Regattas continue on this fall with the CYC Junior sail team. The Cascadia Fleet race was hosted by Sail Sand Point this past weekend and it was a mixed regatta of high school and collegiate sailors. CYC's Ballard group had teams in both the Gold and Silver Fleets. Ballard's Gold Fleet placed 3rd out of 24, with the UW taking first place. The kids did well with good wind but soggy weather. Also this weekend, CYC Junior sailor Isabelle McNabb competed in the Pumpkin Bowl hosted by Vancouver YC and she placed 4th in the Laser 4.7 division. The week-end prior to this was a Team race regatta, again hosted by Sail Sand Point and Ballard placed 5th. There is lots of sailing going on with these kids and they appreciate the opportunities to get on the water.
The CYC Junior Sail Team had a great weekend at the Trick or Treat Team race regatta hosted by the Anacortes Waterfront Association on Fidalgo Bay. There was lots of sunshine and wind on Saturday and less wind on Sunday but the kids had a great time sailing, spending time together as a team and they won the costume contest! The Ballard group placed 7th in this event, which consists of three double handed boats racing against another team of three. Fun was had by all!
Thank you to all the 90 guests and volunteers that turned out for the Clubhouse’s 50th Birthday Party this past Friday evening! As luck would have it we discovered via old newspaper clippings on display at the event that our clubhouse made its initial transit through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks exactly fifty years to the day before the night of the party, October 18, 1969. Bill Lieberman who was Commodore in 1969 set the stage sharing his experience riding in the clubhouse as it made the transit. John Ellis, Commodore in 1958 and an original member of the club from its founding in 1945 was also in attendance and shared background on the club's private bond offering that funded the clubhouse and grounded the audience in the rich history of capital campaigns at the club. Additionally, longtime members and family contributed memories of the club and its special meaning and impact to them including but not limited to Chuck Sanborn, June Vynne, and Herb Holly, Commodore ’99. Our fundraising efforts were a huge success, netting $25,650 in financial pledges to the Heart of CYC Campaign plus an additional $500 of in-kind services with Valholl Brewing and an offer by an employee of Miller & Miller Boatyard to see what they could do to help with our planned overhaul.
Special thanks go to our Chefs Catherine Weatbrook, Kaley Walgren, & Elizabeth Prout who cooked up a delicious dinner as well as the cast of event volunteers that made it all happen: Cindy Barrett, Peggy Watt, Wayne Balsiger, Suzette Connolly, Teri Evernden, Shauna Walgren, Kim Dubois, and Aryn O’Haleck.
-Vice Commodore, David Barnes
The 2019 racing season is coming to an end, and it is time to consider the 2019 CYC outstanding performers. The Board will select the Award winners who will be announced at the Awards Party to be held in January 2020.
If you have a suggestion for a 2019 CYC Award, please provide it (with a brief bit of background explaining the basis for the nomination) to Ken Johnson, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail:
3706 So. Ridgeway Place
Seattle, WA 98144
Or you can drop them off at the CYC Shilshole office. Ken assembles the nominations and presents them to the Board for its decisions.
CYC Boats Take 4 of Top 6 Places; Mark Bradner’s Return Wins Fourth Championship. In addition to Return’s first place, other CYC boats that did well at the 2019 SJ 24 North Americans are Grauer Geist (staff commodore Ken Johnson) in third, Fancy (Jeff Kendall) in fourth and Manhattan Transfer (Mike Irish) in sixth.
As crews from Seattle to Bellingham gathered in Oak Harbor on June 28 for the 2019 San Juan 24 North American Class Association Championships there was great pleasure in greeting friends from previous championship regattas and concern about the light wind weekend forecasts.
As Byron Skubi, the experienced PRO running the racing, said the Friday night wind forecast for the weekend was “terrible.” A variety of wind forecasting sites showed winds on Saturday ranging from 2-3 knots perhaps getting to 4-5 knots late in the afternoon and only marginally better for Sunday. And there would be a building flood tide both days. The gathering fleet was reminded that only one race was needed to name a 2019 champion although the deed of gift for the Class Association trophy required 3 races.
So as boats motored out Saturday morning on the 40-minute trip from Oak Harbor to Penn Cove, the light winds on Saratoga Passage and the flat glass on Penn Cove were not promising. But as boats headed west from the entrance of Penn Cove there was a dark line observed on the far west end of the Cove which slowly moved eastward and finally reached and then passed the Race Committee boat located just off of Coupeville.
Not to worry – the wind filled in with 5-6 knots westerly and Byron sounded the first warning signal on time promptly at 11:00. The wind was fairly consistent building to close to 10-11 knots in the afternoon before settling back to 6-7 knots. A northerly shift mid-day created a small delay as the windward mark had to be dragged north. Byron ran eight, count them, eight great races on Saturday – windward-leeward courses, some long, some short, with both windward and downwind finishes. David Steckman of Oak Harbor, the Regatta organizer, got the racing off to a great start by dominating the first race on his renamed Juan Solo, followed by Mike Klep’s Bruce from Bellingham and Mike Irish’s Manhattan Transfer from Seattle. Pre-race favorite Return was over early at the favored pin end and its delayed restart after ducking most of the fleet resulted in a 7th place finish.
But Return bounced back handily, winning the next 3 races to regain the lead, with Juan Solo and Ken Johnson’s Grauer Geist keeping close with top 4 finishes in each race. Racing got closer as Return had another over-early call and finished 5th in the fifth race and got trapped on the far left side of the course in the 6th race resulting in a 4th place finish before grabbing a 1st and 2nd place result in the last two races of the day. Meanwhile Grauer rebounded with two firsts and a second, and Juan Solo kept close with its consistent top 4 finishes.
At the end of Saturday, after 8 races (one throw-out permitted with 6 races completed), Return had a 2 point lead over Grauer Geist with Juan Solo just one point further back. Jeff Kendal’s Fancy lurked in 4th place while Bruce, after two second places in the first two races, had fallen to 5th overall as it suffered both a OCS in the third race and a DSQ in race 7.
Proving the forecasts wrong again, a nice wind came in again on Sunday, and Return quickly took advantage to clinch its Championship win with two firsts and one second in the first three of four races held that day, followed by a safe second in the last race. Meanwhile Juan Solo and Grauer Geist were battling it out for second place – after winning the third race Grauer just had to finish just one boat behind Juan Solo in the last race to match her second place finish in the 2018 regatta. However, she lost track of Juan Solo at the start and had to go left while Juan Solo and Return headed to the right hand favorable Penn Cove current on the north side – at the windward mark, Juan Solo had a boat length lead on Return with Grauer another length back. The first two boats headed to the southern shore, where there is supposed to be a favorable eastward current. Grauer followed about half-way to the shore and, believing it had a favorable downwind angle to the long leeward mark, was the first to gybe. Nothing like being in the middle, and forced to watch boats on the south shore sail by and, at the same time, boats further behind at the windward mark that gybed toward the northern shore also found stronger wind and sailed by! Juan Solo held on to win the last race and second place as Grauer sailed to its worst finish, which became its Regatta throw-out.
The racing was close and competitive. Of the 12 boats in the regatta, 4 had at least one first place, and 7 boats had at least one top-three finish. A single mistake on the course pushed all the boats back in the fleet. Even the top three boats had 6th and 7th place finishes.
At the awards ceremony Mark Bradner noted that he had been sailing with the same crew for 15 years, and that crew consistency was instrumental in Return’s win: Gary Reifel on foredeck, David Valentine on main and David Fukuhara on sheets. Return previously won the SJ 24 NACA championship in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Boats had to be conscious of building tide both days (the low was about an hour or so before racing started). It was easy (too easy for some of us) to get pushed to the starting line early, causing many loud calls to “Stay Up, Stay Up” as boats tried to jockey to keep from crossing the starting line early. The Race Committee called boats over-early in most races, but in only the third race did it signal a General Recall (of course many skippers said they had had great starts and it was other boats that were over early). The Race Committee wasted no time in hosting the black flag and a conservative restart followed.
With many boats lumped close together after the start, the wind just lifts over all the boats. Boats that did well got to clear air quickly, even if it meant ducking boats, irrespective of where on the Cove they sailed. And skippers also had to balance the wind and the current. As the current built, the counter-clockwise Penn Cove current is said to favor the northern side (the right-hand side going upwind in the westerly) and the south side of the Cove going downwind – but until the current really set in going up the left hand side or the middle, wherever there was clear air, paid off. And going too far to the north side commonly resulted in boats overstanding the weather mark, letting boats coming in on port sail a shorter distance and tack underneath them.
All in all, and despite having just 12 boats participating, the 2019 regatta was great fun with challenging competition and racing, proving again that when all the boats sail about the same speed it doesn’t really matter how fast they are going. The pleasure of one-design racing!
On Friday night the Class elected its 2020 officers: Dave Steckman of Oak Harbor as Commodore, Mark Bradner of Seattle as Vice Commodore and Jeff Kendall of Seattle as Fleet Measurer. The Class also decided to hold the 2020 North Americans on Shillshole bay in Seattle and to have a small group review the class specifications to see if any should be modified (most have been in effect since the mid-1970s).
The excellent Oak Harbor Yacht Club hosted the regatta. Thanks to Club Manager Joe Catanio for the excellent food and drink each night and OHYC Commodore Ferd Johns for welcoming all of us.
Dennis and Marjie Wade Clark joined us for dinner Saturday night, and Dennis gave an engaging talk about the origins and history of the San Juan 24, followed by questions regarding the boat’s design. Marjie was the winning skipper of the first SJ 24 North American regatta, sailed on Bellingham Bay with over 50 boats participating! To date she is the only female skipper to win the regatta; her father designed and built the wire sculpture of the boat that graces the SJ 24 NACA trophy. Chuck Skewes of Ullman Sails noted that he got his start in the sailing industry working for Dennis as an apprentice sailmaker in the mid-1980s. Chuck also described his “year as a professional skipper” and commented on sail trim issues he observed from the Race Committee boat.
Ullman Sails was the principal sponsor of the Regatta and contributed money, prizes and support. Other main sponsors: Oak Harbor YC and Indigo Slate (t-shirt design and cash), followed by Jan’s Marine Photography, Samson Ropes, Swinomish Casino & Lodge and Oak Harbor Marina.
Wayne Balsiger of Seattle chaired the protest committee, aided by Bill Weinsheimer and Chad Holcomb, both from Oak Harbor. In addition to PRO Byron Skubi, others on the Race Committee were Chuck Skewes from Ullman Sails, Larry Munns, Jane Mays and Avis Berney. Many thanks to them and the volunteers on the mark boats – without them a regatta is not possible!
Regatta photos available at: https://janpix.smugmug.com/Events/San-Juan-24-National-Championships/
Boat Skipper Fleet Points
1. Return Mark Bradner Seattle 21
2. Juan Solo David Steckman Oak Harbor 27
3. Grauer Geist Kenneth Johnson Seattle 29
4. Fancy Jeff Kendall Seattle 46
5. Bruce Mike Kleps Bellingham 52
6. Manhattan Transfer Mike Irish Seattle 69
7. Toto Allan Wilson Oak Harbor 77
8. Sweet Jesus Sean Busby Seattle 79
9. Obi Juan Steve Hucke Oak Harbor 88
10. Snappy Tom Gil Lund Seattle 88
11. Swift Bill Brown Oak Harbor 121
12. Miss Mayhem Melissa Davies Seattle 125
Many CYC members have interesting and accomplished backgrounds, and we have chosen to highlight CYC member Admiral Denny this month.
Denny had the pleasure of attending the Mariners game Friday night (July 5th) with family members and crew from Bravo Zulu (Jim Duke, Matt Alred, Steve Walkington and Elizabeth Prout). Denny Vaughan was recognized during the 4th inning for his outstanding naval career and service to our great country.
Many of you also know Denny as the racer of the J24 Habenaro and Bravo Zulo .
Below is a spotlight on his career, written for his son Matt
Admiral Vaughan started his career in the Navy initially as a Navy ROTC student at Oregon State College (University now) and then the following year having received the highest score in the state of Oregon’s entrance exams, he received appointments to Annapolis – US Naval Academy (Principle appointment from Congressional Representative Charles Porter), West Point (Principle appointment from Senator Wayne Morse) and Air Force Academy (Principle appointment from Senator Richard Neuberger). Having spent his youth living on the Oregon Coast and sailing with his Dad, it was an easy choice where he would go – Navy!
Upon graduating with a BS in Marine Science in 1963 from USNA, he took a month off to see most of Europe before he headed to the West Coast, knowing that his ship he was ordered to was about to go to sea for six months. Upon reporting to his first ship, the USS FRANK E. EVANS (DD-754) he sailed throughout the Pacific starting off the coast of Vietnam in Yankee Station during the early stages of the conflict. The EVANS was part of Destroyer Squadron 23, Admiral Arliegh Burke’s highly decorated Little Beaver Squadron. He was stationed out of Long Beach, CA, serving initially as the MPA (Main Propulsion Assistant) being responsible for all the men and machinery (mainly boilers and steam turbines in those days). He “fleeted up” on his second WESTPAC (Western Pacific) tour aboard the EVANS to be Chief Engineer, while still an Ensign – It is usually a Lieutenant’s job. The EVANS sailed the waters and visited many of the ports of Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong (the first of six visits over his career), Philippians (Subic Bay and Manila), Vietnam and Taiwan (Taiwan Patrol). While OOD (Officer of the Deck) in the early morning of November 22, 1963 as the sun was about to rise, the radio messenger brought up to the bridge a message that President Kennedy had been shot. We shared that moment together while most of the rest of the ship was still asleep.
In 1965 while in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan he was transferred to the USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG-20) in Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i as their DCA (Damage Control Assistant). A few months later while going to an engineering school on Treasure Island, San Francisco, he qualified for UDT (Underwater Demolition Team). They were the forerunners to our SEALs. However, due to his extensive engineering background both academically and in practice, the Navy detailed him in 1966 to be Chief Engineer aboard the USS VAN VOORHIS (DE 1028) out of Newport, RI. The major sea exercise was UNITAS (meaning unity in Latin) that combined in-port training and sea exercises involving countries of Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Panama, Columbia, Paraguay, Equator, Peru, Chili, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro with Copacabana and Ipanema beaches) and capital town of Brazilia and port of Recifi.
Then in 1967, he became apart of the Mine Sweep Force and joined the USS RUFF (MSC (O)-54) as Chief Engineer, then in 1969 the USS CORMORANT (MSC-122) as Chief Engineer; then in 1971 became the Executive Officer of USS WOODPECKER (MSC-209) and then in 1972 the Commanding Officer of USS WARBLER (MSC-206). The WARBLER was his first of 14 commands (10 on ships; 4 ashore). From there he had short assignments: in 1973 the Prospective Executive Officer of the USS CHANDLER (DD-717), in 1974 Unit CO (Commanding Officer) of FTG Det (Fleet Training Group Pacific NW Detachment), in 1978 COMNAVSURFPACDET (Naval Surfaces Forces Pacific Detachment CO); in 1979 Prospective Commanding Officer USS MCKEAN (DD-784), in 1981 Research Officer at ONR (Office of Naval Research), in 1982 Admin Officer NRMTF (Navy Reserve Maintenance Training Facility Headquarters), and then back to the minesweeps in 1983 as Commodore of Mine Division 53. Under this command he took his ships for exercises to Hawai’I (RIMPAC – largest exercise in the Pacific) - as well as exercises in Alaska (Adak across the Bearing Sea to Seward) and many other exercises up and down the Pacific Coast.
Then in 1985 he took command of the Coastal Defense Coordinating Command headquartered in Victoria, Canada, and then stood up in early 1986 the first COMMARDEZPACNW (Commander Maritime Defense Sector Pacific Northwest). Then in late 1987 he became the Inspector General of REDCOM 22 (Readiness Command of the five Northwest states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana), and then in 1988 in became COMREDCOM 22 (Commander, Readiness Command NW.
From 1989 to ‘92 he was the Commodore of Inshore Undersea Warfare Pacific (COMIUWPAC) with its 14 unit commands. Under this command, he took three of these units to Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm (1990-91) placing them in the ports of Manama, Bahrain, Al Dammam, Saudi Arabia and Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia for the protection of their country’s harbor approaches, harbors, anchorages, ports, vessels in these areas, waterfront facilities and cargoes from external and internal threats to ensure that US forces achieved maximum port and harbor operational capability. Under this wartime command he had the Operational Control (OPCON) of three MIUW units, three EOD units (Explosive Ordinance Detachments), three Navy Port Security Units, three US Coast Guard small boat Port Security Units, the US Army Port Security Detachments and host Nation assets and personnel. The day before the actual war began; he was sent to Cairo, Egypt to evaluate the security of the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. As they approached Cairo the pilot suggested they fly low over the pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx – and so they did. Upon landing, a person that answered his phone as “Gray Beard” and drove an armored car met him at the end of the airport runway, and they went out a side gate. The meetings took place in an Egyptian palace. In flying back as the sun was setting over the quiet desert he remembers the feeling of being the only one on the plane that knew what devastating action would take place in the upcoming early morning.
On short notice and a day before the US Marines landed in Saudi Arabia at the start of the war, he was part of a detachment to secure the landing beach during the initial assault of the Marines. It should be noted that all the MIUW units had both men and women assigned in combat zones. In fact, a woman was in command of one of the MIUW units. Before the units were deployed from the US, he was questioned whether women should be deployed into the combat zones. He’s immediate answer was “We trained together, and we will fight together – next question”.
At night all hands had to be in harden shelters, as the Patriot Missile Defense Systems did their jobs and would shoot down the scud missile being launched from Iraq, and the Scud Crud would fall out of the sky at times causing significant damage. One scud landed in the water less than 100 yards from the units in Al Jubayl, but fortunately it was tumbling and became ineffective upon landing. It was the only scud recovered in tack during the war.
The day after ODS/S was over, he traveled to Kuwait with an EOD special team to secure the port and ensure no explosives or booby traps were rigged before reconstruction of the port could start. He remembers clearly the command to “don’t touch anything”.
About a year after returning from ODS/S, he was in the field in the middle of a major exercise on San Clemente Island, CA, and he got a surprise call on the field phone that he had been selected for Rear Admiral. His initial assignments as a “Flag Officer” were: 1993 Commander, Military Sealift Command Pacific and Commander, Military Sealift Command, Far East. Also, for a short time he was called back to Wash, DC headquarters to serve as the Deputy Commander of all MSC. During these MSC commands he traveled to the MSC Detachments in Guam, Okinawa (beautiful beaches), Singapore (a port that had over 700 ships in the area working from the piers and mother ships at anchor), Japan (with exercises out of Hokkaido, Sasabo, Yokosuka Yokohama, and Okinawa), and Diego Garcia (watched nightly the crab races at the beach bar). Also, in Diego Garcia the humidity is so high, that a palm tree will almost immediately start to grow when a coconut drops to the sandy soil. He also traveled extensively in Alaska while visiting his commands (Juno, Anchorage, Whittier, Nome, Barrow and Prudhoe). While in Barrow in early July, there were still snow flurries falling and ice burgs being pushed against the shore; yet, local native kids were out in shorts and t-shirts playing soccer.
He had a special assignment serving in Sarajevo in 1992 to be the Deputy for Operations for the European Command out of Stuttgart, Germany during the Bosnian War (Croatia, Herzegovina and Serbia conflict). The night that he flew into base operations in Sarajevo he was given a safety brief and instructed to get to know the maps well. In case they were shot down, they were instructed on the location to get to for being rescued. They were further instructed to wear their flax jackets under their butts, as the bullets would be coming from below. Upon his return of seeing the destruction of war, he wrote a free flowing and emotional poem titled “Hollowed Eyes”. He also became the Deputy for Operations for the Atlantic Command during Operation Uphold Democracy in 1993’s Haiti uprising. Shortly after a Haiti status briefing to President Clinton, he was asked to go to Grenada and represent the President to make the principle remarks during Granada’s 10th anniversary celebration of their victory in the conflict with Cuba.
Upon completion of his MSC commands, he again was assigned in early 1993 to be Commander, Readiness Command 22 Northwest. This time as an Admiral. Later he was assigned to the Pentagon in 1993 to be Deputy to the Chief of the Naval Reserve; followed in 1996 to become Commander of the Naval Reserve Force reporting to both to the Commander in Chief (CINC) of the Atlantic Fleet and CINC of the Pacific Fleet; as well as Director of Naval Reserve reporting to the CNO (Chief of Naval Operations). At the same time he had additional duty as PEO (Program Executive Officer) for the Navy’s IT (Information Technology.
As Chief of the Naval Reserve he was responsible for the manning, training and operating his force of over 100,000 Sailors stationed throughout the world on the sea, in the air, under the sea and ashore. He also reported to the CNO on his Mississippi Area responsibilities.
He retired in September 1999 as PEO for Mine Warfare and Special Forces.
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Elizabeth was the fourth person to sign up for the event. She began training and trying to recruit other race teams. After Denny sold Bravo Zulu (but before he bought Habanero), agreed to train with her. Denny, who had only ever paddled cruise ship kayaks before, climbed the steep learning curve. One the drive down he detailed the research he’d done about the science of long distance races like this. Accompanied by several CYC Members Elizabeth and Denny launched Friday evening with a goal of a morning arrival Saturday June 1st to PT.
At about noon on Saturday June 1st, Elizabeth and Denny crossed the line as the 20th finishers - almost exactly 18 hours after the start. Congratulations to Elizabeth and Denny!
The CYC Clubhouse will be closed on Friday, May 24 as it's the Friday prior to Swiftsure and a holiday weekend. Go out and have fun!
We had a standing room only turnout for our first 2019 Fridays in February speaker series last week. CYC member Chris Young gave a great talk about the highs and lows of his trip around Vancouver Island. His "Raven Recommends" were especially good tips.
It's a testament to the strength of CYC, where members can enjoy and learn from the travels of other members. Events like the February series wouldn't be possible without the members who volunteer their time to make it happen.
Thanks to all the members who helped make the first talk a success: Laurie Bushue for all the prep work involved, Molly Cain and Kaley Walgren for preparing and serving the food, Laurie McRae for tending bar, and everyone else that pitched in Friday night: Ron and Peggy Watt, Chris McMuldroch, Joyce Phillips, Mike McGuane, Hans Reinhardt, and Paul Baker.
Fifty sailors braved the cold last weekend and were rewarded with beautiful weather and two great days of racing. Many thanks to our race committee and whaler drivers: PRO Geoff Pease, Catherine Picha, Brad Greene, Matt Wood, Sara Longley, whaler driver Calvin Schnorbus and whaler driver Dylan Edlund.
Photos by Brad Greene; see many more Frigid Digit photos here: https://lightroom.adobe.com/shares/e98a429858a5475b9523a67b15b06def
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