Friday, April 29, 2016

Columbia Bar Crossing

New to the Oregon Offshore? Never crossed a river bar?

Well, the Columbia River Bar is no joke. Read this:
Bar Hopping - Tips for making a safe bar crossing

Your race committee will soon announce the start time for the race, and will time it so that you can cross the bar (outbound at least) at slack tide. Check back for updates.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's a Family Affair....

We had one in-person entry at the Kick Off party, Monday. Yahtzee, a Grand Soleil 39, skippered by Seattle's Andy Cross, will race in the Cruising Class. This will be Yahtzee's first Oregon Offshore race. For those of you who aren't already following this cruising family, you can follow their family boating adventures via or

Around Portland for Cinco de Mayo?! We hear our friend's Andy and Jill will be hosting a talk about their sailing adventures at Portland Yacht Club.

Monday, April 18, 2016

And Makai makes 25 participants!!

We are pleased to announce our own Jack Coulter, 2016 CYC Portland Treasurer and skipper of Makai, will be racing his very first Oregon Offshore this year! Makai is an Ericson 32-2 and rates 207. Good luck Jack, we are all rooting for ya!

It's just not Offshore with Cool Change!

Welcome back, Cool Change! Long time participant of Oregon Offshore, Frank Noragon will skipper this C&C 38 along with his intrepid crew. Cool Change's PHRF rating is 144. They always get a big ole wave from me as my Uncle, Steve Thompson, is one of the many able bodied crew aboard.

What are we gonna do with all these Cascade 36s?!

Third Cascade 36, Bums Rush, enters the race. Portland based and skippered by Mark McCuddy, Bums Rush is ready to give the others a run for their money! PHRF rating 177

Entry #21 overall and #2 Cruising Class: Edge Of Moonlight, Island Packet 380

Edge of Moonlight, hailing all the way from Comox, BC, will grace us with her first Oregon Offshore. Owned and skippered by Keith James, this Island Packet 380 boasts a PHRF rating of 216 and will be racing in the Cruising Class. Looking to charter a boat up north?! Click here to learn about what opportunities Edge of Moonlight offers. Welcome!

Vic Maui

Cantata, Ericson 38, to sing the song of Oregon Offshore!

CYC Portland members Tom Brownson and Liz Bartell have entered their Ericson 38 again this year. You might remember them as the boat that lost its rudder in 2014 just north of Grays Harbor. Luckily the boat and her crew made it safely in under emergency steering. We are excited to have them back!

Cantata hails from Astoria, OR, and has a PHRF rating of 147.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Alright, alright,'s the final countdown for registration people

That's right....the Final Countdown to register for the 2016 40th Anniversary of the Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race. All entries must be in (or post-marked) by tomorrow night at 2400. On that note, please join us at Kell's Upstairs, Downtown Portland, OR for the Kick Off Party @ 1830. We will be selling shirts, giving away raffles prizes, reminiscing about past years and preparing for this year's race. Racing? Sponsoring? Supporting your favorite sailor? Come celebrate with us!

Don't have time to mail your entry form?! Get it here and email it to

Twenty Twen Twen, Panama Red to race again!

We have twenty entries with more on the way! 

Panama Red, Portland's infamous big red boat, is a Mumm 36 with PHRF rating 51. Co-skippered by Chris Schweiger and Jeff McDonald, these guys will give the others a run for their money and enjoy every minute of it. Panama Red will hang out in BC for Swiftsure fun, aiming for another victory. Mumms the word though, what happens on the boat, stays on the boat!

Night Runner enters with more wins than Charlie Sheen!

An iconic Pacific NW boat, Night Runner, skippered by Doug Fryer, has entered the race. With more wins than Charlie Sheen, this Bob Perry designed 42' cutter is sure to turn some heads. Click here to see what Bob Perry himself thinks of Night Runner. Our friends on Night Runner will also be racing in the Swiftsure Lightship Classic. This Anacortes boat has a PHRF rating of 78.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Entry #18: Hana Mari, a Wylie 43, out of Victoria, BC

What could be better than a Portland based Schooner Creek Boat Works built boat hailing out of Victoria, BC, and racing in both Oregon Offshore and Swiftsure?! We like it! Two Wylies in one year...we'll take that, too! Skippered by Ged McLean, with a PHRF rating of 66, Hana Mari is sure to create some competitive waves.

2015 Van Isle race

Canard to race first Offshore as Qualifier for Vic-Maui

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are pleased to announce the entry of Canard, a Jeanneau 36i, fresh out of Seattle, WA. Skippered by Joseph Gaffney, this will be Canard's first Oregon Offshore in preparation for Vic-Maui. PHRF rating 132. CYC of Portland welcomes you, Canard!

Round The County Race

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Get yer Free Bowl of Soup!

Portland native, this J-105 (the second to enter OOR), Free Bowl of Soup, is gearing up for the 2016 race season! With entries in for Oregon Offshore, Swiftsure, Whidbey Island, and even pre-registration for a potential YBYC Bridge-to-Bridge, there are good times coming! These guys know all about community support, on and off the water.

Class Winner, 2014 Pac Cup

Free Bowl of Soup has a PHRF rating of 93

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Souffle aiming to break some new records!

Skippered by Philip Lewis, Souffle, proudly managed to set the record for the Slowest Last Place boat to finish their first year to race, followed only by breaking the record for the Fastest Last Place boat to finish the second year! She's got new digs now, including a new engine, new gel coat finish, and new non-skid. Wonder what records will be crushed this year?!

Souffle, a Cal 34 Mk1 out of Portland, OR, is our first Cruising Class competitor. Any more takers?!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Abstract to race first Oregon Offshore!

Abstract, a Portland based J-105 skippered by Doug Pihlaja, will be competing in her first ever Oregon Offshore! Abstract rates 93 and should make for some good competition. Good luck! We wish you the best out there and look forward to the post-race stories!

Portland's Own Anam Cara J-122

 Anam Cara - J-122

Tom Kelly will race Anam Cara for the umpteenth time this year. She is a J-22 hailing from Portland, OR, and she rates 42 PHRF!

Photo credits Maria Swearingen.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Rain Drop - Cascade 36 - entered

Looks like we have a second Cascade 36 competing this year. Rain Drop, hailing from Portland, OR, is skippered by Joby Easton and holds a PHRF rating of 138. Rain Drop will be staying in Victoria to race Swiftsure as well.

Time Bandit J 120 back for more

Robert Brunius of West Sound, WA, has entered his J 120, Time Bandit. This boat has raced in the Oregon Offshore many times, it's good to have her back!

She will race with a PHRF rating of 54.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Aja, Ericson 35-II, is back for more!

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.