J/105 Free Bowl of Soup Wins PHRF Overall at Oregon Offshore Race

The prestigious trophy for winning first overall in the Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race will have another three names on it this year: Schenk, Hopper & Davis. The trio sailed their J/105 FREE BOWL OF SOUP to an overall victory in the 2017 race under blustery conditions. They were not only the PHRF Overall winner, but the J/105 Class winner, too. According to Schenk, "Another epic one is in the books with a Southerly up the coast, and not too dead in the straights for an early finish. Having a J/105 division was super cool, and J/105s finished first, third and eighth overall!" The Oregon Offshore is one of the toughest races on the entire West Coast, hosted by Corinthian YC of Portland and the Astoria YC in Astoria, OR along the opening of the Columbia River. The race starts off the Columbia River Buoy 2 and goes 193nm north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, leaving Duntze Rock buoy to starboard and finishing off the piers at Victoria, British Columbia in Canada on the northern side of the Straits. Twenty-one teams entered this year. Behind the J/105 winners, it was Doug Pihlaja’s ABSTRACT that took second place (third overall), while Dana Sibilla’s ESCAPE ARTIST placed third (eighth overall). For more information, visit http://www.oregonoffshore.org/.

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