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!
Our final race of the season is this Saturday, 11/7 at Coulon Park in Renton. Now that we are back to standard time, first start is11:30am so we can wrap up a bit earlier and get packed up before darkness hits. We had a good turnout for Alki (7 boats) ... let's see if we can top that for the finale!
And remember, our November fleet meeting is Thursday 11/19. Hope to see many of you there too.
(Following is a recap from Jack.)
Thanks to all the skippers for bringing there boats/crew (7 boats in all), competitive spirit and appetites to Alki this last Saturday.
It was a bit special, wind wise, to have it clocking around as it did in the early going and have to switch windward mark from the North to the south. For those of you that couldn't make it we had at bit of rain a the beginning and almost no wind then the rain stopped and the wind came up progressively as the hours went by with white caps and all, just right for our SJ21s. It was very satisfying sailing and we had sun for the last part of the races and had our picnic under sunny skies.
We tried something new for our fleet in having an Onshore Race Committee at the Start/Finish line.
The location lends itself well to this kind of setup, however our rooky Onshore Race Committee Leader had a home emergency and missed his briefing about his duties, Jim Miller stepped in and got them going as best as they could at the time.
For our Post Race Picnic a popular local restaurant supplied us with all of its special fix-ins to give us a rather unique Pulled Pork Sandwich experience. Their Carolina Sauce, and pickled onions together was very interesting to me.
Many of you may remember Fauso, he came down to take pictures with his big camera and he said he would be glad to supply us with some new pictures for "our boats of fleet #1" section on our web site.
Uncharacteristically for me I had a large crew that was capable of using the boat to its max which made it fun for me plus I didn't have to work so hard which was a novel experience.
Hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did and please feel free to add your remarks.
Saturday October 24th is our 3rd fall season race at Don Armeni Park in West Seattle. Racing will begin at noon and should be completed a bit before 4pm so we can all head in for a little picnic. Jack Caldwell is organizing things and asks that you let him know if you are coming and what you can bring to donate to the post-race potluck. We should have a good turnout - bring friends and family for all the festivities!
Let's hope this race has good winds ... but not so strong as to blow the fleet off the water!