Thursday, March 28, 2019


Margaret is an Ericson 33 designed by Ron Holland and based out of Portland.  Skipper David Shepherdson says she is named after his mother who was a keen and successful dinghy racer.  Hopefully those good genes got passed to David and crew who are excited to compete in the Oregon Offshore for the first time.  David says the list grows longer each day, which is a common complaint, but don't worry David, the list stops growing and is considered "complete" as soon as you leave for the starting line!

Express Delivery - Selkie

Yes!  We get to welcome yet another new boat to the Oregon Offshore!  Selkie is an Express 37 hailing from North Vancouver, BC.  Skipper Gordon Wylie says this is the first offshore race for the boat, but not the skipper or crew.  They intend to compete in many offshore races in the years to come and expect this to be the first of many Oregon Offshores.  Express 37s are known to be excellent ocean racing boats, so this sounds like a match made in heaven. We're glad to have you!

Aha, it's Aja

Based out of Gearhart, Oregon and Astoria Yacht Club, Aja doesn't have far to travel to get to the starting line. Rich Elstrom and his crew on this Ericson 35 Mk II are a familiar fixture for Oregon Offshore, with this being their 11th race.  They will be bringing two new Aja crew this year, new to Aja, but not new to sailing with experience on Olson 30, Rattler, out of Astoria.  Welcome Aja!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wy'East of Course

It would hardly be an Oregon Offshore without Wy'East and while Frank's entry got lost in the mail, it finally made it to us!  We're happy to welcome the Wy'East team on the venerable Cascade 36.  I don't know how many Oregon Offshores and Swiftsures Frank Colistro and team have competed in, but it's a lot!  To learn more about Wy'East, they have a Facebook page here: or you can always ask Frank who is usually happy to tell a tale or two.

Thirsty for more

Alan Bergen and crew on Thirsty are in for Oregon Offshore 2019. Thirsty, a C&C 35 MKIII should be familiar to anyone racing in Portland or following the Offshore over the past several years as they are very active racers. Alan has competed in more than 20 Oregon Offshores and raced in Southern California before that. With the same crew for the last three years, and with three podium finishes, we can expect a competitive team to hit the starting line.  

Monday, March 25, 2019

A Salient Entry from Vancouver

Salient, a Beneteau 40.7, hails from Vancouver, BC, making this our first international entry this year. Skipper Christof Marti and his experienced team have been busy in the three years they have been campaigning Salient. In addition to last year’s Oregon Offshore, they have participated in two Southern Strait races and Vic-Maui. We’re glad to have them back! Read more about this team here:

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Defiant is In!

After seeing the very well equipped C&C 115 Defiant show up in town, many of us hoped we’d see her and her crew on the Oregon Offshore. We are in luck as Rich Ackerman and Theresa Coleman have registered. Even though this is Defiant’s first Oregon Offshore, these are not rookies – the team has 16 Oregon Offshores between them, all sailed on Cool Change. As well equipped as this boat is, with a PHRF rating of 75, and with an experienced crew, this boat will have no problem making fast tracks to Victoria.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Another First Timer – Chinook 

Chinook is a Beneteau Idylle 11.5 skippered by Tod Bassham. Yay for first timers and another cruising class entry! Tod reports their main goal is to have fun getting to the northern cruising grounds, but with a performance hull based on a First 35, and with several Oregon Offshore and Swiftsure veterans on board, we can expect some competition coming from this group. While this is Chinook’s first time competing in the Oregon Offshore Tod and Deedie have been sailing and racing a progression of boats on the Columbia river since 2008. Given Deedie is responsible for at pushing for least one of the upgrades because she wanted a faster boat, and with a stated desire not to be late to the party in Victoria, this sounds like a fast and fun program.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Velocity is In

We are glad to welcome back the J/42 Velocity. Velocity is a well-travelled and prepared boat skippered by Thomas Keffer out of Hood River. Tom and crew are very experienced ocean sailors, this being the boat’s 10th Oregon Offshore. Velocity is, in her heart, a cruising boat, but with those fancy black sails and a PHRF rating of 72 she is plenty quick in most conditions. You can read more about Velocity and some interesting projects Tom has done here:

Monday, March 4, 2019

Riva is back, or is she?

Same boat name, same skipper, but not recognizable as the beautiful blue J/46 that has graced the Oregon Offshore for many years. This year Riva is the still beautiful, but brand new J/121, skippered by Scott Campbell and crewed by many familiar faces. The old Riva had her share of success in the Oregon Offshore, including first overall, first to finish and several class podiums through the years. Throw in the experience of three Pacific Cups and we can expect more of the same from the new Riva. In fact they could well be even more of a threat with less furniture down below in this boat designed to be an offshore rocket ship. As in the past Riva has an aggressive racing campaign planned with Swiftsure and Van Isle 360 on tap following the Oregon Offshore.