Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 Oregon Offshore Class Breakdown

What you have all been waiting for...

Kinetic V David Sutcliffe TP-52    -84
Rage Dave Raney Wylie 70    -63
Anam Cara Tom Kelly J/122    42
Hana Mari Ged McLean Wylie 43    66
Panama Red Chris Schweiger & Jeff McDonald Mumm 36    51
Riva Scott Campbell J/46    45
Velocity  Tom Keffer J/42    72
J/105 Class
Abstract Doug Pihlaja J/105    93
Escape Artist Dana Sibilla J/105    93
Free Bowl of Soup Eric Hopper, Doug Schenk, Matt Davis J/105    93
Blue Martini Steve Ford Valiant    135
Desperado Jerry Barnes NY36    108
Passepartout Pete Shainin Stevens 47    114
Rain Drop Bill Huseby/Joby Easton Cascade 36    138
Sloop Dawg Adam Marvin Beneteau    93
Stay Gold Brian Bugge Morgan 36T    126
Aja Rich Elstrom Ericson 35-II    150
Cantata Tom Brownson Erickson 38    147
Cool Change Frank Noragon C&C38    144
Sol Pacifico Randall Barnes Catalina 470    141
Cruising Class
Souffle Phil Lewis Cal34    NA
Whoodat Kevin James Tartan 33     NA

Racer discount at Riverwalk Inn in Astoria

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Enter promo code: offshore17

Customs: Difficult conversations

As a reminder, all boats are required to visit the customs dock when arriving in Victoria (pointed out below with a red arrow). Canadian laws are strict about any visitors who have DUI/DWI and/or Possession charges. We suggest each skipper verify that each crew member is in good standing prior to setting sail to avoid being denied access to Canada.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Amendment #2 to Notice of Race, Waivers, SERs

Amendment April 22, 2017
Portland, OR

Notice of Race, Waiver
Safety and Equipment Requirements

6.3     Removed description of the finish line.
Rationale for changes: The Sailing Instructions will outline the newly defined finish line
7.9    VHF station to use when communicating with the race committee at the finish line changed from Channel 72 to 71.
        Rationale for changes: To improve communications between racers and Race Committee

6.4, 6.5, 7.7, 7.14
Rationale for changes: The Sailing Instructions will outline the newly defined finish line and proper means of communication between racers and Race Committee


In keeping with RRS US prescription 82, we have modified the language of both the Skipper waiver and Crew waiver. This renders previously signed waivers obsolete.

ACTION: Each Skipper will re/submit waivers for himself and each of his crew members no later than 1700 hours May 10, 2017.

The below is changed to read:

Gear: Life rafts
3.39 A boat shall have adequate life raft(s) designed for life saving with designed capacity for containing the entire crew. The raft shall be capable of being carried to the lifelines within 15 seconds, and must be equipped with drogue and painter. If inflatable, it is recommended that it have two parallel buoyancy compartments. The raft shall hold a current certificate of inspection, and must be equipped for both manual and automatic inflation. If the raft does not provide capacity for the entire crew, a boat may be equipped with survival suits for each person aboard for whom life raft capacity is not provided. The suit shall be a universal size suitable for donning over regular clothing for keeping the wearer dry and afloat, shall be coverall type and shall include in its construction closed cell foam insulation designed to ensure survival from hypothermia of the wearer for a minimum of three hours when floating in 54F water. The suit(s) may be stowed below decks but must be readily accessible to the companionway. Suit(s) shall be government approved for survival usage.

Rationale for changes: To avoid unnecessary expense for participants who already have adequate safety equipment for all crew members.

Jenn Thompson, Commodore

Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Crossing the Bar

A friendly reminder for all delivery and race crews to respect the mighty Columbia River Bar.  Follow the links for some helpful information about crossing. Also, feel free to contact Jeff Duvall, our Oregon Offshore Chair, if you have any questions.
cell: 503-313-6560

Columbia River Bar Crossing Handout

Columbia River Bar Pilots: Traffic and Weather

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Entry: Raindrop, Cascade 36

Last but not least, we have our final entry, the mighty Raindrop, Cascade 36, hailing from Portland. Skippers Joby Easton and Bill Huseby have been running a solid race program for awhile, 2008 Pac Cup, multiple Oregon Offshore races, including winning their fleet in the 2017, followed by an excellent race in the 2017 Vic Maui. Joby has put himself out there as a OOR mentor so if you are new to the race, he is a great resource.

PHRF 138

Entry: Passepartout, Stevens 47

 Passepartout, hails from Mount Vernon, WA. Passepartout is a Stevens 47, skippered by Pete Shainin, with a PHRF rating of 115. We look forward to having our RVYC/Swiftsure cohorts Vern Burkhardt and Charlotte Gann aboard!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Entry: Cantata, Ericson 38

Excited to have Astoria based AYC/CYC Portland members Tom Brownson and Liz Bartell enter their Ericson 38 again this year. Cantata has been a long time supporter/participant of OOR and Tom has been helpful in allowing us use of the Astoria Yacht Club for skipper check-ins. Together we make the OOR great!

PHRF rating of 147.

Cruising Class Entry: Souffle, Cal 34

Mr Bowties is back! Phil Lewis, of Portland, OR, will race his Cal 34, Souffle, in Cruising Class again. Will they have any competition? Rumor has it another boat is considering making the switch over the Cruising class....TBD. We always enjoy this cruising class act crew. 

Entry: Aja, Ericson 35-II

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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Entry: Anam Cara, J/122

If there was an award for the most Oregon Offshores raced, Portland's own Tom Kelly would be in the running with 35 of 40 (not to mention about the same number of Swiftsures)! In fact, his first race was in 1977 back when the race course headed south to Tillamook before going North. Around 1984 Tom set the OOR elapsed time record aboard Wizard. This record held for a solid eleven years. As you might know, all standing OOR records were annihilated back in 2014! Tom has won the race overall before and he hopes to do it again. We are pleased to have Anam Cara, J/122 with PHRF rating 42, back for yet another race this year!

Entry: Whoodat, Tartan 33

We love to see new boats racing in the OOR! With a skipper, Kevin James, hailing from Spokane and a boat, Whoodat a Tartan 33, hailing from Port Townsend, they have Washington state represented. Kevin is no stranger to the ocean with several deliveries across the Pacific under his belt. He is planning his second attempt at a Singlehanded TransPac next year (first 2014 attempt thwarted off the coast of Mendocino when he made it through a gale in one piece but the boat didn't). If that's not enough, he is planning to also race Van Isle 360, Pac Cup, and Vic Maui in the near future. We love that aggressive line up! Welcome Whoodat and crew

PHRF Pending

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Entry: Cool Change

Portland based skipper, Frank Noragan, will be racing Cool Change yet again this year! Cool Change is a C&C 38 with a PHRF rating of 144. Glad to have them back!

Entry: Abstract, J/105

Lots of J/105s this year! This will be Abstract’s first Oregon Offshore.  And it will be the first Oregon Offshore for four of her six crew; however, overall the crew’s total experience makes up for any perceived shortcomings. This includes many Oregon Offshore races for the remaining two crew members and other Ocean races including Fastnet! and in multiple Swiftsure races and Bridge to Bridges so the crew should have enough to be in the game. Future plans include this year’s Swiftsure, where there is a one design class for J/105s, and next year’s Pacific Cup in the Doublehand division. Glad to have Portland based skipper, Doug Pihlaja, and crew join us! 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Entry: Hana Mari, Wylie 43

Hana Mari, skippered by Ged McLean, is a Wylie 43 built in Portland at our Title Sponsor, Schooner Creek Boat Works, and is now sailing out of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Victoria, British Columbia.  Hana Mari has been actively racing in BC since 2011 and in that time she has sailed all the big long distance races multiple times including Southern Straits, Patos Island, Swiftsure, Round the County  and the VanIsle 360. In 2016, after completing her second Oregon Offshore Race, Hana Mari won its division in the Swiftsure Lightship Classic. Her crew is looking forward to the adventure of the Oregon Offshore. PHRF 66

Kick Off Party Tonight!

Entry: Blue Martini, Valiant 50

Skipper Steve Ford has entered Blue Martini, Valiant 50. This will be Steve's fourth Oregon Offshore and Blue's second. Originally from San Diego, Blue Martini called Portland, OR home for a bit and now hails from Sidney, BC. It is looking like cruising summer for this boat and her crew. PHRF 135