Blakely Rock Light

Daffodils shimmered on the wave tops once again as sailors floated those yellow emblems of spring into the winds while rounding the beacon on the rock and remembering the light that was taken from us too early – a race that should be properly called the Kelly O’Neil Memorial. Beautiful yellow flowers floating about the […]

Jim Depue Memorial Race

Breeze On!  The first race in the West Sound Sailing Association 2015 series charged off the line with 20 knot winds, sunny skies, 50+ degree temps and even the snow line was down in the Olympic Mountains creating a stellar backdrop – Just 14 boats made it out to race on this heavenly day.  Maybe […]

AYC Foulweather Race

On Saturday, Feb 21st, the oldest yacht club in the state of Washington kicked off the 2015 racing season. Not quite living up to its Foul Weather part of its name, but blustery nonetheless, the Girts Rekevics Memorial Foulweather Race/Cruise to Friday Harbor got underway at 0930 sharp on the GPS, just off the tanker […]

Toliva Shoal 2015

Olympia Chamber of Commerce employees were scrambling all over town Monday morning, February 23rd – scrambling to collect and put together all the amazing images and reports from Saturdays Olympia Yacht Club Toliva Shoal race – “A Chamber of Commerce day,” laughs Garry Greth. The weather was exactly as predicted by Northwest Yachting’s Bruce Hedrick […]

Shaw Island Winter Classic

  I would have titled this article “Ladies First” but you can never overestimate the genetic material of a boy growing up within 5 miles of the race track. Okay maybe it’s not that Gavin Brackett has salt water flowing through his veins and has probably one of the strongest resume’s for a mid distance […]

Snowbird Race #4

That was a Salty Day. 20 boats made it out for the 4th race in the Shilshole Bay Yacht Clubs annual Snowbird series. They were blessed with 30+ knots out of the south, balmy 55 degree weather, no rain and even the ebbing current running with the wind to keep the waves down. A big […]

Snowbird Race #3

While hundreds of sailors converged upon the sleepy city of Des Moines for the ill fated Duwamish Head race and hundreds of thousands of PNW Seahawk fans prepared for a dominating win over the Panthers a small group of a hundred or so sailors gathered off of Shilshole Marina on 20 different boats for race […]

Snowbird Series Race #2

In true Snowbird fashion, local sailors took to the water Saturday December 13th looking forward to balmy calm weather on the water with friends – a welcome change from the previous few days of extreme winter storms. Light and balmy it was after the low cloud cover burned off, revealing that oft spotted Norwegian Daystar […]

Winter Vashon 2014

74 hearty boats and crews made the Dec 6th start off the slag pile near Ruston to compete in the second ever counter clockwise race around Vashon Island, the first installment in the 2014/2015 South Sound Sailing Series. It felt like a warm fall day out there compared to last year’s 24 degree temps and […]

Snowbird Series Race #1

Stellar, Spectacular, this is why we do this, I can’t believe how nice it was – these comments and more rolled around the boisterous and smiling group of sailors gathered at the Anthony’s bar after participating in the first Snowbird Series race of the year, hosted by Shilshole Bay Yacht Club. Bookending a spectacular week […]