The Anacortes Yacht Club Tulip Regatta, The Santa Cruz 27 Western Regionals, and the "Auld Mug" The Americas Cup Trophy all arrived Saturday April 10th in Anacortes. Wind and sunshine greeted the 34 skippers gathered for a quick briefing at AYC which now is sporting a rudder from the Oracle donated by CORE builders a must see if you are in Anacortes on a Friday night when the club is open for visiting yachtsman @ 1730.
Racing kicked off on schedule with 34 boats split into 4 divisions, the 9 SC 27's enjoying their own start. Northerly winds to 15 knots had some skippers reaching for their #3 jibs as crews grew weary later in the day after finishing 3 windward / leeward courses. Boats were then off the water and welcomed to the club for a delecious salmon dinner donated by Trident Seafood.
During dinner and Saturday results the first ever "Boat Trailer Olympics" held in A-town were contested by crews to the delight of a capacity crowd. The trailer piloted by the foredeck crew, powered by the crew and a few feats dexterity performed by the captain; along with a small bit of alcohol consumption by all involved will have crews in training for next year... Alleged damages to trailer were covered by AYC, sorry Arne and trailer security specialist Grace.
Next it was off to the Port of Anacortes warehouse to see the Cup. Sailors and non-sailors alike jostled for position for photo ops and to see the new carbon base donated by CORE builders.
Afterwards everyone trekked back to the club to dance the night away to the AYC house band "Gertrudes Hearse" featuring local sailors as well as guest appearances by some of the competitors in the regatta.
Sunday winds were lighter but competition was fiercer, in 3 more races with boats being called over early and vocal colorful anecdotes exchanged between skippers in tight situations. Mora a J/29 and Stranger a J/27 battled to the final race before Mora eeked out a single point victory, Vitesse a 36.7 was two points back in third to round out the A fleet. AYC's own J-30 Celebration flying their "Boat trailer Olympics" platter on a flag halyard won B fleet over Jim McAlpine's J-24 Lucky Jim and Yeah Dogg an Olson 25 both from Oak Harbor.
In the fastest growing one design fleet in the Northwest the SC 27 Little Blue Dune Buggy skippered by Alex Simanis posted a 4 point win over Arne Hammer in the legendary Norn and what was left of Wild Rumpus after 140 delivery miles and a punishing Southern Straits regatta the week before. D fleet saw Steve Orsini continue his winning ways in the Satana 20 Inferno followed by 'Round the County Queen Betsy Wareham in Red Eye Express and another Orcas boat the SJ 24 Ekono Juan.
The Tulip regatta is the first in Anacortes Yacht Clubs annual three race series incuding the Gran Prix qualifier Windermere Regatta June 12/13 and Northern Century a 100 mile tour tof the San Juans Aug 29th. For full details , results and further information please visit www.anacortesyachtclub.com