CYCT Quartermaster Harbor
January 18th 2014
The race itself was set in the most beautiful of surroundings, it always is. I love this race, a watery slalom course amongst tall trees. And for some unknown reason we always seem to have decent weather. After the cancellation of our CYCT Browns Point Race in Gale conditions and the cancellation of the Duwamish Head Race in Gale conditions, this race was an elixir of sorts.
I don’t want to take away from the race but the real story maybe the fact that the race committee got this race off at all. The tale starts out with high hopes and all the best with myself, Zak, Don and Cyndi aboard Romeo Charlie at 0745 heading for fuel down the Thea. Romeo Charlie purred across the bay at 2500 RPM 10.5 knots in light fog. When we entered into the Thea Foss Waterway we throttled back to observe the wake restrictions and blurped along at 4 knots. After fueling (32 gallons) lines were cast, we started to drift on the current and wind and Romeo Charlie refused to start. She’d catch if you throttled it up 3000-4000 RPM and die when you throttled back below 2500. I tried slamming it into gear at too high of an RPM and the millisecond it received the load of the turning prop she died. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, engine cover off, no visible fuel on the manifold, no fuel smell but the trying cooked the starter motor leaving us in the hands of wind and tide.
At 0900 and Romeo Charlie with the A-team of CYCT Race Committee’s aboard now tied at the dock in front of the Seaport, we had landed there by pure luck. The 0955 scheduled first warning off Browns point seemed in jeopardy. All of our land transports parked at Tyee and we are in the Thea, cell phone activity went crazy and Cyndi acquired the help of a real Salty Dog named Gary and his 4 door Subaru Hatchback. As Subaru’s go, it’s a small Subaru and I was concerned that we’d inflict permanent damage but Gary seemed most accommodating of the cargo packing that was about to happen. Into the Subaru besides Gary went Don, Zak, Cyndi, Billy, three anchor packages, three buoy/race marks, a cooler of beer, a Starbucks coffee carafe, briefcase, numerous bags and backpacks and the topper was three race flags that fit from Windshield to back glass with one inch to spare. I’m sure I missed telling of something else on this list of RC paraphernalia but off to Tyee Marina we went.
We unfolded, thanked Gary for his services and moved it all aboard Discovery, my trusty old friend, and headed for Browns Point. Then the weight and hurry fell. The calming effect of this beautiful old 6 knot girl took over. We arrived out at the point, set the start pin, anchored Discovery in 50 feet and fired off the warning at 1040 only 45 minutes late. However, with Gardyloo in the hunt and the challenge of motoring at 6 knots, it does not bode well to set the marks at Dockton and the Portage in time. But on this day we are living right. Jeff Stewart is out in his 24’ runabout snapping pictures of his friends aboard Gardyloo and offers to take me and two anchor packages to set. Perfect. The course was laid with plenty of time to spare.
The Race: Moderate breeze rolled the fleet to Manzanita and from there it gradually dropped in speed. Out by the Portage reports were of wind speeds as low as Zero. The first to cross the short course line at Dockton on the return leg were beating to weather. The second bunch of boats came across under chute or wing-on-wing as a nice Northerly had finally pushed itself over the Portage. In Windseekers division 2 Lucia took the bullet 61 seconds in front of Silver Breeze. Windseekers 1 saw a new NFS contender in Jeopardy taking first with Blue Jay finishing on that glorious Northerly wing-on-wing in second place. The PHRF class 2 saw Radiant hold a commanding lead in division with a third in fleet finish. Gardyloo finished first across the line, first on corrected in division and fleet, but Special Purpose was close behind by just 3 minutes off Gardyloo on corrected time taking second in division and fleet.
The Skippers meeting was a hoot. Big turn out and everybody stayed to the end as we mingled with the Seahawk boosters. Thirteen boats hit the start line for this year’s Quartermaster Harbor race up from seven in 2013. If these two events and there numbers along with all the smiles are any indicators of what’s to come, 2014 is going to be the best.
Race Chair CYCT