We invite all sailors to join in a discussion of how to prevent and recover crew overboard (COB) on the water. The format will be a round-table discussion. We hope everyone will benefit from coming together in conversation, encourage each other to practice COB drills, and gather resources. In particular, please plan to share online resources that you use for a COB collection we will be putting together.
This event is co-hosted by the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club and the Washington Yacht Club. It was inspired by the tragic loss of club member Greg Mueller this summer. There will be some time to reflect on sailing with Greg and what he contributed to the community. We will not focus on that COB event but instead share our other experiences, insights, materials, and wisdom to learn from each other.
STYC held their single-handed race Saturday, Aug. 28th with 24 boats on the water. It was a delightful day starting with light building to medium shifty northerlies. The pursuit start began with Aquavit at 10:50:31 and finished with Flying Colors at 11:34:33. All the boats headed to Spring Beach, downwind to West Point buoy and returned to Shilshole. There were huge wind shifts and holes all over the 11 mile course but particularly at the Spring Beach buoy and between West Point and the Ship Canal. At Spring Beach, several boats thought the buoy might be on the beach because they were confused by the strange courses of some of the boats nearest to the mark. Trent Piepho on Rock Lobster and Dan Randolph on Nefarious seemed to figure out how to round Spring Beach best. Boats with flying sails seemed to have a big advantage getting away from the hole after rounding. Creative and More Jubilee along with Three Ring Circus took the lead. Jubilee went to the north more and extended a lead and Flying Colors, a Jeanneau Sunfast 3600, caught up midway on the run south. Some of the boats who sailed more of the rhumb line course to West Point, including One Life, Rush and Underdog, were looking pretty good when the wind went way east. Eventually though the wind went back to the north and Creative led Jubilee around West Point. Another hole developed on the beat back to the finish. Creative crossed the finish line first, followed by Jubilee and Rush, who just nipped Nefarious, to round out the podium.
We invite all sailors to join in a discussion of how to prevent and recover crew overboard (COB) on the water, with an emphasis given to raising the awareness of training, devising individual methods and distributing what resources we can provide. The format will be a round table discussion. We hope everyone will benefit from coming together in conversation, encourage each other to practice COB drills, and gather resources. In particular, please plan to share online resources that you use for a COB collection we will be putting together.
Date: Thursday Sept 16, 2021
Registration suggested: Registration Form
This event is co-hosted by the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club and the Washington Yacht Club. It was inspired by the tragic loss of club member Greg Mueller this summer. There will be some time to reflect on sailing with Greg and what he contributed to the community. We will not focus on that COB event but instead share our other experiences, insights, materials and wisdom to learn from each other. See the recent article in the Seattle Times, Lessons the Seattle sailing community learned from Greg Mueller’s tragic Race Week death
There were great conditions for the first ever Moonlight Madness event with clear skies and 15 knot Northerlies sending the competitors off to Blakely Rock, then Duwamish Head and back to the finish. Sailors got some nice views of the downtown lights, a half moon and Venus to the west. The bigger boats had a bit of an advantage with waterline conditions and the breeze dying as the night progressed. The last three boats, Aquavit, True Blue and the bigger Moonshine didn't quite make it to the finish before the wind shut off completely. Freya corrected out over Peer Gynt and Mata Hari. All boats reported that they had a good time and would try it again.
Ballard Cup, Series 2 wrapped up last night with 65 boats getting out for at least one race in the series. The all star crew on Mark Brink’s Tonic put on a series long clinic with only 7 points for 5 races for the overall win. Well done! Class 3 had the winning mix as LXIII and 6 Ft Moore rounded out the top 3 overall.
Class winners are as follows.
Class 1 Francy, Perfectly Strange, Whistling Swan
Class 2 Outlaw, Mata Hari, Rock Lobster
Class 3 Tonic, 6 Ft Moore, LXIII
Class 4 Reckless, Jolly Green, High Five
Class 5 Corvo 105, Peer Gynt, Creative
Class 6 Different Drummer, Eclipse, lapa
Class 7 Nefarious, Shearwater. Sabrosa
Class 8 Escape
Overall: Tonic, LXIII, 6 Ft Moore
Photo of Tonic by Ben Braden
Hey Everyone, Did you see Sonic skippered by Marek Omilian will be flying the STYC burgee as an entry in this year's Transpac Race starting next week? We wish them best of luck on their journey! More info here.
Also, congratulations to Bill Stange for sailing Hula to first in class and third monohull overall in the 2021 Singlehanded TransPacific Race from San Francisco to Hanalei Bay on Kauai. Woo-Hoo! Race Results
We've got friends in cool places! Three of our own STYC members are currently racing in the National and World Championships in Denmark and it looks like they're having the time of their lives! Follow along with their journey through social media and check out this write up from 48North. https://48north.com/racing/race-reports/seattle-j-80-owners-are-sailing-at-nationals-and-worlds-in-denmark/
Ahoy Monday Night Racers,
We are sure that you are aware that Monday is forecast to be an all time high temperature for Seattle. Ballard Cup Series 2 Race 4 will take place but without a race committee boat on the water. Participation in all of our events is strictly voluntary. As always, it is the skippers responsibility to judge the safety of the event for your crew.
The course will be NUN. There will be no horns or flag signals on the water. The start/finish line will be between the N buoy and the Yellow Painted Rock approximately due east from the buoy. Use your designated time to start as usual, using GPS time. We will attempt to make time calls over VHF for each class along with a repeat of the course at 5 minutes, followed by 5 second countdowns at 4 minutes, 1 minutes and start. You must take your own finish time including the seconds and report it along with the name of the boat in front of you and the boat behind you if possible. The website to submit your finish time information is here: Ballard Cup II Take Your Time Form.
If you have not seen the U buoy before, here is a picture of it thanks to Paul Viola.
Stay cool, bring sun block and ice cubes, and send us your finish time!
Sara Billey and Al Hughes
STYC Race Co-Chairs
Check out this fun article in 48 North by Andy Cross
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Last night's BC race (BC2 race 3) had a few boats that didn't complete the course properly and were marked DNF. The posted course of NEMN2 = NEMNEMN requires that each boat must cross the start/finish line from the Committee Boat to the N buoy on the leg from M to E in the middle part of the course. For further information, see the explanation and pictures posted in Section 17 on "Starting and Finishing" of STYC GSI.
Thanks, Your Friendly STYC Race Co-Chairs
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