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Go-Your-Own-Way Regatta Goes One Way


Marianne and Patrick Croke with crew Carolyn Blackmar and Ginger,Crazy Train 1st place PHRF Class

In this year's Go Your Own Way race, held last Saturday, July 27, all twenty-three boats went one way! “Clockwise” was the call from Commodore Graves, checking in from behind the helm of Badger. The fleet headed east in the harbor and turned west outside the islands.

In a late call, the race committee had hoisted code flag ‘L’ and announced a change in the sailing instructions. The PHRF split was changed to balance the divisions.With a five-minute delay to provide some space, the adjusted Division I started at 1510 and Division II followed by five minutes.


Ornstein Family, Dursey, 1st place PHRF 150+

Fifty-three minutes later, Crazy Train with her crew of four humans and one small dog completed their circumnavigation of the Captain Islands. Dursey crossed the finish line three minutes later. Indian Harbor's Crazy TrainQuality Time, and Redline came in first, second, and third in the ‘PHRF less than 147’ division. Dursey won the PHRF 150+ division.

Although the Catboats ranged in length from 18-25 feet, some with sprits and jibs and most without, the class sailed as one design, with no handicap allowance. There was a nice mix of older and newer boats. This was a challenging course for the catboats, requiring multiple tacks. Sally E completed the course in 89 minutes, finishing first in the division. Four competitors finished within five minutes, with IHYC boat Cassiopeia in third.


GYOW RC: Jack Kruse and Jan, Jeff and Sydney Merz

This turned out to be one of the best sailing days this season, with a perfect SW breeze of ten to fifteen knots! The fleet gathered afterwards at the Sunfish Bar to compare notes, to receive awards and to mingle with the gathering crowd for the Summer Soiree.

Thank to all the participants and staff and to the RC volunteers: Jan Merz, Jack Kruse, M.A Carmichael, and Sydney! You can see the full results here.

by P/C Jeff Merz & Mary Alice F. Carmichael