• Whidbey Island Race Week 2011 - The Adult Summer Camp


    Whidbey Island Race Week is an unparalleled sailing event in the Northwest US - British Columbia region. Started by Yachting Magazine in 1983, Whidbey Island Race Week has grown until reaching the maximum allowable size of 163 racing yachts in 1993. This event has been recognized by Sailing World Magazine as one of the Top 20 regattas in the World, and Top 10 Regattas in the United States.


    In 1994 Northwest Marine Productions assumed responsibility for the event. With a grass roots attitude, everything from the racing to shoreside activities was tailored toward creating the best sailing event possible for the local sailors. For many, Whidbey Island Race Week has had the nickname of “Adult Summer Camp” and to this day the moniker still holds. There are those of us who have been participating for 28 years. We have become older and we now find a new generation of our children and grand children partaking in the sailing and shoreside activities. Whidbey Island Race Week keeps us connected to the changing faces, attitudes and preferences of today’s and tomorrow’s sailors.


    In 2007 Clear Ahead Marine Productions was passed the torch to continue the great tradition that WIRW has and will become. Whidbey Island Race Week consists of a registration and the opening reception on Sunday, followed by five days of competitive round-the-buoys racing. A great addition was its own Finish boat on the race course to have a separate starting and finishing area. This allows for a transitional area and to increase the ability of clean starts and more racing. Each evening features an awards ceremony with refreshments and live music.


    New for 2010 was Dinghies Whidbey Island on Saturday and Sunday Prior to the week of Keel boat racing. 27 dinghies showed up for two spectacular days of racing, consisting of 5 separate classes and 10 races over the two days. The 5 starts consisted of Hobie 16's, Hobie 17's, A Cats, Hobie Tiger's and a Portsmouth fleet of various small boats. A huge success for it's first year in existence and we're looking forward to seeing a huge fleet for 2011! Maybe a large fleet of Weta's for the week prior to WIRW?


    Registration is open at the Whidbey Island Race Week Web page (NOR & Entry forms Keel Boat - NOR & Entry Forms Dinghies) and WIRW is offering some awesome discounts for early registration for Keel Boats (see below)!

    9. ENTRY PROCEDURE. Please complete and mail an Entry Form with appropriate rating certificate and fees as soon as possible. Email Confirmation will be sent upon receipt.
    A. Race Week Program, including Sailing Instructions, will be presented to each accepted entry at registration.
    B. The regatta will be limited to the first 175 entries. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS LIMIT IS REACHED.
    C. Entry closing will be July 8, 2011 or when the Limit has been reached.
    E. By submitting an entry each owner/skipper certifies that they have read and accept the Conditions of Whidbey Island Race Week and that the current and valid measurement certificate submitted with entry will be the rating application to the yacht at the start and throughout the series.
    F. AnyCompletedRegistrationPostmarkedbyMarch15th,2011 willreceiveONEFREEEVENTIDENTIFICATION PASS. As well as one of the discounts below if the completed postmarked registration meets the appropriate early registration deadlines. This is up to a $175 savings!
    G. Any Completed Registration Postmarked by February 15th, 2011 will receive a $100 discount off of the Entry Fee.
    H. Any Completed Registration Postmarked by March 15th, 2011 will receive a $75 discount off of the Entry Fee.
    I. Any completed Registration Postmarked by April 15th, 2011 will receive a $25 discount off of the Entry Fee.
    J. Postmark dates will be strictly enforced.
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