J/105 ABSTRACT Tops Oregon Offshore Race

The 42nd annual Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race started on May 10. The starting line was off the mouth of the Columbia River. Boats then proceeded north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and finished at Victoria, British Columbia, inside the harbor entrance. The course distance is 193 miles; 22 boats entered the race while 14 finished. From the start and going up the coast, it appeared the boats that worked offshore had better winds. However, once turning the tip of the Olympic Peninsula to head back southeast down the Straits of Juan de Fuca, the big battle became the flood turning to ebb and which side to pick? Canadian (north shore) or Washington (south shore USA)? Virtually all boats chose the northern shore to escape current and for more breeze. In PHRF A2 Division, it was Doug Pihlaja’s J/105 ABSTRACT that won class honors. For more event details, visit http://www.oregonoffshore.org/.

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