Sunday, September 06, 2015

'Round the County

November 7th and 8th may seem a long way off, but if you're planning on doing the ever challenging 'Round the County, now is the time to sign up. This regatta sponsored by OIYC each year is a 66 mile jaunt around San Juan County split over two days. Most of the boats that come from out of town stage out of Anacortes and traditionally good 'ol AYC has had a Friday night ruckus to send them on their way in style, or at least with full bellies and lighter wallets. As dawn approaches usually in the rain and sometimes with wind the fleet begins the haul out to the Lydia Shoal buoy. This year the course is North to Patos (the halfway pt) then South to the finish off Battleship Island at the entrance to Roche Harbor. The 6pm time limit keeps the fleet from freezing overnight. The clock is also frozen until the start Sunday morning at 9 and the fleet dives South out of Mosquito Pass to the 1/2 way pt near Davidson Rk. Then it's back to Lydia Shoal and usually back to Anacortes in the dark. Forty boats are already on the list ranging from a Moore 24 to gold medalist Carl Buchan. Any boat with a valid PHRF certificate faster than 200 is welcome to attend. The fleet is typically capped at 100 boats though Betsy Wareham sometimes has been known to take pity on a worthy competitor that has a tardy application. Historically AYC has done well with ICON, AJAX and Gambler all posting overall victories. If you like watching snow capped mountains in the distance while Orcas play in the foreground this race is for you. More AYC boats are already signed up for RTC than made it to PITCH this weekend! If you aren't taking your yacht, track down one of these intrepid skippers, offer to bring a Thermos of potable anti freeze for the slog to the start Saturday morning and don't forget your long handle underwear!