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Happy New Year - 2021 Racing Plans

posted Jan 15, 2021, 12:26 PM by Kris Barker

Greetings and Happy 2021. Hopefully we will not only get more boats out for fleet racing, but have the opportunity for a few other events this year as well. We had a fleet meeting on Thursday 1/14 and approved the 2021 race schedule - check out Events Calendar for all the details.

We have 5 spring and 3 fall events planned, with 3 road warrior regattas: the hoped for CWB Regatta in April, the Chelan Regatta in September, and the return of "The Gene" also in September down in Des Moines. And, the postponed North Americans are happening in Klamath Falls in mid-June. Our fleet races will all be NOON 1st starts this year - once we get a few more boats out on a regular basis, we'll re-discuss the issue of 1st start time at later in the year fleet meetings.

So start getting those boats ready! First spring race is March 13 ... just 2 short months away. Sailing is an ideal "social distancing" activity (as long as we don't run into each other :-) and even though we didn't have that much participation last year, I know you are out there! We should be able to field 8-10 boats each event ... wouldn't THAT be fun! 

2020 Fall Season Recap

posted Nov 10, 2020, 3:23 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Nov 10, 2020, 3:23 PM ]

2020 is in the books following some fairly wild racing on Saturday 11/7 at Fall #5.

Just 3 boats, so we decided to do the around-the-island thing. The race started out well enough with an unpowered launch from dock and good wind heading north. Just as we started up the east channel (about even with the south end of the island) the hail hit; that and a few minutes long gust of about 25kts certainly made things interesting. After that excitement, it was mostly dry with strong winds up to the bridge before things died a bit. We decided we didn't have enough time/light to get all the way around around the island, so headed back south for a nice long downwind run. An added bonus these last few races was the scenery - the leaves both at Coulon and all the way along the east shore have been spectacular this year.

Turnout was very (very) light all season - here's hoping everyone feels a bit more comfortable coming out to sail in the spring. You can find Spring, Fall, and Full Season results on the Race Scoring and Reports page. We've got a fleet meeting this Thursday, 11/12, @7pm (if you didn't get an email with Zoom information, please contact Kris). Hope to see you (virtually) there!

Just a little hail to make sailing interesting ...


Coulon this fall

Fall #4 - This Saturday, 10/24 @Coulon

posted Oct 21, 2020, 7:40 PM by Kris Barker

Just two more to go - this week and 11/7, both starts at noon.

Winds looking a bit light right now ... but 50 degrees and mostly sunny is pretty nice for late October. We've had a real dearth of participants lately - let's see if we can finish up the season strong with lots of boats these last two races.

See you on the water!

Upcoming Events - October Fleet Meeting & Fall #3

posted Oct 1, 2020, 11:01 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Oct 1, 2020, 11:04 AM ]

Well you missed some great sailing on Saturday 9/26. Yes, we got a few sprinkles, but the wind was fantastic all day. Just 4 boats (JeffT, DougT, PaulV, StephenJ) ... bottom line is we need more of you out there! We nearly had the parking lot to ourselves and with good wind, got in some longer races. 

Next up:
  • Fleet meeting Thursday 10/8 at 7pm - check your email for a Zoom invite next week
  • Fall #3 at Coulon on Saturday 10/10 ... first start noon
With the Road Warrior cancellations, we've got 5 total races in the Fall Series this year so there's still time to get out and race. Hope to see you at both events next week.

-Kris

Fall #2 - This Saturday, 9/26/2020!

posted Sep 24, 2020, 6:32 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Sep 25, 2020, 7:52 AM ]

Fingers crossed for better weather than we had earlier this afternoon. Coulon - first start at noon. Hope to see many of you there now that the smoke has cleared ...

Calling All Sailors ... It's Fall Season Time!

posted Sep 11, 2020, 1:43 PM by Kris Barker

Our Fall racing series is happening! A few of us met (via Zoom) on Thursday 9/10 to approve a modified Fleet 1-events-only schedule for this fall as a result of the canceled Chelan Regatta and our decision to cancel this year's Gene Adams Memorial Regatta.

That means FIVE fleet races this fall starting with the kickoff at Coulon tomorrow, 9/12, first start at noon. Check out the full season calendar - we've got 5 races, one every two weeks into early November. There was some confusion regarding a discussion on modifying the first start time - a discussion that now seems ages ago - so we'll go back to our historically normal 12:00pm noon start during daylight savings time and 11:30am once standard time hits.

Hopefully the "load" on Coulon is less than what we experience back in May, but get there early if you can to make sure you've got a place to park. And keep your fingers crossed for clear enough skies to actually be able to see the marks!

Hope to see a bunch of boats tomorrow!

Spring #4

posted May 10, 2020, 2:53 PM by Kris Barker

Spring #4 did actually happen on Saturday May 8th with 3 boats in the water and 2 others unable to find parking (ack!). Stephen reports that the winds were good until about 2pm then got pretty light. This completes our Spring Series ... and, as you all know, it's been a highly unusual one.

The next scheduled sailing event is the North Americans in Klamath Falls the last weekend in June. At this point that event is on, however, a final determination will be made at the National Association meeting on Thursday, June 4th so stay tuned here and on the National Association site.

Meanwhile, we haven't had a fleet meeting in a couple of months so we'll be trying the Zoom thing this Thursday, 5/14 at 6:30pm. Keep a lookout for an invite in your email and I hope to see you there.

***CANCELLED Spring #3 ***

posted Apr 3, 2020, 9:37 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 9:39 PM ]

Our 3rd fleet race this spring, scheduled for Saturday April 4th, has been cancelled. Note also that the first Road Warrior event this year, the Milltown Spring Regatta in Everett, has been postponed to (tentatively) May 2nd. Check back here and on the fleet calendar for up to date scheduling information.

Stay safe and healthy!

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!

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