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    Scatchet Head 2015 A Big Blow For The PNW!



    When Bruce Hedrick predicts BREEZE, Mother Nature delivers! We got it in large doses Saturday, for some of the most physics-filled moments we’ve seen in years. As you’ll see from these photos, it was a sailmaker’s “Dream Day”, several sailor’s “Dang It” day, a rigger’s “Year Maker”, an insurance agent’s “Desk Filler”, and as bold a statement about Puget Sound sailing as you’ll likely ever witness. In retrospect, I suppose it’s good to lose your rig every five or so years, just so you can freshen things up a bit … too bad, though, to lose years of Duck Dodge stickers. Thankfully (to my knowledge) no one was seriously hurt. Boat Boy and I sure wish we could have followed the fleet all the way to Scatchet Head, but the Good Samaritan Rule compelled us to stick with our escort duties with a dismasted competitor. The skipper was slightly injured, and we needed to make certain they returned safely to Shilshole. All in a day’s work!

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    Scatchet Head is the 2nd race in the 3 race Center Sound Series hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle.
    Preceded by the 21nm Blackley Rock Race and then followed by the 30 NM Three Tree Race. The Scatchet Head Race is a 26 nm race,
    takes sailors from the CYC's Club up the Puget Sound to the southern tip of Whidbey Island and back to Seattle
















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    You know it's breezy when you see an Olympic Gold Medalist going downwind wing and wing with the jib on a whisker pole!

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    Some intense action there!

    Nice work!

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    Scatchet Head Race Mayhem

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    writeup by Kurt Hoehne March 15, 2015


    Yesterday’s blustery Scatchet Head Race left some indelible images, starting with Absolutely, getting rolled around by cross-seas, her mast nowhere to be seen. Another was of the Beneteau 45 Balance with her red spinnaker unimaginably shredded, caught and waving like three big separate battle flags from the forestay.

    But there were so many more: Up to five boats could be seen in various states of broach or recovery; Farr 30s popping up on a plane holding with much larger boats downwind; Normally aggressive racers going for the chicken gybe (tack) instead of risking a bad gybe.

    But perhaps the most profound image was that of Bill Buchan’s Sachem, comfortably wing on wing with a poled out number three, efficiently making her way through the mayhem, waiting for her inevitable chance to shine on the beat to follow. Guess who won her class?

    That the blow was coming, and would be building, was well known. While there were some gusts in the 30s, the wind was mostly a relentless high 20-something. But that didn’t stop most racers from giving it a go with their spinnakers. After a few wipeouts the chutes usually came down, and by the time the fleet reached the Scatchet Head buoy most skippers had long chosen efficiency over excitement.

    The planing boats shined. Impressive performances on the leg north were put in by Terremoto, Madrona, True North, the diminutive Dos and the mighty Glory.

    It was somewhat surprising that ebbing current didn’t flatten the seas more. The first part of the beat back to Seattle was in some truly angry waves, where the crew found out how good their foul weather gear, and their driver, was.

    Absolutely’s mast broke in a gybe due to a missed running backstay. “The idiot skipper was going to do a chicken gybe,” reported skipper Charlie Macauley, “but decided not to. Buckle Up’s mast buckled in several pieces, and her skipper was injured (bleeding temple) somewhere in the process. Skip and Jan Anderson’s Photo Boat & Race Rescue Service escorted them home.

    There was a report of a boat putting into Edmonds and several other boats, including Neptune’s Car, dropped out for a variety of reasons. Forty-eight boats finished and 14 dropped out, and a similar number decided not to start at all.

    The IRC big boat class was once again dominated by Glory, which was nearly broke the 3 hour mark on elapsed time, more than half an hour ahead of the second finisher, Flash. Tom Huseby’s Double Take sailed a solid race to correct ahead of Flash and save her time on Artemis, which ended up fourth on corrected time.

    In the overall PHRF standings, Class 8 dominated. Bill Weinstein’s Terremoto and Carl Buchan’s Madrona flew downwind and dueled upwind, and finished first and third respectively in class and fleet. The Shorett/Burzicki Farr 395 Ace stayed close enough to the pair correct ahead of Madrona by about a minute.

    Bravo Zulu and Time Bandit fended off the Farr 30s in Class 7, and Sachem, Dos, Jublilee, Here and Now and True North all won their second race in the series.

    All but two boats in Class 1 stayed home, and Three Ring Circus did not finish, leaving the 23,000 Freya 39 Freeflyte to complete the course for the win. In the process, she proved the sage racing wisdom that you have to finish to win. The final race of the series, Three Tree Point Race, will be held March 28.


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    Shit gets expensive when you do that!

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