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.
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:
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.
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):
We'll also have season awards and a (very, very) brief meeting to select new fleet officers for next year.
See you there!
(Thanks to Jack Caldwell for the following race report from our race/BBQ event a few weeks back.)
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.
Sail # 1543
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 ...
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.
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!
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 so they would be ready for the Sat. Morning race start was rather interesting in that 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 . was postponed due to lack of wind and because of that we only got in two races instead of the anticipated four races. 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!
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.
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!
Our next event is the fleet meeting on the 19th - hope to see you there!