2012 Race to the Straits

March 30, 2013

2012 was my first Race to the Straits, and it was a blast!  My son and I doublehanded the Seattle to Port Townsend leg.  I singlehanded the PT to Seattle leg.  Saturday was a nice run up to Marrowstone Island, where the wind quit and left us bobbing along.  We ended up bailing on the race and motoring the last few miles.  As it tuns out, that day wasn’t scored for us anyway.  Being unfamiliar with Shilshole, I’d started from the wrong buoy!  I just saw a parade of boats heading for a mark and assumed it was the start.  Oh well, it was still a fun leg and I’ll never make that mistake again.

Sunday started with little to no wind and boats parked around the starting line.  The tide finally changed, a light breeze came up from the North, and we were off on another downwind run to Seattle.  I finished late in the afternoon and turned around to head back to PT.  That’s another story, and you can read about it under Engine Trouble!  Meanwhile, here’s some video from the race.

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