Thursday, March 22, 2018

Entry: Aja, Ericson 35 Mk II

Congratulations are in order for Gearhart, OR, based skipper Rich Elstrom. This will be Rich's tenth Oregon Offshore Race! He will campaign Aja, his Ericson 35 Mk II. Aja participates in most Astoria area race series and has raced Bridge To Bridge a number of times as well (a race many of us would like to see resurrected). Aja has a PHRF handicap of 153 and will most likely race in the PHRF C class. Welcome back Rich and crew. We're hoping for best out of ten this year!

photo credit Kristin Covert 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Entry: Cantata, Ericson 38

Each year we hope to see familiar faces along with the newbies and this year we are excited to welcome back Astoria based AYC/CYC Portland members Tom Brownson and Liz Bartell yet again. Cantata, an Ericson 38,  has been a long time supporter/participant of OOR and Tom has been particularly helpful in allowing us use of the Astoria Yacht Club for skipper check-ins. After missing last year's race at the last minute due to illness, we are sure Tom et al are ready to get back out there and show us what they're working with! Hats off to Cantata and crew!

PHRF 147

Friday, March 16, 2018

Entry: Fortuna, C&C 115

First time participants just keep rollin' in! That's what we like to see. Happy to announce skipper, David De Lanoy, has entered Fortuna, a C&C 115. Fortuna and her Seattle based crew have been active in the racing scene and the Oregon Offshore is considered their key event. One of the many wins she boasts is a First in her division for the 2013 Swiftsure Cape Flattery race. Perhaps she'll sail away with another award on board?!


Entry: Taku, J/30

Yet another new participant! Hailing from Bellingham, WA, skipper Theo Singelis and crew will race Taku, his J/30. Over that past five years, they have been participating in the Pacific Northwest's longer races which include Swiftsure, Southern Straights, Race to the Straights and Round the County. Some of their best results have been Second in class in last year's Swiftsure Juan de Fuca race which they will be participating in again this year. With a handicap rating of 141, Taku will be racing in the PHRF B fleet. Welcome! We are honored to be added to such a stellar list of races.

Round the County race

Friday, March 9, 2018

A harrowing tale from Velocity crew member Dan Tedrow

It was 2017 and Dan Tedrow was crewing for Tom Keffer's J/42, Velocity. Join him on his harrowing journey of spewing chunks and sailing through squalls.... an all too familiar journey for those who have participated in Oregon Offshore!

Velocity heading into Victoria Harbor for the final stretch 

Entry: Thirsty, C&C 35 Mk III

Team Thirsty has competed in more than a dozen Oregon Offshore races, finishing third in class three times. Skipper Alan Bergen has been sailing for fifty-two years, racing for most of that time on the waters of Southern California, in Puget Sound and on the Columbia River. 2018 will be the third Oregon Offshore race for most of Thirsty's crew. Welcome back!

PHRF 132

Entry: Anam Cara, J/122

Well it looks like Anam Cara's Portland based skipper, Tom Kelly, will close the gap this year for participating in the most Oregon Offshores ever. This will be Tom's 37th year (this will be the 42nd year of the race period so this is quite the feat)! Anam Cara is no stranger to the race with a 2013 First Overall Win under her belt. She has also performed well in Swiftsure's Cape Flattery with two Overall wins and a Second Overall to boot. With a 42 PHRF handicap, Anam Cara is sure to be in the running again this year for both OOR and Swiftsure.

It should be known that around 1984 Tom previously held the elapsed time record for eleven years, achieved on Wizard a Choate 41, back when the race course headed south to Tillamook before going North. Let's see what records will be set this year!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Entry: Riva, J/46

Riva is a J46 based in Portland Oregon skippered by Scott Campbell. She has had an active racing schedule since 2003 with almost annual participation in both the Oregon Offshore and Swiftsure races. She has taken first place trophies numerous times in both races in her division and class. She is also a three time veteran of the Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii in 2006, 2010, and 2016 and also the Van Isle 360 race in 2013. Riva will stay to compete in the Swiftsure Cape Flattery race.