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02-22-2011, 08:04 AM
Nice article on the Shaw Island Winter Classic. For five years that I have done it this race has provided fantastic conditions, with 5-30 knot winds and clear skies.


Ballard Sailor
02-22-2011, 08:10 AM
Fun Video, great work! and there are a ton of other great creations HERE (http://www.youtube.com/user/JoyfulCreationsNW)! Always love sailing up there, man that reach out of anacortes across rosario looked like a hoot!

Here is the Joyful Creations NorthWest Website (http://www.joyfulcreationsnorthwest.com/) - a bunch of great photo's and video's

Ballard Sailor
02-22-2011, 08:15 AM
By Dennis Palmer


Skippers and crews delivering boats from Anacortes for the race had quite a ride crossing Rosario Strait on Saturday morning. Several boats were turned back by winds that gusted to 40 knots, blowing spray horizontally off the tops of the five foot white caps.


Once inside the Islands racers were greeted with a rare combination of brilliant sunshine and abundant breeze for the 2011 Shaw Island Winter Classic, hosted by Orcas Island Yacht Club this past Saturday, February 19.


The start finish line was at the Orcas Landing, with the race committee comfortably stationed on the veranda of the Orcas Hotel. The start was delayed from 11:00 to 11:25 because of ferry traffic in the starting area. After a spinnaker start, eighteen boats headed East through Harney Channel, with Mount Baker gleaming in the distance.


Once around Hankin point the fleet sailed into Upright Channel, yet it's name turned out to be a misnomer on this particular day. The wind increased and blew through the fleet in shifty gusts, and very few boats remained upright through the channel. At one point, all but two or three boats were in the process of rounding up or down, with spinnakers flailing. Some racers had to slalom through boats that had laid down in front of them.


As the fleet entered San Juan Channel, Shaw Island no longer offered protection from the northerly wind, and the fleet pounded north into winds of about 30 knots, with gusts approaching 40.


Once around Neck Point the fleet found that Wasp Passage turned out to be just as tricky as ever, with strong currents and very little wind in the protected narrow channel. Some boats were seen to be doing the toilet bowl trick as they swirled around in circles, trying to escape the passage and it's wind holes. The stretch to the finish line was an easy run, and there was no missing the sound of the cannon that signaled class winners.


Several boats rafted up to the county dock (no longer a fuel dock) at Orcas Landing after finishing and had a pre-awards-party. If this had been a cooking competition instead of a race, Eric Sorenson’s Catalina 42, Jah Mon, surely would have won the prize, with aromas wafting out of the cabin from barbecued halibut, teriyaki salmon, chicken pasta salad and green salad with mangoes, prepared by professional chefs Kevin and Quinn.


The awards party was at the Orcas Hotel, starting with cocktails, awards, then dinner. Mick Corcoran and his Hotfoot 27, Blackfoot, earned first place in division 1. Division 2 was taken by Fiona, a Dole 32 skippered by Bruce Bracket. The Santa Cruz 27 class and first place overall was won by skipper Alex Simanis aboard Little Blue Dune Buggy, who also set a new record for the Port Townsend Dash on his delivery from Shilshole to the race.


Not looking forward to a bumpy delivery home across Rosario Strait, many of the Anacortes skippers opted to stay the night at West Sound or Orcas Landing, which increased the size of the crowd at the party. What a weekend – sunshine, big breeze, great parties. None of this sucked.

Photo's by Joy Sloan, Stephanie Schwenk and Karen Monroe.
Full results can be found HERE (http://oiyc.org/race_book/ShawIslandWinter/WinterClassic2011.pdf) at the Orcas Island Yacht Clubs Website.

Ballard Sailor
02-23-2011, 08:44 AM
Here is another fun video (http://animoto.com/play/kaqt0lKSq2CEEvZR11nmew) with some swingin' tunes for ya! By Larry Delaney