From the Bridge

Heavy Weather Navigation Contest

WOW! We finally had another weekend of weather to live up to the Heavy Weather billing! While we had a few boats from across the pond back out because of the weather forecasts (and rightfully so!), we still had sixteen boats out on the water for the predicted log race. From the tales told afterward, the wind and waves were fairly manageable until riding the flood current directly into the southwesterly wind off of Point White, where much more excitement was to be found. With steady winds of 35 kts and gusts approaching 50, there was a lot pitching, rolling, and flying water!

Jim Korzetz and Dick Timmerman, on FREEDOM, became back to back winners, toughing out a 1.37% error despite the weather. And Poulsbo Yacht Club, who hasn't mustered together a team in recent years, had three contestants and they took home the team trophy with a combined score of 2.13%!

It was also great to see contestants new to the sport venture out into the most challenging of conditions and do quite well! We had five novices from four different clubs, and their average score was better than the entire field as a whole. And to top that off, our Bremerton Skipperette boat SAPPHIRE with Captains Lee Anne Derror, Janene Gonzalez, and Jean Muenzenberger took first in Class 1. Way to go, ladies!

Despite the weather challenges, everybody had a great time throughout the weekend. There is no other club that puts on a weekend around their log race like BYC. The meals, music and dancing both Friday and Saturday, and skits, were all great hits. Thank you to so many BYC members that made this weekend so great.

John Burwell

The results:

Boat

Contestant

Navigator

Yacht Club

Percent Error

Place Overall

FREEDOM

Jim Korzetz

Dick Timmerman

PYC

1.37%

1

TEWASI

Don Larson

Ron Larson

POYC

1.91%

2

NORTHERN LIGHT II

Greg Olsen

Don Alderman

GHYC

2.12%

3

CLASS 1

SAPPHIRE

Lee Anne Derror

Gonzalez-Muenzenberger

BYC

2.83%

9

SEA NYMPH II

Dave Miller

OJ Potter

BYC

3.05%

12

CLASS 2

SAGA

Dan DeGard

JJ Johnson

BYC

2.77%

7

FIDALGO

Jim Anderson

Linda Anderson

GHYC

4.26%

15

CLASS 3

PEACHY KEEN

Mike Henry

Billie Henry

BYC

2.95%

10

SELLA MARIS

Steve Orr

Diane Orr

BYC

4.15%

14

PACIFIC STAR

John Adair

Mike Dunn

BYC

8.11%

16

CLASS 4

COMPADRE

Rick Randall

Cindy Randall

BYC

2.51%

5

GOOD TIDINGS

Mark Sparks

Eli Sparks

PYC

2.83%

8

ODYSSEY

Bob Thurston

Tom Flagg

POYC

3.06%

13

CLASS 5

OVEREXPOSURE

Tom Brooke

John D Arienzo

PYC

2.20%

4

ADVENTURE US

Fred Barrett

Keaton Zyskowski

POYC

2.64%

6

OCEAN JEWEL

Steve Brett

Deana Brett

BYC

3.05%

11