Thursday, January 15, 2015

Seattle Boat Show

The Seattle Boat Show starts next week Jan 23- Feb 1st. Goto the website for all the details and special offers. Interestingly the show will be cancelled Feb 1st if the Seattle Seahawks are playing in the Superbowl which of course we know they will! If you like riding the rails, consider catching the train from Mt. Vernon. It will take you to King St. station just across the street from the show at the Century Link Field Convention Center. Senior discounts are available. There is a free shuttle from this show that will take you to the in water show at Lake Union, same ticket. Even our new mayor Laurie Gere was surprised last year when she saw how many vendors from good 'ol A-town are holding down a booth inside or a boat at the in water show. Free seminars go on all day from every topic from pets to my favorite title, "Anything can go up the Inside Passage." My father and I didn't agree on everything but we always had fun at the show and our annual ritual of a cup of delicious chowder across the street at F.X. Mc Crory's. Factory experts from all over the country come to Seattle as it is the largest on the West coast and the only 10 (or 9) day show in the country. If you have a heavy bag or jacket you would like to shed while you are inside you are welcome to park it at the Northwest Rigging booth!
In other news:
 The Anacortes Small Boat Center meets each month at the AYC, third Tuesday at 1830. There is a movement afloat to start a local Etchells fleet for a small monthly fee. Imagine enjoying sailing March - October on a classic keelboat.
The club will be open for the Seahawk playoff game this Sunday 1200, Jan 18th. Bring a snack to share!
OIYC sponsors the Winter Classic, 'Round Shaw Island Sun. Feb 15th. This would be a good shakedown for the Girts Rekevics Race/Cruise the following weekend.
Colin Emsley is our new club handicapper if you are new to racing and need a rating or drop your wallet at the boat show and some sailmaker lightens it for a new sail contact him for all the details. Typically the measurements can be made at the local sail loft in about 15 minutes and a few simple questions regarding number of propellor blades and rudder type and you are all set.
Saturday February 28th AYC is hosting a clinic to bring local sailors or former sailors up to speed on the new rules. No formal certification but it would be helpful if you are interested in getting involved in he administration of our regattas.
No Snow on the hills, let's go Sailing!