Last Saturday Fleet 95 held its annual Hobie 101/102 class at Sail SandPoint. The weather was great. Unfortunately the turnout was not as great as the weather. Only two people showed up for each class. It was great to see the turnout from the fleet, though. In attendance were: Al & Kailey, Laura & Xena, Peter & Will, Tim, Josh, and Caleb. Paul & Bob were in the yard working on the 17, and ready to jump in if needed.
The weather was sunny and warm. The light northerly in the morning we thought for sure would, um, peter out. But not so. Instead it built to a perfect 10! So while Tim and Al were holding court under the tent for three of the students in 101, Peter was 1-on-1 with Ken (from Quinault) for 102. (Ken’s 16-year-old crew joined 101.)
After a great lunch we rigged Laura & Tim’s boats while showing the nubes how to. After a brief clothing change the two boats were off the beach enjoying a perfect sail under sunny skies. Those not sailing formed a peanut gallery at water’s edge with camping chairs and shared a wonderful day in the sunshine.
It was sad to see Caleb’s 17 load up and drive away with new owners. He sold it to some West Seattle guys who likely will not be racing. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
We all packed our gear up to head home. But not before we helped retrieve Tim’s tent which had managed to jump over two cars with the help of that beautiful northerly. It was simply a fantastic day all around for the fleet.
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!)
What a fun regatta!! But it didn’t start out that way this year. When sailors showed up Friday afternoon for a little afternoon sail it was cold and rainy. ‘Hotel room sailing’ was quickly decided upon.
As the first ‘official’ Hobie regatta of the season, it was fun seeing good friends again. There was lots of chatter on the beach and catching up as we waited for the breeze to fill in. Finally it did and it was boats off the beach.
Winds were light-to-moderate with large shifts and enough big puffs to keep everyone honest (and upright!). The highlight of the entire weekend, including Saturday — was watching the 3 youth teams battle in the H-16 fleet. JJ Hoag and Jessie Markovich were by far the most entertaining. You could hear them giggling and laughing all the way around the course. And when they won a race — which they did on multiple occasions — the high 5’s and cheering were unstoppable.
While the two girls were trying to put a tight cover on John Ped and Alex LeBlond, they let Will Nelson and Josh Markovich head to the other side of the course. And on a couple of those races the latter two sailed themselves into victory circle. That proved to be just enough as Will/Josh eeked past the two tied teams by one point to steal the victory.
In the 18 class a very strong showing of 12 boats hit the line. Peter & Laura showed great upwind speed, but it was Paul & Vanessa who showed everyone how to sail downwind. But a lousy second race put Gillian in the driver’s seat, just 2 points back of Peter/Laura after Saturday’s racing.
The dinner Saturday night was particularly cool in that many of the pu-pus looked like sailboats! There was lots of catching up to do, and later that night a gang of 8-9 teenage sailing thugs were seen roaming the streets of the resort pounding down a 1/2 gallon of ice cream! Dangerous stuff.
Sunday started out looking promising. But the wind never filled until very late in the afternoon. PRO Steve Brunson set a short course and rattled off 4 very short races. The races were quite refreshing because it was like short-track racing, with a premium on crew work. In the end the Von Stubbe’s were able to overhaul Gillian and grab second place.
Other notables were Will and ____. New sailors from Vancouver borrowing an older boat. They got everyone’s attention right off the bat with a 2nd place in the first race. Sandbaggers!
Sailing season is just around the corner!! April 1 is the Round Mercer Island Race. (No fooling!) We meet at Stan Sayer Pits in Seattle and circumnavigate Mercer Island. Registration opens at 1000; skipper’s meeting at 1100, and; first shape at 1200. Reverse start. Continental breakfast provided. $20 + launch fees.
Then the following weekend, Apr. 8-9, is PSSR sponsored by Corinthian Yacht Club – Seattle at Shilshole. This will be a good warm up for teams planning to travel to Yankton in June for the 16 NACs — not a lot of time to practice! Register on the CYC website.
If you are from out of town and planning/wanting to do both events then contact a Fleet 95 member and keep your boat in Seattle during the week in between.
Move-in/setup for Hobie Cats NW is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25. Fleet 95 night is Friday, Jan. 27, 6-9 p.m. Contact Laura for tickets.