MONTH DAY EVENT Race Type Number January 18 Quartermaster Harbor Mid Distance 1 February 1 Tramp Harbor Mid Distance 2 February 15 Gig Harbor Mid Distance 3 April 2 Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar RRS April 9 WS SPRING #1 Wednesday Night 4 April 16 WS SPRING #2 Wednesday Night 5 April 23 WS SPRING
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Windseekers Spring #2
April 16th, 2014
The weather certainly shrunk the fleet. We lost ten boats to low temp, no sun, driving rain, white caps and general all over yucky-ness that the Northwest can give. The small-craft warnings lifted as the skippers meeting started and a small band of sailors attired in foulies quickly went to their boats. Those that showed found wonderful sailing conditions, moderate winds, no rain, and daylight conditions until the end.
This was also the first test of Romeo Charlie since her near demise that ill fated January day in the Thea Foss Waterway. I’m very happy to report she’s never, I mean never ran this good. 4000 RPM came really quick, like in three seconds quick and I wasn’t up to the stops, there was plenty more on tap. She’s never done that before. Quickly I throttled back to a more sedate 3000 RPM. After running some races aboard sailing vessel Discovery you really appreciate a proper RC boat. Flags in their places and flag holders (fishing rod holders), an anchor package (appropriate to the boat, conditions and crew), two dedicated 25 watt VHF radios tuned to 14 and 68 make radio work less of a task, line sighting is easier and communication between timer and scribe near perfect, mark setting and retrieval a much lighter job and course selection is expanded giving a better racing-sailing experience, that’s what makes for a proper RC boat. And it’s got to be easier on the sailors. When the RC is another sailboat, well let’s just say, it’s easy to find a goose amongst a flock of swans.
We had our first boat of the year OCS, that’s On Course Side, and the honor goes to Milagro. In Windseekers OCS is not called and unlike the RRS (Racing Rules of Sailing) you are considered racing, just “go for it” and we had two points to your score. Milagro did the right thing, they didn’t try to restart and continued racing. O’ I added two points to their finishing score. The PHRF fleet, to this point, have all been good. In the PHRF fleet if you are OCS, you loose all rights over a boat(s) racing and you must clear the line and restart. This can be dicey and it’s why we changed the rule for Windseekers, kinda. At one time there wasn’t a PHRF fleet, everybody was a Windseeker and OCS was never called and Shock Therapy on any given Wednesday could be seen over the start line by as much as five minutes! Adding two points to ones score just seemed like the easy and right thing to do. It could be called the Shock Therapy Rule.
In PHRF Gardyloo took line honors with Grace E close behind but not close enough to correct out. Grace E seemed to be closing in on the weather leg; they just needed another mile of race course. Things got closer in PHRF 2; First Dance took another first but only by 42 seconds over Obsession and 49 seconds over Blue Moon. PHRF 3 was a bust, no one showed to take an easy first place; hopefully they will all be back on the 23rd.
Windseeker line honors went to Something Special and their elapsed time of 1813 seconds was very fast. Class B Phoenix showed that if they keep this up they’ll be in Windseekers Class A for the next series, but Klatawa is getting closer. In Windseekers C Blue Jay finished first, ahead of Red Splash. In the hotly contested Class D Lucia bested throwing the standings in this class all upside-down. In Class E, Gremlin sailed a 27 second victory over last week’s winner Tatoosh. And Sans Peur (without fear) braved the elements and left the rest of her fleet quivering, tied to their docks.
Hope to see you on the water,
Race Chair CYCT
Windseekers Spring #1
April 9th, 2014
Glorious, that’s the one word explanation of the first Windseeker of the year. Sunshine, warm for the most part, no rain and a Tyee Typhoon of 5 to 10 knots to sail in. A short course was called at the skippers meeting to match the two knot wind conditions at the time and it included a freighter in the way making it very Windseekeresk. The race ended with a beautiful sunset and no boat went back to their slip in total darkness.
Thirty-one boats crossed the finish line and thirty-two intended to hit the start line, that’s up from the twenty-four in 2013 and twenty-six in 2012 for the first Windseekers of the year. Thanks, the more the merry.
Gardyloo led the way home finishing the course Tyee to Blair Buoy and back in 19 minutes and 12 seconds for her first place finish. On corrected time Gardyloo held off Wild Thing by a mere 15 seconds for a first in the PHRF fleet. Wild Thing finished first in PHRF 3. In PHRF 2 First Dance held off Special Purpose for a PHRF class win.
In Windseekers the class brackets have been called. I don’t agree with everything but next week you’ll know who you are racing against and if I got it wrong it’ll be corrected for the next series. But in the end it’s your boat and how you sail that dictates which class you are in.
Windseeker class winners included Wayne Stewart and Phoenix after a long absence, great to see the “festive decked boat” out on the water. As an observer with a ring side seat it looked like Wayne was up to his old tricks snookering a few people on his way to a class B win with Phoenix.
A few more things, No commercial traffic at all, no collisions, smiles all around and the sounds of sailboats racing, Glorious!
Race Chair CYCT
from the Swiftsure website