Saturday, April 20, 2019

Offshore in the News


It's always fun to get recognized by the sailing media!  J/Sailing News is great about finding and writing about J/Boats around the world.  Check out what they have to say about The Oregon Offshore here.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Going, Going, Go...stop the presses!

While much of the fleet was enjoying the Kick Off Party, Phillip Wampold was busy typing up his entry to sneak in just before the deadline.  Zaff Racing is a J/92 out of Victoria, BC and they are our 21st and last boat to enter as the entry deadline has now come and gone.  Phillip describes Zaff Racing as a rag tag crew of rum dumping young buds looking for fun, fast adventures.  They must put down the rum long enough to do a little sailing as they have posted some impressive results including class wins in the 2018 Pacific Cup, 2018 Southern Straits and the 2018 Patos Island Classic.  See more about this program here: https://www.facebook.com/ZaffRacing/
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Whoodat is back!

Whoodat is Tartan 33 hailing from Spokane, WA and skippered by Kevin Jones.  With a PHRF rating of 162 Whoodat isn't likely to be a line honors contender, but all that means is they get more racing for their money.  Whoodat started the Oregon Offshore a couple of years ago but withdrew due to engine problems before turning right at Neah Bay. The boat was new to Kevin then and having corrected those pesky engine issues, the team is excited to give the OOR another go. This will be the first offshore race (finish anyway) for Whoodat, though the crew has sailed thousands of offshore miles, including two deliveries from Hawaii to Seattle. By the way, Kevin says this is the only photo of Whoddat under way, so anyone with a camera during the race should snap some photos for next year's Offshore entry announcement.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Fortunate One

115 that is.  We are happy to welcome back Fortuna, our second C&C 115 to join the 2019 Oregon Offshore Fleet.  Skippered by David De Lanoy along with John Price, Fortuna hails from Seattle, WA. In 2018 they had a strong showing and were hooked from the experience.  Fortuna has competed in long distance events ranging from Round The County to Southern Straits to multiple Swiftsures with a divisional win in 2013. The team is anxious for more podium finishes.  With two C&C 115s in the race, hopefully we see a good friendly rivalry!  See more about this team here: Fortuna's Facebook Page.



Thursday, April 4, 2019


Time to raise the roof, raise a glass, and raise your sails (almost) !!

Hey there Sailors, wanna party? Don’t we always? Time to celebrate the kickoff of this year’s Oregon Offshore. Skippers, Crew, friends and wannabe friends, everyone is invited to Kells in downtown Portland (112 SW 2nd Ave.) on Monday April 15 at 6:30. The kitchen will be open, the bar will be open, the raffle will be on, the T-shirts and Hats will be on sale, and everyone will still be in first place for this year’s race! Don’t miss it! Bring your enthusiasm and support the longest and best ocean race in the Pacific Northwest. See you a week from Monday! Whoo-hoo!



Thursday, March 28, 2019

Margaret

Margaret is an Ericson 33 designed by Ron Holland and based out of Portland.  Skipper David Shepherdson says she is named after his mother who was a keen and successful dinghy racer.  Hopefully those good genes got passed to David and crew who are excited to compete in the Oregon Offshore for the first time.  David says the list grows longer each day, which is a common complaint, but don't worry David, the list stops growing and is considered "complete" as soon as you leave for the starting line!

Express Delivery - Selkie

Yes!  We get to welcome yet another new boat to the Oregon Offshore!  Selkie is an Express 37 hailing from North Vancouver, BC.  Skipper Gordon Wylie says this is the first offshore race for the boat, but not the skipper or crew.  They intend to compete in many offshore races in the years to come and expect this to be the first of many Oregon Offshores.  Express 37s are known to be excellent ocean racing boats, so this sounds like a match made in heaven. We're glad to have you!


Aha, it's Aja

Based out of Gearhart, Oregon and Astoria Yacht Club, Aja doesn't have far to travel to get to the starting line. Rich Elstrom and his crew on this Ericson 35 Mk II are a familiar fixture for Oregon Offshore, with this being their 11th race.  They will be bringing two new Aja crew this year, new to Aja, but not new to sailing with experience on Olson 30, Rattler, out of Astoria.  Welcome Aja!



Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wy'East of Course

It would hardly be an Oregon Offshore without Wy'East and while Frank's entry got lost in the mail, it finally made it to us!  We're happy to welcome the Wy'East team on the venerable Cascade 36.  I don't know how many Oregon Offshores and Swiftsures Frank Colistro and team have competed in, but it's a lot!  To learn more about Wy'East, they have a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/363272933714058/ or you can always ask Frank who is usually happy to tell a tale or two.

Thirsty for more

Alan Bergen and crew on Thirsty are in for Oregon Offshore 2019. Thirsty, a C&C 35 MKIII should be familiar to anyone racing in Portland or following the Offshore over the past several years as they are very active racers. Alan has competed in more than 20 Oregon Offshores and raced in Southern California before that. With the same crew for the last three years, and with three podium finishes, we can expect a competitive team to hit the starting line.  

Monday, March 25, 2019

A Salient Entry from Vancouver

Salient, a Beneteau 40.7, hails from Vancouver, BC, making this our first international entry this year. Skipper Christof Marti and his experienced team have been busy in the three years they have been campaigning Salient. In addition to last year’s Oregon Offshore, they have participated in two Southern Strait races and Vic-Maui. We’re glad to have them back! Read more about this team here: http://www.salientracingteam.com/

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Defiant is In!

After seeing the very well equipped C&C 115 Defiant show up in town, many of us hoped we’d see her and her crew on the Oregon Offshore. We are in luck as Rich Ackerman and Theresa Coleman have registered. Even though this is Defiant’s first Oregon Offshore, these are not rookies – the team has 16 Oregon Offshores between them, all sailed on Cool Change. As well equipped as this boat is, with a PHRF rating of 75, and with an experienced crew, this boat will have no problem making fast tracks to Victoria.

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:  http://www.threefools.org/velocity/index.htm

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

Cruising?

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

1+1+1=1?

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.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

So Many Hands!

Fresh off a double-handed Pacific Cup and delivery from Victoria to San Francisco, what will Doug and Mary do with all the extra hands on Abstract? Surely they will enjoy the help and more company even if it will be a little crowed onboard. This will be Abstract's third Offshore and they are thinking the third time will be a charm.

This is our second J/105 registered for an expected one-design fleet. With another 10 or more active J/105s up in Seattle, we’d love to see some of these crews venture beyond the buoys and join us on the ocean in this surprisingly versatile and capable boat.

See more about the Abstract program here: https://www.facebook.com/abstractsailing/



Monday, February 25, 2019


Needs No Introduction

This next entrant really doesn’t need an introduction to anyone following Pacific Northwest racing over the past 25 years. Built by our Title Sponsor, Schooner Creek Boat Works, and launched in 1993, Rage has been a perennial Oregon Offshore competitor, also competing regularly in Swiftsure, many Hawaii races and even a race to Tahiti! She has collected more than her share of hardware over the years, with a course record or two thrown in for good measure. When Rage sold a few years ago, some of us were concerned she might disappear from the Northwest race scene. However, we were pleased to see Dave Raney continues to race Rage in the Oregon Offshore and Swiftsure and is even fresh off a 2018 Pacific Cup. Crewed by sailors from Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Victoria, we will see some familiar faces from years past. At 70’ long and built for speed, Rage is a line honors favorite wherever she goes.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

An Exciting Entry

The entries are rolling in now, and while each one is exciting in its own right, we love first time entrants. Envolee, and their crew known as “Shut up and Drive” is a first time entrant, and that would be enough to highlight here. However, this entrant is especially exciting to organizers because one, Nathalie is our first woman entrant this year, two, Envolee is based out of San Francisco, making them the furthest travelled, and three, they are competing in the Oregon Offshore Race as a primer for R2AK.

The crew has been racing offshore together for years and welcomed the Figaro 2 Envolee to the family in 2016. Races they have done together or separately include Single-Handed Transpac, Pacific Cup, Coastal Cup, Solitaire du Figaro, Vendee-Globe and the Route du Rhum (go back and read that again….). Her skipper was named Yachtswoman of the Year in 2014 by the Saint Francis Yacht Club for winning the NorCal Single-handed monohull season including competing in that year's single-handed Transpac.

They hope that Sail Like A Girl will enter the race and is challenging them for a pre-race match race in Astoria. The organizers agree and encourage other R2AK participants to consider joining in, please let us know how we can help make that happen!
Lots more here: http://www.nathaliecriouracing.com/



Thursday, February 21, 2019

True Love

Is it the love of the ocean, the comradery, the challenge or love of something else that keeps these guys coming back? While True Love, a 44.7' Spencer 1330, might not be a familiar boat name to those watching the results from years past, the skipper and crew should be familiar. This will be the crew's fifth OOR, the previous four were on the Catalina 38 Peregrine. True Love was owned by the skipper's family in the early 90s, and after two subsequent owners and severe neglect the boat was going to auction in 2015. Steve and Sherri purchased her and started what ended up being a 3.5 year refit.

We look forward to seeing the results of that 3.5 of years of hard work in person. If the photos are any indication, we are in for a real treat!

You can find more information about True Love here: https://spencer1330.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2nd Overall

In 2014 Free Bowl of Soup had an unbelievably fast race, but finished 2nd overall to Blade Runner. Just like in 2014, Free Bowl of Soup is 2nd overall, but this time it is 2nd to sign up for Oregon Offshore 2019. These guys are anxious to get back out there after the propeller fiasco of 2018 when they hit a log and sheared off their propeller on the way to Astoria. Despite herculean efforts to replace the prop before the start, they finally had to do the Oregon Inshore (by trailer) to make it to Victoria.

This will be the Soup's 6th Offshore, with their Oregon Offshore highlight being an overall win in 2017. This boat and crew pride themselves on being very active racers, competing in races throughout the Northwest and beyond, including a class win in the 2014 Pacific Cup.

See more about this program at: https://www.facebook.com/FreeBowlofSoup

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1st Place for Image!

Image, Catalina 38 from Kirkland, WA was the first paid entrant in the 2019 Oregon Offshore!  This will be the first Offshore race for Image, but Image has participated in Swiftsure 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as many races in the Seattle area. First to register may not be the only first we report for Image, as they won their Division in the Swiftsure Lightship classic in 2018.

Even though this is the first Oregon Offshore for the boat, the crew is experienced with some who participated in Van Isle 360 in 2017. The skipper also sailed on Stay Gold in the Oregon Offshore 2017 and on Oxomoxo in Vic Maui 2018.  There is more information about Image on their website: http://www.sv-image.net/


Monday, January 28, 2019

NOR and SER amendments

Racers,
We have amended the Notice of Race (NOR) and the Safety Equipment Requirements (SERs). These changes will clarify several potentially ambiguous points and in the SERs, specifically, have either eliminated duplicate or unnecessary requirements or, in the case of the AIS, changed it from a requirement to a recommended item. The links on this website have been updated with the amended documents, and a new link, "Notice re: Amendments", has been added that contains a short summary of the changes to both the NOR and SERs. Lastly, the PDF of the entire Entry Packet and all documents at RegattaNetwork have also been updated. If you have already previously downloaded these documents, please download the new versions to ensure you have the latest information. If you have any questions, please contact me at race.captain@cycportland.org.

Denny Damore
Race Captain

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Details of the new Cascadia Cup Race


Corinthian Yacht Club of Portland, Oregon is inviting all racing yachts to participate in the first annual Cascadia Cup.  

This event is a race within a race and is open to all yachts that participate in the Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race and the Swiftsure International Yacht Race events.  

Swiftsure counting events are: Swiftsure Lightship Classic (PHRF Only), Cape Flattery Monohull (PHRF), and Juan De Fuca (PHRF). There will be a single trophy awarded for the overall winning yacht, consisting of a take-home commemorative plaque and a perpetual trophy which will be kept at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Victoria, BC, Canada.

The event will be open to all yachts possessing a current PHRF NW rating which enter the Oregon Offshore Race and the counting Swiftsure races.  Scoring will be by cumulative time and distance. Ties will be broken by awarding the win to the yacht with the best numerical finishes.

Corinthian Yacht Club will be issuing an official Notice of Race soon.  Sailing Instructions will be issued approximately two weeks before the start of the Offshore.

For further information, please contact the following;
Commodore: Craig W. Garrison: commodore@cycportland.org


Race Captain: Dennis Damore: race.captain@cycportland.org

Monday, January 21, 2019

2019 Oregon Offshore #43 and Cascadia Cup is now open for Registration

THE OREGON OFFSHORE IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!!

This is the 43rd running of this 193 NM race starting at Buoy 2 at the entrance to the Columbia River and ending in Victoria BC,  The race dates are May 9 to May 12 and the crew party and skippers meeting is May 8 at the Rogue Brewpub in Astoria, Oregon.  Our title Sponsor, Schooner Creek Boatworks continues to support this challenging and fun event.  New this year is the Cascadia Cup that is open to all Oregon Offshore competitors that participate in one of the long course events of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race.

For registration, go to https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registration_form.php?regatta_id=18160 .

Looking forward to a great race and seeing all of our new and former competitors on the starting line.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time is Running Out for Safety at Sea Registration

We would like to remind all interested sailors that the Safety-at-Sea classes, a requirement for the Oregon Offshore, are filling up. Here's some info for signing up for the Vancouver, WA class:

Dates: February 9-10, 2019
Venue: Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98663 Registration: www.thesailingfoundation.org