By Robin Dudley from the chef
The 2015 sailboat racing season opens with the 24th Annual Port Townsend Boat Builders’ Regatta on February 28.
Brad Clinefelter, Port Townsend Harbor District 2 Commissioner, last year completed the restoration of the 46-foot Eulalie, the No.1 hull of the Pacific Cruising Class ocean racing yachts built at Kettenburg Boat Works in San Diego in 1946.
Eulalie will be skippered in Saturday’s race by Ted Pike, whose own boat Annie Too is being repaired, Clinefelter said. The marshal will be part of Eulalie’s crew for the race, alongside Pete Langley and other “serious racing people… because I don’t know what I’m doing in terms of racing,” admitted Clinefelter.
The race will be the first time Eulalie has sailed since her repairs, he added. Eulalie is also one of the many beautiful boats currently for sale in Port Townsend.
Boats of any construction are welcome in the race, which is sponsored by the Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC), the Wooden Boat Foundation and the Port Townsend Sailing Association. Two winning boats receive a free haulout courtesy of SEA Marine and the Port of Port Townsend. Staggered perpetual rewards are also presented at the post-race awards ceremony around 4pm at the NWMC; beer and snacks are available.
Non-boat owners who wish to race are encouraged to attend the 9am Skippers Meeting on race day at the NWMC. Last minute registrations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the day of the race. The race starts at noon on Port Townsend Bay.