Each year in an attempt to warm up their crews and get a jump on the racing season the sailors of the AYC set off for Orcas to participate in the Shaw Island Winter Classic, sponsored by OIYC. Of course they never really warm anything up except for Jah Mon, they stay warm and are well fed, everyone else freezes their, well toes off and usually tear up some gear..... This year was no exception although maybe not quite as cold as can be and certainly not as cold as last year. The AYC boats Emoyeni, Wild Rumpus, Jah Mon and Pulelehua met up Saturday night to celebrate a certain female skippers birthday at West Sound Marina and polish off all the moonshine this side of the Skagit River. Think I'm kidding? We had both strawberry and blueberry! The start was after the ferry that didn't break down (long trip home) was underway and everyone set their genoas and headed East. A tacking duel ensued and then a headsail reach up Upright Channel. At the turn at Low Point spinnakers blossomed and a lazy run to the entrance of Wasp Passage. At the clubhouse turn things got a little interesting, a strong current was flushing the boats upwind against a whisper blowing over the hill. Okay the rumor is true so we touched the island.... It used to be you have to reround the mark if you touched, fortunately according to the new rules a 360 is all that's required! In the end Emoyeni earned third in Heavy class, Jah Mon 6th. For the light weights Rumpus was second to the Bad Boys on Blackfoot from Bellingham and Pulelehua was sixth.
In other racing news the Race Packet is off to the publisher and should be for sale at the club Friday night. The Girts Rekevics Foul Weather Race is scheduled for wind and sunshine. Let's have some fun on the race course, it's later than you think!