Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful for Safety at Sea Class Opportunities

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for Safety at Sea class options! Specifically, we just learned that BC Sailing has scheduled two Sail Canada / ISAF Approved Safety at Sea classes for early 2015 at the West Vancouver Yacht Club.

The dates are Friday-Saturday, January 9-10, 2015 and Friday-Saturday, February 27-28, 2015. These classes are two days each, and are Sail Canada / ISAF Approved. As a preference to events that have Safety at Sea training requirements, advance registration is available now to crews of boats that are sailing in the 2015 Oregon Offshore and 2015 Van Isle 360 races.

Click one of the following links for advance registration:
January 9-10 class
February 27-28 class

General registration for these classes will open to the public on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Additional classes may be available if demand warrants.

Thanks so much to BC Sailing for the information and the priority registration!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

More good news: Safety at Sea is coming to Portland in March!

Nicole Sirois and Mark McCuddy have headed up a group of volunteers from the Oregon Corinthian Sailing Association and CYC Portland to bring a one-day Safety at Sea seminar to Portland. Bob Schoonmaker of Seattle will be hosting the event on March 14, 2015 at Portland Yacht Club, and Bruce Brown from US Sailing will moderate. We're told he puts on fantastic seminars!

This class will comply with the 2015 requirement for the Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race. Please note that if you are seeking certification for Pacific Cup, Vic-Maui or other international races, a two-day seminar will likely be required, and this class would not meet that requirement. 

We will keep you informed of further updates and sign-up information. Feel free to pass this information on; everyone is welcome, and this will be a very valuable educational experience not only for offshore racers, but also for cruisers and people still anticipating their first time sailing in the ocean. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It's Official! 2015 dates have been set!

CYC Portland has finally finalized the dates for the 2015 Oregon Offshore! The race will start on Thursday, May 7, 2014, with the start time TBD as usual (based on tides and the safest available Columbia Bar crossing). The finish deadline will be 1000 hours on Sunday, May 10.

The mandatory skippers meeting will take place on May 6 in Astoria, OR, exact location TBD. Stay tuned for more information! We will try to have the race packet, including notice of race and safety equipment requirements, available around the first of the year.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2015 Updates

Thank you all for your feedback regarding next year's race and safety requirements. We have received some requests recently to know what the dates will be for the 2015 race. CYC has not confirmed the dates yet, but plans to post that information on this site in November or December.

As for the Safety at Sea requirement, we have still not finalized the requirement, but it will be similar to PIYA's recommended wording. We have confirmed we will be accepting certificates approved by BC Sailing, Sail Canada, the UK's Royal Yachting Association, and other national or international authorities comparable to US Sailing.

It is our understanding that Portland's OCSA is working to bring a one-day Safety at Sea class to Portland, OR in the spring, but nothing has been confirmed so far. If they are able to pull it together, it should be US Sailing certified and then would be enough to qualify for the Oregon Offshore in 2015. For those of you who would like a certification that you can use for other longer races, like the Vic-Maui or Pacific Cup, you may need a two-day certification, and would likely have to sit for a longer class separately. Something to chew on...

Stay tuned to this site for more updates about the 2015 race. If you would like updates sent to your email address, click on the "Subscribe to" link at the top of the right column.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Safety At Sea Required in 2015!

Hello Oregon Offshore Racers!

It's a few months until next year's race, but with some of the new safety requirements, you'd better get started early. In 2015, we will require at least 2 people or at least 30% of all people on each boat (whichever is greater) to have been certified by a US Sailing sanctioned Safety at Sea event.

It gets worse... The only seminars scheduled on the West Coast before next May are in October 2014 in San Francisco. You'd better get planning if you want to get this taken care of without flying to Maryland next spring.

The Washington coast can be rather inhospitable. We hope folks are able to plan to attend this course early enough that this won't reduce their desire or ability to race, and we are certain this will increase safety and preparedness among those who do.

For a list of seminars available between now and the race, click here.