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74th Heavy Weather 2008:
Commodore Don Hardgrove presents Trophy to Champion Dick Timmerman and Navigator/Boat Owner Dennis Sheehan


73rd Heavy Weather 2007 Poster


Photo: Billie Henry

Photo: Sylvia Wilson

Chuck Silvernail receives HW Trophy from Commodore Billings

Sylvia's 2006 Heavy Weather Photos (Click!)

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Photos: Billie Henry & Webteam (gk)

Sylvia & Dick Timmerman
(On Vagabond)

Lynn Montgomery,
3rd Overall, QCYC

Our own Owen Ritter finished
1st in Class 1

Chuck Silvernail
2nd in Class 2

GHYC accepts the infamous, rubber "Clam Gun" in trophy case for first place in skit competition

The Anonymous Skit Judges

Lumber Jack,
The Leading Man in BYC's Skit

Preparations ...

Creating Temporary Moorages

H E A V Y . W E A T H E R
Navigation Contest

".... originated in 1932 with 19 boats racing and has grown to the largest predicted log race in the United States sponsored by one club with an average of 144 participating yachts each year. The race is open to all challengers from any yacht club." [Inscription on plaque in BYC Clubhouse]

Photo: Rich Hunt

Interested in a copy of this bestseller? Contact Mike Henry
(Photo was taken 5 January 2009 at BYC General Mtg)
76th Heavy Weather 2010

12 - 14 February 2010
Saturday, 13 February: Race Day

For Details: Click!

75th Heavy Weather 2009

13 - 15 February 2009
Saturday, 14 February: Race Day


Other Activities:
Friday Night Social
Saturday: Skits
Sunday: Breakfast & Awards Ceremony

Photo: Sylvia Wilson

2009: HW Winner Jerry Downer (GHYC) with BYC Commodore Mike Dunn (l) and "Social Man" Mike Henry (r)

Photo: Billie Henry

(from left to right) Capt's Jack Hensley (5th overall), Owen Ritter (4th), Chuck Silvernail (1st) & PC Leo Longenecker (6th)

71th Heavy Weather Regatta 2005

Skits (Photos)

Commodore Perryman congratulates 2005 Heavy Weather Overall Winner Dick Timmerman from Poulsbo Yacht Club and the Team Champions from Port Orchard Yacht Club (from left to right: Gene Neill [6th overall], Fred Cole [5th], Darrel Wood [10th] and Bill Menees [2nd])

Invitation sent to Area Yacht Clubs

October 3, 2004

Dear Commodore,
	Bremerton Yacht Club would like to invite you to participate in
our Heavy Weather Predicted Log Race, and to announce the theme for our
infamous BYC Heavy Weather Skit Contest.   For those of you that have not
attended Heavy Weather Weekend, you have missed an unusual and fun
experience.   I hope you and representatives of your club will be able to
join us this year.   The Heavy Weather events will be held on Presidents
Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2005.
	In past years, we have hosted as many as 160 racers in our Heavy
Weather Predicted Log Race, and we would like to see it return to its
former glory.   We need your help in encouraging your racers and
non-racers to get out on the water and compete.   Our Race Chairman,
Capt. John Rosendale, 360-479-7676, will be sending out more information
on the race in the near future.
	After an exciting day of Predicted Log Racing, the skit
competition will be held Saturday evening.   This is usually a "standing
room only" extravaganza.   Each participating club produces a skit around
the theme.   After the skits have been presented, an unbiased, sober and
honorable panel of judges selects a winner.   The winning club is awarded
the coveted "Rubber Clam Gun" which can be displayed in the club's trophy
case until the next Heavy Weather Weekend when it should be returned to
BYC.   In addition, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive a
permanent trophy to take home to their respective clubs.
	The theme for 2005 is "Cabaret".    Skits should be enjoyable,
humorous, and presented in good taste.   We have both CD and Cassette Tape
players as well as wireless microphones should you need them for your
performance.   Attached, please find the standing skit rules and judging
criteria.   Let your imagination go wild, be creative, and come enjoy some
Academy Award performances.
	Upon completion of the skit competition, BYC will host its Heavy
Weather Saturday Night Dance for your enjoyment.
	We are excited about "Heavy Weather", and look forward to seeing
you and your members here at BYC in February.
	If you or your members have any questions, please contact me via
Email at, or by phone 360-895-3825 (home) or 360-710-5419


Charles E. Billings
Vice Commodore
Bremerton Yacht Club

"Heavy Weather Weekend (Feb 18-20) is fast approaching. Remember, this BYC sponsored Predicted Log Race weekend is an "all hands event". Be sure to respond in the affirmative when asked to help, or better yet, step up and volunteer to be a part of this BIG weekend [doc]. The success of Heavy Weather Weekend is a reflection of the effort put forth by ALL of the members of BYC, not just a few. It's not too late to do your part by getting involved. There are many opportunities including "timber" installation and removal, fire watch, parking lot attendant, Galley help, Skit participant, just to name a few. For you newer members, talk to your sponsor, a member of the Bridge, or any club member to ask how you can get involved." (V/C Billings, 15 Dec 2004)

"For those who plan to enter the Saturday Heavy Weather Skit competition, the theme for the skits will be 'CABARET'. We hope to see many, if not all, clubs represented in this fierce competition for the coveted 'Clam Gun'." (V/C Billings)


  • 2008:
    74th Heavy Weather

    15 - 17 February 2008
    Saturday, 16 February: Race Day


    Other Activities:
    Friday Night Social
    Saturday: Dinner & Skits
    Sunday: Breakfast & Awards Ceremony

  • 2007 Heavy Weather Page

  • 2006

    72nd Heavy Weather 2006 (Poster): CLICK!

    Historical Slide Show (70 Slides)

    Information Center for 2006 Heavy Weather
    (with Photos)

  • Heavy Weather History
  • 2005:
    71st Annual Heavy Weather Regatta

  • Press Realeases:
  • Media Clippings:

  • Commodore's Letter of Invitation (HTML)
  • Weekend Schedule of Events [HTML]
  • Weekend Schedule of Events [doc 30 KB]
  • Registration Form [HTML]
  • Race Details [HTML]
  • Race Details [doc 28 KB]
  • Contest Log [xls]
  • Course [doc 22 KB]
  • Charts
    1. Chart 2 [HTML/gif]
    2. Chart 11 [HTML/gif]

  • Float Chair's Instructions
  • Commodore's Report (19-1-05)
  • VC' Report (14-1-05)
  • RC' Report (15-1-05)

  • HW Review Committee (June 2005)*

  • 2004:

  • Results & Reports:

  • BYC Members:
  • Contestants & Guests:
  • 2003:

  • 2002:

    The coveted "Rubber Clam Gun"

  • From 2007's Heavy Weather Page

    From the BYC Bridge:

    Over President's Day weekend in February is our annual Heavy Weather Race. Be sure to keep checking the bulletin board in the lounge for the schedule and signup sheets. The Vice Commodore has great plans for a fun filled weekend which you do not want to miss. ( Commodore, Dec 2006)

    Coming up before we know it will be another kind of “ Heavy Weather” being the 16,17, 18 and 19th of February, this years theme it called “Brem-a-loha” which will feature the presenting of Bremerton’s own traditional folk dance the “Bremaluahula” please check out the BYC Home Page for details of all the big “do-ins”. (Vice Commodore, Dec 2006)

    The first Major Event each year is the Heavy Weather Weekend – actually a 4 day weekend - running Friday February 16th through Monday February 19th. This is the BIG Club event in which “all available hands” are strongly urged to actively participate. The Clubhouse and the floats will be inundated with visitors. We will be visited by Log Racers, Observers, party goers and general spectators, from The Grand XIV Clubs, other Puget Sound Yacht Clubs, plus a few individuals who just love to race. The visitor docks are filled to capacity, and dozens of boats are rafted out from special timbers placed on both sides of the Club Cover. Opportunities abound for you to assist (and earn points) in keeping the Heavy Weather Race as the “Largest Predicted Log Race” in the Country. (Rear Commodore, Dec 2006)


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