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    Oregon Offshore



    The thirty-eighth annual Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race,
    scheduled to start Thursday, May 8, 2014. This 193-mile race begins off the coast of
    Astoria, Oregon, and finishes in the harbor at Victoria, British Columbia.

    Forecast for the 29 boats looks good with a low pressure system bringing south winds in the 15-25 knot range before changing to the west on Friday!





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    A sizzling start for the Oregon Offshore sailors!

    The Spotted Cat and ICON duking it out in the front of the pack doing 12.9 amd 17.7 knots respectively!
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    The 2014 Oregon Offshore sponsored by Corinthian Yacht Club of Portland is successfully underway!

    At 8:10 am Thursday, May 8th, the fleet of 29 boats set off North from the mouth of the Columbia River heading for Victoria B.C. in confused seas and heavy chop; winds at the start of the race were from the south, gusting to 20 knots at 8 am. Rain went from drizzle to pelting as the southerly front enveloped the fleet, air temperature was 51 degrees for the start of the race.

    If this wind holds throughout the remainder of the day and evening, we could be in store for another record year for Oregon Offshore!

    Several boats had reefed mains, with most opting for spinnakers immediately after the start.

    Ocelot and Panama Red took the most offshore route at the start, while the rest of the fleet was enjoying a downwind reach allowing them to stick close to the rhumb line.

    A pre-race collision between Wave Dancer and Ocelot appears to have resulted in little or no damage or injuries, however the confused sea state, winds, and anticipation of the race start were all, undoubtedly, factors in the pre-start "bump".

    No whales were sighted breaching at the start of this year's race, but there were lots of crab pots near the starting area, a preliminary caution to all boats and crews to watch out for additional pots up the race course.

    The Columbia River bar crossing was uneventful for most boats, many were already at the starting area near buoy #2 more than an hour before the start of the race. The sea state at the start of the race was turbulent, with a confused chop on top of a mild 3-5 foot swell challenging the racers "sea legs" early. Most of the boats left the west basin in Astoria before 5 am in anticipation of the 8 am start.

    Here's wishing good luck and safe journey to all competitors in the 2014 Oregon Offshore sailing race.



    It's windy and raining out there NOAA: s wind 25 to 30 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Wind could gust as high as 38 kt Rain. W swell 4 ft. at 9 seconds. Wind wave 8 to 9 ft.

    at 0630 Cool Change withdrew.


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    Stephanie Schwenk received a call from hubby Andy on the SC 27 Bladerunner, which has hit 17.9 knots today!



    Icon almost to the Straits!
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    Got no clue on the record...but it looks like ICON will own it!
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    Icon Nears Finish



    193 nm in 16 hours, give or take?

    Nicely done....
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    Paul LaMarche contacted the finish line as 21:30 indicating that they were 40 minutes from Race Passage. They also indicated that Icon was next to them. This could lead to an interesting battle for the record time which was set in 2000 by Rage skippered by Steve Rander. The record time was 19 hours, 46 minutes and 41 seconds,


    On pace for a record finish, Neptune's Car and ICON are battling to the end - at night - doing 15 knots - for line honors.
    Wow.
    Now that's a sailboat race....
    Be advised: Neptune's Car's race tracker has not updated since 21:55, this race is closer than it looks!


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    Icon crossed the finished line at 23:06:20 giving her an un-official elapsed time of 14:56:20 beating Rage's 2000 record by 4:50:21! Neptune's car crossed at 23:13:20 and Ocelot crossed at 23:29:32.

    Say goodnight Lucy
    That is quick!

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    Hats off the sailors participating in the event, those were pretty rugged conditions!

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