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:

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.