Saturday, April 28, 2018

A chat with a veteran racer

Veteran Oregon Offshore racer Bruce Bloch

Bruce has crewed for seven races including boats like Riva, a Portland based J/46.
Every year he said it was the last and just kept going!
Just talking about things to take...3 wool hats, they get wet quickly!
My two best things to bring are heavy duty ear plugs! and rubberized workman's gloves to go over your wool gloves! On night watch you will be happy to have them, be sure you put your name on your pair! It can be cold and wet or hot!!!! Be prepared. OOOO remember snacks for night watch.

Learning how to blog

Getting expert advice from the Executive Board Members of CYC Portland, Rear Commodore Jenn Thompson, Commodore Craig Garrison and Vice Commodore/Race Captain Denny Damore
Kathy Kershner volunteer, 2018 Vicarious Racer....

If you didn't make it to the Oregon Offshore kickoff party
Here are a couple of highlights.
Commodore Craig Garrison and Past Commodore Jenn Thompson. 

Anika and Caryn volunteering!
 Gail and Ashley volunteering
CYC Board Members  Doug Schenk, Stewart Carter
Becky Huseby, Joby Easton, Bill Huseby
Milling about before the meeting with Kevin Flanagan,
owner of Schooner Creek Boat Works 2018 Title Sponsor. Thank you Kevin!!!!

Learn how to use a Lifesling

Take 11 minutes to watch this if you haven't reviewed the Lifesling procedures please take a few minutes. The Sailing Foundation is a sponsor of the Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Last three entries: Raindrop, Journeyman, Wy'est

The Kick-off party on Monday was a success and we landed three additional entries for a total of 23 [participants! See entry details below

Raindrop, Cascade 36, PHRF 136
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.


Wy'est, Cascade 36, PHRF 141
It's official! Skipper Frank Colistro is back for even more blue water abuse. Frank has been an active member of CYC Portland for as many years as he has been racing Oregon Offshore and we are excited to support him and the Wy'East crew.

Wy'East holds the record for the boat that has participated in the most Oregon Offshore races to date.

Journeyman, Cal 40, PHRF 120
Journeyman is a 1968 Cal 40 skippered by Captain Rhys Balmer and Captain Gavin Brackett. Journeyman is the flagship of Griffin Bay Adventures, a new Sailing school located in Friday Harbor. Not only will this be Journeyman's introduction into the NW Sailing community but three students of offshore sailing will be learning dead reckoning, night sailing and big boat spinnaker handling as we sail up Washington's beautiful coastline.

Monday, April 16, 2018

20th Entry: Spar Trek, Express 27

Spar Trek is an Express 27 that was brought to the Portland area to participate in the 2017 Race to Alaska by its current owner Kris Amundson. Finishing 10th, with 90hrs of rowing involved, the boat returned to its home port to begin building a crew for the SYSCO PHRF fleet and its first Oregon Offshore race.

While this is the first year for the boat, it is not the first year for the crew. A majority of the crew are veterans of the Oregon Offshore and all are experience sailors. The crew includes delivery skippers, ski patrol volunteers, Hobie Cat racers, and sailing instructors. Their professional experience has us in the IT industry including work at the South Pole, fabricators of high-end brewing equipment, manufacturing of precision optics, and sailboat brokering.

PHRF 150

Friday, April 6, 2018

Entry: DILLIGAF, Ross 930

DILLIGAF has been owned Keith Climenhaga and raced extensively on Vancouver Island since 2003. Having done numerous Swiftsures, Southern Straits, and three VanIsle 360's, the owner started thinking that there might be some wisdom in the statement by Ted Turner: "The chance for a mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared."

DILLIGAF embarked on a double handed sailing program and has sailed in this format for the last five Southern Straits, three Patos Island Races, and two Round Lasqueti races. Last year, Steve Dillen joined the boat and they had a remarkable year racing together which ended up starting an email thread, Explorations in Stupidity. The Oregon Offshore represents the culmination of their Explorations in Stupidity.... we trust Explorations in Insanity will follow.

Southern Straits 2017
PHRF 108

Entry: Hana Mari, Wylie 43

Hana Mari, skippered by Ged McLean, is a Wylie 43 built in Portland by 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. This will be her third OOR. 


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Entry: Cool Change, C&C 38

When you're out on the sea alone
Staring at the full moon, like a lover
Time for a cool change
I know that it's time for a cool change
Now that my life is so prearranged
I know that it's time for a cool change
Well I was born in the sign of water
And it's there that I feel my best
The albatross and the whales they are my brothers
There's lots of those friendly people
And they're showing me ways to go
And I never want to lose their inspiration
Time for a cool change
I know that it's time for a cool, cool change

-Little River Band

PHRF: 144
Number of years sailing Offshore: tons
Skipper: Frank Noragon

Entry: Back Bay, Cal 39

Keepin' it going with some fresh meat, I mean, new blood. Back Bay, a Cal 39 skippered by Peter Schoenburg has decided to join us for her first ever Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race!
Back Bay's crew is a combination of San Francisco Bay, Anacortes, WA, and Vancouver, BC, area sailors with an owner from New Mexico. All are committed to having fun and sailing fast in a venerable, classic Cal 39. They have definitely put their name on the map having done races like Great Vallejo Race April 2014, Spinnaker Cup May 2014, Pacific Cup 2014 (3rd in Div.), Southern Straits Classic April 2015, Swiftsure-Cape Flattery Race 2015, Van Isle 360 2015. We are psyched to be added to this list of epic races for 2018! Back Bay will be racing in the PHRF C fleet.

Haida Gwaii 2016