Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gran Prix and Great Pumpkin

4 AYC burgees headed South October 27/8th. AYC boats and skippers included; ICON skippered by Kevin Welch and helmed by Ian Sloan, Surfin Bird owned by Eric and Jordan Beemer and Celebration with the Bottles family participated in the Seattle Yacht Club's Gran Prix invitational regatta. Each boat must qualify for this regatta at a regatta like AYC's Windermere Regatta or Swiftsure among others. This regatta lasts 3 days and features both distance and buoy racing. The rain fell and the wind blew and the Big Blue Show just about won it all placing 2nd in Div 1. Celebration placed 4th in Div 5 and The Surfin Birders were 7th. The fleet included terrific boats from all over and other AYC members competed on several boats, Kyle Roethle on Shoot the Moon and Keith Stone on Ace.
The Wild Rumpus blew straight thorough Seattle to Richmond, CA for the Great Pumpkin Regatta. WR placed second in the buoy racing on Saturday with Stephanie driving and 6th outa 197 boats in the pursuit race on Sunday with the rarely seen Andy on the helm. The pursuit race course started at the South Hampton Shoal either way around Alcatraz and Angel Island. Highlights included seeing the foiling multihulls screaming across the Bay and the Aussie 18 skiff turtling and being swept Oracle style under the Golden Gate.
Plan on coming down to the club Friday, November 9th to welcome sailors from all over the sound on their way to the OIYC 'Round the County regatta, doors open at 3pm. Hearty soups and bread for 5 bucks and plenty of refreshing beverages.