After a month of Wednesday night races, the Rendezvous Yacht Club finally held their first Saturday race this past weekend (June 26).
The club’s race schedule officially started in May but low water caused late launching and canceled races.
On Saturday, the club held the Sand Point Island Race which was won by Quinn McCarthy.
McCarthy also leads the ‘A’ fleet in the Wednesday Night Spring Series, while Tim Mack is pacing the ‘B’ fleet.
Saturday’s race started at Frasier Island with a short leg into what at the time was a south wind.
From there the fleet of four headed north between Grindstone and Big American Islands and then east between Sand Point and Dryweed Islands.
From the start, McCarthy’s S2 7.9 “Born 2 Run” was battling for the lead with Roger Ysen’s J24 “In Tune”.
The two switched leads twice between the start and heading into the beat by Big American.
As the fleet headed east, so did the wind, and Ysen pulled away from McCarthy building his lead as he approached Sand Point.
However, McCarthy caught a break in the variable winds and managed to finish the beat with a couple less tacks than Ysen thus shortening the distance between the boats.
As the boats passed Dryweed and Drywood Islands, Ysen still maintained the lead as the boats then headed to Cranberry Island.
The boats went around Cranberry and then turned to head west down the south side of Dryweed.
With the wind now behind them, each skipper opted to launch their spinnakers, larger sails designed specifically for downwind runs.
Ysen’s spinnaker caught on hardware which caused a rip in the sail.
Rather than risk further damage, Ysen decided to dowse the spinnaker and continue the race with his 150.
With Ysen unable to use his spinnaker, McCarthy gained speed and passed taking the lead to the finish at Big American Island.
McCarthy won with a corrected time of 2:21:10 with Ysen taking second in 2:23:06.
In third place was Eric Kaufmann followed by Craig Hunter. Colin Hewitt and Sue Karsnia ran the committee boat.
In Wednesday night races, the club has held four races.
McCarthy leads the ‘A’ fleet with two first-place finishes, while Ysen and Ron Bowman are tied for second place.
In the ‘B’ fleet, Tim Mack is in first place winning the June 9 race and placing second in each of the next two contests.
Jaz Spencer is in second having won two races but unable to compete in the other two.
Hewitt is in third place with one win and one second place.
The club will continue Wednesday night races weekly throughout the summer.
There will be four more Saturday races as well.
The schedule and more information is posted on the club website, www.rycweb.org.
In addition, the RYC is planning a community sail event to coincide with the Ranier Summer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 14.
Captains will be available throughout the day to take festival-goers out for short sailboat rides.
This event will be open to anyone. However, children must be accompanied by an adult.