Ballard Sailor

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About Ballard Sailor

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  • Birthday 02/13/1971

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    Ballard, Washington
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    Sailing, Elks Lodges, Outdoors For All

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  1. Ballard Sailor

    J/Fest Northwest

    I know of 3 92's and 1 92S in the PNW - I'm sure there are others.
  2. Ballard Sailor

    J/Fest Northwest

    2 weeks left to go and we have 39 boats and a few good one design classes coming together for the return of the original J/Fest - J/Fest Northwest! We're expecting the PHRF class to build up a little more with 3 J/35c's, a J/32, a J/120, a J/70 and a couple J/46's that said they will be there. Surprisingly not one J/35 has said they are coming.... http://sailnorthwest.com/j-fest/
  3. Ballard Sailor

    J/Fest Northwest

    J/80's are developing a fleet with 3 J/80's signed up and we're just over a month out for J/Fest!
  4. Ballard Sailor

    J/Fest Northwest

    Registration is open and the entrants are starting to roll in - 13 so far - how about a J/100 class?
  5. Ballard Sailor

    Race to the Straits 2018

    I was told yesterday he was out of surgery, a long one, and doing well.
  6. Ballard Sailor

    Race to the Straits 2018

    I was told 6 protests from collisions saturday and one trip to the hospital after hitting a whale sunday. I missed all that stuff. but did manage to get to the finish on Sunday with a round of shrimp ready to bbq just in case but ended up with a bacon double cheeseburger at the sloop instead. Sore, tired monday - time to go racing shortly.
  7. Ballard Sailor

    PHRF NW vs BC?? WTF

    Bat out of hell is fine, talked to him last night, narry a scratch on the boat but a good ding in the ego.
  8. Ballard Sailor

    PHRF NW vs BC?? WTF

    What's interesting is that if the Seattle Sailing Club boats were not out there the race fleet would be much smaller - of the 26 boats out yesterday 8 of them were from the Seattle Sailing club - 30% of the fleet. For PHRF they have a liveaboard racing against 3 race ready J/boats and 3 PHRF boats racing against a group of Melges and two cruising phrf boats racing against each other in class 7. I would venture to say that the PHRF scene for CYC racing might look a bit more active if they put them together in one or two classes rather than intermixing them with one design boats - boats that have simple sail plans that are easier to sail around a buoy course, by design they have an advantage. I raced in class 7 yesterday and had a great time, probably the most fun I have every had on a CYCS Wednesday night race. Why? One race not three.
  9. Ballard Sailor

    PHRF NW vs BC?? WTF

    The racing like CYC is doing promotes a one design setup rather than the handicap setup. Multiple starts and more importantly multiple rounding's are easier to do on some boats than others. Inherently those types succeed in buoy racing, and the ones that do not have a setup that succeeds at that type of racing tend to fall to the wayside or find races that they can succeed at, or have a chance to succeed at with their current setup. The other option is go one design - if everyone has the same type of boat each has the similar chance of succeeding in multiple start, multiple rounding races. Therefore, the PHRF system does not need to be fixed to get more boats out for PSSR, PSSR needs to be fixed to get more PHRF boats out. CYC's claim to fame, what they brag about, is that they start/run more races than any other yacht club in the country. Assuming that is their goal, to claim that fame they are going to have to have a lot of starts and rounding's to get there. No, having two systems is not a good idea, PHRF does a good job if yacht clubs will support it.
  10. Ballard Sailor

    J/Fest Northwest

    J/70 #80 entered http://sailnorthwest.com/registered-boats/
  11. Ballard Sailor

    J/Fest Northwest

    The final showbill with all the sponsors
  12. Ballard Sailor

    J/Fest Northwest

    The new owner of the J/70 #80 says he plans on bringing his boat to J/Fest.
  13. Ballard Sailor

    J/Fest Northwest

    #1110 is still in the dry yard for sale (new boat), #80 has a new owner and he might be interested. Mike (#16) is busy out of the country most of the time now and #17 is up in Edmonds and might be interested.
  14. Ballard Sailor

    J/Fest Northwest

    4 boats now! - http://sailnorthwest.com/registered-boats/ No - no J/70's entered yet and there really aren't that many in the PNW so I would be surprised if we got more than 3.
  15. Ballard Sailor

    Chicken Chute

    I've got a sissy chute on my Moore - I've used it a handful of times in 12 years, generally when it's blowing over 35 and each time I tell my crew to never put that sissy chute up again. Then I forget and do it again. Its a very nervous sail, both for the driver and its rattling self. Get a A sail or code zero, I think you may wipe out less.