PTSA Fall Nightcap Series 2019 – Race 5 Results and Final Series Standings

Last week a course was set up in light and shifty winds that proved adequate (with minor adjustments of the Pin) to complete four races in three hours. This week the numbers were reversed. Four courses had to be set in light and shifty winds before it was possible to run one race. This is not the way it was supposed to be.

Friday evening the weather forecasts were showing Westerly winds 20 – 25 mph. with gusts over 30 mph. Although Port Townsend Bay is well known to be appropriately non-conformist with regard to regional weather forecasts, this was sufficiently alarming to call for a skippers meeting Saturday morning to review the situation. (more…)

By |2019-10-21T23:18:19-07:00October 20th, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Fall Nightcap Series 2019 – Races 1 – 4.

Following the past two weeks where the wind conditions were at either end of un-raceable, this week’s forecast was unexciting with weak winds that were very variable in direction.

The actual wind appeared to be a little North of West and the RC left to set a temporary mark downwind of Y. On leaving the breakwater it was obvious the wind shadows to Port were the stronger so the leeward mark was set about ¾ of a mile downwind of Indian Point. With the rapidly changing wind direction it took a while of chasing to and fro to get the mark downwind of I. Eventually we settled on an average. The good thing was that the wind was building up to 3 – 4 kts during this time. (more…)

By |2019-10-21T02:48:16-07:00October 13th, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Too Little Wind For Second of the Whitecap Series

A dock start was set up as a CB was unavailable. A delayed start was anticipated due to the Kinetic Skulpture race passing the dock. This was immaterial as boats trying to sail to windward on any wafts that drifted by could not stem the current. After an hour, AP was replaced by N in surrender.

The possibility of scheduling make-up races is under consideration.


By |2019-10-06T11:42:49-07:00October 6th, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Too Much Wind For The First Race of the Nightcap Series

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.

It was windy

By |2019-10-03T13:59:57-07:00September 29th, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Distance Series 2019 – Tour-de-Bay Race & Final Standings

Dave sets the course

The forecast was for winds SSE about 6 mph during the afternoon and there was minimal tidal change. The RC had designed courses suitable for winds with Northerly or Southerly Components and winds forming first in the Bay or outside the Bay. Mark A was to be set so the fleet could cross the Bay after a start to the South rather than gather in front of the departing 12:30 Ferry.

Viewed from the hill on Sims Way in late morning, the bay showed little sign of wind so the RC visited the beach at Pt Hudson and found a light but building SSE wind outside the bay.  On return to the Dock (late because of difficulty parking due to the Film Festival) it was apparent the SSE wind had started to fill the bay.

Course SMTCDIYHTBF (17 nm.) was set and the fleet started with 9 kts. of wind from 150ºM. This was apparently the best wind of the day as most of the boats needed two hours to reach T at the 6 mile mark (partly due to an unpredicted strong ebb in the vicinity of B). The wind at the Dock dropped to 5 – 6 kts (same direction) during this time. The boats coming from T to C brought lighter wind with them.

It was obvious that changes to the course were needed if the fleet was to meet the time limit. Mark H and the return to Mark B were dropped from the course. While this only shortened course by 3 miles, the impact was much greater as there appeared to be little wind towards H and the strong currents in light wind at B were avoided. Two boats dropped out after the course change due to unfamiliarity with the marks and symbols.

The wind at the dock changed to 2.5 kts from 190ºM and then 3 kts from 220º as boats looped around DIYT (one boat missed D) to finish. There was more wind out in the Bay than at the dock until after the leaders had rounded T. Then they brought the dying breeze with them halfway to the finish and had to claw the rest of the way.


By |2019-10-03T13:56:07-07:00September 22nd, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

NWMC Wooden Boat Festival 2019 – Sailing Races Results

26’ & Under 2019 Results

A beautiful afternoon for sailing! 13 boats participated in 9ish knots of steady breeze.

Of the participants who were in the festival:

1 Obsession
2 Murrelet
3 Lady Jane
4 Ghita
5 Havhesten
6 Min Dejlise Pika
7 Quin Que

Across the line finishes (race started at 13:00:00):

1 Raven 03:09:52 PM
2 Coco Solo 03:11:44 PM
3 Tempest 03:14:20 PM
4 Hakoom 03:18:11 PM
5 Obsession 03:18:18 PM
6 Murrelet 03:18:46 PM
7 Lady Jane 03:19:54 PM
8 Ghita 03:20:40 PM
9 Havhesten 03:28:18 PM
10 Min Dejlise Pika 03:38:42 PM
11 Quin Que 03:47:10 PM

Chesuki and Ellie were DSQ

Schooner Cup 2019 Results

After a short delay to accommodate a wind shift, the 15 boats got off to a very good start. Then the wind slacked and became quite fluky, and the struggle was on to finish. Two marks were removed to shorten the course as much as possible. Sir Isaac managed to stay where there was some breeze and had a comfortable win.

Finish order for Festival Schooners:


Sir Isaac




Wind Gypsy









All finishers (approx. 2.5 mi. course, start time 15:11:00)

1 Sir Isaac 04:01:09 PM
2 Martha 04:18:26 PM
3 Alcyone 04:25:02 PM
4 Prudence 04:32:03 PM
5 Wind Gypsy 04:38:03 PM
6 Betsy D 04:38:21 PM
7 Toadstool 04:39:58 PM
8 Adventuress 04:47:21 PM
9 Nevermore 04:56:39 PM
10 Lavengro 04:57:12 PM
11 Ceridwen 04:57:26 PM

Mycia & Grail were DSQ.

Zodiac was DNF

Ariel of Victoria participated though she is not a schooner.

Her finish time was 16:27:16.

By |2019-09-09T23:49:36-07:00September 9th, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

2019 T-bird West Coast Championship Results

On August 31-September 1, 2019 the Port Townsend Sailing Association hosted the 2019 Thunderbird West Coast Championships. It was a well-run affair with a variety of windward-leeward courses set over seven races.  At the skippers’ meeting Saturday morning there was grumbling of “can we postpone sailing until this afternoon, when some wind is expected?” The race committee knew better.  

Sixteen boats made their way out to the anticipated starting area at the center of Port Townsend Bay by 10:30 a.m., drifting about as the race committee searched the horizon for wind. Some promising ripples soon appeared near Rat Island guarding the entrance to Kilisut Harbor.  By the time the fleet reassembled a perfect sailing breeze was blowing from the SE.  

Race 1.  To my eye the pin end seemed favored, and indeed the bulk of the fleet set up to start on starboard well down the line. Falcon started mid-line, off the front line, but with room to tack for clear air within a few boat-lengths off the line.  It was the right way to go. Jaunty (a Steve Scharf owned boat skippered by Matt Pistay, with Eric Dorman,  Brent Campbell, and Burgess Malarkey) nailed the start at the committee boat, tacked over to port, found better pressure on the right side of the course, and walked away with the race. Owl (skippered by Dale Dunning, with Kyle Marlantes, Lynn Watson, and sailmaker Eric Taylor) followed suit and finished second.  Raven finished third.  Kuma San (skippered by John Lynes and Jim Heumann) also followed the leaders to the right side and they had their best result of the regatta, finishing 5th.  

Race 2.  Conditions remained largely unchanged from the first race. Magic Bus (skippered by Piper Dunlap, with Dan Ginther, Robert Ambrose, and Lucas Hurt) started ahead, near the committee boat, and managed to out-distance everyone to the first tack. They lead all the way to the finish. Invader (Mike Dotson, with Olga Dotson and Cliff Wright) had their best showing of the regatta, finishing in second place.  Predator (Craig Burnell, Kemp Jones, Katherine Hovell, and Steve Garth) recovered from a poor first race and began to make their move in the regatta, finishing in third place, followed by Raven (Steve Scharf, Jon Piskula, Simon Miles, and Jeff Brantley).  

Race 3.  The wind continued to blow from the southeast, weakening slightly, and the race committee wasted no time in starting the third race.  It was Raven’s turn to start well. They launched and outflanked everyone, leading start to finish. Again on the right side of the course upwind.  Predator kept pace and finished second.  Magic Bus held their own and finished third.  Owl staked their claim for recognition in the regatta with another strong finish at fourth. 

As the wind died after the third race, the Port Townsend threesome of Raven (8 pts), Magic Bus (11 pts), and Owl (11 pts) had reason to look around proudly, leading Raptor (15 pts) and Predator (16 pts).  

Race 4.  After dwindling to very light and shifty, the wind soon settled in from the West at perhaps ten knots. “The middle right was favored,” said Stig Osterberg observing the regatta from his power boat, “you had to go to the right and flop over.” Raptor (Grant Chyz, Paul Chyz, Helen Chyz, and Chris Thompson) figured out the magic formula.  They had a good start and were battling with Raven on the first weather leg.  Raven tacked towards the middle of the course while Raptor carried out farther towards the right lay-line,” observed Osterberg.  Raptor’s patience and faith in the right side paid off and they won the race. Predator collected another second-place finish. Kolus (another Steve Scharf owned boat skippered by the Portland crew of Drew Wiener and Kerry Poe and friends) crossed the finish line third. Jaunty showed renewed signs of life in fourth place after two disappointing races.  Raven dropped to sixth place in the race.  

Race 5.  The last race on Saturday was dominated by Predator.  They got a good start, stayed right, and it paid off.  Raptor traded places with them from the previous race. Invader took the third spot. These top Seattle boats were beginning to assert themselves. Owl was the first Port Townsend boat across the line in fourth, followed by Raven in fifth.  

Saturday was a dramatic day of sailing. On a day where it did not seem destined, the race committee somehow delivered strong sailing breezes from two directions to maximize our views over five races. The Port Townsend backdrop provided allure and history, and the magnificent Olympic mountains looked on. The battle between the top Port Townsend boats and their Seattle challengers was joined. At the end of the first day, with no races to discard yet, the leaderboard was as follows: 

Predator 18 pts.

Raptor 19 pts.

Raven 19 pts. 

Owl 23 pts. 

Magic Bus 24 pts. 

Race 6.  Sunday morning brought the light winds some had feared for Saturday. After nearly three hours of drifting about on a glassy sea, and one abandoned race chasing an ephemeral NE breeze, the wind finally filled from the southeast. It was lighter than on Saturday, and the wind lasted just long enough to complete the race with a weather mark once again near Rat Island.  “In light air,” says Osterberg, “the key is to keep moving at the start, and to find pressure out on the course.  Magic Bus nailed it and won this race by a mile” marveled Stig Osterberg, who looked on from his boat parked on the edge of the course. Kolus had their best showing of the regatta, finishing second. Invader garnered a back-to-back third places, all of a sudden making them a real factor with the throw-out.  Raven had a terrible start,” observed Osterberg, “but they picked up perhaps 11 boats after the start on the upwind and downwind legs, salvaging a fourth place.” 

The wind promptly died again, setting up a dramatic final light air race.  The positions going into the final race (with the discard of all worst scores through six races) were as follows: 

Predator 13 pts.

Raven 17 pts.

Magic Bus 18 pts.

Raptor 19 pts.

Owl 23 pts. 

Race 7.  After a substantial delay, the wind filled in sufficiently from the North for one last dramatic race.  Magic Bus took themselves out of the game early. They were stuck to leeward and couldn’t get off the starting line, ultimately finishing ninth.  Kolus and Dorado (skippered by Molly Jackson, with Daubenberger (fils), Emily Bishop, and Michael Karas) won the first beat, but went towards the City Front after the weather mark and ran out of wind.  Raptor seized the moment by hanging back at the start, coming in late with speed at the committee boat, gybing left after the weather mark where they found more wind, and finishing first.  Owl finished strong with a second place. Raven finished third and Predator consolidated their overall regatta win with a fourth-place finish in the final race.

Final results: 

1. Predator 17 pts. 

2. Raptor 20 pts. 

3. Raven 20 pts.

4. Magic Bus 25 pts. 

5. Owl 25 pts. 

6. Invader 27 pts. 

Raptor won the tie-break with Raven by virtue of their two first place finishes, versus one for Raven. Magic Bus won the tie-break with Owl by virtue of their two first place finishes.  

Congratulations for a well-run regatta to the organizers, the race committee, and the crews of all 16 boats who showed up to compete. The Cotton Building was an ideal location for the Saturday dinner and the Sunday awards party. Point Hudson marina has lots of room. Spread the word. Let’s shoot for 20+ boats on the line next year.  

[Thank you to Stig Osterberg who shared his notes of the racing, and without whose help this recap would not have been possible]

Roland Nikles


Predator heading off to right side of course

 More photos on the Thunderbird Fleet 2 Facebook page.

By |2019-10-26T23:05:33-07:00September 3rd, 2019|Racing on the Bay, Thunderbirds|0 Comments

Thunderbird Dog Days Series -2019 – Races 8, 9, 10 and Final Standings.

For the finale of the Dog Days Series we persisted with course SWOLF and managed to run three races.  The wind was NW 7 – 8 kts. with no sharp gusts. Steady for the first two races, it faded during the third race leaving the fleet parked before the leeward mark for a while, then slowly rebuilding enough for them to claw their way to the finish.

This week we were visited by Murrelet and Jackoroe. They were offered, and accepted, a start after the Thunderbirds. They did not impede the ‘birds on the course. Murrelet finished ahead of Jackoroe.

Last week’s erroneous throwouts have been recognized and corrected in this report. (more…)

By |2019-09-03T11:20:31-07:00August 29th, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Ted Pike Memorial Regatta Results

This, the fourth memorial of Ted and his contributions to the North West sailing community, was probably the most successful so far. Especially in terms of number of participating boats (11 anchored in the kelp and one on the beach), enthusiasm around the rum keg which was over filled (Sparkle’s entry fee was accidentally donated to Davy Jones during disembarkation) and definitely in terms of cooperating breezes. Sparkle and Pacifica maintained their perfect attendance record.


By |2019-08-27T23:19:33-07:00August 25th, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Thunderbird August Dog Days Series 2019 – Races 6 & 7

This week we continued setting the course away from shore and using the offset mark. Course SWOLF was again about 2 nm. long. This week the wind was more than generous. For the start of the first race the wind was NW 9 – 12 kts. with occasional sharp gusts to 15+. For the start of the second race it had risen to 12 – 15 kts. with the gusts more frequent and longer. It held a steady direction but continued to rise, a gust of 20 kts was measured towards the end. The offer of a third start was wisely declined. (more…)

By |2019-08-25T21:40:39-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments