Archive for January, 2011

2010 NW Trek Series in Review

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

2011 has come in with some amazing weather! We’ve already been out sailing 3 days so far! With this excitement for the coming year lets take a moment and relive our 2010 schedule and highlights.

The NW Trek first race of the season was the Blakely Rock Benefit race done by the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club. Temperatures where in the 40’s, winds where out of the North in the 25 knot range and 3 Moore 24’s where entered – Doug Archbalds #111 Morjito drove up from Hood River to compete against Tony DeVita’s #114 Frecklebelly Madtom and Ben Braden’s #26 More Uff Da. After a lengthy Race delay due to a time keeping problem on the RC boat the Frozen sailors took off up around the Meadow point buoy, set their chutes and ripped off downwind towards the Rock.

Photo by Gary Stuntz

Racing was followed by the traditional Benefit Raffle to raise funds for the Ballard Food bank along with the awards for the day. #26 More Uff Da took first in class and first overall for the day, #111 Morjito took 3rd in class and #114 Freklebelly Madtom took 4th. By the end of the festivities that night the three boats in attendance took home a large booty of amazing raffle prizes.

Doug's inflatable Canoe.

The Second Race (fitting since it was double handed) in our little series was the STYC Race to the Straits. Tough racing that saw about every condition imaginable. Saturday started in light airs out of the south, so light that by a bit after noon 2 boats (#26 and #60) dropped out and started motoring towards Port Townsend to hopefully beat the expected strong afternoon westerlies coming in off the Straits. And boy did the wind come in, those that stuck it out in order to make the half way point saw a long beat into Port Townsend for their dinner and warm nights sleep.

#60 sailed by Chris and Lissa

Saturday evenings winds subsided during the night and the fleet was left to starting in very light airs, drifting and anchoring near the Marrowstone lighthouse (now a yearly occurrence) and finally reaching the halfway buoy by mid afternoon.

#124 sailed by Kathryn and Bill

After passing south of Point No Point the fleet realized they couldn’t make the finish time in Seattle, started motoring and then got hit by 30 to 35 knots of breeze out of the South! Many chose to duck into Edmonds for the night (which turned into 2 or 3 nights as the breeze never died down) and catch a ride home with friends.

In the end #132 Sputnik took first for the weekend, followed by #124 More Cowbell in second. #114 Freklebelly Madtom took 3rd, #26 More Uff Da took 4th and #60 Mordacious finished 5th.

The third race in the series was CGOD, the Columbia Gorge One Design regatta in Cascade Locks Oregon. Ran in conjunction with a Roadmaster Series race the NW fleet boats got to put up their metal against the avid sailors from Northern California.

Photo by Sean Trew

Racing was tight, fun and exciting. With winds in the 15 to 20 knot range, small waves, temperatures in the 80’s you couldn’t ask for a better weekend for sailing. By the end of the weekend the eligible NW trek boats saw #127 Bruzer taking first, #124 More Cowbell in Second, #26 More Uff Da in Third, #145 Electric Mayhem in Fourth, #70 Peptide in Fifth, #111 Morjito in Sixth and #132 Sputnik in Seventh. A great showing from the NW fleet and fun event to look forward to for 2011

#124 More Cowbell

The Fourth and Final race in the 2010 NW Trek Series was the Seattle Yacht Club Star and Bar regatta. With 5 boats and a one design start the weekend looked promising with it’s warmer than normal weather, but the winds held off and racing was done in shifty and light conditions.

Taken from the Race Committee boat

Racing was tight and fun with lead changes throughout the weekend. By the end #26 More Uff Da held onto 1st, followed by #124 More Cowbell in Second, #111 Morjito finished Thrid, #132 Sputnik finished Fourth and #114 Frecklebelly Madtom finished Fifth.

#111 Morjito

A small series of racing that produced some really fun memories and some exciting times. Hopefully your all looking forward to creating some memories and exciting times in 2011 with that fancy little giant killer of yours, your Moore 24.