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!
The first fleet race of the season is Saturday, September 26th at Lake Union. First start is noon, last race of the day will start no later than 3pm. Launching at Lake Union is always interesting, especially if the Ducks are heavy!
The fall schedule has been (mostly) fixed - duplicates have been removed from the calendar. We have 4 fleet events this fall - let's get more boats out on the water!
Great day of sailing. 7 boats. 5 races. Challenging shifty winds. Close competition. 4th and 5th races were around the island
And this from the American Lake Sailing Club (ALSC) newsletter:
On May 2nd San Juan Fleet 1 came to American Lake for their monthly races. ALSC had a good showing on the day with four of the seven boats. ALSC boats included: Wild Juan, Teal, Red Juan and Sting Ray. Jerry on Sting Ray had some spiffy new sails. Five races were run that day with ALSC boats taking first place in four of them.
Three of the races were around Silcox Island which always makes for interesting races. Frank on Bye-Gone showed up and took lots of photo some which are printed here. It was a beautiful day for sailing and everyone had a lot fun. Hope that Fleet 1 makes it back to American Lake soon.
Racing in March saw heavy winds and some exciting racing. Our Spring #2 races March 28 at Coulon park was not quite as windy as Spring #1 with all boats able to sail the entire day under full main and working jib. 3 boats braved the strong winds that day and got in 6 exciting races. With clear skies and lots of wind, it does not get any better.
Next on the calendar for April:
Saturday 4/11 - Spring Race #3, Coulon, first start at noon
4/25-26 Three Tree Point Yacht Club Spring Regatta at Des Moines Marina
Check out ttpyc.org for more information
Spring racing that is! I'm still trying to book some time to get the full schedule updated, but for now, here's the rest of March's schedule!
Saturday 3/14 - Spring Race #1, Coulon, first start at noon (daylight savings time already!)
Saturday 3/28 - Spring Race #2, Coulon, first start at noon
Anyone out enjoying some summer time sailing and cruising? If so let us know in the forums!
North American Championships are over, and you missed out if you didn't go! We got in too many races for some, and not enough for others. Congrats to Bob Abelin and Rob Anderson for winning the flying sails, and working sails classes respectively.
Fall racing is coming up fast, only 26 days until Fall #1 out in Brownsville, Wa.
See you all soon!