Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 Oregon Offshore Class Breakdown

What you have all been waiting for...

Kinetic V David Sutcliffe TP-52    -84
Rage Dave Raney Wylie 70    -63
Anam Cara Tom Kelly J/122    42
Hana Mari Ged McLean Wylie 43    66
Panama Red Chris Schweiger & Jeff McDonald Mumm 36    51
Riva Scott Campbell J/46    45
Velocity  Tom Keffer J/42    72
J/105 One Design
Abstract Doug Pihlaja J/105    93
Escape Artist Dana Sibilla J/105    93
Free Bowl of Soup Eric Hopper, Doug Schenk, Matt Davis J/105    93
Blue Martini Steve Ford Valiant    135
Desperado Jerry Barnes NY36    108
Passepartout Pete Shainin Stevens 47    114
Rain Drop Bill Huseby/Joby Easton Cascade 36    138
Sloop Dawg Adam Marvin Beneteau    93
Stay Gold Brian Bugge Morgan 36T    126
Aja Rich Elstrom Ericson 35-II    150
Cantata Tom Brownson Erickson 38    147
Cool Change Frank Noragon C&C38    144
Sol Pacifico Randall Barnes Catalina 470    141
Cruising Class
Souffle Phil Lewis Cal34    NA
Whoodat Kevin James Tartan 33     NA

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Customs: Difficult conversations

As a reminder, all boats are required to visit the customs dock when arriving in Victoria (pointed out below with a red arrow). Canadian laws are strict about any visitors who have DUI/DWI and/or Possession charges. We suggest each skipper verify that each crew member is in good standing prior to setting sail to avoid being denied access to Canada.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Amendment #2 to Notice of Race, Waivers, SERs

Amendment April 22, 2017
Portland, OR

Notice of Race, Waiver
Safety and Equipment Requirements

6.3     Removed description of the finish line.
Rationale for changes: The Sailing Instructions will outline the newly defined finish line
7.9    VHF station to use when communicating with the race committee at the finish line changed from Channel 72 to 71.
        Rationale for changes: To improve communications between racers and Race Committee

6.4, 6.5, 7.7, 7.14
Rationale for changes: The Sailing Instructions will outline the newly defined finish line and proper means of communication between racers and Race Committee


In keeping with RRS US prescription 82, we have modified the language of both the Skipper waiver and Crew waiver. This renders previously signed waivers obsolete.

ACTION: Each Skipper will re/submit waivers for himself and each of his crew members no later than 1700 hours May 10, 2017.

The below is changed to read:

Gear: Life rafts
3.39 A boat shall have adequate life raft(s) designed for life saving with designed capacity for containing the entire crew. The raft shall be capable of being carried to the lifelines within 15 seconds, and must be equipped with drogue and painter. If inflatable, it is recommended that it have two parallel buoyancy compartments. The raft shall hold a current certificate of inspection, and must be equipped for both manual and automatic inflation. If the raft does not provide capacity for the entire crew, a boat may be equipped with survival suits for each person aboard for whom life raft capacity is not provided. The suit shall be a universal size suitable for donning over regular clothing for keeping the wearer dry and afloat, shall be coverall type and shall include in its construction closed cell foam insulation designed to ensure survival from hypothermia of the wearer for a minimum of three hours when floating in 54F water. The suit(s) may be stowed below decks but must be readily accessible to the companionway. Suit(s) shall be government approved for survival usage.

Rationale for changes: To avoid unnecessary expense for participants who already have adequate safety equipment for all crew members.

Jenn Thompson, Commodore

Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Crossing the Bar

A friendly reminder for all delivery and race crews to respect the mighty Columbia River Bar.  Follow the links for some helpful information about crossing. Also, feel free to contact Jeff Duvall, our Oregon Offshore Chair, if you have any questions.
cell: 503-313-6560

Columbia River Bar Crossing Handout

Columbia River Bar Pilots: Traffic and Weather

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Entry: Raindrop, Cascade 36

Last but not least, we have our final entry, the mighty Raindrop, Cascade 36, hailing from Portland. Skippers Joby Easton and Bill Huseby have been running a solid race program for awhile, 2008 Pac Cup, multiple Oregon Offshore races, including winning their fleet in the 2017, followed by an excellent race in the 2017 Vic Maui. Joby has put himself out there as a OOR mentor so if you are new to the race, he is a great resource.

PHRF 138

Entry: Passepartout, Stevens 47

 Passepartout, hails from Mount Vernon, WA. Passepartout is a Stevens 47, skippered by Pete Shainin, with a PHRF rating of 115. We look forward to having our RVYC/Swiftsure cohorts Vern Burkhardt and Charlotte Gann aboard!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Entry: Cantata, Ericson 38

Excited to have Astoria based AYC/CYC Portland members Tom Brownson and Liz Bartell enter their Ericson 38 again this year. Cantata has been a long time supporter/participant of OOR and Tom has been helpful in allowing us use of the Astoria Yacht Club for skipper check-ins. Together we make the OOR great!

PHRF rating of 147.

Cruising Class Entry: Souffle, Cal 34

Mr Bowties is back! Phil Lewis, of Portland, OR, will race his Cal 34, Souffle, in Cruising Class again. Will they have any competition? Rumor has it another boat is considering making the switch over the Cruising class....TBD. We always enjoy this cruising class act crew. 

Entry: Aja, Ericson 35-II

Rich Elstrom has raced many an Offshore aboard his Aja, an Ericson 35-II. They'll be back this year, with a PHRF rating of 150.

Photo Credits Kristin Covert.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Entry: Anam Cara, J/122

If there was an award for the most Oregon Offshores raced, Portland's own Tom Kelly would be in the running with 35 of 40 (not to mention about the same number of Swiftsures)! In fact, his first race was in 1977 back when the race course headed south to Tillamook before going North. Around 1984 Tom set the OOR elapsed time record aboard Wizard. This record held for a solid eleven years. As you might know, all standing OOR records were annihilated back in 2014! Tom has won the race overall before and he hopes to do it again. We are pleased to have Anam Cara, J/122 with PHRF rating 42, back for yet another race this year!

Entry: Whoodat, Tartan 33

We love to see new boats racing in the OOR! With a skipper, Kevin James, hailing from Spokane and a boat, Whoodat a Tartan 33, hailing from Port Townsend, they have Washington state represented. Kevin is no stranger to the ocean with several deliveries across the Pacific under his belt. He is planning his second attempt at a Singlehanded TransPac next year (first 2014 attempt thwarted off the coast of Mendocino when he made it through a gale in one piece but the boat didn't). If that's not enough, he is planning to also race Van Isle 360, Pac Cup, and Vic Maui in the near future. We love that aggressive line up! Welcome Whoodat and crew

PHRF Pending

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Entry: Cool Change

Portland based skipper, Frank Noragan, will be racing Cool Change yet again this year! Cool Change is a C&C 38 with a PHRF rating of 144. Glad to have them back!

Entry: Abstract, J/105

Lots of J/105s this year! This will be Abstract’s first Oregon Offshore.  And it will be the first Oregon Offshore for four of her six crew; however, overall the crew’s total experience makes up for any perceived shortcomings. This includes many Oregon Offshore races for the remaining two crew members and other Ocean races including Fastnet! and in multiple Swiftsure races and Bridge to Bridges so the crew should have enough to be in the game. Future plans include this year’s Swiftsure, where there is a one design class for J/105s, and next year’s Pacific Cup in the Doublehand division. Glad to have Portland based skipper, Doug Pihlaja, and crew join us! 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Entry: Hana Mari, Wylie 43

Hana Mari, skippered by Ged McLean, is a Wylie 43 built in Portland at our Title Sponsor, Schooner Creek Boat Works, and is now sailing out of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Victoria, British Columbia.  Hana Mari has been actively racing in BC since 2011 and in that time she has sailed all the big long distance races multiple times including Southern Straits, Patos Island, Swiftsure, Round the County  and the VanIsle 360. In 2016, after completing her second Oregon Offshore Race, Hana Mari won its division in the Swiftsure Lightship Classic. Her crew is looking forward to the adventure of the Oregon Offshore. PHRF 66

Kick Off Party Tonight!

Entry: Blue Martini, Valiant 50

Skipper Steve Ford has entered Blue Martini, Valiant 50. This will be Steve's fourth Oregon Offshore and Blue's second. Originally from San Diego, Blue Martini called Portland, OR home for a bit and now hails from Sidney, BC. It is looking like cruising summer for this boat and her crew. PHRF 135

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Entry: Riva, J/46

Riva is a J46 based in Portland Oregon. She has had an active racing schedule since 2003 with almost annual participation in both the Oregon Offshore and Swiftsure races. She has taken first place trophies numerous times in both races in her division and class. She is also also a three time veteran of the Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii in 2006, 2010, and 2016. Welcome back Riva!

PHRF rating 45


Entry: Sloop Dawg, Beneteau 405

Another first time entry, Sloop Dawg, a Beneteau 405 skippered by Adam Marvin, hails from Seattle, WA. Although this is Sloop Dawg's first Oregon Offshore race, Adam and crew raced last year aboard Canard, a Jeanneau 36i. Shortly after, the crew raced their fourth Swiftsure and first ever Vic Maui. Sloop Dawg will stay around for Swiftsure's Juan De Fuca race. PHRF rating 93.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Entry: Sol Pacifico, Catalina 470

First time entry! Sol Pacifico, a Catalina 470 skippered by Randall Barnes, hails from Seattle, WA. Sol Pacifico is named after the skipper's preferred cervezas mexicanas; however, since moving from Los Angeles to Seattle, you're more likely to find the holds packed with more aggressive varieties to fend off the Nothern cold. Sol Pac has traditionally been crewed by a diverse international race team. This year is no exception with crew members originally hailing from the US, Canada, Iceland, South Africa, Belgium, and Great Britain. Randall will also race Sol Pacifico in the Swiftsure Lightship Classic.

PHRF rating 141

Entry: Desperado, New York 36

Jerry Barnes has been an active part of the Oregon Offshore Race for years, both behind the scenes and on the water. This year Jerry has decided to go all in with his New York 36, Desperado. She last raced the OOR in 2013 with a memorable photo finish, 14 seconds between the second, third and fourth place boats in the fleet! Welcome back! Hope you have a WHALE of a good time

Double Hand, Swiftsure 2013

Monday, March 20, 2017

Entry: Rage, Wylie 70

Skipper David Raney did not disappoint again this year. He and the Rage crew will represent Portland in hopes to keep the legacy going strong. Rage, Wylie 70, was First to Finish and First in Class in the 2016 race and has previously snagged their fair share of victories before that. Rage will race Swiftsure then begin the rigorous preparations for Pac Cup 2018. PHRF -63

Monday, March 13, 2017

Entry Escape Artist, J/105

Looks like we're gonna have ourselves some friendly J/105 competition this year. First time participant, Escape Artist, skippered by Dana Sibilla, is the "youngest" of the four Portland based J/105 One Design teams. While this is the first Oregon Offshore for the boat, the combined experience of the crew will bring some stiff competition on the race course. Once in Victoria, Escape Artist will stay for Swiftsure then plans to make her way over for Whidbey Island Race Week for a second year.

 PHRF rating 93

Entry from Stay Gold, Morgan 36T

Always great to welcome new boat participants! Hailing from Gig Harbor, WA, Team Stay Gold, with skipper Brian Bugge, is an average group of sailors bound by their limitless passion for the sea. With a spirit of never-say-die, they'll stay gold until the end- no matter what comes their way. The plan is to continue on to Swiftsure before heading over to Her new permanent home, Hawaii. Good luck to you! PHRF rating 126

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Entry received for Velocity

Although skipper, Tom Keffer, took last year off to race the Pac Cup, he still helped us out on the start boat and for that we are grateful! That being said, we certainly are glad to have him back on the racing side of things this year. Velocity, J/42, is no stranger to the OOR. With a PHRF rating of 72, she is sure to keep things interesting!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

AMENDMENT #1 TO SERs Feb 14th, 2017

Amendment February 14th, 2017
Portland, OR


1.0.2 Races of extended duration along or not far removed from shorelines or in large unprotected bays or lakes, where a high degree of self-sufficiency is required of the boats

The below are changed to read:

Lifelines Lifelines SHALL be uncoated stainless steel wire. A multipart-lashing not to exceed 4" per end termination for the purpose of attaching lifelines to pulpits is allowed. Lifelines shall be taut (see appendix- Lifelines for requirements).

2.4.6 Boats under 28 feet (8.5m) shall have at least one lifeline with 18" (457mm) minimum height above deck, and a maximum vertical gap of 18" (457mm). Taller heights will require a second lifeline. The minimum diameter shall be as per Appendix- Lifelines

2.4.7 Boats 28 feet and over (8.50m) shall have at least two lifelines with 24" (762mm) minimum height above deck, and a maximum vertical gap of 15" (381mm). The minimum diameter shall be as per Appendix- Lifelines

The below are changed to read:

Emergency Communications
3.8.1 A boat shall have a permanently installed 25-watt VHF radio connected to a masthead antenna by a co-axial feeder cable with no more than a 40% power loss.  Radios manufactured after 01/01/2015 shall have DSC capability, have an antenna of at least 15" (381mm) in length, be connected to or have an internal GPS, and have the assigned MMSI number (unique to the boat) programed into the VHF.

3.8.2 A boat shall have the listed number of watertight handheld VHF radios or handheld VHF radios with waterproof cover. Radios manufactured after 01/01/2015, shall have DSC/GPS capability.

3.8.3 A boat shall have an emergency VHF antenna. The emergency antenna shall be equipped with sufficient coax to reach the deck, and have a minimum antenna length of 10" (254mm).

Main Sail Reefing
3.33.1 The maximum area of storm sails shall be lesser of the areas below or as
specified by the boat designer or sail maker

Rationale for changes: To adhere as strictly to the PIYA racing rules of sailing as possible with safety as our top priority. Please note: some other verbiage has been updated without changing the meaning of the specific rule.

Jeff Duvall, Event Chair
Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Registrations rolling in!

First week registration is open and we have already received THREE entries!!

David Sutcliffe, Victoria, BC CAN

Chris Schweiger/Jeff McDonald 
 Portland, OR USA

  Schenk, Hopper, Davis 
Portland, OR USA

Keep em Coming! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for.

Registration for the 
41st Annual 2017 Oregon Offshore 
International Yacht Race 
is officially open! 

<<<<< Follow the Race Information links to register NOW!