Ahoy AYC racers! Saturday March 23rd the sailors of the AYC will set sail in the Ed Knowles Memorial Smith Island Race. I don't know if Ed had a daughter, but if he did I sure hope she shows up for the trophy presentation. If you were at the Foulweather Race/ Cruise you know what I'm talking about.
What I do know about Ed is, he and his wife Janet were terrific sailors. The boats I remember were a Pearson 35 "THEARK" and later a Saturna 33 "OMEGA". Ed was a decorated USCG veteran and he and Janet knew and followed the rules, well at least they tried. I remember a certain raft up up, tied to a buoy, waiting for wind in Fidalgo Bay and Janet ringing that damn bell every minute until someone handed her a glass of wine to hold instead! Hey that's how I remember it. In any case speaking of light winds be aware that in the case of no breeze off the tanker dock the starting line is likely to move out west to the green and red buoys just West of the Guemes Ferry dock. Keep your VHF radio on and allow yourself a little extra time. Who can stop Team Bottles and the red menace? Esther is back on her feet and John Gunn knows that will be trouble. Syndicat is bringing a ringer from Seattle. Passepartout is rumored to be taking the lathe and civil war cannon ball collection off to save weight. Big Ed K is looking to find the gas pedal and spice it up. In the multihull div. Wild Bill continues to dominate...
In other racing news our PHRF handicapper and AYC member Scott Lindberg and most recent yacht owner has been kind enough to meet new racers at the club to measure sails. If you are interested in getting a PHRF rating call Scott and setup an appointment. Vince Townrow of the local UK sail loft has also been available to evaluate sails and make repairs as required. Swing by the loft and see him for recuts and and a quote.
Finally AYC is also hosting a high school regatta this weekend, it's team racing and it is a little different than yachts racing individually as special strategies and tactics apply. If you are interested in pitching in contact Fred Abelman.