• Inaugural Salish 200 A Rounding Success

    "The first (annual) Salish 200 is now complete with all boats safely off of the course! It was an epic run up and around the San Juans, and an equally exciting adventure for the handful of boats that went for the Puget Sound 100. Congratulations to Jonathan McKee and Matt Pistay on Dark Star for winning the Salish 200, and to Ben Glass and team on Ocelot - the only two boats that completed the full 200 mile course. The start off of Port Townsend in 25 building to 30+ was exciting, and best capture by Sean Trew in the following drone images."

    "Saturday morning 5:50 am update: wild start in 25-30 kts of wind. One quarter of the fleet went south, the rest went north. First boat around Patos Is (north mark) was Dark Star at 2:11 am. First boat around Neil Pt (south mark) was Ocelot at 4:45 am. There have been four retirements: Artemis, Tachyon, Incognito and Vamoose."

    ~Sail Hamachi~

    David Schmidt Writes a concise preview of the new event

    While the current lack of regattas likely ranks relatively close to the bottom of the list of serious world problems right now, given the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of authoritative world leaders, boiling racial tensions and social inequities, and massive unemployment numbers—and that’s to say nothing about the pending environmental catastrophe—this still doesn’t make it easy for those of us, your scribe included, who truly love sailboat racing. Fortunately, there are green shoots emerging as different countries, states, and communities slowly and cautiously start emerging from their pandemic-induced hibernations. Here in the Pacific Northwest, one great example of this slow return to semi-normal is the Salish 200, a non-race that’s set to begin on June 26 on the waters off of Port Townsend’s Point Hudson.

    But rather than an official yacht-club sponsored and administered race, the Salish 200 is being organized by Jason Andrews and Shawn Dougherty, co-skippers of the well-sailed J/125 Hamachi, and will employ state-approved social-distancing recommendations to help keep sailors safe while also giving the sailing community a much-needed shot of fun.

    The Salish 200 will see racing unfurl on three different courses. The first, the Puget Sound 100, will begin off of Point Hudson and will take boats down Puget Sound and around Vashon Island, with a finishing line off of Marrowstone Point Lighthouse (which is situated on Marrowstone Island, just south and east of Port Townsend).

    The San Juan 100 will also begin off of Point Hudson and will take the fleet on a circumnavigation run around the beautiful San Juan Islands, with a finishing line off of Marrowstone Point Lighthouse.

    Finally, the Salish 200 will take the fleet around the San Juans and Vashon Island, following a Figure-8 shaped course and finishing off of Marrowstone Point Lighthouse.

    The rules are refreshingly simple: Each team can sail with a maximum crew of five sailors, and they can choose their own adventure in terms of what direction to sail around these geographical marks. Teams will record and report their GPS times (taking photos of their chartplotters) when they pass key geographical waypoints (e.g., Patos Island Lighthouse for the San Juan 100 and Salish 200 crews, and Vashon Island’s Neil Point for the Puget Sound 100 and Salish 200 crews) and the finishing line, which they will send to Andrews and Dougherty via email. Each team will have 50 hours to complete their mission. PHRF handicapping will be applied, and virtual trophies will be awarded to the top three boats in each division.

    aerial images © sean trew

    onboard images ©Stephanie Campbell

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