For some of the finest sailing action visible with a plate of fresh mussels in front of you head to Penn Cove, right out in front of Coupeville, and tell the nice lady @ Toby's Tavern to set you up! Each summer the third week of July is reserved for Whidbey Island Race Week. Most of the sailing is in Penn Cove on windy afternoons. This year is no exception with 5 races in the first two days. Typically the start is near the Coupeville waterfront and the racing is scheduled to start around noon. This year Kevin Welch and the Mikey crew are dominating the Melges 24 fleet with 4 bullets outa 5 and his sons are hanging tough in the kids boat with a fourth, 1 point behind a tie for second and third. Teddy Bear is involved in a slugfest with Shrek with only 1 point separation after two days of racing. The new gal on the block Gail Gislason is holding 7th in a very competitive division 7. With a pair of decent binoculars it's fairly easy to brush up on your mark rounding technique and also see what brands are leading the way.
With the Jah Mon boys cooking and Pangaea on deck for RC this Wednesday will be the first racing during WIRW in several years. Come join the fun!
This Saturday features the annual Rum Run, yes it's really for good old fashioned Nelson's blood, grog, whatever you call it, it won't last long on the trophy case shelf with a chilly winter predicted.
In other news:
The Schwenk clan found their way to Santa Barbara with some difficulty, though most of the road woes were on the way home, blessings be to Les Schwab, but that is not the point... Stephanie Schwenk showed the fleet her transom and Team Wild Rumpus was crowned 2015 SC-27 National Champion. 16 boats competed in 6 races, 5 different boats posted victories. When the rain stopped and the dust settled WR hung for a 2 point victory! College pal Kathryn Harang and her son Erik covered the foredeck, Andy's Pac Cup buddy Dr. Ward Naviaux from Bellingham worked the pit. Andy pulled on the sheets and son Dylan was at the mast. All Steph had to do was drive!