Smooth sailing with weekend Shipwrights' Regatta
By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News
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“It's the first race of the year,” said Carolyn “Ace” Spragg, waterfront programs manager for the Northwest Maritime Center.
“It's not really hard-core, but it's more of a get-out-there-and-have-fun type of race.”
Noon starting time
The regatta will begin at noon in Port Townsend Bay.
Registration is $25 and is accepted until Saturday's 9 a.m. skippers meeting at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St.
“We have some advance reservations, but 90 percent of the people show up that day,” said Spragg, who is managing the regatta.
“They are mostly local people. No one comes from too far since the weather can be unpredictable.”
Spragg said any style boat can participate, and anyone who shows up for the skippers meeting can join the crew on one of the participating boats.
The route of the race is yet to be determined as of Wednesday.
“Like any race here, the course depends on the wind and conditions,” Spragg said.
“They'll set the buoys, and the race will go three times around the course.”
An awards ceremony and refreshments are planned at the maritime center after the race.
Door prizes, including a chance to win a free haul-out, will be offered.
Postponed from Feb. 23
This year's race was postponed from last Saturday, Feb. 23, because of high winds, but Spragg said this weekend's forecast is calmer.
The weather also will be the determining factor for the participants.
Spragg said about 30 boats show up in good weather and half that many if it is inclement.
Spragg said the regatta's hospitality is a major draw.
“A lot of different races later in the season focus on different types of boats,” she said.
“This is for anyone who wants to come out and have fun.”
Registration forms for the regatta can be downloaded at www.nwmaritime.org or picked up at the chandlery at the maritime center.
The regatta is sponsored by the Port of Port Townsend, the Port Townsend Brewing Co., Sunrise Coffee, Sea Marine and the Northwest Marine Center of Excellence.
For more information, visit the maritime center website or phone Spragg at 360-385-3628, ext. 103.
Jefferson County Editor Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: February 28. 2013 5:18PM