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Spring #2 - 3/21/2020

posted Mar 19, 2020, 11:10 PM by Kris Barker

Our 2nd spring series race is happening - please let others know of your participation on the spreadsheet. Stay safe an healthy out there!

*** 3/12 Fleet Meeting Cancelled ***

posted Mar 11, 2020, 8:15 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 8:16 AM ]

We've decided to cancel this month's fleet meeting but even though we aren't meeting, we are still sailing! Our 2nd race of the season is:
Saturday March 21st
Coulon Park
11:30AM first start

Please remember to indicate your participation on the spreadsheet I sent a link to.

See you there!

2020 Spring #1 - Recap

posted Mar 8, 2020, 2:00 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Mar 8, 2020, 2:10 PM ]

Well, it was an interesting day to say the least! (If you want all the gory details, make sure you come to the fleet meeting this Thursday March 12.) Our efforts to have the 1st start at 11:30AM were, seemingly, thwarted at every turn, but we did manage to get 4 races in, albeit starting about an hour late.

The weather was mixed - mostly decent with sun/light rain cycles throughout the afternoon and a bit chilly. The wind was good - a bit blustery the first race or two, then calmed down a bit. We had 4 boats show up although our start delay and the increased winds knocked us down to 3 racing. And with good wind, we even varied the course from race to race. All in all, really fun day to get rid of some of the cobwebs (believe me, Stephen and I had plenty) and get back into racing.

Hope to see more boats out there in 2 weeks - please remember to indicate your participation on the spreadsheet I sent out earlier. And for any non-boat owners who'd like to participate, we typically have a couple of boats being single-handed by skippers who LOVE having crew!

2020 Spring #1 - Saturday March 7th @Coulon, 1st start 11:30AM

posted Mar 5, 2020, 9:31 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Mar 8, 2020, 2:07 PM ]

It's time to sail! And if you are like me, getting out on the water and away from all the current "crazy" seems like just the ticket. Weather looks decent - light winds and mostly cloudy ... hopefully the rain will hold off until we're all wrapped up for the day.

I'm working on a signup mechanism so we can see who is coming - I have phone numbers but don't really want to post those on the public site, so maybe we can do the email coordination thing this week.

Many of you got an email from me linking to a spreadsheet to indicate whether or not you'll be sailing - please update it so we'll all know. (And if you didn't get the email, let me know.)

Hope to see you out on the water this weekend. 

Spring Sailing Is Just Around the Corner!

posted Feb 14, 2020, 3:41 PM by Kris Barker

Lots to cover so hang in there!

At the fleet meeting last night (Thursday, Feb 13th) we finalized the 2020 calendar which includes:
  • 4 spring and 3 fall fleet events, all at Coulon Park in Renton
  • 4 road warrior events including the 3rd annual Gene Regatta in September
  • The North American Championship, this year in Klamath Falls, OR, in June
  • Monthly fleet meetings & our Christmas Party in December
We also approved a slight change to the day-of schedule for fleet races - first race will begin at 11:30AM which should allow us to get a few more races in over the season as well as open up opportunities for longer or more varied courses. (No race starts after 3pm remains the same.) Note that this applies to ALL fleet races - we've eliminated the daylight savings time vs. standard time difference.

You can view the updates on your Google Calendar (click here if you need to add it) or click on Events Calendar to see upcoming events. And don't forget to pay your 2020 dues - you can join Fleet 1using the Join Form ... and join the National Association here.

We had great turnout at the fleet meeting - let's see that carry into a great racing season! Numbers were down a bit last year, especially in the fall. But just think back a few years at how much fun this all is with 10+ boats on the water!

Finally, for now, we're going to be setting up a text/phone tree to better facilitate day-before-race-day communications/coordination. I got a bunch of numbers at the meeting, but if you weren't there, please send me your name and phone number so I can add it to the list. (Presumably we have email addresses - but if you don't get fleet emails and would like to, include that as well.) Thanks!

Wrapping up 2019

posted Nov 13, 2019, 8:30 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Feb 14, 2020, 3:52 PM ]

We'll wrap up 2019 this week with our monthly fleet meeting Thursday 11/14 and final race of the season this Saturday at Coulon. Turnout has been really light this fall - let's see if we can get a few more boats out on the water this week! And last but not least, our annual Christmas party is coming up soon - Sunday Dec 8th from 2pm-6pm at Jack & Jenny's place. Hope to see many of you at all there.

Big Events Coming Up This Fall!

posted Jul 16, 2019, 11:09 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Aug 2, 2019, 8:49 AM ]

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer and hopefully getting their boats out on the water. This is typically the time of year we take a break from racing and get some cruising and day sailing in. It’s also time to start thinking about a couple of big upcoming events.

WESTERN NATIONALS - September 5 - 7
This years Western Nationals are being held Lake Chelan. Those that have sailed in the Chelan Regatta over the years already know how fun it is to sail over there and this year it should be even better. Not only do you get to sail in the nationals but the regular Chelan Regatta on Sept 7 and 8 as well. Typically there are between 6 - 10 SJ21s; this year with the nationals, there could be up to 30!

Don’t be intimidated by the name of this event, yes there’s racing, but it’s also a great time to met other sailors that are a part of this great SJ21 family and confirm why we all love these boats so much. Here’s the link to registration. Start finalizing your plans, it would be awesome to have a big Fleet 1 showing.



“THE GENE” Adams Memorial Regatta - September 20 - 22
This will be the 2nd year for this annual event honoring our friend and fellow sailor Gene Adams. The inaugural event last year was a great success and we hope it’s even bigger this year. We’ll have more on the this one - see below for the NOR. We'd like to get a general headcount asap so take a look and let us know!

If you have questions on either event shoot one of us a note (see Fleet 1 Information) or give someone a call and we'll do our best to convince you you’d be crazy to miss either one of these events!

Next Up - Milltown Spring Regatta, Everett Marina

posted Apr 17, 2019, 9:54 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Apr 17, 2019, 9:56 PM ]

Our first road warrior race of the season is this Saturday in Everett. They've made a late time change (presumably to give us a bit more sleep :-).

The skippers meeting is now at 10AM with first race at noon. The early forecast is mostly sunny with winds around 10kts. If that holds it should be some pretty sweet sailing ... and a great way to show the rest of the competition what our boats can do.

Let's make a great showing!

Spring #3 - Saturday April 6th *** CANCELLED ***

posted Mar 31, 2019, 12:25 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Apr 5, 2019, 7:25 PM ]

Friday April 5th update
We are cancelling tomorrow's Spring #3 due to predicted very high winds.

We had amazing weather at Spring #2 - fairly light winds but enough to make for good sailing. The course was short enough to get 6 races in, all 30-45 minutes long. We had light turnout again though - just 3 working sails and 2 spinnaker boats. If you haven't been out yet this year, you don't know what you are missing!

Race results and current standings are available at Race Scoring and ReportsOur next race is Saturday the 6th, again at Coulon, with first start at noon. The more the merrier (and the better the racing) ...hope to see you there!

Spring #2 - Saturday March 23

posted Mar 19, 2019, 11:31 AM by Kris Barker

Spring #2 is this weekend, 3/23 with first start at noon. Spring #1 turnout was pretty light - hopefully we'll see more boats this weekend. Weather shows it cooling off a bit with a chance of some rain but it's really a bit early to know for sure. We've had great turnout at fleet meetings recently - now we just need to start seeing all those boats out racing!

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