Doublehanded J/105 Action at Race To The Straits

Every year, the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club in Ballard, WA holds its annual Race To The Straits Regatta. The format is essentially a double-handed race from Seattle to Port Townsend and back. This year, 101 sailboats sailed in the 18 keelboat divisions. The leg North had the fleet beating in 12-18 knots of breeze. The return leg presented a different challenge–the conditions meant a lot of gybes seeking out the right breeze while staying out of bad current. The J/105s had a fantastic time sailing doublehanded. Winning was Vince Townrow’s KINETIC, followed in second by John & Leslie Aitchison’s MOOSE UNKNOWN, and Jim Geros’ LAST TANGO in third. For more Race to the Straits information, visit

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