2017 Spring #1

posted Mar 12, 2017, 10:36 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 1:33 PM ]

The day started out rather wet - and given that we already knew Jim, Chris, Jack and others were out, I wondered how many boats we'd actually get. Thankfully, we ended up with 5 (Scott, Paul, Jeff, Christian and Stephen) and despite on and off (mostly on, but not too heavy) showers, it was a great day of sailing. The wind moved around so much we never did get a course set that was truly upwind/downwind so there were no chutes launched. But all boats flying the same sails, decent wind, and some nice reaching legs lead to some nice, tight racing all day. And just think - those 5 boats plus another 4 or 5 regulars who weren't there and we'll be up to 10 in no time!

No word from the Renton Sailing Club, but we've got posters up around the area so hopefully we'll start generating some buzz for Fall #2 in 2 weeks, March 25th again at Coulon.

And don't forget - fleet meeting this Thursday, March 16th at Chelan Cafe.

2017 Calendar Posted!

posted Feb 19, 2017, 1:16 PM by Kris Barker

The 2017 fleet calendar has been posted - our first race this spring is on March 11th at Coulon. And we're trying out a few new things this year:
  • All spring races will be at Coulon. We're hoping a level of predictability will help us expand our numbers a bit.
  • We'll be putting on a short "chalk talk" before racing each week to provide information and support for some of our newer racers. Meet at the covered round dock area just across from the launch at 11am to chat about course layout, starting strategy, sail trim, and more!
  • We've offered to provide a start for the Renton Sailing Club as part of our racing as well.
We'll see how all this goes then set the fall series locations later into the season

Later this season, we'll have a fleet rendezvous in July and the first annual Gene Adams Memorial Regatta in September. There's lots still to plan for those two events and we need your help! Please join us at our monthly fleet meetings (3rd Thursday) as we work to get all the details finalized.

End of the Season ... and Christmas Party!

posted Nov 22, 2016, 1:15 PM by Kris Barker

Our final two fleet events were a bit disappointing with light turnout at American Lake on 10/22 (but some pretty good sailing) and uncooperative weather (aka no racing) at Coulon on 11/5. But no need to despair - next up is our annual Christmas Party, this year at Jack's house (thank you Jack!).

Sunday 12/4, 2pm-6pm
Home of Jack and Jenny Caldwell
3219 40th Ave SW (West Seattle)

If you are coming (and we hope you are):
  • Please email Kris to let us know what you are bringing: salad, hot side dish, or dessert (the fleet will provide the ham). People often bring wine as well.
  • Remember your white elephant gift! Bring a wrapped, fun gift - $20 max - for each person who wants to participate in the exchange.
  • And if you've not had a chance to pay your fleet dues for 2016 yet, here's your last opportunity! And for those looking ahead, I'm sure Jim will be happy to take dues for 2017 as well :-).
We'll also have season awards and a (very, very) brief meeting to select new fleet officers for next year.

See you there!

Alki Race & BBQ Event Report

posted Oct 18, 2016, 11:24 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Oct 18, 2016, 11:26 AM ]

(Thanks to Jack Caldwell for the following race report from our race/BBQ event a few weeks back.)

Hi All,

A big thank you to the 7 skippers who brought their crew and  boats to our event.

I hope all the participants enjoyed the picnic potluck as much as I did. The entree was good, made by "The Swinery Restaruarant," the choice was do you want Carolina (which was new to most of us) or BBQ Style sauce for your Pulled Pork Sandwiches? The entrée was provided by fleet 1. The picnic committee had a chance to try out a new way to quickly set up a tarp between two Boats in the parking lot in case of rain. It did start to rain a little and then stopped. 

The winds were greater than predicted as our race committee head described as (1 knot gusting to 1 knot) 😊 and the sunny weather was a plus as well. It ended up I would guess mostly in the 3-7 knot range with a few dead spots.

This was our second annual  picnic at Alki preceded by a race. The venue lends itself well to having a onshore Race Committee Station relieving the racers from having to handle that part of the racing on the water. The onshore Race Committee Station helped also to raise our profile by giving us a place to display our new SJ21 Fleet #1 banners. 

I received a dues cash payment from a new member of our club at the picnic, a heads up to our treasurer to ask me about handing over the loot. It was proposed at the picnic that we have a cruise the day after to Blake Island. Perhaps next year?

Official Race results:

                                   I          II          III          IV

1543                          3          4          3            3

1524                          1          1          2            1

1334                          6        DNS     DNS      DNS

986                            2           2         1            2

92                              4           3         4            4

897                            5           5       DNF       DNS

Thanks to all that pitched in to help and make this event as good as it can get this year. 

Jack Caldwell

Event Coordinator

Sail # 1543


The Fall Season is Here!

posted Sep 5, 2016, 9:59 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Sep 18, 2016, 12:36 PM ]

Cooler breezes are in the air and that means it's time to get back to racing! Check out the events calendar for our complete fall schedule.

*** Remember - you must be a member of Fleet 1 to be eligible for the season awards. If you haven't renewed your membership, now's the time!

We start out with a road warrior race - the always popular Chelan Regatta September 10th & 11th. We get back to Fleet 1 racing on September 24th at Alki (Don Armini boat ramp). And don't forget - after the race on the 24th we'll have our 2nd annual post-race picnic!

Let's get a bunch of boats out this fall - see you on the water ...

Farewell Gene

posted Apr 19, 2016, 7:35 PM by Kris Barker

As most of you know, we lost our good friend Gene Adams today. We've all been privileged to know Gene - to hear his stories, to learn from his many years of sailing, to experience his warmth and caring and patience. I crewed for Gene for about the last 8 years and while we didn't get out much the last couple due to Gene's health, I always looked forward to our time on the water. I consider Gene and Liz very, very special friends.

We will all miss you greatly.

Spring #1 is Saturday April 9th at Coulon Park

posted Apr 5, 2016, 10:38 PM by Kris Barker

Our first fleet race of the spring is this weekend, April 9th at Coulon Park in Renton. We're hoping to do something a little different this time - a race around Mercer Island, winds permitting. Jim Miller has researched the bridges involved and will have information about that on Saturday.

Normal race start this time of year is noon, but please be there early. There will be a skippers meeting to discuss race details including the decision of where to race, the bridges, an overall time limit, and getting everyone's cell number to make sure we can all communicate during a long race.

Hope to see you there!

MBYC Spring Sail Regatta

posted Apr 5, 2016, 10:26 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 10:30 PM ]

Our first road warrior event took place on March 19th, 2016 - the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club's Spring Sail Regatta. Following is a race report courtesy of Jack Caldwell. Thanks Jack!

This last weekend we had a chance to mix it up with the very friendly and welcoming Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club of Bellevue, (free parking, free moorage and some free food.

The logistics of prepositioning our boats at their dock on Friday so they would be ready for the Sat. Morning 10AMrace start was rather interesting in that on Sunday while attempting to set up for retrieval our access was blocked due to a marathon, alternate plans had to be made on the fly. Our recent discovery of the fine Mercer Island boat ramp (good dock, bargain $11 launch fee and with plenty of covered parking under the I90 Bridge) and with its proximity to the marina and good security was the most convenient ramp for launch and retrieval of our boats.

Skippers,Stephen Jensen, Jim Miller and Jack Caldwell (in order of their finish) represented our fleet. The race start on Sat. was postponed due to lack of wind and because of that we only got in two races instead of the anticipated four races. Sunday the race committee had planed 1 race but since we were short changed on the previous day they decided to do 2 races.

The light puffy wind  that arrived favored our boats which do so well in those conditions. The committee had given us, (the slow boats), the third start after the anticipated "faster boats" got there starts 5 and 10 minutes before us. It was rather gratifying to catch up and pass the 1st and 2nd starting boats. Stephen overheard a skipper of a J24 saying to his crew that "I'm being passed by a San Juan 21 that started 10 minutes after me."

It's that kind of comment that'll get those crew members thinking they need pick up a San Juan 21!

And the 2016 Season Begins ...

posted Mar 3, 2016, 10:35 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Mar 3, 2016, 10:36 AM ]

This Saturday March 5th - 10am at Coulon Park

Our 2016 seasons begins with team racing and the rigging clinic. We'll do some boat setup stuff (aka the clinic part) starting at 10, then head out for a bit of racing around noon. This is always a great event so hope you can all be there.

Our first Road Warrior event is just two weeks later, the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club's annual Spring Sail Regatta, March 19 & 20th. We're all about gettin' the word out to expand the fleet this year and this will be a terrific event to help do that. Attached is the NOR and entry form for this race - see http://mbycwa.org/regatta/sail/default.asp for more information.

Coulon Results

posted Nov 11, 2015, 8:35 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 1:24 PM ]

Hi all - here are the results from Saturday's race at Coulon. Winds were generally good & the rain held off mostly except for that 3rd race ... a great day of sailing all around!

 Place Fleet Boat Sail # Skipper Coulon1Coulon2 Coulon3 Coulon4 Coulon5 Total 
 1 Spinnaker Charmed Juan 1524 Stephen Jensen 2 1 (2) 1 1 5
 2 Spinnaker Wild Juan 630 Scott Laroy 1 2 1 2 (2) 6
 3 Spinnaker Juanita 1543 Jack Caldwell 3 4 3 3 (3 DNS) 13
 4 Spinnaker PGSJuan 2601 Gene Adams 4 3 4 (4 DNS) 3 (DNS) 14
 1 Working Juans 2B 98 Paul Von Stubbe 1 1 1 1 (1) 4

Our next event is the fleet meeting on the 19th - hope to see you there!

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