Winter Vashon - CCW Edition
Course change made for a race!Wed, 7th Dec 2011
By Chris Winnard
Winter racing in the Pacific Northwest is always a challenge. It usually requires multiple layers of thermal gear, foulies, knitted caps and warm drinks! The Tacoma Yacht Club Winter Vashon race is the annual kick off event for the annual Southern Sound Series, a four race series that never disappoints when it comes to challenges!
For the third year Ullman Sails was the title sponsor for Winter Vashon. 89 boats were registered and 85 came out to tackle the new counter clockwise course. The cruising fleet started first in a nice easterly and the Ullman powered N/M 68 owned by Gerald Parker and skippered by Jon Thompson quickly sailed away into the lifting fog.
Chris Winnard of Ullman Sails Seattle was on the WV race committee team headed up by Charley Rathkopf and got all 11 starts off smoothly. The best starts of the day had to go to Carl Buchan's 'Madrona' and Eric Nelson's Henderson 30 'Gardyloo'. Both boats nailed the line perfectly!
As the fleet made it's way North the conditions lightened the race was ultimately shortened at the North end due to no wind in Colvos passage. Had the fleet been sent on the traditional clockwise course no one would have finished so there were no complaints on the change. Next year will be back to clockwise, let's hope for solid breeze!
If you see a photo you like, please order it from Jan's Marine Photography. Jan and Skip are always out there getting great shots. Thanks Jan and Skip!
This article was posted on Wed, 7th Dec 2011