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26 Feb
Jim DePue Memorial Race 2017

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15 Feb

Here are the WSCYC-hosted races for 2017:

2017 WSCYC Race calendar

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07 Feb

We need you!

Your Yacht Club depends on volunteers like you.  A great way to volunteer is to become a Cruise Director.   Check on all the upcoming Cruises in the Calendar section on the Club’s website, and decide which Cruise you want to Direct.

Q:   What does a Cruise Director do?

A:  Well, as the name implies, direct the cruise.  In other words, host the cruise.  You find a location, destination, harbor, marina, etc, where we can sail and meet up together.

Q:  I want to be Cruise Director, and have a destination in mind, but I have never have volunteered before.  What next? 

A:   Make a flyer.  Like a one page event bulletin, (see the others below) detailing the when, where, and what.  E mail it to the club, or a Board Member and we will post it here.

Q:  How do I  know who is coming on my cruise?

A:  On your flyer, include a contact e mail, phone number, or other way to let you know that members have signed up.   Use Social Media.

Q:  Do I have to supply food and beverages and make dinner for everyone?

A:    No, unless you want to!  We’ve cruised to many locations were we anchor out in a harbor, and dinghied to shore.  Or stayed in a marina, and walked to a restaurant. Pot Luck aboard the Host Boat is another way to arrange a meal.  Pot Luck is where everyone brings a dish to share.

Q:  Do all the activities have to be for the whole group?

A:  No. You are the Cruise Director, you decide what and how much to do as a group.  But remember, cruises are open to all our Members, sailboats and powerboats, adults, and children.

Q:  What if I want to buy something and give it away as a prize? 

A:  The Club does have a Cruise Budget that we reimburse you after the cruise if you supply the Treasurer with receipts.  Please be reminded that this is a small amount, so anything over the budget will not be reimbursed.

Cruises are great ways to meet other members, share stories, and have fun on the water.  So sign up today and Direct your own Cruise!

Contact Rear Commodore Elise Massey  wscyc@wscyc.net for more answers!


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11 Dec

We had a great adventure and one of our highest performances in this class so far. We have been told not to divulge any secrets, how can we write this and not let a few out of the bag! You can see the results at http://ptsail.org/tbird/.
I have to thank my crew Matt Sinns, Gary Lanthrum(who treated us like royalty while hosting us) and Vince Townrow(Ullman sails, and nice work on new sails, oops a secret!). Gordy Fowlds normally is with us, but stepped out for Vince and Gary L. Thanks to CSR Marine for the best bottom paint job I have ever had, oops a secret!

We took awhile to warm up with the first two races with bad starts – remind me to start better at the beginning. Then after everyone discounted us, we fired up and boldly won the 3rd start and never gave up the lead – our first bullet! The last four boat lengths were very exciting – normally at a down wind finish Port and Stdb have no rights on each other, but the key is only in the three boat zone. We were Stbd and attacked Fandango (port) at four boat lengths away and she took my stern and finished along side and inches behind us!

Now a little background might help to understand Port Townsend bay. If you have ever taken your bike from Port Hudson directly to Fort Worden you will never forget the hill in the middle. This causes the wind off the straits to split into two parts funneling into the bay. This makes for two winds that compete for dominance. Normally the left side is favored. When the right is favored, you can see the “carpet” coming. Fourth race, the carpet is coming and after three races all the rest of the boats went for the left – tried and true. We waited to be the last boat to start, no sense in warning the rest – oops gave away a secret! Got to the first mark in front and again never let go. Number two bullet.

This next race was abandoned, but we managed to walk around the fleet and finish first – got to love light air!

The rest of the races are foggy in my mind, but the overall feeling is now we know we can win against these guys! Now they know this too and we have to realize our place now. It is very sweet!

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