Thursday, December 3, 2015

2016 Race Dates Set - May 12-15!

Well, it has been quite some time since you've heard from us, but we've been busy NOT organizing a sailing race. However, the time has come, and we have SET A DATE for the 2016 Oregon Offshore.

May 12-15, 2016

Put it in your calendars, start looking for crew, and check back often for race updates and a notice of race which will be posted early in the new year.

Monday, May 18, 2015

New GoPro Video From the J/42 VELOCITY

Here's a new video from 2nd place (both PHRF A and overall - shortened course) winner VELOCITY.  An intrepid crew member on Tom Keffer's J/42 used a GoPro camera to film their 2015 Oregon Offshore experience.  

Watch for an interesting perspective on the sail change procedure starting at 1:58, and we wish we were in on the joke at 2:40.

Next year's theme is "40 for 40"; we're aiming for 40 boats (and more great videos!) for the 40th Oregon Offshore race.  Let's make it happen!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mea Culpa, Velocity!

Velocity had completed the shortened course and reported a time to the race committee, but her reported time did not make it to the scorer's table.  The CYC Race Committee regrets this error, and would like to recognize the crew of Velocity for their determination in finishing the shortened course.  Per the SI's, Velocity will be awarded 2nd place in PHRF A.  Congratulations, Velocity.

The finish order (overall) for the full course remains:
Rage 1st

The finish order (overall - corrected time) for the shortened course is:
Rage      1st
Velocity  2nd
Evermoore 3rd

Monday, May 11, 2015

Congratulations Rage on 1st to finish, 1st overall (and last to finish)

Light winds on the Washington coast for the extent of the race became an exercise in patience, then ultimately disappointment for many racers, as the time limit made the finish line out of reach.  One boat, Rage, managed to finish the course in the allotted time, and took home a collection of awards for her effort.  In PHRF C, Evermoore showed extreme tenacity, gutting it out to complete the shortened course before the time limit and securing 1st place in her class.

Fleet Awards
Rage         1st to Finish
Rage         1st Overall
Rage         Old Salt (last to finish)

PHRF A (Full Course)
Rage         1st
Anam Cara    DNF
Riva         DNF
Velocity     DNF

PHRF B (Shortened Course to Duntze Rock)
Ion          DNF
Passepartout DNF
Thirsty      DNF
Turnagain    DNF

PHRF C (Shortened Course to Duntze Rock)
Evermoore    1st
Aja          DNF
Cantata      DNF
Cool Change  DNF
Wy'East      DNF

Don't forget... Next year is the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Offshore. Put it in your calendar, and tell your friends!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Finish Line Closing

I would like to thank my crew of finish line officials: Wayne & Sherrie Mason, Jenn, Keith, & Stuart Swingruber. I'm not sure of the facts, I have had the honor of officiating the finish line of the fastest Offshore in 2014 and the slowest this year. Thank you for having us, Kevin

Evermoore Retired

Skipper Rhys Balmer and the crew of Evermoore have reported their shortened course time and will be in Victoria in 9 hours. Good Race, Evermoore -- our smallest entrant, a Moore 24.

Two More Retire

Turnagain with Skipper Travis McGregor and Aja with Skipper Rich Elstrom both retired from the race this morning and are headed in.

Shortened Course for PHRF B and PHRF C

To be scored on the shortened course, skippers of boats in PHRF B and PHRF C must report their times passing Duntze Rock (as written in the SI's) by phone/text to 503-789-2463, or to Kevin Kahl at the awards ceremony.  Times must be reported within 10 minutes of the shuttle bus arriving at RVYC.

More boats in overnight

Thirsty and Velocity have made it safely into Victoria Harbour. The rest of the fleet should trickle in shortly, hopefully in time for the bus to the BBQ!

Another boat leaves the race

Cool Change under the command of Captain Frank Noragon has decided to leave the race as of 00:45 with calm winds as the reason. Safe travels.

Will Rage be the only finisher? Less than 10 hours of racing left...

Passepartout leaves the race

We received word at 12:00 hours from Captain Pete Shainin that Passepartout has entered the Strait and is under power. We wish the Captain and crew safe travels as they return home.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Well, folks, we have had some withdrawals

  • Thirsty withdrew at 09:00. 
  • Wy'East withdrew at 21:16. 
  • Velocity withdrew at 21:29.
We still hope we'll see everyone tomorrow at the RVYC.

It's Not Over Yet

Skipper Alan Bergen and his crew have moved Thirsty into the Strait and now have 15 hours to travel the 40 miles to the finish line. Can they do it? Will they make me get out of bed to finish them? Will Velocity challenge them? DON'T GO AWAY! This is going to get interesting before it's over.

Best Birthday Present Ever!

Happy Birthday, Rage Skipper Steve Rander!!

Thank You CYC Volunteers

Longtime supporters/members of CYC Portland Jerry Barnes and Elaine Bock helping Rage dock. These two have done so much our club and we would like to say Hip Hip Hooray! to each of you who is helping make this race a success.

Congratulations to Rage our 2015 Oregon Offshore First to Finish!

Rage is in! Congrats to the first finisher of the 2015 Oregon Offshore. The crew is well-lubricated and happy to have completed another great race!

Riva makes it into Victoria Harbour

Skipper Scott Campbell made the call early to abandon the race and motor up. Looks like it's proving to be a good call. We're glad they made it safe and sound.

Rage - First to Finish - 2015 Oregon Offshore Race

Congratulations to Steve Rander and the crew of Rage crossed the line May 9 14:20:00

We Need Wind

HELLLOOOO, race enthusiasts! It's beautiful here at the finish line in Victoria, but our racers are in a holding pattern off Cape Flattery without wind. We need help creating the wind with prayers, rituals, superstitious deeds, and semi-scientific procedures to help our racers. I've heard of such things as biting the heads off mackerels, sailors dancing in their undies, while others are brewing up some top-secret, special family recipe chili. We are currently doing our part by sending a crew to the end of the breakwater with a jigger of 10-year-old bourbon as an offering to King Neptune. Whatever it takes, we need to get our race boats into the Strait of Juan de Fuca by 17:00 to catch a favorable wind and tide.

Riva Withdraws

Riva withdraws saying "All is well, lack of wind and distance from finish is the cause."

Skipper Scott Campbell and crew thank you for racing, the hospitality committee will meet you at the dock here in Victoria.

The Oregon Offshore Race ends tomorrow, Sunday morning at 10 am. With 27 hours left in the race there will be a lot of pouring over charts determining time, speed, and distance to the finish today.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Rage Has Turned the Corner

2000 hour and Rage has turned the corner into the last of the ebb current. If the wind cooperates we might see Rage at the finish line in the wee hours tomorrow morning.

Anam Cara Withdraws

In a text to skipper Tom Kelly this afternoon to see if we could get a spot signal, Anam Cara officially withdrew May 8, 15:33, and is headed to Port Angeles.

All is well except for Anam Cara's electrical system. We are sorry to see you go. Better luck in the Swiftsure.

It seems like only yesterday...words and pictures from the start line:

The Start Line Committee reports nice weather for the start, with a light breeze at about 10 mph combined with some current out of the north. Al 13 boats crossed the start line within a few minutes of the start gun but will have to work against the headwind and current to get North.

Low Winds Spark Debate

The finish line received a text from Velocity this morning reporting they were off "Cape Elizabeth enjoying sunshine and muffins with little wind." I don't know if this message came from skipper Tom Keffer or one of the crew. They were having a debate amongst the crew as to which would be more effective to raising some wind, an offering of a muffin, or spirted horn pipe on the fordeck. I don't know, I'm more of a scratch the backstay kind of guy.

Perhaps someone out there has a sure-fire wind raiser?

Victoria @ 8am

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Low Winds in the Strait

The Strait of Juan de Fuca buoys are forecasting winds of less than 10 miles per hour for tomorrow, May 8th. Steve Rander may coax Rage into the finish on the 3 knot flood current, but any boat caught in the Strait at 7 pm will be facing a dying wind and a 2 knot ebb. 

It is going to be a long race for some of our Offshore fleet, so lets all keep our fingers crossed for some wind tomorrow.

Finish Line Is Ready

Long, beautiful drive this morning up the peninsula, meeting everyone on the ferry and exchanging towels and stories. Set up in the motel and the internet just in time to finish some guy from Norway.


Oregon Offshore Celebrates Our Gold Sponsors - Columbia Crossings

Columbia Crossings is proud to provide Portland area boaters with the area’s finest moorage facilities and easiest access to the excitement of boating on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Their friendly, professional staff provide exceptional customer service and maintain a clean, safe and secure environment for you and your family to enjoy your boating experience and the variety of their facilities.

Thank you to Columbia Crossings for supporting this awesome event year after year!

The sailors are getting dialed in...

We're now 5 hours into the race, and the boats have sorted out into their respective classes. PHRF A leads the pack, with Rage starting to leg out from the rest of the fleet.  Riva is hanging in there, though.  We'll see if Rage can maintain her 1+ knot speed advantage over her competitors.

Turnagain and Thirsty are finding success nearshore, leading PHRF B.

For PHRF C, Cool Change is leading her class as the inshore boats all head offshore, where Wy'East had stayed further out and looks to gain when the class consolidates.

And they're off! (Updated)

Report from the start line is all boats have started.  We have one boat, Aja, which is failing to appear on the tracker website.  We are trying to resolve this issue.

Update 1: Aja is now tracking.  She had been appearing as Cantata - their tracker registration numbers were swapped on the charting software. Unfortunately for Cantata, this means her tracker is not transmitting.

Update 2: Word from Tracker HQ is Cantata's tracker transmission has not been received since it was tested yesterday.  Cantata, if you're reading this, check your tracker!

Update 3: It looks like Cantata's transmitter is now on.  The whole fleet is now visible on the race tracker.  Thanks for your patience while we sorted out a couple technical glitches.

Fleet Breaks

Boat Name     Model               Rating
Rage          Wylie 70            -63
Anam Cara     J-122                42
Riva          J-46                 45
Velocity      J-42                 72

Boat Name     Model               Rating
Turnagain     Beneteau Oceanis 50  99
Ion           Beneteau 43         105
Passpartout   Stevenson 47        115
Thirsty       C&C 35 MkIII        132

Boat Name     Model               Rating
Cool Change   C&C 38              144
Cantata       Ericson 38          147
Aja           Ericson 35-2        150
Wy'East       Cascade 36          153
Evermoore     Moore 24            168

Oregon Offshore Celebrates Our Gold Sponsors - Schooner Creek Boat Works

Schooner Creek Boat Works is the Pacific Northwest’s premier full service boat yard facility. Established on the banks of the North Portland Harbor in 1977 by Steve Rander, what began as a small boat building and repair operation with a few dedicated craftsmen is today one of the largest and most advanced boat repair, maintenance and new construction yards in the United States. Today, the facility at Schooner Creek houses a full-service boatyard and boat building operation with the capacity to construct, service and store dozens of vessels indoor and out.

Steve's wife Nancy is a long-time supporter and organizer of the Oregon Offshore. Look for Steve during the Oregon Offshore on his beautiful and fast Wylie 70, Rage. Thanks for your support, Steve and Nancy!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tips for Spectators

Once again, racers' positions will be available at

Those of us watching the race unfold from home while our loved ones compete often spend restless nights refreshing the tracker, cheering our favorite boat on to safely finish in Victoria. When the boat’s position fails to update, our minds can invent all kinds of horrific reasons for it. We want to remind you not to equate a tracker in distress with a boat in distress. There are several reasons why the trackers may not update, including a failure to communicate with satellites, an unsuccessful GPS fix, or battery failure. Often the crew are quite involved with racing and fail to notice when the tracker stops transmitting (pro tip: as a spectator, if you are prone to worry, ask your crew to regularly check the operation of the tracker during the race).

In case of a lifesaving emergency, each boat is required to carry an Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Every crew member should be trained in the operation of this device. If a boat is in immediate need of assistance, a crew member will activate the EPIRB to coordinate a rescue.

The US Coast Guard has issued a permit for the race and is aware of each yacht's participation in the race. This is just a reminder... the trackers are meant more for your vicarious enhoyment, and not to replace an EPIRB or PLB. Sit back and enjoy the fun from your armchair!

Ready for check-in

Captains Cahen and Thompson are ready to check skippers in at Astoria Yacht Club!

Please note the trolley will leave AYC at 6pm sharp to take crew to Rogue Brewery for the party after the Skippers' Meeting. The trolley will only run once, so skippers and one navigator should be sure to get to Rogue via another method of transportation for the meeting, which will start at 6pm.   

If you have no other method of transportation, let Darroch know during check-in, and we will try to help coordinate a ride.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Good News, Bad News, and New News

Bad news first: Avalon and Soufflé have had to withdraw for unfortunate unchangeable circumstances. So, there will be no cruising fleet, but we've still got at least 4 boats in each of 3 PHRF classes. We'll miss you, Phil and Pete! Maybe next year...

The good news is that the sailing instructions have been posted for your reading pleasure. Find them here.

The other news is that we have an official start time of 1100 hours on Thursday, May 7.  Don't forget to check in between 3 and 5:30 tomorrow, May 6 at the Astoria Yacht Club. After check-in, the skippers' meeting will be at Rogue Brewery starting at 6pm.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Oregon Offshore Celebrates Our Gold Sponsors - James F. O'Rourke Law

As we polish the final details for this year's race, we want to bring your attention to another of the Oregon Offshore's biggest sponsors. Attorney Jim O'Rourke will be racing on Wy'East this year, and took an interest in helping CYC make the 2015 Oregon Offshore another successful race.

Jim has practiced as a criminal defense attorney and personal injury and wrongful death lawyer in Oregon for over 30 years, representing people in DUII, DUI, drug crime, property, measure 11 and other crimes and automobile injury accident and death cases. He works with an extensive network of Oregon professionals from various disciplines to provide effective legal representation for his many clients. Jim is also very experienced in defending Oregon health care professionals in criminal cases and board proceedings.

This is a good guy to know! If you see Jim, be sure to say "Hi" and "Thank You" for his support of the Oregon Offshore!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Oregon Offshore Celebrates Our Gold Sponsors - GoPro

Maker of the world's most versatile cameras, GoPro helps people capture and share their lives’ most meaningful experiences with others—to celebrate them together. GoPro enables you to share your life through incredible photos and videos, because the sharing of our collective experiences makes our lives more fun.
If you were at the Kickoff Party last week, you probably noticed everyone's favorite raffle item—a GoPro Hero 4. There will be another one for raffle after the Skippers' Meeting on May 6.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Safety at Sea Certificates

Hi all,

If you haven't gotten your Safety at Sea certificates and took a class through US Sailing, you can email Donna Leary at

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We've got 15!

The Kickoff Party was a lot of fun, and brought in three more boats.

Phil Lewis, of Portland, OR is planning to race his Cal 34, Souffle, in cruising class again.

Souffle via Kathryn Elsesser

Rhys Balmer, also of Portland, OR, will race his Moore 24, Evermoore for the first time. This little rockstar rates 168.

Evermoore via Jan Anderson

And of course, Cool Change will race. Skipper Frank Noragon is from Portland, OR, and his C&C 38 rates 144.

Cool Change via Dena Kent

We also got one more last-minute entry, postmarked Monday. Pete Shainin will race Passepartout again. She is a Stephens 47 hailing from Anacortes, and rates 115.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Three more entries this week makes 11 so far

The numbers are still a bit light, but we've received promises from about another five boats that they'll race. Hopefully some more stragglers will show as well.

However, we recently received three more entries:

Thirsty, skippered by Portland's own Alan Bergen. Thirsty is a C&C 35 Mk III, and she rates 132.


Anam Cara, another Portland boat, is skippered by Tom Kelly. This J-122 rates a whopping 42!

Anam Cara

And Astoria's favorite Aja. She is an Ericson 35-2, rating 150, and her skipper is Rich Elstrom.


Welcome! Get your entries in the mail or bring them to us at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub on Monday night!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Registration Deadline and Kickoff Party - April 20!

Hello Oregon Offshore racers and fans!

The entry deadline for this year's race is approaching quickly. You must either have your entry postmarked by midnight on April 20, 2015, or bring your entry to the Kickoff Party that same day.

The Kickoff Party is a ton of fun. Food and drinks will be available to purchase, and we plan to have t-shirts available for purchase as well. As usual, we will have a bunch of racing or sailing-related goodies to raffle off, and you'll get to hear about the boats that have entered.

For the Kickoff Party, show up at 6:30pm at
Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub
112 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

So far we have a smaller number, at 8 boats. However, we've heard from another six or seven who say they have mailed entries, or that they are for sure racing but just haven't gotten their entries in yet. With the likely few more stragglers, it will be a decent fleet.

If you have questions or need help completing your entry, email us at

Thank you, and see you on April 20!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Riva and Avalon make 8

We've received two more entries, both from Oregon Offshore veterans!

Riva is a J-46 from Portland, OR. She is skippered by Scott Campbell, and she rates 45.

Avalon is a Contest 44 from Vancouver, BC. She is skippered by Pieter Smits, and she rates 132.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Welcome back, Cantata!

Brave CYC members Tom Brownson and Liz Bartell have entered their Ericson 38 this year. You might remember them as the boat that lost its rudder last year just north of Grays Harbor and safely made its way in under emergency steering.

Cantata rates 147 and hails from Astoria, OR. Better luck to them this year!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Rage is Back!

After a painful and somewhat tragic absence last year, Rage has entered the race again. Her skipper is Steve Rander, of Portland, OR, and owner of one of the race's best sponsors, Schooner Creek Boat Works. Together, Steve and Rage held the record for Fastest to Finish until last year. At a PHRF rating of -63, this Wylie 70 is definitely the fastest boat registered for this year so far.

Welcome back Rage! The rest of us look forward to seeing you briefly at the starting line.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We Have Velocity's Entry!

Tom Keffer has again entered his J/42, Velocity. Tom hails from Hood River, OR, and is an Oregon Offshore veteran.

Velocity has a PHRF NW rating of 72.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Safety at Sea in Portland is Almost Full!

Hi folks,

There are just a couple spots left in the Safety at Sea class being held in Portland on March 14, 2015. If you haven't registered yet, do it soon!

You can register by clicking here.

The organizers will add folks to a wait-list until March 7, but after that, no more wait-list entries will be added.

More information about the class here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Canada 2; US 1

So far (it's early, I know), our Canadian entries are beating US entries for this year's race 2:1! We received an entry from Travis McGregor with his Beneteau Oceanis 50, Turnagain.

Turnagain hails from Vancouver, BC, and rates 99. This is Travis's 3rd year in a row racing his pretty boat in the Oregon Offshore. Welcome back, Travis!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Columbia Bar Crossing Class Scheduled in February

Mark your calendar and sign up to attend "Crossing the Columbia River Bar," presented by Captain Ron Micjan, CDR Ft. Vancouver US Power Squadron and owner of Columbia River Marine Assistance. Topics will include, Tides and Weather, Geography of the area, Resources, Hazards and Planning.

The class will be held from 0900-1300 hours on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Cost is $35, with payment at the door. You must register to attend, as class size is limited. Be sure to arrive early to sign in.

There will also be representatives from Fish and Wildlife and the USCG for question and answer sessions. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Send email to Deputy Todd Baker, CCSO River Patrol at to confirm your registration.

The Clark County Waste Water District
8000 NE 52nd Court
Vancouver, WA 98665

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ion's Entry is In

We have received our second entry for 2015, from Bill Jones of Nanaimo, BC. This will be Bill's third Oregon Offshore on Ion, a Beneteau 43 rating 105, and in 2016, they're planning on participating in the Vic-Maui.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

First 2015 Entry on the Books!

The first entry for this year's race came in this week... It's from none other than CYC's Wy'East, skippered by Frank Colistro of Portland, OR. This boat's a Cascade 36 with a PHRF rating of 153. Wy'East holds the record for the most years completing the Oregon Offshore, 20 years so far!

We're told there are at least a couple other entries in the mail, so check back soon for updates.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Race Packet is Ready for Download!

Hello racers!

We have posted the Race Packet (with Notice of Race, Entry Form, Skipper Waiver, and Crew List) and Safety Equipment Requirements for the 2015 Oregon Offshore!

Send your entries in early to encourage participation. And email us at if you have any questions.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Safety at Sea - Registration is open for the Portland seminar!

Happy New Year!

Registration is now open for the March 14 Safety at Sea seminar in Portland. Oregon Offshore racers may register now, and the registration will open for the rest of the sailing community next week. Spaces may be limited, so don't delay your registration!

The class is for a one-day Safety at Sea seminar, which will qualify you for the Oregon Offshore's requirement (two crew per boat, or 30% of each boat's crew, whichever is greater). The venue will be in Portland, but exact location and time for the seminar should be announced in a couple weeks.

NOTE: Vic Maui, Pacific Cup, Van Isle 360 or other international offshore races will require a two-day course.

To register for the seminar in Portland on March, click here.

If you encounter any problems, please contact Nicole Sirois.

Additionally, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has added one more seminar, which is offered by Sail Canada and is an ISAF-approved two-day course. The dates will be Sunday and Monday, March 1-2, and you can find more information here. Advance registration for this class is available for 2015 Oregon Offshore and Van Isle 360 racers here. The other seminars offered by Sail Canada at WVYC are now full, so register early for this last two-day seminar before the Oregon Offshore in May 2015! General registration will open January 26.

We hope you can find a class that works for you!