The 83rd Heavy Weather Weekend is in the books and what a great event it was! It started as a very blustery Friday that reaffirmed the weekend’s naming. The boats crossing from Lake Washington ended up laying over at Shilshole, but they all made a quiet crossing Saturday morning. Those that did make it in joined our membership for a hearty Potato and Salad Bar dinner with all the fixings Friday night. Thanks to Donna and PC Don Park and their crew for reprising this event. And thanks to Regatta Chair for Sail Jay Spearman and his crew of dock hands for assisting boats in throughout the weekend.
Saturday weather was a very nice changeup from Friday. Sunny and clear with no wind made for spectacular conditions for the Predicted Log Race that started off Port Orchard and included a counter-clockwise run around Blake Island before returning to the race finish at Pt Herron. Regatta Chair for Power Steve Brett put together a challenging race that included 6 contest legs over 22 nautical miles. Steve will provide more details elsewhere in this Towline, but congratulations to Jim Korzetz of PYC for his winning score 0f 0.54% error, pushed hard by BYC’s Jim VanAntwerp in second at 0.69% and the rest of the BYC team with a winning team score of 0.88%. Participation was down again this year with 18 boats competing, but it was good to see several new BYC racers out there, including the “Skipperette Boat” captained by Lee Anne Derror with Jean Muenzenberger and Janene Gonzalez beating out many experienced racers with a score of 1.30%!
The highlight of the weekend for most was Saturday night. Many thanks to Paula Lewis and her crew for a splendid “Taste of Italy” dinner. They served over 125 dinners to members, racers, observers, and the many visitors arriving for the skits and music following dinner. We had 52 visitors from eight of the other Grand 14 clubs and it was very gratifying to see how this weekend continues to be popular with the other clubs. The Dockettes opening the evening events with a parade of the Grand 14 Burgees, then the skit teams took stage. Bremerton, Rainier, and Tacoma yachts clubs each put on a skit to the theme of “If I had a boat … .“ Kevin McStay led the BYC skit on the trials and tribulations of boat ownership, with plenty of life assistance from Who Dats and “the best Bremerton Fairy ever.” As strong as their performance was, the esteemed panel of judges, that was clearly beyond any level of reproach, awarded the coveted Rubber Calm Gun to Rainier as the champion again this year. Well done Rainier! Following another performance by the Dockettes (thank you Nancy Haustveit) and presentation of the race and skit awards, we had music and dancing for the remainder of the evening. Sunday morning, John and Charmaine Watson, allowed us a graceful recovery with a comfort-food breakfast of biscuits and gravy.
There were many people involved in making the Heavy Weather Weekend a great success, far too many to list here. But on behalf of the BYC Bridge, let me say thank you to all that helped out in so many ways, including the work party the weekend prior. This was a fun weekend with a challenging Predicted Log Race in the middle of it and enough entertainment to suit most anybody. We look forward to expanding participation by other clubs next year and returning this event to being the preeminent winter cruising event in the Puget Sound.
Vice Commodore John Burwell