 1948 – January 7, 2014

Don Haviland, July 14, 1948 – January 7, 2014

We lost Don Haviland in January, after a two year battle with cancer. Don was an active member of our sailing community over the past decade, racing, cruising, working for PTSA and the Moorage Tenant’s Union. It was common to see Don and wife Karen Lee out in the bay on their Rhodes-designed sloop, CUBANA.

Don was treasurer of the original PTSA board and contributed a lot to its formation and function. He took the job very seriously and kept us “in the black” and up to date. He helped with the other records, the race courses and buoy placement as well. He loved wooden boats and wanted to see more of them on the bay.

Sailing since he was a child, Don raced his Blanchard out of Leschi on Lake Washington in the 80’s and 90’s and participated in several Swiftsure races – skippering his own boat or crewing for others. His stewardship and restoration of CUBANA underlined his care and concern for the continuing well-being of the wooden boats he loved.

A professional skier as well as avid sailor, he often said that a perfect day means skiing in the morning and sailing through the afternoon. A mid-summer gathering of family and friends will celebrate his life and legacy.

The family asks that memorial donations be sent to the PT High School sailing team. You can send a check to the Maritime Center and enter PTHSST in the memo field. Maritime Center address is 431 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

We will miss seeing you out there, Don!

By |2014-03-01T16:21:31-08:00March 1st, 2014|Club News|0 Comments