Most of us have seen the schooner Adventuress gracing the waters of the Salish Sea more than once as we’ve cruised, raced, or simply hung out on our boats. But, do you know what her mission is? [CLICK HERE] to read more about the Adventuress and the upcoming Adventuress Cup!
Although formally canceled due to logistics concerns, thank you CYC club member, Sean Busby, who summarized the member-organized Moonlight Race (see the summary below). The CYC will work hard next year to make it an integral, and larger, part of the 2022 Lake season.
From Sean - The 2021 Moonlight Regatta included three San Juan 24s and two J-24s. The five boats and crews participated in a single class distance race for bragging rights and beautiful views. The competitors in the event were Fancy, Sweet Jesus, Crazie Cadie (Lake Union), Wild Rumpus and Irrational.
The race began with a meager Southern breeze making for a challenging downwind spinnaker start in light air of 2 to 5 knots. Sweet Jesus hoisted their spinnaker early and built up some speed at the start line and took a substantial early lead on the course. Crazie Cadie had missed the start and was coming in from the North so she jumped into the pack to join the fun. It is an “unofficial” race after all!
Shifty winds and big waves from large power boats slowed the fleet as the sailing fleet fought their way up the lake. Some talented spinnaker trimming kept all of the boats moving and thankfully the wind picked up along with the racing as the boats clumped closer together.
Fancy decided to take a unique route up the Western end of the lake while the two J24 boats and Crazie Cadie chased Sweet Jesus up the Eastern shore along Mercer Island. Before the fleet could see Bill Gates house, Irrational had glided ahead of Sweet Jesus teaching them a lesson in walking on water. The fleet approached the 520 bridge and Crazie Cadie expertly navigated the 520 underpass as they buried Sweet Jesus and set their sites on chasing Irrational. Beyond the bridge, the wind picked up with big gusts from the Southwest which tossed a few of the boats around while the crews scrambled to adjust. Wild Rumpus sailed well through the conditions and started to catch Sweet Jesus and Crazie Cadie while Fancy was not far behind, all boats being within a minute of each other.
As the boats made their way to the rounding mark, the wind took a dramatic shift and clocked due Northwest. Irrational did not have their jib rigged so the one-man crew tied down the tiller and stumbled up to the foredeck to hank the jib. Fortunately, no sandals were lost, nor a drop of beer spilled as Irrational pulled it off and managed to get around the mark with a nice lead! Meanwhile, Crazie Cadie fought off a final prayer from Sweet Jesus as the two boats rounded the mark in close succession. Wild Rumpus had passed both SJ24s but then appeared to overstand at the rounding mark dropping them back into fourth place. Fancy continued to catch up with the fleet and was now closer to the other SJ24s and Wild Rumpus.
On the windward leg headed back to the 520 bridge Wild Rumpus made their move and passed Sweet Jesus, catching up with Crazie Cadie. Irrational continued to build on their lead as none of the boats could match the single-handed skipper on this night.
The final stretch through the finish sailed like a victory parade as the wind steadied and became a consistent 8-10 knots. Fancy put up a fight and came within 10 boat lengths of Sweet Jesus, but otherwise the boats held their places.
It is unknown whether Crazie Cadie or Wild Rumpus finished the course in second place. The respective skippers and crews were not available after the race to finalize the results, but Crazie Cadie had not completed the start to the race so they were ruled a DNC. Crazie Cadie still deserves an honorable mention as they sailed brilliantly. The race committee are a tough bunch and require lavish bribes for a favorable ruling. The final finish order is as follows; Irrational, Wild Rumpus, Sweet Jesus, Fancy, Crazie Cadie.
The 2021 Moonlight Regatta is in the books. Congratulations to Bill Vlases and his impressive single-handed campaign of Irrational for a deserving win. Many people contributed time and effort to successfully coordinate and execute this informal Moonlight Regatta. A hat's off thank you to all the skippers for rounding up crew for the event. Thank you to Jeff Kendall for creating the NOR and SI while also providing awards to the top three finishers. And finally, a special thanks to the crew of Crazie Cadie for making the trip from Lake Union.
A few of the CYC Junior Varsity Sailing Team travelled to the Bellingham Yacht Club (BYC) Youth Regatta the weekend of Aug 7th & 8th. Garrick “Gary” Pease (Opti), Ben Yuret (Opti), Andrew Lin (Opti) and Nathan Pease and Henry Thomas (FJ) made the journey along with Geoff Pease PRO’ing his first non-CYC event with LOTS of help. Thanks to the help of many volunteers - some grabbed at the last second - the event when off without any problems. Thanks to additional CYC volunteers Wanda Creitz, Kris Thomas, and Adam Yuret for pitching in!
The first day had a great breeze (up to 12 knots) from the South which is the typical wind direction for the shallow (~30ft) Bellingham Bay. With the tide going out, the surf was a little rough in the morning. By the end of the day, wind conditions were ideal. There were 5 fleets – Opti, FJ, Laser 4.7, Laser Radials and C420 fleets. Each fleet was able to get 5 races in except the Opti’s – there were pretty tired by the end of their last race and when in early to avoid the dock rush. Being a “big brother” Nathan Pease missed two of the 5 races that morning. He helped his brother after he submerged his Opti for the first race of the day. At the end of the day, his FJ was still in 3rd place after having TWO bullets and a second in the three races they did complete. Andrew was having mixed results in the Opti fleet with Ben and Gary having a “bad day” (in Gary’s own words).
The next day had a lower breeze so the chop was less than the previous morning staying in the upper single digits – great for dingy sailing! Nathan and Henry continued their low scores with their worst being 4th. In the seventh race of the regatta, Henry was seen lay across the bow of the FJ. The race committee was like “I guess that is one way to get the weight forward.” It turns out that the jib’s tack had come undone and Henry was holding it down. They lost first place and finished second. One of the coach boats helped them fix it before the next race. Gary had a better day and sailed in all the race while Andrew held his own.
The results were that Nathan and Henry's performance resulted in a 2nd (of 10) place finish even after missing two of the races (one throw-out). Andrew placed 3rd (of 7) in the Opti “Blue” Fleet. Great job for the JV Sailing Team!
Written by Geoff Pease
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Please help me welcome our newest addition to the CYC Office Staff, Susan Maund. Having worked at several small businesses and volunteer organizations, she brings many skills to the office setting. Also, as an active member for 4+ years with Seattle Sailing Club, she is passionate about sailing and is racing currently on a J/105. Lastly, you can also see Susan out on the water on CYC’s Race Committee Boat, YC5, as a Wednesday night volunteer. Great to have you on board, Susan!
Cindy Barrett, CYC Business Manager
Annie Sorensen, CYC Junior Director of Sailing
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Provided by the event organizers of Anacortes Race Week/Schelleen Rathkopf
SEATTLE, Washington, July 21, 2021 - Today marks four weeks from the day we lost Gregory Paul Mueller in a man overboard incident during Race 2 at Race Week. Despite the work of many who responded to the incident, Gregory never regained consciousness, and was pronounced dead on the shores of Guemes Island.
I haven’t talked publicly about the man overboard (MOB) accident, aside from a press release that I released shortly after the incident occurred. It has been a difficult event to process, and I believe that allowing for some time of reflection was necessary as a MOB has never been a part of my experience in sailboat racing before now. Gregory was on foredeck with the spinnaker full on a downwind leg of the race. He was seen with lines tangled around his ankles, and one of the crew noticed that he was leaning over to untangle these lines. Then he fell overboard with the lines still wrapped around his legs. The lines kept Gregory attached to the boat, dragging through the water before the boat was depowered and Gregory’s body was brought back to the boat. By this point, he was unconscious.
This we know.
From here, is where my mind races through all those things we don’t know. Did Gregory have a medical incident on board, such as a heart attack or stroke that caused him to fall overboard? Why didn’t the skipper sail head to wind to stop the boat? Why weren’t the lines cut that caused the drag through the water? The Skagit Valley Coroner’s Office has deemed Gregory’s death as an accidental drowning. But thankfully, they’re doing a full investigation involving pathology results to determine if Gregory had a medical event prior to the fall, or if there are any other explanations that help us know what might have happened. These results can take months, so in the meantime, we reflect and wait.
My thoughts have centered on three things: 1) Cold shock, 2) Importance of a PFD, and 3) what I, as a sailboat race event producer could ever do to minimize the chances of a death occurring on the course.
We hear about MOB drills all the time. We may have even participated in a class or workshop where we worked as a team in a very controlled setting to practice picking up someone who has fallen overboard. But I think we need to spend more time educating ourselves about what we can expect if it is us that goes overboard, and talk to our crews every single time we board a boat what are jobs would be ‘if’ a MOB happens. Everyone should have a job assigned to them so that when the stress and adrenaline kicks up, and the chaos abounds, everyone is clear what their function is in the event. What the MOB and the crew does in the first 120 seconds before help can arrive is the most critical because of what is called, ‘Cold Shock”, when someone drops into water under 60 degrees (like Puget Sound). You could have a fleet of first responders on a race course, and the outcome would be the same. It’s why skippers must take the sole responsibility of their crew who are offshore, as these are the inherent risks that are accepted in the sport of sailboat racing.
Falling into cold water provokes an immediate gasp reflex. If your head is under water, you'd inhale water instead of air. Initial shock can cause panic, hyperventilation, and increase heart rate leading to a heart-attack. This stage typically lasts less than a minute, and at this point the person should concentrate on just staying afloat with their head above water until this shock passes (and it does pass). My hope is anyone who ventures out on a boat is acutely aware of Cold Shock before they leave the dock. The message is clear: “If you fall overboard, remember what Cold Shock is, and remind yourself that you will be OK if you can just force yourself to relax, and get through the first minute with your head above water. At this time, don’t try and swim, just keep your head above water. Try and relax and float on your back to catch your breath, then try to get hold of something that will help you float.”
The bottom line, don’t panic, and keep your head up. Studies show that most victims who fall overboard never make it to a hypothermic stage since 75% of individuals succumb and die in the earlier stages of Cold Shock immersion.
Next, I think a MOB discussion should happen with the entire crew before the boat leaves the dock. When someone screams, “Man Overboard!” everyone on the crew should have a handle of what their job should be, and one person who knows everyone’s jobs should act as the alternate and take on the job of the person who has fallen overboard. I’m in no way a MOB expert, but these are some of the jobs that I think are important (and should be executed immediately) following the MOB alert:
Spotter: the person who looks only at the victim during the ordeal and never loses sight.
Thrower: the person who throws floatable cushions, LifeRing, or anything that floats off the boat
Skipper: the person who moves the boat instantly head to wind to stop the boat
Radio: the person who goes to the radio to hail the Race
Committee on the fleet channel that there has been an incident
Caller: the person who calls ‘911’ and reports the incident immediately to emergency medical services
Cutter: the person who cuts any lines, sails, that may cause dragging
Assister: the person who stays with the victim when transferred to shore for medical attention
Documenter: the person who is taking photos of the MOB incident and using photo time stamp, video, live commentary to record the event
I have to say, after many sleepless nights, these are the roles I have deemed most important on a boat. Mind you, every boat is different, and every boat has varying numbers of crew. But that is why it is so critical that the conversation happens every time a new crew assembles, and before leaving the dock so that the first critical 120 seconds of the MOB incident are covered. Having crews discuss it in advance will diminish the fatalities that come from crew falling overboard.
In this incident, I’m very proud of the immediate response of our Race Committee. In this setting, (versus being hundreds of miles offshore in the middle of the ocean), there are not only other racers nearby to assist in a MOB incident, but there are also power boats on the course that make up the Race Committee fleet. But this incident cast a new light on just how little we know about the crews on board the boats that are racing in our events, and going forward I think this deserves some attention. Here are a couple of new things I’m considering adding to Race Week planning going forward:
1. Skippers may be asked to register their crews on the registration platform so that crew can be easily identified and next of kin can be easily notified in the event of an accident.
2. Skippers may be required to go over the above personal and crew MOB safety protocols with their crews prior to the participation in Race Week.
3. Skippers may be required to keep a crew log on board.
4. We'll maintain our fleet of judge, umpire, mark set, start and finish boats on the course so that there are resources available to assist when called.
Anyone who ventures away from the shore recognizes the dangers and risks involved. My desire is to not keep people from the fun of sailboat racing, but to remind everyone that we can do better when it comes to safety practices that can help limit fatalities should a MOB happen on our watch. Please spend some extra time with your crews and each other refreshing your MOB protocols. My condolences to the with Grace team, and to Gregory Mueller’s family. Schelleen Rathkopf
Photo of Gregory Mueller and the crew of with Grace available from Jan Anderson IMAGE 0842.JPG
July 5, Newport, RI - The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced today eleven sailors comprising its 11th anniversary class of inductees, which includes Carl Buchan and Dick Rose.
As both active members at CYC, we are so pleased with the involvement and contributions that they provide to our CYC community, and that they are getting the recognition that they deserve!
You can read more about this at:
Hall of Fame - National Sailing Hall of Fame (nshof.org)
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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.
In December of 2019, after five years of discussion on when the next haul out would take place, CYC’s Haulout team began discussion with vendors to fill distinct scopes of work for the fall of 2020.
Renovation of the Hull, the number one priority, had an initial budget in 2019 of $160,000 which included $10,000 in contingency. The budgets for window and siding replacement at $60,000. In addition, race equipment needs and “Additional Clubhouse” Stuff dock’s, finishes and electrical upgrades brought the 2019 budget to $334,500 with long term vision of an additional $225,000.
The clubhouse haulout schedule was developed in early 2020, with a departure the last week of August and return the first week of December 2020. The actual schedule was a departure of 1 September 2020 and return 3 February 2021.
Lake Union Dry Dock (LUDD) was the most competitive bid and was awarded the contract. They took care of all of the work related to the barge, including activities such as Steel renewal and painting of the hull.
Dyna Contracting was the most competitive bid for installing the new siding and replacement windows as well as management of a number of selected vendors which required extensive coordination.
Prior to the entering contracts with LUDD or Dyna and relocating the clubhouse to Lake Onion, inspection of the barge was undertaken to provide better quotes for the steel renewal and to uncover any major unforeseen condition. Two issue surfaced right away 1) the men’s shower had a leak that was damaging the barge’s top deck under the shower and 2) the wood supports for the lower entry door had extensive dry rot and would need to be replaced. The shower floor had to be removed to access and repair the Barge top side. Change orders were issued to both Dyna and LUDD to complete the work. Several inspection ports were installed to allow future access to the barge top and allow ventilation of the space.
While the clubhouse was in the dry dock. Dyna requested that 5/8” studs be installed on the north side of the barge to allow a construction platform’s to be installed to facilitate window and siding installation at the Dyna dock’s. After reviewing the long term potential of this walkway, additional 5/8” studs were installed to support the new isolation transformer, and to provide a permanent walkway around the clubhouse to replace the concrete floats.
The hull steel was repaired and alarms installed in all of the barges six compartments, an impressed current protective system has been up graded, and an isolation transformer system has been installed. All the window and exterior doors have been replaced with thermal double pane windows. The exterior skin of the clubhouse has been completely replaced with new state of the art weather barrier and a combination of Hardi panels or metal siding. Three sky light have been replaced with hard roofs with windows to match the other new windows. A new entry sign has been installed on the east side of the clubhouse.
Following the completion of the exterior, the team of CYC Volunteer’s began the renovation of the interior of the clubhouse. Beginning on the upper level, the carpet and flooring were removed, electrical upgrades were undertaken, and a sound attenuation ceiling was installed in the bar and meeting area. The Bar window were replaced with new windows and the bar was upgraded with a tile back splash. The remaining walls and ceiling were painted prior to the installation of new carpet and wood base.
Downstairs the men’s and women’s rooms were painted and ungraded. The wood flooring was refinished and the exit door, stairs to the dock and deck railing were reconfigured and ungraded. The downstairs meeting room has been repainted.
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