Melges at PSSC 2010
Returning to my roots by Chuck SkewesTue, 12th Oct 2010
By Chuck Skewes
Growing up in the Northwest and sailing in Puget Sound some of my greatest memories of competitive sailing were the Puget Sound Sailing Championships or better known to the locals as PSSC. It is a PHRF and Offshore One Design multi race regatta with 2 courses and lots of great racing. It has always been well attended and very competitive.
This year I was sitting in Sunny San Diego at the Ullman Sails Lofton Wednesday and was called by a friend of mine in Seattle asking if I was interested in putting a team together for the weekend to sail Melges 24’s in Seattle for PSSC. I then made a few phone calls. The first was to my friend and Ullman Sails One Design manager Eric Shampain. Eric is one of the most knowledgeable Melges 24 sailors in the world. He had already been called for the same boat and had started working on the crew as well. He contacted Kristen Lane of Team Brick House who was the previous owner of the boat we were to sail. With 3 of us set we got our tickets and hopped on a plane to Seattle. We worked feverishly to find the last person. The owner of the boat happened to be an old friend of mine that I had not seen in 14 years. When we landed in Seattle I put out a message on Facebook looking for a crew that weighed less than 130 pounds. In minutes another friend offered up his 12 year old son that was a junior sailor. We now had a crew and a crew that could weigh in.
This article was posted on Tue, 12th Oct 2010