Congratulations to Pell Mell and the team from Ballard Sails for winning the second annual Great Pumpkin Race! Their newly painted mint green hull was barely visible off in the distance. It was gorgeous day for the grand tour of Shilshole Bay and the surrounding area. We started off heading north with about 8-10 knots of wind being sure to pass M=Meadow Point to port and not ground on the spit with the tide at just about 2 ft, then to R=Spring Beach. A tacking fest ensued since the tide was flooding by then and current was much better near the coast. We rounded the U mark and heading south west toward Port Madison Yacht Club's Z buoy near Jefferson Head, then reaching back to B=Ballard Sails buoy and home to the old Meatball = N.
Pell Mell was followed by j105's Peer Gynt and Creative, Gaucho, Shearwater and the newest boat in town Pippa a Longtail 30. Congrats to all who came out! There was delicious pumpkin pie and cider after the race and a chance to hear how people managed around that Z buoy. The consensus was "stay low"!
All proceeds raised will go to the Ballard Food Banks this month. Thanks to Carlton Wilson and his crew for serving as the PRO and Committee Boat skipper! Carlton is also our STYC Treasurer and Board member.
This was our last race of the year, hope to see you on the water in 2022. Happy Fall! Sara Billey, Race Co-Chair for STYC
Congratulations to Dan Randolph and all of the crew of Nefarious, Farr 30, for winning the Commodore's Cup for 2021. This is the year long compilation of scores from all of the STYC regular races. It does not include our short-handed races. Full listings for all the boats is here or under race results towards the bottom.
Every year, STYC awards the Commodore's Cup Trophy to the top boat in the club. The scoring is based on how each boat does in the overall scoring of the races. Twelve of our races and series count toward the cup. The exact scoring algorithm can be found in our GSI. There are just 2 more races to go to determine the winner, Fall Regatta and the Great Pumpkin Race. Here are the current standings. Great job to all who have entered! The top 3 right now are Nefarious, Creative, and Eclipse!
There is a CG approved First Aid at Sea workshop at Fishermen's Terminal on Friday November 12. More info here https://48north.com/instructional/coast-guard-approved-first-aid-at-sea-workshop-in-seattle/
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.
Summary of COB Round Table Discussion 2021
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
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