Puget Sound Spring RegattaMon, 20th Apr 2009
By Chuck Skewes
Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle hosted its annual Puget Sound Spring Regatta known locally as PSSR on the weekend of April 18-19th. This is a two day event with 12 classes from 24 foot One Designs to large keel boats. The wind was everything from 12 knots in the last race to 4 knots in an earlier race. The Ullman Sails team was on hand to announce the new opening of the Seattle Loft and to help out sailors as they got ready for the event.
The weather was very spring like and the race committee put on a great show getting 9 races off over the weekend for most classes including the San Juan 24’s and the J105’s in typical CYC Seattle fashion. The Melges 24 fleet had 11 races with very tight mark rounding the entire weekend.
In the J105 Fleet Mike Schiltz continued his domination in the fleet with Ullman Sails including his new Fiberpath Jib. The Melges 32 Banshee owned and sailed by the Campbell family, coming off winning the Center Sound Series overall, had another convincing victory. Banshee was using their Ullman Fiberpath Mainsail for both events. There is a good chance that we will continue to see this boat in the front of the pack.
In the San Juan 24 Fleet the racing was very tight. Ken Johnson on Grauer Geist started out with and early lead but after 9 races, 3 points separated the top 3 boats with Snappy Tom and his veteran crew winning top honors by one point over Grauer Geist. Snappy Tom used Ullman Sails GPL main and genoa while Grauer Geist used their new Fiberpath Genoa. With two of the Ullman Team members North American Champions in this fleet it is no wonder why the Ullman Sails boats dominate so much.
Chris Winnard unwrapped his new Fiberpath Main and Jib for the Flying Tiger Dangerous When Striped and showed superior speed over the other Flying Tiger in the event. Ullman Sails two boat testing in this fleet has paid off. The Seattle NOOD Regatta is in one month and the testing will continue.
This article was posted on Mon, 20th Apr 2009