Saturday, July 24, 2010

2010 WIRW Week...

The 2010 Whidbey Island Race Week (WIRW) finished up yesterday in Penn Cove in perfect conditions. For those new to this event, it consists of a week-long series of buoy racing in Penn Cove (near Oak Harbor) and is an annual sailing tradition in the Northwest.

AYC was represented by two boats - Teddy Bear in P0 and Mikey in P5 (one-design Melges 24 fleet).

Monday was a bust with racing abandoned in Penn Cove after most of the fast P0 boats couldn't finish the course.  The races on Tuesday and Wednesday were run in Penn Cove in a light west to northwesterly wind.  On Thursday the conditions changed with a moderate southerly, so racing was moved out into Saratoga Passage.  On Friday racing moved back to Penn Cove but with a one hour delay due to the race committee boat getting stuck in the mud in Oak Harbor.

In the end, AYC boats had a good showing, with Teddy Bear earning 5th in the very tough P0 fleet and Mikey winning both the P5 class and "Boat of the Week".

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