WBF Shipwright’s Race – 2019

We had a very fortunate weather window for this year’s Shipwright’s Regatta:-  no rain, reasonably steady 11 knot SSE wind, and temperatures soaring into the mid 40’s.

26 boats registered, 20 participated and 18 finished. The course was twice around a roughly 2 mile triangle.


Perpetual Awards

  • -The First Wooden Boat to Start and the First Wooden Boat to Finish. ———- 505, Zaya,
  • -The Last Boat to Finish. —————- Gloucester Gull Dory, Taswens
  • -The Best use of Misspent Energy. (For only managing to start after a few boats had finished the first lap). —————- Stephanie E
  • -The First Boat to Finish in B Class. —————-  Erin.
  • -The Van Hope Community Award for the most pickup crew. ———— Norma Mae.
  • -The very young were left at home so that award went to the Oldest Crew. ————- Erin. (Thanks to Jim Blaiklock)
  • (My apologies for mistaking Taswens and Stephanie E at yesterdays awards.)


Results by Class

A (Racing) Start time 12:05

  1. Zaya ——————-12:39:56
  2. Sir Isaac ————-12:50:46
  3. Lucky —————–12:51:22
  4. Sparkle ————–12:54:07
  5. Tanya Lee ———-13:10:58

B (Cruising) Start time 12:10

  1. Erin ——————- 13:05:00
  2. Norma Mae ——-13:05:45
  3. Ariel of Victoria- 13:11:18
  4. Able —————— 13:12:22
  5. Swell Dancer —- 13:20:19
  6. Noddy ————– 13:37:09
  7. Taswens ———– 13:40:02
  8. Stephanie E —— DNF
  9. Grin ——————-DNF

T-birds Start time 12:15

  1. Raven ————— 13:01:40
  2. Owl —————— 13:02:13
  3. Mabuhay ———- 13:02:33
  4. Thatuna ————13:04:50
  5. Coco Solo ——— 13:04:55
  6. Knot Raven —— 13:05:56
By |2019-02-24T17:02:39-08:00February 24th, 2019|Racing on the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation|0 Comments

WBF Shipwright’s Regatta Results

26 th Annual Shipwright’s Regatta – Feb. 25, 2017

 This year’s Shipwright’s was greeted by light southerly breezes.  A long triangular course was set so that if the wind didn’t pick up boats would have a good distance to travel within the 2 hour time limit.  If the wind picked up they could sail the course twice around.  The start was postponed for 20  minutes while  there was  no wind.  The wind remained light so the course was shortened to once around.  This worked out well as the fastest boat finished less than a minute short of one hour, and the slowest boat finished in about an hour and 40 minutes.  Ironically, the wind speed doubled as the last boats were finishing.

Twenty-three boats entered in three classes;-  A: Racing Boats (5),  B: Cruising Boats (10), & C: Thunderbirds (8).  All boats finished.


Perpetual Awards

                                              Half Model Sylvie for first wooden boat to start:-   Sir Isaac

                                              Pegleg for first wooden boat to finish:-   Sir Isaac

                                              Hook for last boat to finish:-   Tarani

                                              Trident for saltiest boat or crew:-    Dorado

                                              Directional Helmet for someone who gets lost or misses a buoy:-    Impossible Dream

                                              Whack-o-meter for best use of misspent energy:-   Sorcerer’s Apprentice

                                              Wire boat for 1st boat to finish in cruising class:-    Carlyn

                                              Van Hope Community Award for largest crew: –    Norma Mae

                                              Free Haul-out for Youngest crew:-   Falkor


Across the line finish times (No handicaps were applied)

                                             Class A:-    Racing  (starting time: 12:20)

                                                                1. Sir Isaac –  13:19:16

                                                                2. Blue Fin – 13:21:52

                                                                3. Sorcerer’s Apprentice – 13:29:01

                                                                4. Lucky – 13:29:07

                                                                5. Andiamo – 13:48:28

                                             Class B:-   Cruising (starting time: 12:25)

                                                                1. Carlyn – 13:40:18

                                                                2. Fiddlehead – 13:41:37

                                                                3. Norma Mae – 13:41:40

                                                                4. Second Wind – 13:41:42

                                                                5. Able – 13:45:55

                                                                6. Flakor – 13:47:40

                                                                7. Impossible Dream – 13:52:07

                                                                8. Jaga – 13:53:49

                                                                9. Tipi Haere – 14:02:06

                                                               10. Tarani – 14:03:07

                                            Class C:-   Thunderbirds (starting time 12:30)

                                                               1. Dorado – 13:25:44

                                                               2. Mabuhay – 13:26:17

                                                               3. Raven – 13:26:46

                                                               4. Boreas – 13:27:18

                                                               5. Blew Bird – 13:27:51

                                                               6. Thatuna – 13:30:05

                                                               7. Caveat – 13:30:20

                                                               8. Knot Raven – 13:30:48

By |2019-01-21T20:14:09-08:00February 26th, 2017|PHRF, Racing on the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation|0 Comments

5 Tips: How to Survive a Squall When Racing

What sort of weather will see at the Shipwrights’? Who knows. But in case we have a repeat of the boat buster that came up several years ago, here are some thoughts on dealing with a squall when racing from Yachting World.


Things get complicated when dark clouds build to windward and the horizon looks more like night than day. There’s breeze under squall clouds, but could it herald a major change in the weather? Can you survive with the sailplan or should you change down?

While you may be fine under current conditions, doing nothing risks blowing out sails or could end your race completely. But to change down jibs or drop the spinnaker might lose you the race. It’s a gamble, but delaying the call until the boats around you are on their beam-ends is probably far too late.

Read more on-line here.

By |2016-02-02T12:14:32-08:00February 2nd, 2016|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta

25th Annual Shipwrights' Regatta, February 27, 2016.

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta, February 27, 2016.

25th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta to be held February 27th!
The 2016 sailboat racing season opens with the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 27th.  A well-loved regional tradition is celebrating its 25th year.   This year we look back and celebrate 25 years of winter sailing, in snow and sleet, gale force to flat calm, Port Townsend Bay has seen it all.  This friendly regatta is sponsored by The Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), Wooden Boat Foundation (WBF), Port Townsend Sailing Association (PTSA), and Edensaw Woods.  Boats of all construction are welcome.

As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing but do not have a boat.  Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers Meeting and be connected with skippers looking for crew.

Registration forms are currently available at the Chandlery located at the NWMC at 431 Water Street as well as on-line here.  Last-minute registrations will be accepted between 8:00-9:00 am on Saturday February 27th, the Skippers’ Meeting will follow at 9am.  The Skippers’ Meeting will be held upstairs at the NWMC with coffee provided by Sunrise Coffee.  The race starts at 12:00 noon on Port Townsend Bay.  An awards ceremony will be held at approximately 4:00pm upstairs at the NWMC.  Beer and snacks will be provided as well as the usual perpetual awards, laughter, and comradery. A free haul-out will be awarded to two lucky sailors, courtesy of Sea Marine and the Port of Port Townsend.

Please join us in celebrating 25 years of the Shipwrights’ Regatta here in beautiful Port Townsend, WA.

For more information please contact:
Catherine Leporati
Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-385-3628 x 104

By |2016-01-29T10:27:20-08:00January 30th, 2016|Race Reminder|0 Comments

2015 Shipwrights’ Photos

Mt. Baker watching the fun on Port Townsend Bay as the 2015 Shipwrights' Regatta took place under sunny skies and a good breeze. Photo by Helen Leenhouts.

Mt. Baker watching the fun on Port Townsend Bay as the 2015 Shipwrights’ Regatta took place under sunny skies and a good breeze. Photo by Helen Leenhouts.

A great day brought out lots of boats and some wonderful photographers to capture the fun. Photos by a number of photographers follow. To see all the photo’s click the link below.

By |2015-03-24T13:30:10-07:00March 1st, 2015|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

24th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta – February 28, 2015

Post courtesy of the NW Maritime Center

The 2015 season starts February 28th with the Shipwrights' Regatta.

The 2015 season starts February 28th with the Shipwrights’ Regatta.

The sailboat racing season in Port Townsend opens with the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta in February.

The Northwest Maritime Center & Wooden Boat Foundation, in conjunction with the Port Townsend Sailing Association, present the 24th Annual Shipwright’s Regatta! Boats of all construction are welcome.

As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing but do not have a boat. Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers’ Meeting and be connected with skippers looking for crew. Make sure you have appropriate clothing and safety gear for the often challenging conditions that come with a February race on Port Townsend Bay.

Door Prizes! Perpetual Awards! Chance to win a free haul out for two lucky racers!

Boats of all construction & crew without boats welcome.

• Skipper’s Meeting at 9 am at the NWMC
• Complimentary coffee provided by Sunrise Coffee
• Race starts at 12 noon on Port Townsend Bay
• Awards ceremony & refreshments at NWMC following race

Entry fee: $20 before February 15
$25 after February 15
Registrations accepted until 9am on race day

Register early by picking up a form at the NWMC or calling 360.385.3628 x104.

Special thanks to our sponsors:
Port of Port Townsend • Port Townsend Brewing Co. • Sunrise Coffee • Sea Marine

By |2015-03-01T08:28:28-08:00February 10th, 2015|Racing on the Bay, Wood Boat Foundation, Wood boats|0 Comments

Shipwrights Regatta Kicks Off 2014 Sailings Season With A Smile

Photo courtesy of the Northwest Maritime Center

Photo courtesy of the Northwest Maritime Center

Twenty five boats came out for the kickoff of the PTSA 2014 sailing season and were treated  to a great day on the water. Yes, there was a little rain, and even the occasional snow flurry. But the wind was light and steady, the course was fun and the company delightful. There’s something about being on the water and working together to make the boat go that lingers with you long after the dock lines are once again tied. They’re the little memories of the day that bring a smile to a sailor’s face.

On LADYBUG, the Peterson Half Tonner, it was sneaking around the windward mark  We probably should have just tacked as the current swept us below the layline, but we went for it, put the bow down to gain speed and shot up almost head to wind to reach the mark.  As the boat slowed down, John kicked the stern around and we squeezed past with “no more room than a dime standing on end.” A laugh, then ease the sails and head down to the gybe mark. Just one memory, on one boat, on an afternoon full of memories and smiles. It was especially good to see all the new boats and all the new people that crowded into the Northwest Maritime Center for the awards ceremony. One estimate was at least 75 people in attendance. The beer was cold, the coffee hot and emcee Ted Pike’s presentation presentation warm and gracious as always.

It’s going to be a fun year.

Results in PDF format available here.

By |2018-05-04T12:10:18-07:00February 22nd, 2014|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments