2018 Race Results are now being posted
All Race Committee Communications are on CHAN 69
2018 Roster of Racers registered:
- Second Chance
- Blade Runner
- Dream Time
- Fast Time
- Cloud 9
- Rubber Ducky
- Flying Circus
- Mental Floss
- Natural High
- Patsy Paul
East Sound Spring Regatta
This year Orcas Island Yacht Club and Ullman Sails started up a new regatta, The East Sound Spring Regatta, sailing out of Rosario Resort. If you’ve never been there, it’s a pretty spectacular venue, and a newly renovated marina. Three Bellingham boats made the trip: Blackfoot, Blade Runner and Hravn. Blackfoot and Hravn sailed in a seven boat PHRF-A division, while Blade Runner raced in a combined SC-27 and Martin 242 fleet. There was also a 4-boat cruising fleet, featuring the 50-ft. schooner Sir Isaac being double handed (although they also had a dog). East Sound is deep with steep sides. The races were set up with starts close to the resort and a set of fixed marks, local mooring buoys with flags attached. Plenty of depth, but sometimes it seemed like we were awfully close to the beach in crowded roundings. It was a fun challenge as well to identify the marks during the first races. On Hravn, we really enjoyed this aspect of the racing which was not at all the usual buoy courses. The novelty of the venue, with its offset marks and unknown wind and current patterns, made every race a challenge. We were the scratch boat in our fleet, with only the J-35 Sunshine Girl close in rating, everyone else was up in the 150-180 range, so we had to make good decisions in order to have a shot at correcting out over the fleet.
Saturday’s racing was in the southern lobe of East Sound, with wind that was light and flukey, mostly 4-6 knots from the south, but with consistent northerly currents. Though we often led the fleet, there were lots of holes. Between the wind and “pioneering” to identify the marks, the fleet compressed frequently. In three races, we ended up 2, 4, 2, while Blackfoot was 1, 6, 4, and Blade Runner went 3, 4, 5 in their fleet. Sunday started off with coffee and great breakfast burritos at the marina put on by OIYC. The wind filled in to a very nice, steady 6-12 knot southerly by about 10 am. The start was moved north, and we got in 3 longer races. The first was up to the village of East Sound and back. The other two were straddling the northern and southern lobes of the Sound. The longer distances and higher wind range (and known marks) let us get up to hull speed and leg out more. The sun came out sporadically, and we managed not to break anything. We finished the day with three firsts, beating the Merit 25 Paradigm Shift from Anacortes for first in our fleet. Mick and Cathy in Blackfoot did well too, just missing third, beaten by one point by local Bob Brunius (from OIYC) sailing an Ultimate 20. In the other fleet, Ward also ended up 4th in Blade Runner, just 3 points behind the other SC-27, Wild Rumpus. Sir Isaac took first overall with only a single second and 5 firsts. The trophies were all produced by local artists.
All in all, it was six challenging races in two days happening in one of the prettiest spots around! We’ll be back next year!
Racing Forms for Download
Ahoy CYC Racers!!!
Welcome to 2018 CYC Racing. This Thursday, April 5th, marks the beginning of the 2018 CYC Thursday Night Racing Season! I look forward to seeing everyone on the race course, please review the 2018 Race Packet and call with any questions.
The dates for 2018 Racing are as follows:
Series 1-4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3
Series 2-5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7
Series 3-6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12
Series 4-7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Series 5-8/23, 8/30*, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20
The venue of choice for apres sail is The Local Public House on Railroad Avenue, and they are poised to accommodate our motley crew(s)...
Looking forward to another amazing racing season in 2018!
CYC Race Chair
Three additional courses...
We sail friendly!
Corinthian Yacht Club of Bellingham's Thursday night races are intended to be casual and fun.
All racers should read the Racing Instructions as posted below and compete in the manner they were intended. Again, Thursday evening races are intended to be fun and casual. However, an adherence to the rules is important for all racers so that we all can enjoy the evening and can also avoid accidents that hurt people and/or damage boats.
We Sail Friendly. It's what sets us apart.
2017 Race Results are still posted
The Ten Commandments of CYC Racing
- Thou shalt not take anything other than safety too seriously. If you can only remember one commandment, this is the one. Relax, have fun, and keep it light. Late to the start? So what? Over early? No big deal. Too windy? Quit. Not enough wind? Break out the beverages. The point is to have fun, but stay safe. As the ad says, “Safe boating is no accident”
- Thou shalt honor the racing rules if you know them. The 2013-2016 US Sailing Racing rules is the current rules bible. Few sailors have actually studied it cover to cover: it’s about as interesting as reading tax code or the phone book. For CYC racing, just remember some of the biggies (port tack boats shall avoid starboard ones; windward shall avoid leeward ones; an outside boats shall give room at the mark). Stay out of the way of bigger boats, pay your insurance premiums, and keep a low profile unless you are sure you know what you’re doing. Like most things, it boils down to common sense.
- Thou shalt not covet thy competitor’s boat, sails, equipment, crew, or PHRF rating. No excuses or whining; if you’re lucky enough to own a sailboat, just go use it! You don’t need the latest widgetry or unobtainium sailcloth to have a great time out on the water with friends. Even if your boat is less than competitive, make modest goals and work toward improving on them from week to week, or don’t. The goal is to have fun.
- Thou shalt not amp out. No screaming, swearing, or overly aggressive tactics. Save that stuff for the office or, if you must, for a real race. If you’re going to lose it in a Thursday nighter, you’re going to run out of crew, not to mention friends in a big hurry.
- Thou shalt not protest thy neighbor. This is extremely tacky at this level of competition and should be avoided. Perhaps it’s justified if one’s boat is damaged and blame needs to be established. If an infraction has occurred then do your turns on the course and exonerate your self. Remember there is no protest committee.
- Thou shalt not mess up your boat. Everybody knows some hardcore racer who ripped up his sails on a Thursday evening and had to sit out race week. The point is that it’s not worth risking your boat and gear in such casual competition: As the song says, you got to know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em. Avoid other boats at all costs, not to mention buoys and other hard objects. If you have the luxury of two sets of sails, use the old ones.
- Thou shalt always go to the favorite watering hole afterwards. Etiquette demands that you congratulate the winners, as well as buying a round for your crew. Besides the bar is where the results are calculated and announced. Also the bar is a great place to see old friends and to make new ones.
- Thou shalt bring you spouse, kids, friends, and whoever else wants to go. CYC Thursday evening races are great forums for introducing new people to sailing, such as our neighbors, out of town visitors, co-workers and maybe even the family dog. Always bring your significant other along. Co-ed crews are happy crews, and don’t just make newcomers watch. Give them a job on the boat. Get every one involved.
- Thou shalt not worry; be happy. Leave the cell phone in the car, bring some tunes. Lighten up, it’s not the America’s cup.
- And above all remember Bill’s tenth commandment “In the event of a potential conflict assume that the other skipper is less knowledgeable than you and that his boat is less maneuverable than yours. Have Fun!”
— Excerpts from Latitude 38 March 2014
Past years' Race Results Still Available
7 MAY 2018
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