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.

TTYPC Regatta *** CANCELLED **

posted May 14, 2017, 8:42 PM by Kris Barker

The 2-day event out of Des Moinse has been cancelled. We'll likely do a single day thing on Saturday May 20th - check back for details or, better yet, join us on Thursday may 18th at the Chelan Cafe for our monthly fleet meeting.

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 ...

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