Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Racing Update

When the leaves start to turn colors and blow down the street, your crew has been sailing all season and have their act together it is time to head out on the Salish Sea and try to fill that dusty trophy case! This past weekend featured the Puget Sound Sailing Championship sponsored by CYC of Seattle. Wind was great on Saturday and six races were sailed Sunday was very light and only two races were completed before sailors headed for the beach. The fleet is split into two courses; on the North course sailing in P4 div. the mighty Grafix skippered by Dave Martin battled to second place, Barrel of Monkeys a Viper 640 helmed by prospective member Scott Ellis finished 6th. Meanwhile down South Ian Slaon took the Melges 24 Mikey to one of the toughest fleets of the season finishing 11th in a 22 boat fleet, highest finish was third and they carried two 19ths after leaving early Sunday to beat the crowd at the crane and watch the Seahawks. In South 2 div Andy Schwenk and the Northern Century crew that won the fully crewed div. switched Hotfoot 27's from Blackfoot to Egress and scratched out another victory.
In other racing news the OIYC sponsored the Benson Cup Race 'round Waldron Island starting just North of Jones. Nearly the entire fleet was swept over early but were able to battle back and chase the ones that weren't, like Cookie Monster for example. Chuck Tidrington and his crew of 1000's placed 5th, Stephanie and the Rumpians were 7th. After the race a potluck and campfire was enjoyed by all @ Jones Island and Night Runner made a celebrity appearance. As I write this I'm thinkinghow often I hear about a boat trying to procure crew and the fact that Chuck has always had a boatload, in the White Lightning days it was rediculous! Maybe Chuck could host a seminar this off season for skippers looking for crew....
Tune in later this fall for Seattle Yacht Club's Gran Prix and the ever popular OIYC 'Round da County!

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