This Saturday, Feb 21st, the crowds will gather at the top of Cap Sante to watch the inaugural event of the AYC racing and cruising season. After the proper amount of posing and posturing about how wel waxed your cruising boat is or how well you have trained your racing crew over the winter the horns will sound and the flags will will fly and the fleet will be underway off the tanker docks. Or we will just start on GPS time, but in any case a start will happen !The winds are predicted to be snortin outa the NE and with a Westerly course this should result in many a happy skipper and crew. The class breaks are up and what can best be described as joyous news from fleet 1, the winner of last week's romp around Shaw, Gavin Brackett has been assigned to fleet 2. In fleet 1 the heavyweights from Alger the Blackfoot skippered by Mick Corcoran are early favorites. The J-30's will be a duel between the Bottles family from Conway and former Commodore of Oak harbor Yacht Club Rex Dupuis and his lovely wife Suzy. The lead bellied money guzzlers will be represented by Pete Shainin and his crew of sailing luminaries challenged by the disc golfing, cribbage playing, pranksters aboard Jah Mon led by The Count. In fleet 2, chasing Gavin, the smart money may be at the small end of the fleet with the upstart Wind Warriors challenging the perennial favorite Little Annie. Dockmates Emoyeni and Kymodoce may be hard names to understand but their is no misunderstanding their affinity for hanging the big rags and letting the chips or masts or booms fall where they may.
Grab your coat and hat and hop a ride on the ferry. The new Commodore will be holding court on board. Come join the fun in Friday Harbor. Rumor has it the festivities at the host SJIYC will feature a special guest. Door prizes to include haul outs and plenty of tasty libations on hand.
In other news:
Space on the dinghy dock is available, see Roger Jewett about this.
Watch for our celebrity chef Walt Meagher aboard his new ride a J-35 on the water.
Trivial pursuit question of the week: When was the last time neither Pangaea or Handyman was not on the start line of the Girts Rekevics Foulweather Race/Cruise?
In closing in the words of Warren Miller, "If you don't do it this year you will certainly be a year older when you do it."