Twelve Flying Scots and seven Thistles lined up for the annual SBYC Sequim Bay Regatta which was held on Saturday August 29th and Sunday August 30th. The racing was wild and intense as a rare October wind storm (in August!) came through Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula on Saturday.
The boats had to wait on shore on Saturday until the gusting winds of up to 35 knots died down into the mid-teens. At around 1:30 pm the race committee felt the conditions were safe and headed out of the marina for the bay. What they and the racers faced on the water was intensely weird. A calm southerly breeze was replaced by several micro-bursts and 360 degree wind shifts. Back to calm and then suddenly boats where off planing. A Flying Scot nearly capsized and the wind shifted to the north, then south, and so on. This all happened before the race committee was able to even set a course. It was wild.
After numerous tries to set a course due to the changing wind, the race committee finally settled on a south – north windward-leeward course. The Thistles started first with the pin and left side being very favored. Five minutes later and the Flying Scots were off and what looked like a favored left side suddenly became a hole with no wind. Scots that tacked out early to the right were greeted with wind from the west and were able to pop their chutes on the windward leg. At that moment the Thistles had rounded the windward mark under spinnakers headed directly for Flying Scots under spinnakers. That was certainly weird.
As the Scots rounded the windward mark (let’s just call it that, ok!) the wind shifted to the north and came in like a freight train at 20 to 25 knots. Fighting up wind to get to the downwind mark, the boats that stayed to the right against the shore were treated to a special lift that catapulted them to the front of the pack. After rounding the “downwind” mark it was just a matter of one jibe and holding on to the finish. That was all the racing for day one as only seven of the ten scots that started the race finished. That was wild.
After racing the sailors gathered in the SBYC clubhouse for drinks, and hamburgers and hotdogs. Nothing tastes better on a hard day sailing than a cold beer and a hot burger. It was a great end to a memorable day.
Day two saw things return to normal which is wonderful. The wind shifted to its normal northerly direction and races were started in about six knots of wind which built throughout the day to about 12 knots. The conditions were perfect, the racing was intense, and after four races on Sunday, Brian Tyrrell and Laura Bolin on board 5472 were the 2015 District Champions. In second place Ray Peters and Mark Bowdon on 4887 Breezin’ sailed a stellar day on Sunday to edge out by one point Dale Dunning and Sean Delaney on 4372 Trouble Maker.
It was certainly a great weekend and the weather gods threw in some unexpected things just to make it truly memorable. The race committee was stellar particularly on Saturday under impossible conditions. Next year the Sequim Bay Regatta is shooting for 15 Flying Scots on the line and if we reach that goal, it truly will be wonderful!
It’s been a good year to be on the water and it is only going to get better. There are two upcoming major regattas coming to the Olympic Peninsula. The first is the Sequim Bay Regatta which is open to Flying Scot and Thistle sailboats. The regatta will be the Pacific District Regional Championship for the Flying Scot Class. The Notice of Race can be found here.
The second big regatta will be the Thunderbird Regionals hosted by the Port Townsend Thunderbird Fleet in Port Townsend over Labor Day Weekend on September 5th and 6th. Keep checking for the NOR as it will be posted soon!
Be sure to make plans to attend and participate in at least one of these regattas.
The Sequim Bay Yacht Club will begin their summer sailing lessons with the Weekend Adult Class which runs on June 6th, 7th, and June 14th. Cost will be $115 for the 3 day class and training materials are included.
To register go to http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/10450#_home
Registration for the Sequim Bay Small and Big Boat Saturday Racing is now open. The Saturday racing is broken down into two series; the Spring Series running from May 23, 30, June 13, 20, 27, and July 11th. The Summer Series will run from July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, and 22nd.
There will be a start for Flying Scots and all small centerboard boats such as Laser’s, Vanguards, etc. There will also be a PHRF start.
Boats will be able to register for the series or for individual days. Everyone is welcome to participate. See you all on the water!
The Sequim Bay group of Flying Scot sailors has been officially sanctioned as a Flying Scot Fleet 205. The fleet begins with 4 charter members and hopefully will expand to more soon. Flying Scot and small boat racing begins on May 5th in Sequim Bay. Stay tuned for more information and a Notice of Race
The SBYC will host the first of a three part Race Committee Class that will cover all aspects of managing and running sailboat races and regattas. The format is fun and informative and is geared to everyone from rank beginners to seasoned sailing people.
Having a competent and well manned race committee is extremely important in developing and running any race program. Well run races encourage more and better competition.
This class is free and is open to anyone who is serious about learning and being a part of a race committee. The SBYC is actively seeking volunteers to help run its races and regattas throughout the summer. As a member of the race committee you are guaranteed to have fun and be in the center of all the action. It’s a great (and free) way to get out on the water.
The class is a 3 part series with each week building on information from the previous week. While it is possible to come and join in to a later class, participants will get the most benefit if they attend all three classes.
So put March 31st, April 14th, and April 28th into your calendars. The classes begin at 6:30 pm in the SBYC clubroom at the John Wayne Marina building.
The March 10th Introduction to Sailing class was a great success as over 30 people attended the meeting held at the SBYC club room in the John Wayne Marina. The presentation was broken down into four categories; theory, language of sailing, fundamentals, and rules of the road. This class should be a good springboard for those interested in either taking upcoming learn to sail classes offered by the SBYC or in participating in other events such as the upcoming Duck Dodge and Small Boat Racing Series.
The next class is a 3 part course on Race Committee and Sailboat Race Management. The classes will be at 6:30 pm on March 31st, April 14th, and April 28th in the SBYC Club room. Classes are free and open to the public.
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