(Whidbey Island, WA)- Seventy-one teams competed in the 31st annual Whidbey Island Race Week in ten one design and PHRF fleets. Racing was conducted out of Oak Harbor, WA from July 15-19. Renowned for good, fun racing the full week’s vacation of seafood, whale watching, live music, Growler fly-bys and glorious sunsets is often referred to as an "adult summer camp". Amazingly, Orca killer whales welcomed the fleet on their first morning while the parade of boats exited the harbor!
Managing ten classes during the week, four of them one-design, the CYC-Seattle race committee ran two RC boats, multiple runabouts, and shot off 120 starts in 8-16 knot winds. In fact, all five days had great sailing conditions with plenty of sunshine and nice wind.
In the J/105 Class, Jerry Diercks’ DELIRIUM won Boat of the Week with 11 straight bullets and solid crew work. Second in class was Jim Geros's LAST TANGO with a lot of seconds and third in class was Matt Gardner-Brown's DULCINEA.
In the PHRF handicap classes, the top performer was the Mayfield/Nelson duo on the J/29 SLICK winning PHRF 4 counting all 1sts and 2nds in their scoreline, an impressive performance against well-sailed teams. The J/122 ANAM CARA sailed by Tom Kelly managed 4th in PHRF 1 class.
The four J/35s sailing PHRF 3 had a good series with Brian White's GRACE E taking third and Ernie Chatham's JABIRU taking 4th in class. Tom Kerr's J/33 CORVO started off the series slowly and wound up with a bunch of 2nds to take 4th in class.
Sailing PHRF 7 was Bill McKinnon's J/80 SKYE ROCKET, posting consistent top five scores to take 4th in their class. Finally, the classic J/24 LUCKY JIM skippered by Jim McAlpine managed to win a few races and take fifth in PHRF 9 class. Sailing photo credits- Jan Pix For Whidbey Island Race Week sailing information