Five boats left Boat Haven for the race course on Saturday in a stiff breeze. By the time they got out to the committee boat the wind had picked up. By the time the race was about to start the wind picked up some more. Five boats decided not to race after all. Thanks to Dave, the race committee, and Piper for braving the elements to get the committee boat out and anchored, and the course set, only to have to reverse the process and head back into the marina.
Thatuna , Raven, Blew Bird and Boreas came to challenge the forecast 15 – 18 kt. Southerly winds. On arrival at the Boat Haven the wind was 20 -23 kts. As the wind was forecast to decrease during the afternoon and observations to the south were in the low teens, the Committee Boat headed out into a 3 – 4 ft chop. By the time course SGIF was set up the wind was in the high twenty’s when the pin headed downwind (Anchor fouled by chain). The start was postponed for the recovery of the pin when a long gust over 35 kts convinced all involved to cancel the race.
Race 7 was scheduled as a “make-up” should we not be able to run six successful races in the regular series to permit a throw-out of each boat’s worst performance. This year we had six completed races but had not celebrated the series with a BBQ as tradition dictates. As the RC tends to loiter around the Boat Haven Friday evenings (needs to get a life) we went out for a race. The only ingredient missing was the wind. Occasionally a 2.5 kt breeze would spring up (with gusts to 3) but never from the same direction. So the RC spent an hour frustrated and fretting while the fleet patiently used the time to socialize and bond. One boat reported being able to sail completely round the committee boat – but didn’t mention if it was all on the same tack.
Not wanting to be late for the BBQ, as is usual for the RC, the race was called around 18:50. Ironically, as the N flag was raised the wind filled in solidly from the NW. Too late for a race but at least it helped everyone get back to their moorage in time for the party. Thanks to Steve, Dean and Tulip it was great.
The Race Committee would like to congratulate the series winners and thank everyone for not noticing (or at least not commenting upon) the occasional confusion and errors by the RC.
NOTICE:- The Dog Days races have been moved from Fridays to Wednesday and merged with the Ed Barcott series. There will not be any regular RC support or recording of results.
The next regular series (the Fall Nightcap) starts Sunday September 18 th at 13:00.
NOTICE, NOTICE:- Don’t forget the Bush Point distance race this Saturday, July 30 th., Noon start from City Dock, report your own finish time.
ALSO:- The Ted Pike Memorial Race August 20 th. at Noon (details to follow, but it involves a Keg of Rum).
AND:- The Thunderbird Regional Regatta September 3 – 4.
Wind conditions before the race were 3 – 5 kts varying between W and NE. The participants chose to go to the Marine Science Center Buoy and back. After the start the wind settled to a Westerly and increased to 8 – 10 kts at the dock with gusts to 13, it was reportedly much stronger in the inlet. The fleet was finishing before the RC could finish their snack. The suggestion of a second lap was not well received as the wind was still building and several boats were overpowered.
More photos and complete results after the break
Piper Dunlap reports in on the 5o5 North Americans in Santa Cruz
Port Townsend sailors, Sugar Flanagan, Sean Rankins, Spencer Snapp, Dan Ginther, and Piper Dunlap all made the pilgrimage to Santa Cruz, CA last weekend to compete in the 2014 505 Dinghy North American Championship Regatta. This was the first time that each of these sailors has competed at this level in the class, and they all came home tired, sore, a little humbled, but satisfied having raced against the best in the land in the classic challenging conditions that Santa Cruz is famous for – ocean swell and 10 to 30 knots of breeze.
Big breeze generally takes its toll though, and Santa Cruz was no exception. There was a lot of boat repair going on ashore. Sugar and Spencer sheared their beautiful spruce rudder off at the lower pintel while practicing in 25 plus before the regatta, but were able to affect repairs and procure a new foil from famed 505 builder, Larry Tuttle, in time for the first race. Dan and Piper had to retire from Race 5 because they broke their tiller extension during a high wind spinnaker gybe which quickly evolved into a capsize. Or was it a capsize that resulted in a broken extension? No one knows for sure!
From pressure-drop.us, the Clipper Round the World race meets a powerfull storm in the Southern Ocean.
Dear Readers, I feel I owe you a full explanation of the previous day’s storm activities, so here goes, let’s go back to 16 November.
All signs (fleet reports, Clipper Race weatherman Simon Rowell’s weather predictions and my pigtails) were that the front would hit us sometime mid to late afternoon, local time.
Mid-morning we had dropped our other headsail which meant a loss in speed as it was great surfing but prudent given the incoming weather forecast. We were now running with just the storm jib and the third reefed mainsail.
I scoured the barometer readings and wind instruments over lunch, which were showing well established gale strength conditions and shortly afterwards, donned my Henri Lloyd ocean jacket and ski goggles and prepared for a good few hours on deck helming us through the front. The wind shifts that come with these fronts can be very severe and it pays to have an experienced sailor on the helm at these times to try and avoid an accidental gybe or knockdown, not that this is always possible in these extreme circumstances. Still, I looked the part!
Dan Newland Reports on PEGASUS’s Race in the 2013 Round The County. Photo’s by Sean Trew.
This years’ RTC was an interesting contrast between what should have been and what was. It should have had decent wind Saturday with light winds Sunday but reality has its own agenda. The County Race (RTC), it is an annual race that races around San Juan County which comprises all the major San Juan Islands like Orcas, San Juan and Lopez Islands plus the nearly countless smaller islands, rocks and reefs of this under water mountain range between the US mainland and Canada. On even years, it goes around the islands clockwise and on odd years like this year, goes counterclockwise. The total distance is about 65 miles overall with the first leg Saturday to Roche Harbor at 34.3 miles and the halfway /shortened course mark at 17 nautical miles from the start. The second day starts off Mosquito pass near Roche Harbor, is 16.4 miles to the halfway/shortened course mark with 31.4 miles for the full distance. The race is so popular that the fleet is limited in size with this year at the typical maximum of 89 boats.
Our day on board Pegasus XIV began from Anacortes Saturday morning having delivered the boat there the day before. We left the dock at 7:15 and with the current behind us at 2 knots, we were able to cover the 8.5 miles pretty quickly for what should have been our start at around 8:50 at Lydia Shoals, a bell buoy off the SE corner of Orcas Island. The wind was from the east at 9-12 knots and the weather was hazy but not overcast so it promised to be a great day of sailing. By the time we reached the starting line though, it had already shown signs of lightening up with lulls down to 6 knots and dropping while also swinging north. The wind was atypical in that it was 180 degrees from the normal southerly direction which meant an upwind start for this years’ counterclockwise direction.
By the time the first start was to happen for the slower boats in PHRF divisions 2 and 3, the winds were so light that few boats could maintain station going against the current from the south and the light northerly and that included us in Divisions 0 and 1. The winds finally picked up a bit and the first divisions sequence was started at about 8:50 but so many boats were over the line early, they were called back for a general recall. The start #1 redo was delayed a bit for more wind which finally did materialize so the next sequence did get off without a hitch. The next two starts went off without general recalls a bit after 10:00 so we had a race! We were fairly conservative as were many others since being early would have been deadly against that current had anyone had to return for a restart. Some of the local boats went in shore on a long starboard picking up a lift on the port tack and crossed ahead of those of us that went out for more current but it was a long race so a few seconds would mean little in the overall scheme of things.
The August 30th PTSA Dog Days series race lived up to its billing. A number of boats came out, Joe shouted out the course, the wind almost died by the Tower but picked up as we sailed back to other side of the Bay, all boats finished with smiles on. A lovely night on the water. The results were that it is almost always better to go sailing than almost anything else.
Thanks as always to Wendy for more great pictures, a full set follows the break.
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
Sailing pictures by Wendy Feltham and results from Dave Burrows and the RC after the break.