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!

2019 Fleet Schedule

posted Feb 21, 2019, 11:39 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 8:47 AM ]

Our 2019 Spring and Fall Series schedule has been approved:

Date Event Location
March 9 Spring 1 Coulon
March 23 Spring 2 Coulon
April 6 Spring 3 Coulon
April 20 RW1 - Milltown Spring Regatta Everett
May 5 RW2 - SYC Mark Mayer Lake Washington
May 18 Spring 4 Coulon
June 1 RW3 - TYC Summer Vashon Tacoma
September 5-7 Western Nationals Lake Chelan
September 7-8 RW4- Chelan Regatta Lake Chelan
September 20-22 RW5 - "The Gene" Des Moines
October 5 Fall 1 Coulon
October 19 Fall 2 Coulon
November 2 Fall 3 Coulon
November 16 Fall 4 Coulon

Lots of great events for 2019! We'll likely have a few summer cruising events to add to the schedule - more discussion of that at the fleet meeting in March.

Speaking of the fleet meeting - we are planning to change our monthly fleet meetings to the 2nd Thursday of the month beginning in March. We need to verify that w/ the Chelan Cafe, but plan do plan on the next meeting Thursday, March 12th. All the 2019 events (including meetings) will be posted to the Google fleet calendar shortly.

Fleet Christmas Party - December 2nd!

posted Nov 20, 2018, 8:48 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 4:26 PM ]

For those who didn't make the last race of the season Nov 10th, you missed near perfect conditions - steady 8-10kts winds, about 50 degrees, and sunny all day. A really great day to be out on the water!

Hopefully you all got an email about our annual Christmas party coming up Dec 2nd at Jack & Jenny Caldwell's house. As mentioned, please RSVP with number of people and what food you are bringing. So far, we have:

Jim Miller - dessert
Doug Twomey - veg dish
Paul Von Stubbe (+1 Anne) - salad
Jim Altice - salad
Angela Goodman (+ Aaron) - deviled eggs
Chris Popich (+ Chris) - potato dish
Kris Barker (+ Ann) - veg dish

If I missed anyone, please email one of the fleet officers (check the info page for email addresses and we'll forward the full info to you). Hope to see you there!


Inaugural 2018 Gene Adams Memorial Regatta

posted Oct 9, 2018, 5:08 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 3:00 PM ]

The weekend of September 28-30, 2018 a group of San Juan 21 sailors from Fleet 1 and beyond gathered together at the Des Moinse Marina for a some racing, some partying, some story telling, and to pay tribute to our friend and mentor Gene Adams. It was a truly fantastic event with a solid 11 boat turnout including Fleet 1 regulars (and not-so-regulars) as well as visitors from eastern Washington and Canada. Gene's family was represented by his widow Liz and son Chris who brought and raced Gene's venerable PGS Juan.

At the close of the event we awarded both the new Gene Adams Memorial Regatta perpetual trophies as well as trophies for the San Juan 21 Northwest Championship in both Working Sails and All Sails classes. It was a great inaugural regatta sure to become an annual event not to be missed!

Lots Happening in September!

posted Sep 1, 2018, 10:55 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Sep 1, 2018, 10:58 AM ]

It's time to sail ... and there are lots of opportunities this month so get ready to get out there!

Sept 8/9 - Chelan Regatta, Lake Chelan
Sept 15 - Fall #2 (well, kinda Fall #1 :-), Coulon Park, Renton
Sept 20 - Monthly fleet meeting at the Chelan Cafe
Sept 29/30 - Inaugural Gene Adams Memorial Regatta, Des Moinse Marina

Hope to see many of you at many (all!) of these events. It's been awhile since we've been out as a fleet so call all your SJ21 buddies and let's get lots of boats on the water. Check the Events Calendar for all the details. And make sure you get your entry for the Gene Adams Regatta in SOON so we know how many boats/people to expect.

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