Well, we are almost halfway through August now, but it seems like the summer has just gotten started! There is one more points regatta on the schedule for the Division, from which we’ve had a hiatus for 3 years! Our last event at Harrison was the H16/ H20 North Americans in 2019, way too long. The town is ready to welcome us back and we are hoping that this fantastic weather continues.
As for our next event, it’s the Harrison Division 4 Championships, Sept 3/4th. The park is open to arrivals Friday Sept 2nd at noon (or there abouts) and we have permission to stay until Monday noon. So, no need to rush out Sunday evening. We will have our usual main dinner on Saturday night (with a few surprises I hear) and then a light BBQ on the Sunday night for those who stick around.
Also, we have several able-bodied sailors ready and willing to crew if you should not have access to your regular crewmate. As always, first-come first-serve, so let us know and we’ll pair you up the best we can! Don’t let that stop you from coming!
We are looking forward to hosting everyone again at beautiful Harrison Hot Springs!
On a final note, the Hobie 17/18 North Americans are coming up next week in Perry Lake, Kansas and there are a few of your fellow sailors going! Stu Dean, John and Della Hoag and myself (with JJ as crew!). You can see the results as they happen starting August 16th on Regatta Network: https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/24574
Enjoy the rest of your summer! Stay safe on the water!
It’s true that Skamokawa did not live up to its usual standards with only 2 races Saturday and the Long-Distance race being cancelled… after which the wind kicked in! (of course). The hot weather reduced the thermal winds we are used to, with it filling in later, and with lighter conditions. The two races on Saturday were in the late afternoon, but provided good, technical racing with strong current and less consistent wind conditions. Following the racing, all enjoyed meatball sandwiches, salad and other goodies for dinner. The new manager of Vista Park and the Port of Wahkiakum County joined us with his family. He is a sailor and very happy to have us at the park. He was very keen on asking for suggestions to help the park improve (besides the obvious Sand Mat thorns!) and excited to have us back next year. Sunday the wind just would not fill in as the hot temps in Portland and Skamokawa were about the same. We were unable to start a race before the 3pm time limit.
There was a sad incident to report. Around noon on Saturday, there was a call to 911 from other park visitors down the beach. 2 brothers aged 26 and 28 were swimming, were caught and swept out by the current (and possibly ship wake) and drowned as a result. Our mark set team of Bob, Al, Tim, and Andrew, along with Jeff and Sue were instrumental in assisting both the emergency services and the families during this tragedy. Using their radios, they were able to communicate with the local authorities, with passing vessels and a Coast Guard helicopter to assist in the search. Jennifer Hoag assisted by translating Spanish with the family and authorities on shore. Sunday, the search continued, and our chase/safety crew spent the day taking the family and friends out in search of the brothers. As sad as this situation was, it is good to know we are prepared as a group and could be of assistance at the time of need. We also have a new AED defibrillator to carry on a chase boat in case of need on the water. This was onboard with Tim all weekend.
Thank you to everyone who was involved. As Paul E. said, we are all part of the same family that play on the water, whether as a swimmer or boater, we help those in need.
I just got home from another great weekend of sailing at Lake Quinault! Yes, the wind gods delivered another great weekend of racing and warm weather for the over 30 boats in attendance. In fact the conditions were perfect for most of the week for the youth camp as well… What a great way to spend time especially after such a long, cold and wet spring!!
Thanks to Charley who was RO for the weekend giving us 9 races overall (5 Sat/ 4 Sun) where the racing was tight and competitive. Well done to Charley and his team!
And the ‘on-shore’ stuff was pretty awesome too! Kudos to Laura and her food service team for an incredible meal on Saturday night (as always!) with some light hearted banter and ‘ceremonies’ before the raffle was held. A great spread of goodies were raffled off to the crowd to the usual hoots, hollars and cat-calls… All in all, a fun time was held by all.
Thanks to J for organizing some pretty cool trophies as well
An entree fee of $15 payable with cash, credit, debit, or check which will be accepted the morning of Saturday, July 23rd prior to registration ending at 1100.
SSP will provide 12 Hobie Waves.
Sailors may charter waves through the Open Boating Program on a first come first serve basis, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting the use of a Wave for this event through the Open Boating Program.
Each boat shall comply with the International Hobie Class Rules and may be subject to inspection at any time during the regatta.
Saturday, July 23
1000 Report time. Registration.
1045 Mandatory Competitors’ Meeting.
1100 Registration ends.
1130 First warning; sailing will continue throughout the day.
Food will be served 30 minutes following the docking of the Race Committee Boat
Sunday, July 24
0900 Report time.
1000 First warning; sailing will continue throughout the day.
1500 No race will be started after this time,
1530 Results and Awards Presentation.
Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the Official Notice Board located by the Sail Sand Point office.
All races will be sailed on the northern part of lake Washington, north of the 520 Bridge. Boats can launch from the beach and hand-launch ramps at the North Shore Recreation Area by Sail Sand Point on the north end of Magnuson Park.
The scoring system is as follows:
1 race is required to be completed to constitute a series.
When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
When 5 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
The penalties are as follows:
For the Hobie classes, rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by the One-Turn Penalty.
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION:
Sailors are responsible for their own transportation and housing.
The address of the regatta site is: 7861 62nd Ave NE Seattle WA 98115.
From the evening of Friday, July 22 to the evening of Sunday, July 24, boats competing in the regatta and their corresponding trailers may be stored in the Sail Sand Point Boat Yard.
DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY:
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum $100,000 cover of per incident or the equivalent.
No contestant shall use, either on or off the water, alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, or distilled spirits, each as defined in Chapter 51 of the US Internal Revenue Code and intended for beverage use), or marijuana, cocaine, or any other controlled substance (as defined in 21 US Code 802), the possession of which, by that contestant is unlawful under 21 US Code 841.
Infringements of this regulation and/or other inappropriate conduct occurring during the regatta, may be the basis for a hearing under RRS 69.1. The protest committee for such a hearing shall, at a time and place selected by it, meet to hear said protest, and it may impose scoring penalties, or other sanctions that it deems appropriate, including summary removal from the regatta.
With the meeting of minds (our Div AGM/ Planning session) that was held Sat Nov 13th, We now have a schedule ready for 2022! As it has been for the last 2 years, all of these dates are subject to changes in the prevalent local laws and updates related to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, if things continue as they are heading, we are hoping for a ‘somewhat normal’ regatta season for 2022!
If you look closely, you notice a few oddities…. I am still waiting on confirmation of the Desert Classic in May, You’ll notice Skomakawa has 2 dates… this is dependent upon whether we get approval to host the H17/ H18 North American’s at Lake Quinault in August. That will hopefully be confirmed by January. We’ll keep you updated on that one!
**Since the initial posting of this message it has been decided to postpone the hosting the H17/H18 NAC’s to 2023 due to the lack of on shore infrastructure currently in place at Quinault. Skomakawa Regatta will now be held August 6/7. An updated schedule is below**
Another ‘new’ event on the books is a MySail Family/ Friends Fun Camp at Quinault. This is an event were you get to invite your friends and neighbors who have always wondered what this thing is that you do with the 2 kayaks bolted together … Invite them out for a fun weekend of camping and sailing. More details on that as we get closer….
There are also some other ‘Fun Sail Days’ planned which will be posted. Miles in Coeur d’Alene/Spokane has some fun sail/ cruising days planned for June 18th and August 20th. More details on those in the new year.
Meanwhile, have a safe and wonderful holiday/ winter season, go easy on the slopes and we’ll see you in the spring!!
Here is the *updated* Schedule in downloadable pdf…
Following a very successful MySail Youth Camp at Lake Quinault, our annual Area Championship regatta was another great success! With 27 boats registered the sailing featured huge over the weekend. Here is a comment from Paul Carter:
“Saturday it rained during the night and into the day, with no wind. At noon it was decided to prepare the pasta dinner for 2:30, and then race until dark if the wind came up. The radar showed the rain moving away. And it worked beautifully. We all ate, and socialized, had beer by Eric and Valerie, then dressed, put up sails and went out about 3:30pm. We raced in double trap, travel down-winds and sun until 7:30 or 8pm and got 3 races in. The late sun lighting up the hills and the beach with all the Hobie sails was magical. Had desert and then a good raffle. Fun all around.
Sunday dawned slightly misty then dry but calm. At noonish the wind started to blow, and we got another 3 races in with building breezes until after 3pm, with some boats staying out for the double trap afternoon breeze. All around a very successful event. We miss all you Canadians.”
And we (us Canadians) missed being there!
Thanks again to all the organizers, Al Jones (regatta chair), Laura Sullivan (FOOD!), Charlie Rathkopf (PRO), Bob Combie and Tim Dorwin (chase boats) and all the other volunteers who make these events happen!
A personal note however, there was a great turnout of H18’s (10!) but they sure look boring with all those white sails!!! Where’s the colour? Oh yeah, It’s the Canadians who bring the colour!!
Thanks to everyone who attended (19 boats!) the first official Division regatta in over a year was a success! A big thanks to the volunteers and organizers that made it happen. Of the 19 boats there were 2 H14’s, 1 H17, 9 H16’s and an incredible 7 H18’s! And that’s without the Canadian boats in attendance.
With all the uncertainty floating around with events being cancelled (or not) due to Covid, we are pleased to announce that barring any unforeseen circumstances, Skamokawa and Quinault regattas will go ahead as planned!! The only uncertainty at the moment is will the Canadians be able to attend!.. Still waiting for the border to open on that one.
Check out the calendar page for updated information, NoR’s and links to Events.com for register online for these events. To assist in our planning we would ask that you register ahead of time (online is so easy even Paul V S can do it!) using the links provided… I’ll even include them here.
The dates have not changed for either event, there may be Covid protocols in place and we are expecting to provide the usual Saturday evening supper.