Race to the Straits

The 16th Annual Race to the Straits provided a Single- and Double-Handed event on May 6 and 7, hosted by Sloop Tavern Yacht Club in Seattle, WA. An entry limit of 125 boats was reached, with each accepting the race’s preamble: The Race to the Straits is a challenging event where a boat can be subjected to the heavy weather typical of the Puget Sound and Admiralty Inlet. The Race to the Straits Race Committee expects that each competitor has prepared their boat accordingly and possesses the skills necessary to successfully navigate their boat in such heavy weather. The full course length is 30.036 nautical miles each day. Saturday’s race goes from Shilshole Bay to Point Hudson keeping the Double Bluff Buoy to port. Sunday’s race goes from Point Hudson to Shilshole Bay keeping the Double Bluff Buoy to starboard. All boats are prohibited from using the Port Townsend Canal. The short course lengths (if necessary) are 17.873 nautical miles on Saturday and 12.163 nautical miles on Sunday and finish at the Double Bluff Buoy. Eight J/105s competed in Class 14 - Double Handed Flying Sails Division. Matthew & Tessa Gardner-Brown's Dulcinea topped the fleet, with Erik Kristen's More Jubilee in second and David Cohen's Inconceivable in third. For complete results, visit https://www.styc.org/race_info/RaceToTheStraits/2017/Res_Series_Class.html.

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