The race committee set a relatively short start line both days which with an occasional strong current created some interesting challenges. In the second to the last race on Sunday there was a pretty dramatic wind shift to the south with the result that most of the fleet struggled to get to the starting line without being forced into a port tack or circle to clear the line. This bailed out Blue, far from the starting line trying to solve a spinnaker halyard tangle.
Ken and Bruce Reid along with Bruce’s crew mate, Scottie from Bellingham proved consistent in Eagle with seven (7) bullets but for a tough first race on Saturday due to an over early start taking a clear first place. With PC Burns in Seattle for Opening Day, Annie Pederson took the helm of 2016 Fleet Champion Ayrborn and proved almost as consistent with a bullet in the first race followed by seven second place finishes and finishing second overall. With four of the third place finishes that were divided up among the rest of the fleet David Dale-Johnson’s Blue took a distant third place. Paul Taylor on Black Magic (with Charles in Victoria for their Opening Day), Trevor Gibbons on Rum and Monkey and David Dale-Johnson on Blue filled out the fleet.
Mistral, Carmudgeon and Eclipse are on the hard either at Straits Marine or at the Yacht Club for repairs. So the numbers were reduced for this regatta. The next One –Design Series is the weekend of June 10th and 11th.