Spring #3 - Saturday April 10th

OK gang - we need more boats! After just 2 at Spring #1 and the prospect of only 2-3, Spring #2 was canceled. 

But the weather is getting better (Saturday showing partly cloudy, but it's early) and I've got to believe there's pent up desire to get out there! There's a fleet meeting this Thursday (4/8) so stay tuned for an email on that.

And remember to sign up for the 2-day CWB event (Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. Regattaon Lake Union the weekend of April 24-25 (rumor has it Stephen's knee will be back to [careful] racing condition).

See you on the water soon!

It's Racing Time - Spring #1

posted Mar 11, 2021, 8:17 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Mar 11, 2021, 8:41 PM ]

The first race of the season is THIS SATURDAY, 3/13 at Coulon - first start at noon. Stephen is laid up recovering from knee replacement, but Paul has graciously stepped in as race chair for this one. Sunny and 62 degrees sounds pretty darn good for mid-March so this is a great chance to dust off the cobwebs and get out on the water!

Also a reminder to get signed up for the Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. Regatta 2-day coming up April. We probably need 5+ boats to get our own start and as many can tell you, sailing on Lake Union is  crazy fun!

And finally - time to pay fleet (and national) dues. You've now got two options - pay by check, or if you have a PayPal account, you can use that as well. See the Join Form page for details and THANK YOU for your support of the fleet.

Let's get out for some spring sailing! 

Spring Season Update

posted Feb 15, 2021, 5:05 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Feb 15, 2021, 5:07 PM ]

Just a quick report from last week's meeting:

We've gotten confirmation that the Norm Blanchard WOOD Regatta, scheduled for April 24-25, is happening - and we are invited as their "Classic Plastic" division entrants! It's always such a great event - hope many of you can be a part (it is one of our Road Warrior fleet events). Information/registration can be found at https://www.cwb.org/wood-regatta.

We may be missing a few of our regular participants in the first couple of races this spring due to a variety of other commitments so your participation is even more important! We have another fleet meeting on Thursday March 11th (email to follow) just 2 days before the first spring race on the 13th.

And don't forget to check out the information on this summer's North American regatta down in Klamath Falls in early June - see http://sj21class.org/events.html for all the details. 

Now that the snow is rapidly melting, it'll soon be time to get out and sail!

February Fleet Meeting TONIGHT - 2/11/2021

posted Feb 11, 2021, 9:14 AM by Kris Barker

Join us online at 7pm to run thru the plans for the 2021 racing season. (If you didn't receive an email invite, please contact Chris Popich or Kris Barker.) Hope to see you (virtually) there!

Happy New Year - 2021 Racing Plans

posted Jan 15, 2021, 12:26 PM by Kris Barker

Greetings and Happy 2021. Hopefully we will not only get more boats out for fleet racing, but have the opportunity for a few other events this year as well. We had a fleet meeting on Thursday 1/14 and approved the 2021 race schedule - check out Events Calendar for all the details.

We have 5 spring and 3 fall events planned, with 3 road warrior regattas: the hoped for CWB Regatta in April, the Chelan Regatta in September, and the return of "The Gene" also in September down in Des Moines. And, the postponed North Americans are happening in Klamath Falls in mid-June. Our fleet races will all be NOON 1st starts this year - once we get a few more boats out on a regular basis, we'll re-discuss the issue of 1st start time at later in the year fleet meetings.

So start getting those boats ready! First spring race is March 13 ... just 2 short months away. Sailing is an ideal "social distancing" activity (as long as we don't run into each other :-) and even though we didn't have that much participation last year, I know you are out there! We should be able to field 8-10 boats each event ... wouldn't THAT be fun! 

2020 Fall Season Recap

posted Nov 10, 2020, 3:23 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Nov 10, 2020, 3:23 PM ]

2020 is in the books following some fairly wild racing on Saturday 11/7 at Fall #5.

Just 3 boats, so we decided to do the around-the-island thing. The race started out well enough with an unpowered launch from dock and good wind heading north. Just as we started up the east channel (about even with the south end of the island) the hail hit; that and a few minutes long gust of about 25kts certainly made things interesting. After that excitement, it was mostly dry with strong winds up to the bridge before things died a bit. We decided we didn't have enough time/light to get all the way around around the island, so headed back south for a nice long downwind run. An added bonus these last few races was the scenery - the leaves both at Coulon and all the way along the east shore have been spectacular this year.

Turnout was very (very) light all season - here's hoping everyone feels a bit more comfortable coming out to sail in the spring. You can find Spring, Fall, and Full Season results on the Race Scoring and Reports page. We've got a fleet meeting this Thursday, 11/12, @7pm (if you didn't get an email with Zoom information, please contact Kris). Hope to see you (virtually) there!

Just a little hail to make sailing interesting ...


Coulon this fall

Fall #4 - This Saturday, 10/24 @Coulon

posted Oct 21, 2020, 7:40 PM by Kris Barker

Just two more to go - this week and 11/7, both starts at noon.

Winds looking a bit light right now ... but 50 degrees and mostly sunny is pretty nice for late October. We've had a real dearth of participants lately - let's see if we can finish up the season strong with lots of boats these last two races.

See you on the water!

Upcoming Events - October Fleet Meeting & Fall #3

posted Oct 1, 2020, 11:01 AM by Kris Barker   [ updated Oct 1, 2020, 11:04 AM ]

Well you missed some great sailing on Saturday 9/26. Yes, we got a few sprinkles, but the wind was fantastic all day. Just 4 boats (JeffT, DougT, PaulV, StephenJ) ... bottom line is we need more of you out there! We nearly had the parking lot to ourselves and with good wind, got in some longer races. 

Next up:
  • Fleet meeting Thursday 10/8 at 7pm - check your email for a Zoom invite next week
  • Fall #3 at Coulon on Saturday 10/10 ... first start noon
With the Road Warrior cancellations, we've got 5 total races in the Fall Series this year so there's still time to get out and race. Hope to see you at both events next week.

-Kris

Fall #2 - This Saturday, 9/26/2020!

posted Sep 24, 2020, 6:32 PM by Kris Barker   [ updated Sep 25, 2020, 7:52 AM ]

Fingers crossed for better weather than we had earlier this afternoon. Coulon - first start at noon. Hope to see many of you there now that the smoke has cleared ...

Calling All Sailors ... It's Fall Season Time!

posted Sep 11, 2020, 1:43 PM by Kris Barker

Our Fall racing series is happening! A few of us met (via Zoom) on Thursday 9/10 to approve a modified Fleet 1-events-only schedule for this fall as a result of the canceled Chelan Regatta and our decision to cancel this year's Gene Adams Memorial Regatta.

That means FIVE fleet races this fall starting with the kickoff at Coulon tomorrow, 9/12, first start at noon. Check out the full season calendar - we've got 5 races, one every two weeks into early November. There was some confusion regarding a discussion on modifying the first start time - a discussion that now seems ages ago - so we'll go back to our historically normal 12:00pm noon start during daylight savings time and 11:30am once standard time hits.

Hopefully the "load" on Coulon is less than what we experience back in May, but get there early if you can to make sure you've got a place to park. And keep your fingers crossed for clear enough skies to actually be able to see the marks!

Hope to see a bunch of boats tomorrow!

Spring #4

posted May 10, 2020, 2:53 PM by Kris Barker

Spring #4 did actually happen on Saturday May 8th with 3 boats in the water and 2 others unable to find parking (ack!). Stephen reports that the winds were good until about 2pm then got pretty light. This completes our Spring Series ... and, as you all know, it's been a highly unusual one.

The next scheduled sailing event is the North Americans in Klamath Falls the last weekend in June. At this point that event is on, however, a final determination will be made at the National Association meeting on Thursday, June 4th so stay tuned here and on the National Association site.

Meanwhile, we haven't had a fleet meeting in a couple of months so we'll be trying the Zoom thing this Thursday, 5/14 at 6:30pm. Keep a lookout for an invite in your email and I hope to see you there.

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