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Center Sound Series #1 - Blakely Rock Race

Great conditions on Puget Sound for season opener!

Tue, 9th Mar 2010
By Chris Winnard

Center Sound Series #1 - Blakely Rock Race Great conditions on Puget Sound for season opener!
Image Credit: Jan's Marine Photography
Melges 32 Banshee approaches the rock

Perfect spring weather greeted the 78 boats who turned out for one of Puget Sound's most popular series - Corinthian Yacht Club's Center Sound Series (CSS), a three race series of fun, medium distance races held in March.

CSS Race #1 is the Blakely Rock Race and with sunshine and a fresh breeze everyone was ready to go for the 9AM start. Unfortunately, the Race Committee had some issues with one of their whalers so the start was delayed for an hour and a new course was posted for the race that didn't require a whaler to run up to Pt. Richmond to drop the North mark.

The course featured a downwind start and run to Blakely Rock, up to the Meadow Point marker, down to West Point and finish. A fun twist to the normal course on a building ebb tide.

The faster boats dominated the overall results due to having the best breeze during the first hour but with everyone finished in under 4 1/2 hours no one was complaining!

Ullman Sails powered boats did well with Derek Campbell's Melges 32 Banshee using a FiberPath Main taking 1st overall and winning P1. Other Ullman powered class winners were Erik Kristen's J-105 Jubilee in P8 and Marty Godsil's Thunderbird Invader in P12. Congrats to them and the other Ullman clients who placed in their classes!



Next up is the Scatchet Head Race!



This article was posted on Tue, 9th Mar 2010