Thursday, March 14, 2019

Another First Timer – Chinook 

Chinook is a Beneteau Idylle 11.5 skippered by Tod Bassham. Yay for first timers and another cruising class entry! Tod reports their main goal is to have fun getting to the northern cruising grounds, but with a performance hull based on a First 35, and with several Oregon Offshore and Swiftsure veterans on board, we can expect some competition coming from this group. While this is Chinook’s first time competing in the Oregon Offshore Tod and Deedie have been sailing and racing a progression of boats on the Columbia river since 2008. Given Deedie is responsible for at pushing for least one of the upgrades because she wanted a faster boat, and with a stated desire not to be late to the party in Victoria, this sounds like a fast and fun program.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Velocity is In

We are glad to welcome back the J/42 Velocity. Velocity is a well-travelled and prepared boat skippered by Thomas Keffer out of Hood River. Tom and crew are very experienced ocean sailors, this being the boat’s 10th Oregon Offshore. Velocity is, in her heart, a cruising boat, but with those fancy black sails and a PHRF rating of 72 she is plenty quick in most conditions. You can read more about Velocity and some interesting projects Tom has done here:

Monday, March 4, 2019

Riva is back, or is she?

Same boat name, same skipper, but not recognizable as the beautiful blue J/46 that has graced the Oregon Offshore for many years. This year Riva is the still beautiful, but brand new J/121, skippered by Scott Campbell and crewed by many familiar faces. The old Riva had her share of success in the Oregon Offshore, including first overall, first to finish and several class podiums through the years. Throw in the experience of three Pacific Cups and we can expect more of the same from the new Riva. In fact they could well be even more of a threat with less furniture down below in this boat designed to be an offshore rocket ship. As in the past Riva has an aggressive racing campaign planned with Swiftsure and Van Isle 360 on tap following the Oregon Offshore.

Thursday, February 28, 2019


Is your idea of cruising staying up all night, wet, freezing cold and possibly seasick?  If so, you can and should join Souffle in our cruising class!  It must be fun, because they keep coming back year after year in this Cal 34, even when they've been our only cruising class entry.  Phil shares Souffle's racing history as this,"I would note that her first Offshore in 2013 we set the record for the slowest last place boat to finish, and in 2014 we set another record, this time for being the fastest last place boat to finish, both of which are sources for pride for vessel and crew."

We love having Souffle and it would be great if some other cruising class boats would join in the fun.  Seriously, getting your boat north within relative company of other boats is a great way to get to the San Juans or other locations further north.  If you are thinking about it, let us know and we'll help you find a way.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


One Design that is. The third J/105 to enter is Escape Artist. Their entry brings the J/105 count to 3, meaning they will have their own fleet. No complaining about ratings in this group! OK, at least until they start comparing themselves against the overall fleet.

Escape Artist reports they are probably the "youngest" of the competitive J/105 teams from Portland, OR, which is no doubt helped this year by the 16 year-old son of another J/105 owner crewing with them.  Don’t be fooled though as there are several Oregon Offshore and Swiftsure veterans on the team this year with Dana Sibilla as skipper. Dana says they are proud to be a part of the J/105 Pacific NW OD Fleet 20 and compete almost weekly year-round.