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May 7 - Team Wright Yachts Completes 2018 R2AK -- Minutes Attached

posted May 2, 2019, 2:04 PM by Mark Olsoe   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 3:55 PM ]

Li Sung and possibly Rob Wright will talk about their completion of the 2018 Race to Alaska in a brand new Corsair 970 Sport trimaran.

Meeting Minutes & Notes for Northwest Multihull Association May 7, 2019 Meeting


Our gathering started with a potluck dinner as always and we had plenty of tasty food for all while we chatted with friends old and new.  There are always a few new faces and its fun to get to know them and their sailing aspirations.  


Commodore Jeff rang the bell at around 7 to signal a short meeting.  He mentioned our Summer schedule including next month’s meeting at Port Townsend on Sunday June 2.  This is a departure from our normal meeting spot so that we can enjoy seeing the festivities of the R2AK boats that day and also to act on a desire to make it easy, for once, for our Kitsap Penninsula members to come to the meeting.  He put a plug in for our informal rendezvous at Poulsbo on July 3 just off the bandstand to view the fireworks and then a sail the next day to Blake Island to see the Seattle fireworks.  Jeff then outlined the financial benefits of the club; discount at Fisheries Supply, Tools and equipment loaning library (boat scale, huge storage rack/boat tent frame, boat stands, etc.), discount at Ballard Sails, free sail measuring for new PHRF racers, free boat show tickets, and Amelia Yacht Charters 15% discount on day/sunset charters of their nearly new 38’ Seawind catamaran.   


Treasurer Mark did not have exact figures for the current balance but noted that we probably came out ahead or even from out Everett Rally and that we were a sponsor of the Blakely Rock Benefit race last month with a $500 donation to the designated charity; the local MySail youth multihull sailing organization,


Vice Commodore Diane gave some specifics on the Port Townsend meeting on June 2:  It will be at the Pt Townsend Yacht Club in Boat Haven, the large marina 1 mile south of town.  We will meet there at 5 and walk the docks to view the various R2AK entries who are moored there.  Then at 6 we will convene at the YC for dinner and a short meeting.  The club will provide all the food and drink, soda & beer I think she said.  There is no program contemplated at this time as the R2AK will be plenty of entertainment.  She also mentioned that the Classic Yacht Show will be in town with some great boats in the Port Hudson Marina.  The 70/48 race will be finishing about the same time and it will be interesting to see some of their craft.  She encouraged all of us to invite sailors we know on the Kitsap Peninsula to come to the meeting and learn about our club.


We then went around the room to introduce ourselves and tell a bit about our boating life.  We heard from a couple who have a Seawind 1160 cat on order.  There were some first timers and a couple serious buyers on the lookout for the right multihull.  Welcome to them.


Jeff also mentioned the success and great weather we had at our annual rally in Everett last weekend.  We garnered several boats at 2pm Friday at Meadow Point to start a friendly race to Everett where we joined others for a group dinner at Anthony’s Grill.  Beautiful weather and generally enough wind to ghost our lighter weight craft well enough to keep the motoring to a minimum.  I think some of the bigger cats resorted to motoring though.  Typically, the wind piped up to 10 or so off Everett for a booming tight reach into the harbor.  On Saturday we had our fun race where most saw several gray whales off of Hat Island on our way to the turn around at Holmes Harbor.  That night the club provided a keg and pizza and salad for $10 on the party barge next to our moorings.  This also included a nice fresh continental breakfast the next morning.  Three Cheers to Jonathan K who organized/did all the food, shopping, Rsvps and logistics for this event.  The gathering on the barge Sunday morning was a continuation of the confab the night before.  Over the weekend people got to tour many interesting boats.  One could see beautiful cruising cats: Seawind 1160, Mahe 36, a racy Crowther/Calvert 42 and an interesting and fast home build 40’er based off of Kurt Hughes hulls.  There were several Farrier trimarans; F9A, F32AX, F31R and AC, Sprint 750, Pulse 600, and I probably missed someone.  We found a crew slot on Saturday for anyone who wanted to sail on a multihull.  After the leisurely breakfast in the warm sun on Sunday we cast off for home bases, most to Seattle.  It started out light to no wind with a motor to about Edmonds where a light north wind filled in to around 6 or 10 knots for glorious reaching under spinnaker, back and forth across the sound to Shilshole Bay.  It was great to see our various boats spread out across Puget Sound enjoying the afternoon.


The evening program was a presentation by Li Sung about his team Wright Yachts entry in the 2018 R2AK on a beautiful red (my favorite color) brand new Corsair 970 Trimaran.  (Its for sale!)  They had a good team of 3 but the boat arrived unassembled in 2 containers just 2 weeks ahead of the start.  It was interesting to hear the difficulties of figuring how the boat was to go together and adding the rowing and pedal stations to propel the boat when the wind died in the no motors race.  He thanked the several club members for their help learning to sail multihulls particularly the Farrier/Corsair owners who took them out sailing to get used to that size trimaran. The first hand account of the tribulations (food, water, sleep, weather, route finding) of the race itself was very instructive to those thinking about a future effort.  There were great pictures and a nicely edited video to finish it off.  Afterwards Li patiently and thoroughly fielded many questions from us.   


Meeting and program adjourned around 10 then we pitched in to clean up and put the room back in order. 


PS:  Here is a list of attendees at the Everett Rally not in any particular order.  Someone said there were 10 total so I got em all.


Seawind 1160 Amelia, Li S.

Fontaine Pajot Mahe 36 One World,  Martyn and Linda A.

Crowther/Calvert 42 Green Flash Jim M.

interesting and fast home build 40’er based off of Kurt Hughes hulls forgot the name, Lloyd F.

F9A Ruff Duck, Jeff O.

F32AX Tatiana,  Bill Q. 

F31R Freda Mae Vince D.

F31AC Min Vän, Eric L.

Sprint 750 Name?, owner Steve

Pulse 600 Name?,  Owner John