Monday, December 29, 2014

Polar Bear Sail

Every year you read the papers ( well at least ya used to), of course now it is online how some crazies are jumping into some body of water somewhere to celebrate the new year. Of course they never follow up with the frostbite and hypothermia it results in. Well enough of that! New Years Day is a time for a quick sail around the old pond. Just as cold but hopefully not nearly as moist. The weather is shaping up for a lovely little jaunt. I know of at least 2 club boats that are already out plying the Salish Sea and the plan is on New Years Day 'round noon to have a little sailing rally on Fidalgo Bay. There will be a chase boat out to tow in any dinghys that get becalmed and likely a thermos of something warm and delicious if you need a cup of cheer! Come on out and join the fun!
In other news:
The first sailboat race of the year, The Sydney Hobart, lived up to her reputation with broken rigs and a real battle between Wild Oats and Comanche with WO ending up in front.
The Vestas has been salvaged and shipped back home for repair.
Duwamish head, the second in the South Sound Series is set for Jan. 10th out of Des Moines, this is a drag race from there to Blakely Rocks and back, good videos on youtube from 2008 and 2009.
Check your email, there should be an announcement from Chris Roethle inviting you to the Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race/Cruise to Friday Harbor Feb 21st. With a terrific meal provided by SJIYC, prizes sponsored by Port Supply, Helly Hansen, Cap Sante South and others this is an event not to be missed. Sign up early so best arrangements can be made for all the shoreside hospitality!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Season and yer yacht!

When the cold winds blow and the limbs begin to fall, it's easy to forget about yer yacht and watch football. There a seasonal rhyme for you! But don't be that guy or girl. When winter winds cause branches to fall out of the trees so do the prices fall at your at your local boatyard and sailmaker. If you want to get around the course faster next year and get a good value to boot, consider doing the haul now before the spring rush. You might even get better service and a low price to boot. Shop around and compare, ask for a better value, tell them to sharpen their pencil. Going fast is simply a combination of force vs. resistance, having a clean, well faired bottom is crucial. Just because your sails are in one piece does not mean they're fast. Schedule an appointment with your favorite sailmaker and see what they say, doesn't cost a nickel. Every year at Foulweather someone does not get scored because they don't have their current PHRF cert. Goto PHRF-NW for all the details and contact Scott Lindberg who is always happy to trade a cool one at the Brown to help you measure your sails. If you purchase a new one it must be measured and rating adjusted if required.
In other news:
Check out R2AK a race to Alaska starting in Port Townsend in June, fun website and 10,000.00 in prize money.
OLD news, but still newsworthy goto Sailing Anarchy and read all about the Volvo 'Round the World boat that hit a reef and was destroyed in the Indian Ocean, all ok.
Finally CORE builders are back in business on T avenue, this is the outfit that build's the winning America's Cup boats for Team Oracle.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Northern Sailing Culture

This Friday the 5th of December @ 1800hrs the AYC will host representatives from Bellingham, Orcas, Bellingham CYC, Oak Harbor and hopefully FHSC and Lopez. Each of these clubs as well as AYC hosts terrific regattas and the point of this gathering is to possibly put together a championship series and promote attendance at each of the club's premiere regattas.The model may be based on the Southern Sound Sailing Series, this series is hosted one race a month Dec, Jan, Feb, and March Tacoma, Des Moines, Olympia, and Gig Harbor YC's. If you have an interest in doing some sailboat racing in 2015 come join the conversation or just listen in and find out about a bunch of terrific regattas.
In other news if you've ever felt like a knucklehead for contacting terra firma in your yacht, you have just been joined by some exclusive company. There is currently a race taking place with 70' fully crewed boats racing 'round the world and Team Vestas just parked up on a reef, the crew is ok the boat is a mess. Surf on over to for all the details.
Mark your calendars for Jan 23rd-Feb !st @ Century Link Field, the largest boatshow on the West Coast.
Check your docklines and consider lowering your furling headsail if you are not sailing for few weeks. It's much healthier for those expensive rags to be living in a nice dry garage or V-berth than out battling the elements all winter long.(Some sailmaker is gonna kill me:)