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Results: 2018 PITCH Regatta Listed are selected results from PITCH 2018.

Martin 242 Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

1

Sail 267

Boat Treachery

Rating Skipper 165

Ken Machtley

OIYC

1

1

1

1

1

2

3

1

Total 11

2

203

Crazy I’s

165

Chris White

OIYC

2

2

2

2

2

1

2

2

15

3

163

Purple Martin

165

Betsy Wareham

OIYC

4

69053

Boomer

165

Mike Merrick

Seattle Yacht Club

3

3

3

3

3

3

1

3

22

5/DNC

5/DNC

5/DNC

5/DNC

5/DNC

4

4

4

37

R6

R7

R8

Total

PHRF 1 Sail

shoreline as seals swam around the boats. The breeze began to slowly fill as the fleet neared the gybe mark at Post Point, but it was here that the race committee declared that the course was just too ambitious for the fading breeze and sent everyone towards the club. Meanwhile, back on the racecourse, the rest of the fleets continued to sail in the light breeze inside the bay and finished a couple more races before the committee made the call to send everyone to the bar. That night, Bellingham Yacht Club treated everyone to a fantastic tri tip steak dinner and an expertly staffed bar, much to the lament of several racers who needed to stay under weight limits for an upcoming championship. Sunday morning brought another day of steady winds, though this time it was accompanied by a heavy marine fog that made Bellingham Bay feel more like San Francisco for the early parts of the morning. The forecast called for light wind, but like clockwork, the weather proved the weatherman wrong. A very raceable 10-15 knots settled on the course as the first race of the day neared. The cold air bit into crews, and people scrambled for warm gear before the first start. Things began to warm up as racing continued, and it was not long until fl eets were tearing around the course in T-shirts as the sun punched through the fog. A mid-race wind shift tested the committee, but thanks to race officer Charlie Rathkopf’s experience and calm, they were able to lock down a new upwind mark before anyone even noticed the change. Racing continued into the afternoon, allowing most fleets to get in a total of eight races in just two days.

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

1

USA125

Boat

Wicked Wahine 24

Rating Skipper Darrin Towe

Club SYC/CYC

1

1

3

1

2.5/TIE

1

2

3909

Absolutely

18

Charlie Macaulay

CYC - Seattle

2

3

2

2

1

3

13

3

USA 55

Bat Out Of Hell 54

Lance Staughton

STYC

3

2

1

3

2.5/TIE

2

13.5

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

9.5

PHRF 2 Sail

Boat

Rating Skipper

R6

R7

R8

Total

1

240

Vitesse

81

David Steffen

Bellingham Yacht Club

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

8

2

30925

Quest

81

John Gerity

Bellingham Yacht Club

2

2

3

2

3

3

3

5

23

3

97600

Keet

93

Mike Powell

Bellingham Yacht Club

4

4

4

3

2

4

2

2

25

4

USA 440 Kinetic

93

Bob Hayward

Anacortes Yacht club

3

3

2

5

6

5

5

4

33

5

51847

Hravn

69

Todd Koetje

CYC/BYC

5

6

6

4

4

2

4

3

34

6

69532

Sunshine Girl

72

Walt Meagher

Anacortes Yacht Club

6

5

5

6

5

6

6

6

45

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

Total

PHRF 3 Sail

Boat

Rating Skipper

1

KC1

MadDash

105

David Jackson

PRYC

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

10

2

398

Double Alpha

99

Troy Curran

BYC

1

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

20

3

9

Errant Belle

105

Mike Strauss

Anac. Yacht Club 5/RET-BF

4

12

Run Wild

108

Andrew Hura

Astoria Yacht Club

5/DNS

4

2

2

2

2

2

24

2

3

3

5/DNS

5/DNC

5/DNC

5/DNC

5/DNC

33

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R7

R8

Total

PHRF 5 Sail

Boat

Rating Skipper

Club

R6

1

83

Wild Rumpus

156

Stephanie Schwenk

AYC

2

2

2

3

1

1

1

1

13T

2

69182

Flying Circus

135

Eric Yaremko

BYC

1

1

1

1

2

3

2

2

13T

3

29807

Blackfoot

153

Michael Corcoran

Bellingham Yacht Club

3

3

3

2

3

2

3

3

22

4

8939

Back Bay

117

Peter Schoenburg

Berkeley YC (California)

6

4

5

4

6

4

4

6

39

5

84

Off Constantly

156

Jeff Hulme

Anacortes Yacht Club

4

6

6

5

5

5

6

4

41

6

79171

DuFrie

192

Tim Divine

Sloop Tavern Yacht Club

7

7

7

6

4

6

5

5

47

7

3242

Aquavit

285

Dave Sinson

Sloop Tavern Yacht Club

5

5

4

7

9/DNF

7

7

7

51

8

28054

Dreamtime

135

Bart Maupin

BYC

9/DNC

9/DNC

9/DNC

9/DNC

9/DNC

9/DNC

9/DNC

9/DNC

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Although any regatta could benefit from another 20 or 30 boats, those that showed up to PITCH 2018 came to race and every fleet had its battles. PHRF 5 had a tie for first, while PHRF 1 only had half a point difference between second and third. While everyone still talks of the glory days of hundreds of boats at every regatta, it is nice to see that there are those who choose to be part of the solution by racing rather than complaining from the sidelines. Showing up to race is what keeps the sport alive and promotes others to do the same. Steady wind, great racing, and a fantastic town make PITCH an autumn highlight for any racing schedule. I hope and expect to see more entries in years to come.

Top to bottom: Lance Staughton’s Farr30 Bat Out of Hell (BOOH) coming around the downwind mark for a third place finish in PHRF 1; Wicked Wahine once again led the way to a top finish in PHRF 1.

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