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Commodore Gibson Recap & Results

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The Commodore and Gibson races to Port Ludlow and return to Shilshole took place August 12 and 13 this year. The format is a pursuit race, where the slowest handicap boat starts first, and everyone gets their entire handicap allowance at the start – so theoretically, everyone would finish at the same time.

Recap

This year there was a nice southerly and favorable tide, so everyone made it to the Foulweather Bluff finish in three and a half hours or less. Mike McGuan and Karen Mooney on Kittiwake (Bahama Islander 30) were one of the first to start, and led the way to Foulweather Bluff. There was a “gotcha” shift to a northwesterly a couple miles short of the mark that left leaders Kittiwake and Dolphin Quest struggling to get to the inside (finish line side) of the buoy. Meanwhile, Altair, Rush, and Charlotte were making tracks to the west and closing fast, and it was a three factor race between the current, the boats trying to get back west, and the boats catching up. Ultimately Kittiwake prevailed, with the next three boats all finishing within five minutes of Kittiwake.

The quick finish made for lots of time for conversation, adult beverages, and boat tours on the dock at Port Ludlow, followed by a barbecue dinner, awards, and guitar playing and camp songs in the picnic shelter. We experienced the end of Seattle’s 55 day drought while snug in the shelter, and then had a potluck breakfast Sunday morning that couldn’t be beat.

Sunday started at Foulweather Bluff on a promising northerly (downwind again!), but that died and left most of us going backwards on the ebb tide. However, Brian Watkins and Alice Lee on Declaration of Independence (Express 37) showed the same form as when D of I was the frequent winner of 48 North’s #1 boat ranking a decade ago. They correctly answered the question, “How do you get around No Point in light air against adverse current?” (Answer – “By going to the beach”) They then hooked into a wind line that no one else found, and were gone. Eventually everyone else quit and started motoring home. Meanwhile Declaration of Independence finished at 3:37, and was back to Shilshole ahead of everyone who turned on their engines.

Eventually a very nice northerly filled in, and everyone who was motoring had a great sail back.

Sound like fun? Then put the 2018 edition on your calendar now for August 2018.

Results

Saturday

Start Location: Meadow Point
Distance: 17.75

Sail # Rating   Boat Name  Start Finish Elapsed  Average  
1 B30 201 Mike McGuan / Karen Mooney Kittiwake (Islander Bahama 30) 9:07:59 12:14:00 3:06:01 5.73
2 spin 248 / 50005 135 Suzette Connolly & Paul Baker Altair (Sceptre 41) 9:27:30 12:14:57 2:47:27 6.36
3 1005 129 Saadian Freeman / Vlad Popa / Yuta Takagi Rush (J 80) 9:29:17 12:16:30 2:47:13 6.37
4 25365 93 Al & Jane Johnson Charlotte (Quest 30) 9:39:56 12:18:55 2:38:59 6.70
5 71 201 Paul Benson Dolphin Quest (Shannon 38 PH) 9:07:59 12:27:46 3:19:47 5.33
6 69660 72 Brian Watkins Declaration of Independence (Exp 37) 9:46:09 12:39:00 2:52:51 6.16
7 840 108 Jim / Cici Medley Puffin (Bavaria 38) 9:35:30 12:42:00 3:06:30 5.71
8 33 81 David & Karen James Helios (Beneteau 36.7) 9:43:29 12:45:00 3:01:31 5.87
9 51 72 Jeff & Ronnette Whitney Elusive (C&C 115) 9:46:09 12:49:00 3:02:51 5.82
10 777 42 Dave Dumont / Masha Makarova Monte Solaro (Beneteau 44.7) 9:55:01 12:52:00 2:56:59 6.02
11* 205 147 Bret & Joyce Phillips JoyRide (Catalina 400 Mark II) 9:23:57 12:56:00 3:32:03 5.02
11* 46489 126 Chris McMuldroch / Jennifer Lathrop Wind Dancer (Tartan 3800) 9:30:10 12:56:00 3:25:50 5.17
reference rating: 228

 

Sunday

Start Location: Foulweather Bluff
Distance: 17.75

Sail # Rating   Boat Name  Start Finish  Elapsed  Average Sp.
1 69660 72 Brian Watkins Declaration of Independence (Exp 37) 11:46:09 15:37:00 3:50:51 4.61
B30 201 Mike McGuan / Karen Mooney Kittiwake (Islander Bahama 30) 11:07:59 DNF
spin 248 / 50005 135 Suzette Connolly & Paul Baker Altair (Sceptre 41) 11:27:30 DNF
1005 129 Saadian Freeman / Vlad Popa / Yuta Takagi Rush (J 80) 11:29:17 DNF
25365 93 Al & Jane Johnson Charlotte (Quest 30) 11:39:56 DNF
71 201 Paul Benson Dolphin Quest (Shannon 38 PH) 11:07:59 DNF
840 108 Jim / Cici Medley Puffin (Bavaria 38) 11:35:30 DNF
33 81 David & Karen James Helios (Beneteau 36.7) 11:43:29 DNF
51 72 Jeff & Ronnette Whitney Elusive (C&C 115) 11:46:09 DNF
777 42 Dave Dumont / Masha Makarova Monte Solaro (Beneteau 44.7) 11:55:01 DNF
205 147 Bret & Joyce Phillips JoyRide (Catalina 400 Mark II) 11:23:57 DNF
46489 126 Chris McMuldroch / Jennifer Lathrop Wind Dancer (Tartan 3800) 11:30:10 DNF
Note – pursuit race, with entire handicap allowance given at the start.  Finish time indicates corrected time place.

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