Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Banner Year

It turns out no one is impressed with yesterday's post about 20 boats. At the Kickoff Party last night, we got five more entries, and we have at least two more in the mail! In a few days we will confirm the final number, which will be at least 27. This is the highest level of participation in the last decade! The closest in recent memory was 24 boats in 2006. We are thrilled!

Last night, we received entries from:

Desperado, a New York 36 skippered by Portlander and CYC member Jerry Barnes. Jerry's ready to get back out there on his new boat, after his last attempt at the Oregon Offshore was thwarted just north of Buoy 2 when a breaching whale landed on his Beneteau, L'Orca. Desperado is one of two NY 36's entered this year, and both have PHRF ratings of 108.


Raindrop is a Cascade 36, one of three racing this year. Her PHRF rating is 138, and this is her first time racing in the Oregon Offshore. Don't get confused, though... This boat, skippered by Portland's Joby Easton was the first to finish in the double-handed Pac Cup in 2008.


Shamrock is a Yankee 30, touted by skipper and CYC member Gary Bruner as "the slowest boat in the fleet," because of her 195 PHRF rating. Nobody's buying it, Gary. We remember when Shamrock beat a number of boats in 2011, after racing half the course with a broken gooseneck.


Siren is a Beneteau 36.7 skippered by Carl and Nicole Sirois, CYC members hailing from Portland, OR. This is Siren's third year in a row racing the Oregon Offshore, and she has a PHRF rating of 96.


Rya is a Hylas 49 hailing from Portland, OR, skippered by CYC member Andy McCann. Rya has also raced the Oregon Offshore the last two years, and she'll round out this year's Cruising Class at three boats.


What a great race we're going to have this year! At the top of the fleet, two storied Pacific Northwest Goliaths; in the middle, the battle of the Cascades; at the most diminutive, a match-up between two pocket ocean racers. There are lots of good stories to play out, and the start is just over two weeks away!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Kickoff Party last night and made it a fun and successful event.

Photo credits Dena Kent.

1 comment:

Easy Money said...

Don't forget about the dueling NY-36's, Wave Dancer and Desperado, each skipper with his own dismasting story.