After a 6-year hiatus, it was great to be back! The town welcomed us as they sent their Director of Tourism to our Skipper’s Meeting to welcome us. It was great to have teams from Kelowna, Vancouver, Comox, and Seattle all come together. One youth team from Comox made an appearance and showed they will be a team to reckon with.
We had about 9 16s, 4 17s, 7 18s, and a couple of Tigers. We sat on the beach in the sun catching up all day Saturday until about 2 or 3 p.m. when RC called us off the beach for 4 races in a building breeze. The first two races were single/double trap, and the last two races were full-on double-trap racing at its finest. Winds the whole weekend ranged from 9-15k, with gusts to 17k.
What makes Harrison so special is the flat water. All of the teams reveled in the high speeds, but that didn’t keep a few from flipping!! Puffs coming down the lake caught a few skippers by surprise.
Sunday proved slow while everyone waited for the wind to switch and the thermal to build in. It finally did…but only soon enough for one more race. That race was critical, at least in the 16 fleet. Rosenbach, Hoag, & Christensen went into the race separated by only 2 points and the last race mixed up the final standings.
Between the great beach, the sun, the flat water, and that incredible thermal, the weekend proved absolutely stupendous!
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The reason good sites are good is because they rarely disappoint. Expectations ran particularly high for this year’s Area Championships when Lake Quinault was selected as the venue after a two year hiatus.
NW sailors have been plying the no-motorboat-waters of Lake Quinault for over a quarter of a century. Most sailors arrive early and stay late, and this was true again this year. There are plenty of stories to tell, and it was particularly heartwarming to have many long-time Hobie sailors — some of them without boats — show up for an informal reunion and lots of reminiscing.
Hobie Cats NW served up its patented (and highly sought after) seafood cioppino Friday night to hungry mouths catching up on old times. Full Sail Ale continued to quaff their collective thirst.
Winds were light Saturday, and limited the sailors (and RC Skip & Jan Anderson & crew) to just 3 light-air races. But tactics continued to be the trump card. Those who read the lake well were aptly rewarded.
Laura Sullivan and a slew of volunteers served up a wonderful salmon dinner Saturday night that was to die for. All of this for $40-50? Incredible!! The raffle afterwards helped subsidize the dinner with lots of laughter included.
Sunday morning Peter Nelson familiarized newbie sailors (and a few vets) with a rules clinic. But that didn’t last long as it became apparent Race Committee was intent on its 1030 start.
Sailors saw a building breeze that started with partial single trap conditions and ended with most boats fully trapped. There isn’t much better than trapping out under sunny skies on Lake Quinault in the middle of a rain forest! Committee hoisted all class flags at the same time for the last start and 32+ cats were off to the weather mark. The second lap had boats heading to a reach mark in front of the beach where everyone was finished. A great end to a great day on the water.
Yet another dinner was hoisted up by Laura, aided by J Rosenbach. So sailors were fed 3 great meals for $50 for 2-crew boats, 2 days of racing, and awards. There’s nothing like a Hobie regatta (at Lake Quinault)!!!
Sorry for no blog yesterday, but hopefully after reading this you will understand.
We woke Thursday morning to the wind blowing the oysters off the rocks. Committee did not wait to post an AP OVER ‘5’ meaning return at 1500 and we’ll try again.
So we returned at 1500 with no change in the weather. Still blowing. But around 1530 we started rigging boats for first shape at 1700.
We ran 3 races into the evening. The current was stronger than before making the waves bigger. Most opted for the Oregon shore and flatter water. But the approach to the starboard layline had a lot of competitors heading to the Washington shore. Downwind the middle and OR shore were favored.
The “usuals” continued to make hay in the strong breeze. Marshack dominated. But when he wasn’t dominating the upwind machine known as Sohn put hurt on him. Erwin, who has been leading since Day 1, was tight on their tails. Both Ped and Evenden turned in good days, while Nelson and Sinnickson were hurt by equipment — Nelson flipping twice and hitting a mark.
After breaking the boats down in the dusk, racers were told to be ready for a start at 0800 Friday morning. With no races scheduled after 1400, committee wanted to get in some races to break the tie between Sohn and Erwin after Thursday’s racing. Short night. Racers had a quick nap and returned Friday morning to strong breeze, but not too strong.
Committee got off 2 more races. Sohn showed mastery and won the Championship. Erwin held on for 2nd, Marshack 3rd. For Div. 4, Nelson got 4th, Evenden behind Sinnickson at 6th, and Ped just out of the trophy hunt at 7th. I am not sure where Thompson finished.
Overall the event was well received by all racers. A total of 13 races were run in the 18 fleet — 14 races for the 20s — in medium to strong breeze.