Saturday, October 3, 2020
Welcome to the 40th Annual Foulweather Bluff race in 2020!
This race is a mid-distance race in the challenging area of the south end of Whidbey Island, where currents are strong, up to the Foulweather Bluff, which is on the south side of the entrance to Hood Canal. The winds in early October can be strong or barely there, so there are three course options (A, B and C) for the committee boat to send boats on (see image below). Everyone is welcome to join us on this race, but note that the mix of currents and conditions can, in some years, challenge even the more experienced sailors, especially on the south side of Whidbey Island. If you have any questions about this race, please email us. We would be happy to chat.
The first division is start at 10:00 AM with a reverse starting sequence and multi-hulls in the last start. Yachts with a PHRF rating of 180 and lower will race the 26 mile feature course, weather allowing. Yachts with a PHRF rating of 181 and greater and NFS division will race the 18 mile course weather allowing. Scoring is Time on Time. You must have a current PHRF-NW membership or an ORC certificate to be scored in this race.
The pre-race meeting starts at 8:00 AM. It is not mandatory, but it is encouraged, especially for new racers. Normally this meeting is broadcast inside of Anthony's Beach Cafe, with Anthony's graciously hosting and providing free coffee, and CYCE providing free donuts. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no donuts or coffee, and the skipper's meeting will be by bullhorn on the landing over the marina, so skippers can maintain social distancing. Any key changes to the Race Instructions will be broadcast over VHF Channel 72 immediately after the meeting.
Each year, we reserve the entire section of guest moorage in the Port of Edmonds for this race. If you want to stay at the Port of Edmonds, you call the marina and make your payment for moorage and electricity. (We ask for your LOA and beam during registration for planning purposes since we help dock boats on Friday night.) However, space is tight, and rafting is required, so this year, we anticipate that fewer of you will stay with us. The friendly Port of Kingston is about a 40 minute trip under power across the way, and we suggest that as a second option. Restaurants at the marina include Anthony’s Home Port, Anthony’s Beach Café, and Arnie's. As usual the Port of Edmonds is offering a half off sling and wash special.
Trophies include 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division, and the perpetual Bill Heston Performance trophy is awarded to the first place overall monohull winner.
This race is also a team event. The Grand Perpetual Foulweather Bluff team trophy is awarded to the yacht club with the best four combined finishes of the fastest four boats on the longer course.
In 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no awards ceremony. We will mail awards this year.
Foulweather Bluff Shirts are available for advanced prepaid purchase. The shirts will be short sleeved with custom designed graphics and boat names of boats registered by the earlybird deadline. Shirts are $20 IF PRE ORDERED. A very limited number of shirts will be available the day of the race for $25. To purchase more shirts separately from registration, use our online shirt store. A limited quantity of extra shirts will be for sale for $25 (cash, check or card) on Friday night and Saturday morning.
The earlybird deadline is September 15. Earlybird registration is cheaper and guarantees your boat name on the shirt.