On December 10th of this year, Ballard High School travelled to St. Petersburg, Florida to compete against 9 other high school teams in J70s. CYC’s team was selected by NWISA (the governing body of high school sailing) based on their cumulative keelboat and racing experience to represent the Northwest at this national level invitational. Catie Vandervort, skipper, Arden Rathkopf, main and spinnaker trimmer, Coleman Barnes, jib trimmer, and Meimei Peterson, bow and tactician, practiced on a J80 on two different occasions, thanks to Bob Ross, Steve Summers, and Seattle Sailing Club. They also practiced with SSP instructors and staff on a keelboat similar to a J70, and went up to Orcas Island for an intensive weekend of training with the J-Pod fleet of J70s. Ron Rosenberg and Boris Luchtwrhand provided additional coaching and accommodation for the team, and many members of the community came out to help the team tune up.
In Florida, the team had several hours to warm up in the local waters of St Pete. The breeze was light and shifty, but was enough to fly the spinnaker and practice sets and douses. Those were not the conditions they raced in on Saturday. 15+ knots of consistent pressure were sent down the race course, which was more than double anything the team had practiced in. Class rules allow for two crew to be properly keelboat hiking with legs outside the lifelines, and for the majority of the day, we had those legs out. Sunday came in with light and shifty conditions again, and the team had their best finish of 4th out of ten- they dug in to the right hard and got a huge shift that carried them on the layline to the weather mark. After only being on the boat together for less then 15 hours, the team pulled out a 9th overall. They learned a lot and have sparked a love for keelboat racing that will carry on the rest of their lives.
Pictured from left to right: Coleman Barnes, Arden Rathkopf, Catie Vandervort, Meimei Peterson, and Annie Sorensen.
Effective January 1, 2022, CYC dues are modestly increasing. With many variables such as US inflation at near 7%, Covid uncertainty, and club goals of improving our race equipment and developing a larger "rainy-day" or capital fund, the Board feels this an appropriate step to ensure club viability. Our intent is to allocate the increase to race equipment and the “rainy-day” / capital fund.
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We are looking forward to our upcoming Annual Member Meeting, and the election results on November 17th. The ballots were emailed to your address on file on October 22nd.
For a copy of the proposed bylaws, click [HERE]
For a copy of the explanation of changes to the bylaws, click [HERE]
For the biographies and a paper ballot (if you choose to vote that way, instead of electronically, click [HERE]
Dear CYC member,
Like many residents of Ballard and the City of Seattle, the CYC Community and those around Shilshole Bay Marina have noticed a sharp increase in crime giving many a feeling of less security. Discussions have been initiated with the Port of Seattle, Port Police, and Shilshole Bay Marina to learn more about what’s happening and being done to address the increase in transient encampments, property damage, theft, and personal safety issues. CYC is committed to pressing this conversation with the appropriate governing bodies in hopes of restoring the safe environment in and around Shilshole. The Club is taking legal action in every way we can, up to and including applying for a King County Court Order of Protection as the situation warrants.
The priority of the Club is to keep our members, employees, guests, and assets safe and secure. As part of this, effective immediately, the doors to the CYC will remain locked 24/7. Appropriate security measures are being reviewed as they pertain to larger gatherings i.e. regatta parties. Please remember, as a member you can get an electronic key fob from the office for secure building access. We encourage you to do this and the office team is happy to help. If you ever lose your fob, please ensure it is reported to the office for deactivation.
We appreciate your understanding. A locked door policy is not how we would like things to be but unfortunately it is what is necessary at this time. Should you have further questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.
Commodore, CYC Seattle
“McKees win fifth Tasar Nationals”
The Tasar Nationals was first contested in 1979 (won by Dave Perry and Nell Taylor). This year’s championship was incredibly close, decided at the end of the final beat of the last race! With a recent record of 24 boats, and the most competitive fleet in years (including 3 World Champion teams), this event served notice that the Tasars are thriving like never before, with a mix of young teams and veterans. The Tasar tradition of sharing tips, community, and fun racing was on full display. This bodes well for the 2022 Tasar World Championship, which will be sailed on these same waters in one year.
Saturday was productive, but no races were held for lack of wind. Class President Anthony Boscolo chaired the class meeting, and former World Champion Jay Renehan held a very informative go-fast clinic. The keg was tapped. Boats were fine tuned. Finally a light northerly filled in, and PRO Carl Buchan sent the fleet out onto Puget Sound. Alas, the wind did not cooperate, and after 2 practice starts we returned to shore.
Sunday dawned cold and windy. 4 races were scheduled in the 15-18 knot southerly. Racing throughout the fleet was intense, especially so at the top. Chris and Molly Lanzinger won the first race with excellent speed and solid tactics, with Jonathan and Libby McKee and Mike and Molly Karas close behind. The McKees then took the next race, with Jay and Lisa Renehan hot on their heels. The Renehans furthered their claim to the title with a come from behind win in the third race, passing Dalton and Lindsey Bergan on the final run. With Karas third and McKee fourth, it was all on for the fourth and final race. Renehan and McKee were tied for the lead, with Karas, Bergan and Lanzinger all still in contention.
By now the wind had died to 6-8 knots and gotten quite unstable. After 2 general recalls, the deciding race was off. The right side paid early, favoring Jonathan and Libby, who rounded the top mark third, with Mike and Molly hot on their transom, and Renehan lurking dangerously close. With superior reaching speed, Jay and Lisa made their move low on the second reach. But a big right shift before the leeward mark nixed their comeback. But it was still all on for the last shifty beat to the finish. The race was won by juniors Dieter Creitz and Sam Bush, who led at every mark. Dalton and Lindsey sailed a great last leg to finish third. For the McKees, fourth was good enough to seal the title, their fifth Tasar Nationals win. As an interesting aside, the top 5 teams are married couples!
Thank you to regatta host Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, sponsors West Coast Sailing, Fisheries Supply, Lagunitas Brewing, West Marine, and Samson Cordage. Thanks also to all the volunteers that made this a great event, both on the water and off. The Tasars are planning an active year as we prepare to host the 2022 Tasar World Championships in Seattle. Come join us!
Final Top 5:
Jonathan McKee / Libby Johnson McKee 11 pts.
Dalton Bergan / Lindsey Bergan 14 pts.
Jay Renehan / Lisa Renehan 18 pts.
Chris Lanzinger / Molly Lanzinger 19 pts.
Michael Karas / Molly Karas 19 pts.
Full results at racing.cycseattle.org
For more info on Tasars and the 2022 World Championship, go to NATA.org or facebook.com/groups/natasar/?ref=share
The 2021 racing season is coming to an end, and it is time to consider the 2021 CYC outstanding performers. The Board will select the Award winners who will be announced at the Awards Party to be held in January 2022.
If you have a suggestion for a 2021 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.
The Awards are:
ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 26, 2021) — Eight teams representing their respective US Sailing Areas from regions around the country vied for the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy this week in Annapolis, at the 2021 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship. Skipper Steve Travis, from Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, and his crew came out on top after two days of racing, scoring 10.5 points overall after three distance races and one buoy race.
Read more here: Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle Team Excels to Win U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship - US Sailing
Saturday's race saw the fleet parading out to the race course on Shilshole Bay led by Adventuress in sunshine. As often happens in the Pacific Northwest, this soon changed to showers and then to a steady rain followed by a downpour. The wind also provided plenty of challenges for the racers, at times gusting to 25 knots, at other times leaving the boats adrift with sails slack, and the skippers wishing for some wind. A big thank you to the Corinthian Yacht Club Race Committee for providing the excellent course, making sure everyone enjoyed the race and that all the racers got back to the marina to in time to enjoy the post-race Covid-responsible gathering. All were drenched and wet to the bone but smiling. In particular, from CYC, we want to thank Matt Wood, Bob Combie, Karen Sheide, and Marsha and Grant.
All the teams - virtual and on-the-water - have until Sunday, September 26th to continue to raise money, to earn points through Wind in Your Sails Challenges and to finish strong.
So far, Adventuress has raised $84,000 of its $125,000 goal - but we haven't crossed the finish line yet! You can donate here: The Adventuress Cup - A Race for the Salish Sea (onecause.com)
Lastly, if you were unable to attend, a Youtube livestream can be found here: Adventuress Cup 2021 Livestream - YouTube
This year’s CYC Seattle Pink Boat Regatta was a huge success, raising more than $67,000 for breast cancer research. Twenty-two boats participated across 3 classes for a great day of racing and partying with close friends afterwards. The event was held outside, instead of in the clubhouse, to minimize risk of Covid transmission.
Big thanks to CYC volunteer race committee Matthew Wood, Charlie Rathkopf, Charlie Herberer, Kaitlen Gibson and volunteer bartenders Laurie McRae and Tom Kelley. We look forward to another great event next year!
By Kenneth Johnson -
The Lake Fall Regatta held on Saturday September 11 capped the 2021 Lake Racing Season. Light shifty slowly-dying winds challenged the excellent Race Committee (PRO Troy Childs ably assisted by Catherine Picha) and the skippers and crews of the participating J-24s, San Juan 24s and Thistles.
Racing started at 11 am in a 6-7 knot wind that shifted erratically from south-east to south – forecasted (unfortunately all too correct) to slowly die to 1-2 knots by early afternoon, causing the final races to be mercifully shortened. Somehow the small three boat J-24 fleet got in three races, with Staff Commodore Jakob Lichtenberg on “Hair of the Dog” consistently finishing first. No such consistency for the other two fleets. In the 7 boat San Juan 24 fleet, CYC Director Mark Bradner on “Return” and Staff Commodore Ken Johnson’s “Grauer Geist” split their two races, each winning fairly easily after a good start by Return in race 1 and Grauer Geist in race 2 and building large leads by the first weather mark. As the wind began to die in the shortened second race, Return (which was last around the prior mark) and Mike Irish’s “Manhattan Transfer” traded leads in the last 200 yards before the shortened upwind finish, with Return getting the last wisp of wind to finish 2nd by “2 or 3 inches” and thus earn a deserved win for the regatta.
The 9 boat Thistle fleet saw the most inconsistency, with Graham Vaughan combing a 1st and 5th on “Zugzwang” to edge out Marc Daudon’s “Fleetfoot2”’s combined 4th and 3rd place finishes to win the regatta. “Heart of CYC” capital raising chair Wayne Balsiger’s first on “Rainbow” in the second race could not overcome his 7th place finish in race 1, and he finished 3rd for the regatta.
For the 2021 season, both the Tuesday night J-24 racers and the Wednesday night fleets of SJ 24s, Thunderbirds and Thistles got to race on 17 of the 20 scheduled race nights, with the lack of wind (and one errant power boat that careened into the docked Race Committee boat) winning just three of the nights. For the J-24s, with up to 23 boats racing, Kevin Downey on “Sine Nomine” bookended the year with wins in the Spring and Fall series, Lucas Lafitte on “Big Tuna” took the Interim series and Scott Milne on “Tremendous Slouch” won the Summer series.
For the 4 boat fleet Thunderbirds on Wednesday night, Craig Burnell’s “Predator” won each of the four series. Almost as consistently, Director Mark Bradner’s “Return” took first in the Spring, Interim and Summer series in 8 boat San Juan 24 fleet before being dethroned by Staff Commodore’s Ken Johnson’s “Grauer Geist” in the Fall series. Johnson commented that Grauer’s success was greatly assisted by him being with family on the East Coast for most of the series with his crew, led by Treasurer Remmert Wolter helming, sailing the boat in his absence. The 16 boat Thistle Fleet saw Graham Vaughan’s “Zugzwang” finish strongly by taking the Summer and Fall series; JD Reddaway on “Hakana Matata” won the Spring series, with “TTFN,” jointly owned by Neal Freeland and Brooke Stabbert, taking the Interim series.
All in all, a successful season with participating building during the year as more crews became vaccinated and comfortable in racing. Thanks to some in the J-24 fleet, we got to see the successful introduction of robo-marks (which had their fits at the beginning but became very helpful by the end of the season). And much appreciation to Fleet Captain-Racing Matt Wood’s continued support, PRO Troy Child success in finding fair courses in the challenges of Lake sailing at its best, great work by the unheralded whaler drivers and finally but not the least to the Race Committee volunteers.
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