Thursday, February 26, 2015

Do you know Knowles?

Saturday March 7th is the first of the AYC's distance race series the "Tri-Straits". The hein Bank Race takes sailors from the West end of Guemes Channel out Rosario Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca rounding hein Bank just South of Cattle Pass and return a distance of 37.6 miles. When I first began racing in our club this race had a 24hr time limit. With the advent bottom paint and dacron sails this has been cut to 12hrs so let's move with some alacrity out there:) The fleet splits are still set at 180 but Gavin is out of town so maybe someone else will get to win after his dual victories at Shaw and Foulweather. Ed Knowles had a Spencer 35 "Theark" and later a 33' pilothouse by the same name. He was fierce competitor and a former USCG officer so he was always quick to make sure things were done proper. Rarely was he without his wife aboard and they also both made great contributions to our club. Back in the 80's there were enough boats competing out of Skyline Marina, Doctor Ruth, Honeybunch, Alakazam included we had several races each year out in Burrows Bay. So if you are hoisting a taco at the club Friday night or hoisting a sail on the course Saturday take a moment to remember all those terrific sailors that have gone on before and made AYC what it is today.