Join the Port Townsend Sailing Association for a Year Full of Fun on the Water

Going for the line

Improve your sailing skills, share in the fun.

The Port Townsend Sailing Association had another great season in 2012.

Thank you to all our members who made this year so successful & enjoyable. If you are not a current member, please consider rejoining us & catch up on all the fun you’ve been missing. If you are a 2012 member, please renew for 2013. We hope you’ll join again & help make 2013 another amazing year. If you are a new member, we look forward to some great times together on the water.

This past year we:
  • Sponsored Spring, Summer & Fall racing series, the Dog Days informal series & the PT Invitational
  • Co-sponsored the Port-to-Port Race with Port Ludlow Yacht Club
  • Continued the season long PT Wooden Boat Series reserved just for wooden boats
  • Continued to publish the PTSail.org web site that, which received over 13,000 visits in 2012
  • Installed a new Marine Science Center  racing buoy & tackle
  • Promoted informal, good time after-race gatherings
  • Worked with the PTSA Race Committee to enhance racing & provide an abundance of race opportunities
  • Organized sailing and racing seminars open to our entire community
  • Helped organize and manage the Northwest Maritime Center’s Shipwrights & Classic Mariner’s Regattas
  • Contributed and supported the PT High School Sailing Team & Sea Scouts to help bring the enjoyment we get from sailing to the young sailors in our community.

Your 2013 membership dues will fund:

Morninglight tearing past Pt. Hudson on the way to the red buoy. Photo Ace Spragg

Morninglight tearing past Pt. Hudson on the way to the red buoy. Photo Ace Spragg

  • A full year of low pressure, fun races, an opportunity to get out on your boat and enjoy some quality time on the water.
  • A chance to meet and enjoy the company of like minded sailors.
  • The services of a professional race committee & and diverse and interesting courses
  • Membership in national and regional organizations such as US Sailing & Pacific International Yacht Racing Association that support sailing in our region and across the country
  • Placement & maintenance of race buoys that are legally permitted with the  State of Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Continued support of the PT High School Sailing Team & Sea Scouts, the NWMC, and sailing on Port Townsend Bay
  • Support for community-wide educational & safety events, like “Racing Rules 101” & “Man Overboard 101”
  • Annual end of year awards banquet at the Northwest Maritime Center

To join or renew your membership for 2013, please click here to download the membership form, complete and return.

See you on the water!
By |2013-02-20T18:22:33-08:00February 14th, 2013|On the Water, Sailing on the Bay|0 Comments

Midsummer Regatta Offers Up Hot Competition In Spite of June-uary Weather

Saturday’s event saw thirteen boats from PT, Port Ludlow and Sequim duking it out in four short round-the-buoys races and then celebrating the solstice Swedish-style with the traditional pickled herring, new potatoes, and aquavit. It was all smiles, especially when the fleet heard that Stig Osterberg, the regatta’s progenitor and resident viking, was going to be okay.

Big thanks to Stig Osterberg and Steve Scharf for sponsoring the event; to Dave Burruoghs, Anthony and Co. for their fine work as the race committee; to Jerry and Doug for opening up Goldstar Marine when the rain threatened the after-party; and to the Jefferson Healthcare ER for putting Stig back together

"FrankenStig" with friends in the ER

“FrankenStig” with friends in the ER

Sailing pictures by Wendy Feltham and results from Dave Burrows and the RC after the break.

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By |2012-06-24T18:46:37-07:00June 24th, 2012|Racing on the Bay|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

Skipper’s Meeting Saturday at NWMC, Shipwright’s Regatta Racing Saturday or Sunday

You may have noticed it was a little windy lately and one forecast showed gusts to 50 for Saturday. That’s good weather for fresh Sunrise Coffee, pastries and a skipper’s meeting Saturday at 9 am at the Northwest Maritime Center. The Shipwright’s Regatta race date isn’t as certain.

Myron and Ace have said that, “The forecast is pretty dismal for tomorrow, but everything has been checked out to be able to postpone racing until Sunday where the weather looks a little frosty but the wind is forecast to lighten up.”

“The plan is to have the skipper’s meeting as planned at 9 AM, Saturday at the Northwest Maritime Center.  If the weather looks like it is improving we will go ahead with the race on Saturday. If not we will try again Sunday”.

So come to the NWMC at 9 am on Saturday morning for coffee, pastries and the schedule.

Friday, Feb. 24th, 9 PM Forecast

The NOAA Forecast

PZZ134-250630-
 ADMIRALTY INLET-
 300 PM PST FRI FEB 24 2012

 GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING
 TONIGHT
 S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. RAIN IN THE
 EVENING...THEN SHOWERS LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

 SAT
 NW WIND 25 TO 35 KT RISING TO 30 TO 40 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.
 WIND WAVES 5 TO 8 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY.

 SAT NIGHT
 NW WIND 25 TO 35 KT EASING TO 15 TO 25 KT AFTER
 MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 7 FT SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 5 FT AFTER
 MIDNIGHT. SHOWERS LIKELY.

 SUN
 W WIND 15 TO 25 KT EASING TO 10 TO 15 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.
 WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT.
By |2012-02-25T08:18:34-08:00February 24th, 2012|Racing on the Bay, Wood boats|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