Quinault practice

We had a great Sunday of it last practicing up for the Pacific NW Area Championships.  8 boats hit the water and one was left on land, for a total of 9 boats.  Good turnout on short notice.  Three of those 8 were youth teams and it was really good to see them out there honing their skills.

John Ped and Alex Leblond were looking particularly dialed in.  With a combined crew weight of around 275#, these young men were flying upwind.  Will Nelson and Jennifer Hoag were looking just as good – until they lost their mast!  Their forestay parted and down came the mast.  Undaunted, these champions got towed back to shore, re-rigged (with the help of John Hoag) and were soon putting on a clinic of their own on the water!  Tawnya Fox and Sara Isaac – our newest youth team to the Hobie 16 – really showed some great improvement and why they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Rounding out the clinic we had J Rosenbach, Al Jones, Todd Morrill, Andrew Gross, and a “cheater 16” Jerry Valeske (on a H-18).  Most had crew, but I don’t remember names.  Jerry was sailing with new crew Lisa, while Kailey Jones was getting in some time crewing for dad, Al, in advance of teaming up with Dan Tarleton in the Youth NACs.  (Al tried to register as a youth, but we busted him!)

We started out with a chalk talk to the youth teams that lasted an hour or more.  We talked strategy and rules and asked and answered a lot of good questions.  It was great to have the boats on the water.  Weather cooperated long enough to run a few simple drills.  Due to the late hour of splashing, we commenced directly into practice starts and A-finish short races.  This gave everyone plenty of practice at starting, and just about everyone had their moment of glory AND gloom!!  Eventually the wind quit and we knew it was time to go home.  Just as well or we may still be out there!!

We are thinking of piggybacking on to this well-attended event with another prior to the NACs in Pensacola.  If we do, it will likely be in Puget Sound – salt water similar to Pensacola.

Many thanks to Matt (chase boat), Bob Combie (marks), Paul Carter (marks), J Rosenbach (arranging chase), Jerry & Laura (RV), and everyone who drove the miles and made it happen.

This weekend is Dinghies weekend at Whidbey Island.  We will have at least 3 18s and I think as many or more 16s.  BUT YOU HAVE TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE!!  It will likely be Portsmouth rating.  As much as I absolutely LOVE one design, sailing a handicap regatta every once in awhile is kind of fun just to mix it up.  Hope you come join the Penn Cove fun!!

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