J-24’s - Despite Covid and a sometimes challenging Leschi moorage situation the Seattle J/24 fleet is still going strong! We consistently have ~ 22 boats on the starting line, including two new skippers and once several of the regular "old timers" are back we’ll be approaching 27-28 boats. It’s so great to be out on the water again with full crews, waving at all the other boats, and seeing the smiling faces of our RC folks, especially Troy and Cathy! An entertaining and great addition to our lake racing has been the new bright orange bots (more in a future article). These smartphone controlled marks have made all the difference when having to reset marks quickly. It also results in some hilarity when you sail past the bot end of the starting line to "ping" it and it suddenly starts moving away from you! As you might imagine, those boats with the most experienced J/24 crews (some teams have been sailing together for upwards of 20 years!!) consistently finish in the top 5, but to acknowledge newer and improving teams, Keith Whittemore is sponsoring a Handicap Trophy whereby boats are scored on their actual finish position and adjusted for their handicap based on previous finishes (think golf handicaps) Notable finishers for the Spring Series were veterans Boat named Kevin, Big Tuna, Tremendous Slouch, Irrational, Baba Louie, and Suspence with relative newcomers Amuse Bouche and Habanero placing in the top eight boats. Congratulations to Kurt Dammeier and Denny Vaughen teams; your hard work is paying off!!
In closing, best wishes to team Furio (reigning J/24 World Champions) as they reassemble for first time since early 2020 and compete in 2021 NA’s starting June 16th on Long Island ( Sayville Yacht Club).
Thistles - We currently have 12 boats racing, similar numbers to last year but with several new boat owners. We have tight racing with a number of boats churning up and down the standings. Regattas have resumed this year with Districts at Eugene July 10 weekend (delayed from Memorial Day) and Yale Lake is July 17th weekend. The 75th Thistle Nationals are in Cleveland the first week of August and Wayne Balsiger, Melanie Edwards and Julie Irwin representing CYC and Fleet 61. Our second Districts are at Sequim Bay on August 21 weekend. We have two Districts this year because 2022 nationals are in early 2022. The PCC (Pacific Coast Championship) will be during the Spud Cup at Sandpoint, ID on Labor Day weekend, site of the 2019 Nationals. Several Seattle boats plan to represent the fleet there.