Next time you hear "snow", don't you believe it!

posted Mar 24, 2018, 5:35 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Mar 24, 2018, 5:37 PM ]

For those spooked by rumors of the white stuff, you missed an exceptional day of sailing at Coulon: mostly sunny, steady 10+/- kt winds, and nary a drop or a flake. Unfortunately, turnout was also exceptional ... exceptionally light, that is.

Working sails was represented by Doug; Stephen (and yours truly) along with a partial day appearance by Christian (and family) made up the spinnaker fleet. Wind was perfect to get lots of racing in. We started right at noon and finished up just after 3 completing 6 races in all. It sure was fun zipping along at 4 - 5.5 knots all day.

Next up we are back at Coulon on April 7th. Don't miss out! 

Racing Update - aka, time to start racing, part deux

posted Mar 21, 2018, 9:25 AM by Kris Barker

Well, we didn't quite make it for the team racing - we didn't have quite the number of commitments needed to pull it off. BUT our "regular" spring season starts this Saturday, March 24th with Spring #1 at Coulon. See the Events Calendar for all the particulars. Right now weather is looking partly sunny with light winds - if that holds, should be a great first race of the season.

Also schedule related, we've got a line on a possible location/date for the Gene Adams regatta we've been discussing the last year or so, The timing of this MAY impact the fall schedule a bit - we'll know more in a few weeks and will discuss in detail at the next fleet meeting on April 19th. Stay tuned!

Don't look now, but it's time to start racing!

posted Feb 20, 2018, 3:12 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Feb 20, 2018, 3:14 PM ]

The 2018 schedule has been posted to the Fleet calendar. We start the year with a team race at Coulon on March 10th. Both the Spring and Fall feature 4 Fleet races and 2 Road Warrior events. So, it's time to start talking it up and let's see if we can get some double digit turnouts this year. More info posted as things are further finalized, but do plan on the team race in a couple of weeks - it's always a great way to start the season.

Christmas Party Time!

posted Nov 27, 2017, 11:31 AM by Kris Barker

Our annual Christmas Party is just around the corner:

Sunday 12/3, 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 Chris 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 2017 yet, here's your last opportunity! And for those looking ahead, I'm sure Jim will be happy to take dues for 2018 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!

2017 Season Final Results Posted

posted Nov 16, 2017, 2:29 PM by Kris Barker

Check it out at Race Scoring and Reports.

Fall #3 - October 21, Coulon

posted Oct 24, 2017, 11:54 AM by Kris Barker

Despite a rather ominous forecast going into Saturday morning, the weather gods held off the really wild stuff until later in the day and 3 boats along with their brave skippers and crew turned out for a great day of racing. Yes, it rained pretty much all day, but not all that heavily, at least until the very end and the winds were steady and not overwhelming.

Spinnakers were out the first couple of races, but the wind shifted slightly resulting in nice beam reach downwind legs the rest of the day. Even with a fairly long course, we got 5! races in ... fun stuff!

Fall #1 - Coulon, September 23

posted Sep 26, 2017, 9:44 PM by Kris Barker

It was a great day to be out sailing on Saturday with sun and temperatures in the upper 60's. Winds were light and shifted during the day from westerly to northerly which made for some interesting course alterations. We had 5 boats participating: 3 all sails (Chris, Scott, & Stephen) and 2 working sails (JimM and Doug). Racing started just after noon and we finished up just about 3pm after 3 races. Jim was victorious in working sails taking 3 firsts; in all sails Stephen edged out Chris with 2 firsts and a second.

A fantastic day - let's see if we can get a few more boats out for Fall #2 at Coulon on October 7th. Hope to see you there!

47th Annual Shaw Island Classic

posted Jul 25, 2017, 12:23 PM by Kris Barker

One of our summer events (and Road Warrior #2) is the annual race around Shaw Island on Saturday August 12th. Here's a bit more information from the race organizers:

As in the past, the race starts at Friday Harbor, circumnavigating scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, arriving back in Friday Harbor for a hearty lasagna dinner served by First Mates at the clubhouse followed by the awards presentation.

The race is open to registered PHRF boats and cruising sailboats of all sizes and rigs along with multihulls, and unballasted centerboards. Classes will be provided for PHRF and cruising classes, multihulls, and centerboards. Flying sails (as defined by PHRF-NW) are permitted in all classes except the cruising class. Trophies will be awarded for the first three finishers in each class based on corrected time, adjusted for time-on-time based on PHRF or committee-assigned ratings.

You may register online or download the Notice of Race and entry forms from our Club website at www.sjiyc.com or request an entry form by contacting the SJIYC Race Committee at P.O. Box 67, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, or call 360.378.3434We are encouraging everyone to please register early to assist the committees with planning.

For more information contact the SJIYC Race Committee via email: racecommittee@sjiyc.com.

Cruising & Fleet Update

posted Jun 17, 2017, 9:48 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Jun 17, 2017, 9:49 AM ]

Next up on the summer cruise schedule is Alki this weekend, heading out at 2pm on Saturday, 6/17. Jack has been posting commentary to the forum so make sure you check that out as well and give him a call if you have any questions.

We had a fleet meeting last Thursday - much of the discussion was centered around planning a Gene Adams Memorial Regatta this fall with work underway to try to finalize a location as soon as possible. We don't normally have fleet meetings during the summer, but likely will this year to make sure we get all the planning done. Our first choice of venue is CWB at Lake Union with a few alternatives in the area if that doesn't work out. Stay tuned ...

Summer Cruising ...

posted May 23, 2017, 5:15 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated May 25, 2017, 1:11 PM ]

We race in the spring and fall, but summer is all about cruising! Jack, our cruise committee chair, has a bunch of dates and venues on the list and says he's planning to doing all of them! First up is a local gathering in/around Elliot Bay the first weekend in June (launch at Alki). Check out the fleet Events Calendar for all the dates. I'll update the information with more details as they are finalized but the best way to check on meet-up times, etc. is to get in touch w/ Jack:

Jack Caldwell - jackhcaldwell@gmail.com

And please to join us our next fleet meeting Thursday June 15th to help with our cruise planning as well as upcoming fall season.

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