Thursday, July 14, 2011

CRAZY IVAN Wins J/80 Northwests

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing Pacific Northwest(Anacortes, WA- June 11)-  This international contest was attended by four boats from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, two boats from the Seattle Sailing Club, one boat from Idaho, and two more boats from the San Juan Islands.

Mike Brewis, fleet captain, enjoyed playing host on foreign shores at the Windermere Regatta hosted by the Anacortes Yacht Club.  The first day saw a 2 hour delay due to a lack of wind, but racing got underway with all nine J/80s on the line – a first in the Northwest!  The first day’s racing was won by Don Sargent on EXCITABLE taking two bullets in close competition.  The Canadians held all of the four top spots after the day’s racing!

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing Pacific Northwests off Anacortes, WASunday saw the return of the owner/skipper Chris White on CRAZY IVAN who had attended his son’s graduation the day before.  He stepped aboard and went 1-2-1 on Sunday to retain his trophy for the second year.  Dunnery Best on SHEVA and Don Sargent on EXCITABLE took second and thirds, respectively.

Mike Brewis on SWISH and the other Canadian boat, Tara Smith’s JOY RIDE, took the next two spots.  The rest of the fleet included William McKinnon on the oldest J/80, SKYE ROCKET, hull #1, Joe Cline on TAJ MAHAL and Michael Sawyer on FEARFUL SYMMETRY – both from the Seattle Sailing Club, and Jerry Judd on GO FISH from North Idaho.

Thanks go to Jerry Judd for hosting a great welcoming party, Mike Brewis for taking care of fleet captain duties, and Chris White for working with the Anacortes Yacht Club and their race committees. Contributed by William McKinnon on SKYE ROCKET.