Join us this month, on February 16th, for the virtual dinner meeting on zoom.
Here is the agenda:
6:30 pm – Official start.
We will go “around the horn” and hear from everyone; join early if you would like to chat more informally.
7:15 pm – Presentation:
“Vendee Globe, Single-handed Around the World Race” by Jonathan Mckee
7:45 pm – Wrap up.
Jonathan McKee is an American sailor and Olympic Champion. He is a Gold Medalist in the Flying Dutchman class at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and became the only American to win the Gold medal in the Flying Dutchman class during the boats participation in the Olympic games. McKee also competed in the 49er class at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and won the bronze medal. In addition, he is a 9-time world cup champion and has coached two Olympic Teams. As a resident of Seattle with sailboat(s) at Shilshole he is truly a local expert when it comes to sailing. For more of his articles and publications go to: https://www.sailingworld.com/authors/jonathan-mckee/
Here are the 2021 SBYC cruise events and statuses as of February. Due to the continued high Covid-19 infection rates in Washington state, the Bell Harbor Marina cruise was cancelled and the Yellow Fest and Burger Burn cruises are currently on hold.
We will re-evaluate the cruise calendar each month based on the State of Washington Covid-19 phases and guidelines.
Hopefully things will improve over the next few months and we can resume some cruise events once infection rates significantly decline, hospitals have more capacity, and vaccination rates increase.
2021 SBYC Cruise Calendar
FEB 27 Bell Harbor Marina – Event Cancelled
APR 03 Yellow Fest, Blake Island – Event On Hold
MAY 15 Burger Burn, Port Ludlow – Event On Hold
JUN 12 June Dinner Dance, Brownsville
JUL 03 Fireworks Raft Up, Poulsbo
JUL 21 Summer Rendezvous, Mystery Bay
SEP 04 Labor Day Weekend, Port Orchard (Adopt a Cruise)
SEP25 Salmon Bake, Poulsbo
I am excited to be cruise chair this year and hope to see you all at cruise events once it is safe to do so. In the meantime I am looking for ways we can meet virtually outside of Zoom calls. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a multiplayer sailing game we could play together online?
David Horn, Cruise Chair
After a summer full of competition, many racers pack up their gear and head home for the winter, impatiently waiting for the arrival of spring and racing to begin again. There is, however, one race series in Seattle that braves the elements and keeps the competition alive on a monthly basis from November to March: the Snowbird Series put on by Shilshole Bay Yacht Club.
The Snowbird Series has been running every winter since the 1980s and has gained some popularity in recent years. All types of boats participate, from cruising boats to pure racing boats — both spinnakers and non-flying-sails boats are welcome and attend regularly. No matter the boat or level of experience there is a place for everyone to participate.
Winter weather conditions are unpredictable and add excitement to the race. Though Snowbird history has many tales of gales, the current series has had light wind, creating a battle of tactics and sometimes plain luck depending on where puffs of wind appear.
For the first Snowbird of 2021, 22 boats turned out for what turned into a light-air chess match, battling with tactics and wits to drift their boat around the course a whisper faster than the competition. What “breeze” there was became confused and lightly puffed from many directions.
In the highly competitive J/105 class, Erik Kristen on More Jubilee managed to push through the finish line ahead of two other J/105 boats. Erik was racing singlehanded against experienced crews, and had an advantage without the additional crew weight!
As is common in light air, the deltas in elapsed times bely how tight the racing was; except perhaps for Paul Kalina’s Pocket Rocket 22, Perfectly Strange, whose light air brilliance built a lead of nearly an hour in both elapsed and corrected times!
Light-air racing is a great equalizer, but in the end, everybody enjoyed a great day on that water.
Do not hang up your racing gear yet! Break the monotony of winter and challenge yourself to new racing conditions. If you are interested in participating, head over to the SBYC website at http://shilsholebayyachtclub.org
By Ben Lobaugh
Photos by William Langford and Ben Lobaugh