Puget Sound Spring Regatta (PSSR) – small boat is hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) out of Shilshole Marina in Seattle each year. If you are a fair-weather sailor then this is probably not the regatta for you. Each year that we have been doing it (for the past 3-4 years) there has always been good breeze. The time of year just lends itself to that. The bigger body of water (Puget Sound) produces a nice chop that is a great learning/training ground and great way to start off the sailing season.
This year was no different. Last weekend 7 boats showed up. The low turnout was disappointing, but the sailing was not. Committee got 5 races off each of the two days for a total of 10! Saturday we had a 5-10k southerly and Sunday came in with a 10-15k northerly. That northerly was pretty cold!
But the facilities at CYC helped take the edge off. The club served up donuts in the morning and dinner at night. In addition, there are hot showers downstairs, a bar upstairs, and a beautiful, west-facing set of windows to watch the sunset over the marina.
Five 18s showed early strength including Paul Evenden and Cal Bridge coming down from Canada. They joined locals Paul VonStubbe, Ethan Salkind, and Jere Bott to create a class. Unfortunately they were forced to start with the only two 16s that showed up — Tim Webb and Peter Nelson.
Hopefully we can get more support next year as we are looking to partner with CYC for future events. PSSR is a great way to start the sailing season. (Sorry no photos. This interpid reporter was still suffering jet lag!)
This last weekend a group of intrepid Div. 4 Hobie sailors took to the slopes at White Pass Ski Area for a weekend of frolicking and laughter. To describe it in one word would be “epic”. The fun, laughter, bonding, friendship, sport, and environment were all 10.5 on a 10 scale.
Kudos to Rich Arneson for organizing this event and hosting us at the slope-side chalet of the Olympia Ski Club. This A-frame was built by volunteer labor in 1955 and added a good dose of nostalgia and ambiance to our weekend.
Rich was ably assisted by Elizabeth Prout, who took over the weekend cooking responsibilities not just for our hungry mouths, but for the entire Olympia Ski Club. Between the ambiance of the lodge, Elizabeth’s cooking, and the hospitality and congeniality of the club members, we were treated like royalty. And as an added bonus, not one Hobie person got kicked out of anywhere the entire weekend! lol
On the slopes it was giggles and grins across the board. We had 7 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday when Della showed up with JJ in the morning while Matt Markovich drove Josh up Sat. night. It was just too much fun on the chair going up and on the runs headed down.
Eventually groups broke up according to skiing preference and skill. Bob Combie and Kayley Jones were cutting fresh tracks on the runs through the 4″ that fell Friday night. Al Jones was shifting time between skiing with Kayley and the tree crowd. The tree crowd included our personal guide and host Rich “Gorilla” Arneson, Paul “Smooth” Carter, Tim “Drop” (aka “Teardrop”) Webb, and “Crazy” Peter Nelson. Teardrop hooked up with Smooth Saturday afternoon after selling his 2nd boat to Will Schwenger from Canada in the morning. (Expect to see Will slicing through the race course this summer!) Turns out JJ is a powder hound, and dove into the trees on Sunday every chance she got.
It was soooo much fun because everyone was an accomplished skier so you were always skiing with a friend. When it was time to head back to the lodge there was warmth, food, refreshment, friends, and games. Based on the success of this weekend, expect to see more skiing opportunities in the future.
As we wind down the year at the incredible sailing season we had, it is a good time to look back and recognize the class champions. These are the sailors that put in the hard work, drove the miles, and climbed their way above the heap to claim the most points for the season.
Points are awarded based on class size as well as importance of the regatta. For instance, an area championship (Quinault) will earn extra points and a national championship will earn the sailor the most points. So if you are chasing the season championship then it pays to get to a bunch of regattas and do well.
These sailors will receive huge accolades, fame, and fortune. Speaking tours, speeches, you name it. Heck, any of them could run for office and win! If you missed them on Good Morning, America, well, too gad. They were great!
So here are the 2017 season champions in each of the Hobie classes.
J Rosenbach / Jessie Markovich
Tim Webb / William Cran
Will Nelson / Josh Markovich
Paul Evenden / Sarah Isaak
Paul Von Stubbe / Vanessa Von Stubbe
Gillian Thomson / Breshen Holmes-Slattery
Congratulations to each of these sailors for a job well done!
A couple of items to note. Paul/Sarah were #1 in the NATION this year! Nice going, guys. Guess you figured out how to make that boat go!! Von Stubbe and Thomson were 5 and 6, respectively, nationally. Newbie sailors (to Hobiedom) Will Schwenger & Angie McLaughin were right behind in 8th in their first year sailing a Hobie. Pretty cool!
In the 17s Wilder was 4th overall nationally. And in the 16s Rosenbach was 27th overall. But their standing would have been much higher had they gone to the North Americans, and had sailed in more than just the 4 regattas.
Overall Division 4 did a very respectable job. For the full results click here.
Plan your Hobie schedule and book your reservations because the 2018 Hobie sailing calendar is up and live! Dates always seem to be subject to change, but as best as we can tell none of the dates have changed for, well, over 6 hours! lol But seriously, most of these dates you can bank on.
So get with your crew, spouse, significant other, family, and whoever else might be in your calendar and chart out which events you will be attending. It is best to put the events in your calendar otherwise you might forget them. Putting them in the calendar increases the chances you will attend.
Hobie Division 4 (that would be the Pacific NW for you newbies) announced today the date and place for its Annual General Meeting (AGM). Actually, they announced it Oct. 1 but it took this intrepid reporter this long to get it posted on the website!
Mark your calendars: Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.at Laura Sullivan’s house in Maple Valley. Please send an email to nelson.peter(at)live.com for an address. It is pretty easy to find, and is an absolutely gorgeous trophy home if you have never been there.
The BIG item on the agenda is next year’s sailing calendar. That is always a lot of fun to put together. There will also be some discussion on the future direction of youth sailing in the division, as well as an update on the Hobie 16 North American Championships being organized by Paul Evenden for 2019. Lots going on.
Stay for the meeting, but come for the party!! That’s right…right after the meeting we will be going into party mode with a BBQ and potluck. (So remember to bring something yummy to share.) I think Laura will have the party accouterments handled. (Easy for you to say!)
Looking forward to seeing everybody Nov. 4 and swap more sailing lies!!