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Puget Sound Sailing Championships 2010

Race Report

Wed, 13th Oct 2010
By Chuck Skewes/Chris Winnard

Puget Sound Sailing Championships 2010 Race Report

The weather forecast from Weather Routing Inc. for the 2010 Puget Sound Sailing Championships had big breeze predicted while Weather Underground had very little breeze in the works. The latter proved correct as the two fronts that were heading to Puget Sound never made it during racing. The rain did though!

Saturday’s racing was held in light to medium Southerly with the big boats racing on the North Course and the smaller boats staying closer to Shilshole on the highly geographically and current influenced South Course. Sunday started off with racing in the dreaded Easterly breeze, which ultimately succumbed to a nice 10 knot Northerly. The race committee work was outstanding.

On the North course, one of the hot classes to watch was P2 Sportboats with all but one boat using Ullman Sails. That boat, the Melges 32 ‘Ballistic’ didn’t place. P2 was dominated by the FT10 ‘Dangerous When Striped’ with a full Ullman FT10 Class inventory. Second was Dan Randolph and crew on the Farr 30 ‘Nefarious’. Dan and crew are still cutting their teeth on their new boat but were very fast with their new Ullman FiberPath upwind sails. Third was the nimble Sierra 26 ‘Uno’ sailed by Brad Butler using an all Ullman inventory.

In P5 Greg Larsen’s Ullman powered Olson 30‘Lunch Box’ took first with the Soverel 33 ‘Grafix’ using a three year old Ullman GPL Main, GPL and Kevlar #1’s and Asymmetrical spinnaker taking third.

Several boats on the North Course were using new Ullman FiberPath Elite, single sided taffeta sails and were thrilled with how they performed.

The South Course, traditionally more shifty than the North Course, was true to form.  With all 6 races on Saturday from the South with winds shifting through 35 degrees.  Sunday had races from Easterly winds to Northerly.

The Melges 24’s the fastest boats on the South Course and the Largest fleet in the regatta with 16 boats from as far away as Idaho and Vancouver Island had great racing.  Brad Bradley from Nanaimo BC came out on top with a brilliant performance from his thrown together crew.  Brad used the Ullman Tri-Radial Technora flat jib with the Ullman Shark Dacron main to take a commanding lead going into the end of the regatta allowing him to sail conservative to win the event.

The San Juan 24’s have a bit of a revival in the Northwest had some close racing with places being determined by feet in some races.  Ken Johnson on Grauer Geist using his Ullman Sails FiberPath GP Technora Genao and Red Line “S” Spinnaker took first place over Gil Lund sailing Snappy Tom using his Ullman Sails GPL Main Genoa and Red Line “S” Spinnaker in second.  Gil is coming off winning the San Juan 24 North Americans this summer.

Marty Godsil sailing with Ullman Sails suffered a scoring penalty in race 3  to allow Ken Lane’s steady performance to take the victory in the Thunderbird Fleet.

This year 30% of the trophies were taken away with Ullman Sails and 40% of the Ullman Sails customers won trophies.  If you like winning you will love Ullman Sails!

This article was posted on Wed, 13th Oct 2010