The Cruising Class Act

As I was writing the wrapup of Seattle YC’s Tri-Island series it occurred to me that the cruiser-racer class, which continues to grow, gets short shrift. With few exceptions, most of the major series around the Salish Sea set aside classes where anchors on the bow, kids in the forepeak and blown out sails are welcome. Sometimes, getting that last 1/10th of a knot is just not that important. 

So I asked the overall winner Phil Calvert to jot a few things down about the fleet and the series. It turns out that Phil is not only an eager racer, but an eager proponent of the cruiser-racer class as well. Take it away Phil:

Runaway

The SYC Tri-Island series has had a Cruiser/Racer fleet for 16 years now and it is fun competing against old friends and new. Thirteen boats of all types and size made up the biggest class in the series. My boat Runaway is a 1973 Norlin 34 and competing against some very good sailors with lots of talent aboard those boats. This year my crew hit it hard and got lucky enough to stay with the leaders and barely correct over them. In the Blake Island race, we corrected by 1 second.  Wow, that 1 second is very surreal as many other decisions could have changed our outcome. It does show that even an old, tired, IOR boat can still get around the course, have fun, and share in racing with all the new, light fast sailboats in the Pacific Northwest in the other classes. It is just plain fun to get out on the water with good friends for some fun competition!

I’ve owned Runaway for 17 years, bought her as a repo. She was in pretty bad shape, but the boat really caught my eye. I put a bid in and paid the broker that day. He towed me to Lake Union and on the way we hit the Ballard Bridge with the mast, oops!  The boat is built like a tank, I love showing people the hull cut-out from when I repowered her.  I showed Robert Perry the cut-out once (he had a Peter Norlin custom design boat “Perrywinkle”). His response was, “you could make four boats out if that much fiberglass.”  We had a good laugh.

She was bought at Offshore Yachts in Shilshole new in 1973.  I was told a doctor owned and raced it with the same name, but I can’t find any info, lived at Shilshole for many years. The Norlin 34 was a 3/4 ton rater, but the old IOR days were about over then.

The Cruiser/Racer Class

In this photo left to right are Phil Calvert, the SYC Rear Commodore Tyler Ellison, our lucky charm junior crew Hailey, her uncle Duane, foredeck Galan, Crew Boss Jean, and sailing whisperer Ellis

We have sailboats such as Anomaly, Santa Cruz 50; Jiminy, J42 all the way down to a Catalina 25. A lot of these skippers don’t have the time, equipment, or crew to do a full PHRF class, but still want to race and come out to play. In the past I can remember sailing in the Cruiser/Racer class with just two people on the boat, I just wanted to be sailing and everyone was busy. It’s super fun to have a crew who is new to sailing and watching them become really good at what they do, we also share in all the jobs, whether driving or foredeck, we all have each other’s backs.  

The Cruiser/Racer class is casual. You can do flying sails or elect to do no-flying sails and your rating will be adjusted. Symmetrical or asymmetrical.  In the PHRF-NW handbook “cruising credits,” you can also get adjustments for anchors on the bow, furling mainsails, old sails, bad bottoms. Of course, that is up to the club rater and organizing authority, but the goal is to get you off the docks and not to have the latest in equipment.

I have been helping with the SYC club to bring their sailboats off the docks and out racing. I’m also reaching out to CYC and Sloop to grow the Cruiser/Racer class.  I would love to help in anyway I can.

Vellela

And my good friends Ryan and Autumn Helling very actively race Velella. The 31-foot Velella has a remarkable history. She was designed by Tom Wylie specifically as a cruiser, and has done just that carrying Garth Wilcox and Wendy Hinman around the Pacific. And now she serves as home to Ryan and Autumn. My hats off to them for making sure Velella is still putting miles under the keel. For many liveaboards untying the dock lines seems a bit too much. Here’s Ryan: 

We only got out for the last race of the series but we’ve done the cruiser/racer class the past 3 or 4 years and had a great time. It has been steadily growing and it’s nice to see some new boats out there. Of course, it would be fun to see even more boats. The courses are a nice length for boats in our rating band. We’ve particularly enjoyed the Blake Island race as it wraps up with the party at Elliott Bay and we’ve generally stayed the night. We have a cruising boat, so why not? I think more races should be like this. The steel drum band and taco truck this year were great. Couple that with free beer and wine and it makes a pretty good time. We will definitely be back next year.

Final thoughts

It’s kind of odd, isn’t it, that we’re talking about the rise of the cruiser/racer class. After all, isn’t that what we’re all supposed to be sailing? In truth, it hasn’t been that way in a really long time. Much of the fleet have no accommodations whatsever, and many of the other cruising-capable boats are stripped of just about everything that’s not nailed down. There should be a place for both the racer willing to dedicate his boat to his racing passion and a place for the sailors who desire both sides of the sport. It turns out there are those places, and most clubs, seeing the troubling downward trend of participation numbers, are embracing the true cruiser-racer element as well. If your club isn’t paying enough attention, rattle their halyards.

A well placed tack is just as much fun with anchors on the bow as it is with them stowed in the bilge. If you’re interested in casual racing, feel free to email me and I’ll try to point you in the right direction. 

Leukemia Cup Raises Funds and Spirits

Leukemia Cup Raises Funds and Spirits

Oh, darn, year after year, a beautiful day on the water! Every so often, it’s fun to throttle back a bit on the serious racing scene, and throttle up on the relaxed-but-spirited fleet having a grand time supporting a great cause. This year there was just enough breeze for most boats to give their engines a break, kick back and enjoy the sailing, and finish where you finish. After all, with this event, when the day is done, everyone wins. Enjoy the photos! – Jan Anderson

Ed. Note: Sorry we’re a little late getting these pictures (that were taken June 10) out on Sailish. It’s great to see Gary Jobson’s Leukemia Cup keep on doing its great work. Thanks should go out to Elliott Bay Marina, which once again does a great job of hosting this event. Thanks to all for making this happen.  

 

Top Teams

 Freedom  $8,950
 At Last  $6,750
 Golden Mean  $6,188
 Zephyr  $4,380
 LUNA Ridenour  $3,965
 Ruach  $3,937

 

Seattle Junior Leukemia Cup Regatta Raises Nearly $10K!

Seattle Junior Leukemia Cup Regatta Raises Nearly $10K!
Fund raising competitors in the first ever Seattle Junior Leukemia Cup Regatta.

Seattle Yacht Club hosted the first ever Seattle Junior Leukemia Cup Regatta on Sunday, May 21st. Fifteen SYC junior sailors stepped up and collectively raised nearly $10,000 to help cure blood cancers. We sailed the V15s on Portage Bay and we had great weather, with sunshine and plenty of wind and had an all around great time. Kit Stoll won the top fundraiser award, raising over $2,000 and also won top skipper. Luke Gibbons won top crew. A big shout out to our coach Cam Hoard who volunteered his Sunday to run the regatta. Thanks to all of the SYC junior sailors who participated and did such a great job fundraising. We are all excited to make this an annual event at SYC and are looking forward to raising even more money next year.  Join the fight to beat blood cancers! – Owen Timms

Ed. Note: Thanks Owen and Seattle YC for putting this together and showing that the youth of today have it figured out, doing good and building community while having a great time. And for placing sailing front and center. 

SYC Leukemia Cup Junior Regatta

Owen Timms, an up and coming force on the Laser scene already, is behind the Seattle Yacht Club Leukemia Cup Junior Regatta, which will take place in Portage Bay at the Seattle Yacht Club on Sunday. For more information and registration check out this page. For Owen’s fundraising page, go here. We’ll try to get info on the regatta and fundraising next week.

Youth Open House on Saturday!!

Youth Open House on Saturday!!

Isn’t it great when sailing groups work together? The various sailing programs around the Salish Sea are generally pretty busy these days, but that’s no time to stop promoting.

From 11-3 on Saturday at Sail Sand Point several organizations will be putting their programs out there for the world, and lots of kids, to see. The Sailing Foundation has a big hand in coordinating it with funds made available by the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

Hobie Waves at Sail Sand Point

Visitors can go for a sail, enjoy a free barbecue and find out about our great sport. There’s a great bonus, high schoolers are having a team race regatta, and if you haven’t seen the high school sailing scene, or if you haven’t seen team racing, it’s all very inspiring and fun to watch.

Here’s the thing, LET OTHERS KNOW! If you’re reading this, you may already have your kid dialed in. We need to spread the word further, please let your non-sailing friends know about this. You know – the ones who’ve seen your eyes light up while you talk about sailing.

Here are some of the details courtesy of Andrew Nelson of The Sailing Foundation:

Think of this as Opening Day for the small boaters. Our goal is to get people out on the water, including those who might have never tried sailing before. Big thanks to the NMTA for again providing a grant for this event.

There will be one central check-in/information area where we’ll let area sailing programs display brochures and other materials. We will be offering lots of fun activities and a free BBQ once again. This event also coincides with the HS team race championships, so there will be lots happening on the water and plenty of good spectating.

Provided activities include…

FREE BBQ

Boat Rides (Boats provided by SSP)

Jr. Sailing Info Table

High School Sailing Spectating

Giant jenga

Corn Hole

Ladder Golf

Block and Tackle Tug of War

Arts and Crafts 

Junior Sailing Info Sessions

Last year we had about 200 members of the community come down for the event.

Dick Wagner, Founder of the Center for Wooden Boats

Dick Wagner, Founder of the Center for Wooden Boats

I had the honor of meeting Dick Wagner a couple years ago. He died last Thursday, but The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) which he founded will carry on indefinitely into the future doing exactly what he valued, getting people out on the water.

I never availed myself of the opportunity to interview him. Fortunately many others have. Here is the obit in The Seattle Times.

His priority was getting people onto the water. His approach was simplify the process. And he broke down the usual barriers. There were no intimidating “Members Only” signs, no big hoops to jump through to just take out a boat for a sail. Or row. The CWB still gives people free rides!

Moreover, he built a community. It became a hub of life for many people. They’d volunteer their time, learn to work the wood in their hands and breathe life back into beautiful old boats that someone – or sometimes everyone – had given up on.

Apparently he could be “brusque” on the docks and not always warm and fuzzy, but he did a great thing for boating in the Northwest.

And while CWB’s scope expanded more than Wagner could have possibly imagined when he started it all, the sense is that they will continue seeing their role on the waterfront as Wagner envisioned, to simply get people on the water. The boats and facilities needn’t be perfect. And needn’t maximize the bottom line. What is needed, I think he would argue, is to get people on the water.

I sure hope his vision continues.

The naval architect Bob Perry wrote of his contact with Wagner on Sailing Anarchy, which provides great insight, and he allowed me to share it here along with a drawing he did for Wagner in 1969:

My old friend and giant in the PNW world of wooden boats, Dick Wagner, died on Thursday at his houseboat on Lake Union.

I met Dick in about 1970 when I was playing in the band and I ran across his boat rental business on Lake Union. I was a very frequent renter and one day Dick said, ‘This is very expensive for you. How would you like to exchange working on the boats for use of the boats?” I jumped at it and we became friends. In time I rented the houseboat next to Dick’s and from time to time I’d watch the rental business when Dick went out of town. I cruised Dick’s 42’ schooner SINBAD.

I won’t even try to document what Dick did for the wooden boat scene in Seattle.  Safe to say he singlehandedly established The Center For Wooden Boats on Lake Union. If not single handed, damn near.

He was really a nice guy, intense with a fiery temper and no time at all for idiots. Dick encouraged my youthful yacht design efforts when others were laughing at me. He gave me little design jobs that looking back I think he gave me to help my confidence along.

Dick was the only person I ever knew who pronounced “block and tackle” as “block and taykle” the way the old timers reportedly said it.

Dick was a very skilled architect but his heart was in the wooden boat scene.

A funny image I have of Dick is when some non sailor would rent a boat. They would have to sail it out of the narrow area between the houseboats off Westlake. Typically this would not go well and Dick would chase them down the dock screaming at them until they were out of ear shot. I think Dick may have gotten more rental money when the renters were too afraid to sail back to the dock.

R.I.P. Dick in a nice old wooden boat that never needs upkeep.

 

Here’s a video piece with Wagner explaining the thinking behind the CWB and its beginnings.

Here’s the message from The Center for Wooden Boats’ web site.

 

The Center for Wooden Boats’ navigator and true north, Founding Director Dick Wagner, passed away at home with his family on Thursday, April 20th.  His was a life well lived.

Dick was one of a kind.  A man of uncommon perseverance, he believed profoundly in the power of people.  He helped us imagine the unimaginable, inspiring us to whole-heartedly join the effort to create something brand new.  A graduate of Columbia and Yale, he was trained as an architect and thought like an urban planner.  Some people change skylines. Dick changed Seattle’s waterline.  He showed us how to bring to life a stark shoreline by providing public access to the water.  He showed us that a living museum could have mostly moving parts, and that everyone could be engaged in learning by doing.  The goal was always to get a tool, an oar, a tiller, or a mainsheet in someone’s hand, so they could feel the wood, the water, or the wind as they discovered with amazement what they could do.  That was learning, that was growing, that was living.

Passing skills from one generation to the next, we were preserving the maritime heritage that is integral to human history in the Pacific Northwest.  Dick believed in boats without barriers, serving our community across cultural and economic boundaries.

With a track record of public benefit and creative vision, Dick positioned CWB as a leader in the maritime heritage community.  He profoundly influenced the evolution of Lake Union Park and the urban neighborhood at South Lake Union.  Turn the clock back more than 30 years to CWB’s first days in South Lake Union.  Scan the shoreline from Kenmore Air to Foss Maritime, and it would be unrecognizable but for the cedar-shingled boatshop ably performing every function a fledgling hands-on museum might need.  Today, that boatshop is joined by another floating building and a new one on shore, all monuments to the enduring value of Dick’s vision.  What Dick and his wife, Colleen, started in their home so many years ago has grown into a Seattle treasure and national destination, and the new building is fittingly named the Dick and Colleen Wagner Education Center.  Years later, the State of Washington approached Dick to extend his vision and create The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.  Still later, King County Metro partnered with CWB to activate a new site near Gas Works Park in North Lake Union.

As an unconventional community organizer and eloquent advocate for youth, Dick inspired a generation of community leaders.  He was committed to democratizing the world of sailing and using wooden boats as a force for good.  He believed CWB should serve all members of the community, especially the young and those with special needs.  He was most proud of our programs that serve homeless youth and people with physical challenges.  He considered our free Sunday Public Sails a critical community service.  There were so many important stories to tell, and a diverse collection of boats helped us tell those stories.

Dick was famously serious about the most efficient way to sail boats with traditional rigs, and if you were smart, you would heed his advice.  His intensity was matched by his impish sense of humor.  A gifted writer, he delighted in unusual metaphors, sometimes nautical, sometimes celestial, sometimes structural in nature.  As an architect and planner, he effortlessly produced surprising and inventive – even fanciful – solutions to old problems and answers to questions that no one else was asking.  Upon hearing a well-told tale or witty remark, Dick’s eyes would sparkle, his whole face would crinkle with a wide grin, and a staccato giggle would burst forth.  He was never without a pen and paper, or a napkin in a pinch, because the ideas were constantly flowing, the to-do lists were without end, and the boat sketches practically drew themselves.   A man of refined tastes, he used to keep a bottle of good scotch in his desk drawer and occasionally raise a glass at day’s end with treasured friends, who were invariably devoted CWB donors and volunteers.

Dick dreamed on a grand scale but delivered results on a human scale.  He favored small boats that could be single-handed over large vessels.  He favored deep, rich educational experiences that change lives over hosting crowds for brief visits with little lasting impact.  He favored handwritten letters packed with personality and inspiration – and a Wagnerian doodle if you were lucky – over mass mailings generated by the miracles of technology.

Ever the expansive thinker, even in the early days, Dick could be heard to say, “Today Lake Union, tomorrow the world!”  He wanted CWB to have the widest impact possible and do the most good for the most people.  The community efforts that Dick helped bring to life from Oregon to Virginia to the Caribbean to St. Petersburg, Russia, seem to signal that tomorrow has arrived.  Dick has left Seattle and the world a better place.

At Dick’s request, there will be no services. CWB is planning several events to celebrate his life. Check our website and social media channels for upcoming details.

Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta

Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta

It’s been a long time since 116 boats have been on Puget Sound for a race on the same day, but that’s exactly what happened for Saturday’s Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta (BRBR). And with a gentle southerly, sailors and non-sailors alike looking out at Sound got to see a gorgeous parade of boats headed back to Shilshole after rounding the Rock.

Why so many boats? Maybe it had to do with the beneficiary of the regatta, The Sailing Foundation (TSF) and its efforts at promoting youth sailing. While all the beneficiaries of this race are worthy, there’s a natural connection with TSF. Maybe the participation had to do with the promotional efforts by the Sloop Tavern YC  and Andrew Nelson of TSF. There was lots of outreach. Maybe the Sloop offering a provisional PHRF racing for a race helped spur attendance. It did in my case.

Regardless, why were there so many boats in BRBR is probably worth some study. In the meantime here are some great Jan Anderson photos and a race to talk about. The sun mixed with clouds and a bit of warmth made for some very happy faces, and Jan caught a lot of them. Maybe a shot or two of your boat?

There were three, count’em three, non flying sails classes comprising 15 boats. Starting first, they could stay in more of the dying breeze longer, though that couldn’t help some of the boats when it got super light off Shilshole. Despite that, every non-flying sails boat that started, finish. In fact, only two boats that started DNFed. Hey, it’s a benefit regatta and a beautiful day and, really, so what if some boats are a mile ahead. It’s great to be on the water, and that racing climate is what makes this race special.

There was something really special about watching Crossfire and Smoke smoke through the fleet on the long leg to the Meadow Point buoy. With their tall rigs and generating their own apparent wind, it didn’t seem like a light air race to them. They finished first and second overall, respectively. There were lots of other impressive performances you can find in the results. The two Bob Perry-designed Flying Tigers had a great day, finishing first and second in class. An Aussie 18 skiff, brought here temporarily from the sailing skiff Foundation in San Francisco and skippered by Evan Sjostedt, flew around the leadmines with the greatest of ease.

But this race was primarily about a relaxed race and gathering some funds for TSF. Youth Sailing Director Andrew Nelson doesn’t have the final numbers yet, but it was surely a significant fundraiser for the organization. And he reported that Ben Glass on Ocelot (The Mighty Ocelot for this race, anyway) invited four high school kids, who must have had a blast. Video below and on the sailish.com Facebook page.

And we’ll throw in another photo, this one of the Swan 391 Oxomoro crossing the trimaran Escape. Photo courtesy of Oxomoro skipper Doug Frazer, and if you want to see a relationship between a happy owner and boat unfold, check this slideshow out.

Oxomoro and Escape (click to enlarge)

Onboard Slipstream

The race was SO appealing, my boat partners Joe and Becky Burcar and I raced our C&C 36 Slipstream with their 6 year old daughter Charlotte and my 10 year old son Ian.  We would have won (not) for sure if not for a major crisis rounding Blakely Rock. Charlotte needed help getting her socks on, and was really quite insistent about it. Mommy was on the helm, and Joe and I were rather busy at the time and Ian’s help was unacceptable. So, after gybing the headsail and pointing back toward Shilshole, the first order of business was Joe getting Charlotte’s socks on. And you know, that was perfect. As it turned out, Charlotte’s socks were much less of a problem than our spinnaker sock. Following are a couple little videos I posted live to Facebook.

It’s obvious that with smartphone cameras and their ubiquitous use , we’re going to see more and more onboard footage. If you want to share yours on sailish.com or our FB page, let me know.

 

 

 

Bruce’s Brief April 1-2, Sloop Tavern Blakely Rocks Benefit Regatta

Bruce’s Brief April 1-2, Sloop Tavern Blakely Rocks Benefit Regatta

WOW! 117 boats turning out for this great event! In fact, it’s so good even editor Kurt Hoehne will be out in the mighty Slipstream, be forewarned. Unfortunately, the models are not in agreement at all except on one thing and that is that there will be more wind in the morning than in the afternoon. The early starters will have an advantage as will the boats with really tall rigs i.e. Crossfire and Smoke. The taller the rig, the more wind there will be off the water.

(Ed. Note: Folks, this is a great race and The Sailing Foundation is a great organization for promoting sailing. If you’re not sailing, consider donating anyway. At some point tomorrow I’m going to try to do a little live video to the sailish.com Facebook page. We’ll see how that goes. See you out there! And what Bruce meant to say was, be sure to pass Slipstream to leeward.  – Kurt)

Tides are interesting and I did double check the tides so the times are correct. The reason for the big disparity in the afternoon will be apparent if you look at the chart.

Tidal currents at West Point

0806      Slack

0942      Max Ebb                 .48 knots

1200      Slack

1818      Max Flood            1.12 knots

For the most part, we will be sailing in relatively little current, just pray for more wind. The other interesting feature is the IR satellite image which shows that we will also have some moisture headed our way, for a change. Kidding. Yet another month of near-record rainfall comes to an end with double the “normal” amount for the month. April will be much the same.

As you look at the surface charts you can see the problem developing as the next system passes with the center of the low staying to the south of us and really opening the pressure gradient, which won’t leave us with much wind. The post frontal will result in stronger breezes coming down the Straits however if it does come down the Sound it won’t be much.

In the starts before noon look for 5-12 knots of wind from the south with a slight southeasterly along Shilshole. This will be a pretty standard race compounded by the problem that in light air, the zone of dirty air extends further aft from the boats in front of you. Figure that in 5-8 knots of wind the zone will extend 15-20 times the mast height astern of the boat in front of you. Clear air in this size of the fleet will be highly prized and should be fought for all the time. In the starting area because it will be so close to the Shilshole breakwater it will pay to hold starboard off the start line to get to the breakwater before you tack. Don’t sail into the restricted area as marked by the buoys off the south end of the breakwater. Hold port tack to West Point and then beat feet to the west and Bainbridge Isl. Again, focus on staying in clear air and don’t tack back to starboard after West Point because the ebb will be flowing along the Magnolia Bluff. It was definitely there last weekend and with the rain this week, I suspect it will be there again this weekend.

Moisture headed our way. Again.

Once you get west and work your way up to the Rock, start watching the boats that have rounded ahead of you to see who is doing well. The southerly breeze will start to lighten up from the east first so staying slightly west, i.e. do the port pole set and delay your gybe to stay in more wind.

The next problem will be the rounding at Meadow Point because it is at this mark that the fleet tends to compress and folks have problems getting their kites down, getting the headsail sheeted properly, all the time while headed towards the beach with all kinds of boats screaming for shore room. Negotiate early and often and make sure there is only one person on the boat doing your inter-fleet communication. Plan your approach to the finish and watch as there may be more wind outside which may offset the port tack lift on the inside.

While the central and south Sound will have light air there is a gale watch in effect for the eastern end of the Straits which will last through tomorrow and may downgrade to a small craft advisory for Sunday.

Have fun stay safe, stay dry and enjoy the weekend!

Seattle Yacht Club Awarded for Excellence in Sailing Instruction from US Sailing

Seattle Yacht Club Awarded for Excellence in Sailing Instruction from US Sailing
The 2016 SYC Instructors

As we cover kids sailing programs around the region, lest we not forget SYC’s longstanding, outstanding program. Operating from SYC on Portage Bay, its Optis, Lasers, Vanguard 15s and 420s are a common sight as one drives on the 520. For more information, check out the brochure.

Sailing Director Brian Ledbetter was eager to share the news that his team earned some well deserved recognition from US Sailing. Here’s the scoop:

On behalf of the Seattle Yacht Club, Angela Frost and Cameron Hoard accepted the Captain Joe Prosser Award for Excellence in Sailing Instruction at the 2017 U.S. Sailing National Symposium. Angela is the Sailing Programs Coordinator at Seattle Yacht Club, and Cameron is the Junior Race Team coach.

Cameron and his Optis

This award is given to an organization that has demonstrated Excellence in Sailing Instruction, and has made an exemplary contribution toward improving the quality and safety in the training or instruction of sailors.

Cameron Hoard and Angela Frost accepting the award.

In addition to the trophy, a $500 credit, also funded by U.S. Sailing’s Training Committee, will be awarded annually to the selected program for Instructor Training. The Captain Joe Prosser Award was created to recognize the life achievement of the Merchant Marine Academy’s first sailing master. Nominees for the award may be organizations which are either “for-profit” or “not-for-profit”; and may be engaged in sailing instruction on a part-time or full-time basis. Nominees shall embody the characteristics of honor, integrity, and a selfless dedication to the sport.

Congratulations to the Seattle Yacht Club and the Junior Sailing and Racing programs for winning this prestigious award.

Congratulations, gang. One of the encouraging things that I’m seeing is that not only are there several different programs to suit different sailing communities, these organizations often pitch in on regattas together to give the kids the best experience possible.

If your junior program has a story to tell, please send it my way.

Midwinter Kids

Midwinter Kids

There may be some things that are more fun than packing up and heading across the country to race against a bunch of really skilled strangers, but not many. And if you get to do this when you’re young, it’s even better.

That’s what a bunch of Seattle area Laser sailors did this past month when they travelled to Clearwater, Florida for the Laser Midwinters East. The story is best told in pictures. What you don’t see is the moms who made it happen. As Erin Timms explains, “I will tell you that the kids had a ball! And Kara (Carlson) and I are exhausted after feeding 5 teenagers for 6 days!!!!!”

I’m hoping to follow the exploits of all our young sailors (and get their reports too) as they pursue championships, new friendships and fun. Not pictured here, but definitely representing Seattle, were Talia Toland and Hanne Weaver who both finished in the top ten in the Radial class. Results here.

Moms are great.