The Welch clan led by Big Daddy Kevin and son Eric completely dominated the competition at Whidbey Race Week 2015. Father and son were both sailing Melges 24's in preparation for the Nationals in the Columbia River gorge later this summer. These boats are built to strict one design standards and are popular among the region and nations top sailors. Focus is on boat handling and tactics and boat speed advantages are hard to come by. To win by 25 points over second and 26 points over third in a 12 race series is simply stunning. Ian and Joy Sloan of AYC are also on the crew and are critical to team success. Teddy Bear skippered by Grey Hawken ably assisted by Fred Abelman battled to a second place finish. Steve Orsini and the Hawken family are on the sheets and if there was ever a trophy for one of the best looking boats when she powers upwind, Teddy Bear would win every time. This same crew also would have won the award for best dance crew at the after party on Friday. Whidbey was a little different this year. It used to be every competitor was issued a wrist bracelet and drinks were free. If you weren't drinking or weren't drinking much how fair is that? This year you paid for your own cocktails. There was a new focus on kids with planned activities each day. Oh and the sailing. For the first time I can remember, and I've been there since 1983, the RC was able to get in as many as 3 races each day, even the final day we got in two. WIRW is under new management and it shows. If you like sailing and having fun plan on Adult Summer Camp 2016.
In other news:
The registration is open for the Northern Century our goal is to have at least one AYC competitor for each yacht from out of town. This race has been won by boats from 24 to 66feet so if you are wondering if you have the right boat, you do. Any sailing boat can get a PHRF waiting, it's a simple process, costs 45.00 and takes about a week. It's an invitational regatta so a AYC race packet is not required. 50 or 100 miles, fully crewed or doublehanded whatever your pleasure. If you have any questions or need help getting started contact Eric Beemer or Stephanie Schwenk.
Don't forget this weekend is the Annual Shaw Island Classic and the Cowichan Bay Regatta. If you only do one regatta this year Shaw Island is for you, just show up they will issue you a rating, if you have a multihull Cow Bay is for you.