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.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Two big Pacific Ocean races happening in the next few weeks

The Pac-Cup Singlehanders started racing today, and the rest will start in a few days. Also starting this week is the Vic-Maui! Both races have multiple boats racing who have participated recently in the Oregon Offshore race.

To download the Pac-Cup tracker, go to this site. Two of this year's Offshore participants will be racing Santa Cruz 27s double-handed (Kaos and Blade Runner-this year's PHRF First Overall). We'll also be tracking California Girl and Free Bowl of Soup, and we think you should, too.

You can track Turnagain, Kinetic, Passepartout, and Avalon in the Vic-Maui race here.

Godspeed, friends!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sail "Bridge to Bridge" the Original Course of the first Oregon Offshore races....Astoria to Newport on August 15th

Just Can't Get Enough?!?
Of racing sailboats offshore in Oregon I mean?
Well, here is your chance to do it again, to the south this time!

WHO: Yaquina Bay Yacht Club in Newport, Oregon
WHAT: The Bridge to Bridge Race
WHEN: August 15 - 17, 2014
WHERE: Astoria to Newport, Oregon (app. 100 nm)
WHY: Here is your chance to sail the original route of the first Oregon Offshore races! Race south from Astoria to Newport Oregon through 100 miles of sunshine, blue skies and the most beautiful coastline on the West Coast. Racers will travel from the mouth of the Columbia to the mouth of the Yaquina in Newport, Oregon. The race is handicapped at just under 100 miles and is usually a starlit overnight race. The elapsed time record is held by Dave French's Olson 30 “Grins” at 10 hours and 45 minutes! This Northwest version of the Ensenada Race is a PIYA Category 1 offshore race. Plan a stay in Newport and explore the fabulous central Oregon coast, or get together with your fellow competitors and race back to Astoria.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Want Some Hot Koko? Check Out This Crazy Death Roll Video!

This is amazing onboard video from 2nd in Class, 3rd Overall 2014 CYC Oregon Offshore winner Kokopelli, a Santa Cruz 27 skippered by Eric Collins of Portland.

Want to know how crazy this race was at times? Check out the section starting at 2:10.......thanks to Eric, Keith, Ryan & Cathy of Kokopelli for this rare video of a high speed "round down" wipe out and recovery. Sometimes, when you get knocked down, you just have to get right back up again... Koko finished 2nd in the Santa Cruz 27 class and 3rd place in PHRF Overall in this year's 38th Annual CYC Oregon Offshore sailing race. Great job!

At 4:10 in the video, with the kite hopelessly knotted around the headstay, our own Cathy Meyer of CYC bravely goes up the mast for a little "maintenance" ... that's amazing courage... You gotta watch this:

Wild Ride! Oregon Offshore 2014 on Kokopelli from Cathy Meyer on Vimeo.