The wet , wild and woolly Autumn weather is here and so is the annual RTC race.

Thursday the 3rd we will finish up the last of the preparations to be ready for a Friday 0900 departure to Orcas Island.

 

 

courtesy of Jan's Marine Photography

RTC 2015 courtesy of Jan’s Marine Photography

The race will start at 0830 Saturday morning. The start line pin end being Lydia Shoal bouy. This years race sails clockwise south down Rosario Strait, half way point Salmon Bank, north up Haro Strait to the finish line off off Mosquito Pass.

After a night at Roche Harbor the fleet will start Sunday at 0830 just outside of Roche near Pearl Island, North up Haro, Eastward in Boundary Pass, half way mark is Alden Point Patos Island, south down Rosario Strait to the finish line at Deer Point just before Obstruction Pass, Orcas Island.

Over 100 boats registered for the event within 24 hours of opening of the enrollment process,  several boats, MARTHA included,  almost did not make the deadline.

But thanks to All the hard working  race organizers supreme,  MARTHA and other boats that almost missed out were granted entry.

Port Townsend will be represented by PACIFICA, SIR ISSAC and MARTHA, all woodies.

MARTHA at speed in Round the County Race

MARTHA at speed in Round the County Race

Race day will see  over 100 boats ranging the start line, what a beautiful sight.

Some links:

http://roundthecounty.com/RTC-documents/2016_RTC_SIs_Final.pdf

http://roundthecounty.com

 

Many thanks to Orcas Island Yacht Club, Friday Harbor Sailing Club, Roche Harbor and the many volunteers that put together one of the finest events in the Pacific North West.

Beating out through Race rocks in the Swiftsure LightShip Classic

Beating out through Race rocks in the Swiftsure LightShip Classic

 

The MARTHA’s  educational sailing program introduces teens and adults to life aboard a classic schooner while sailing the iconic Pacific Northwest. On programs ranging from 3-day trips to 14-day voyages, teenagers and adults become full participants in the sailing of MARTHA: steering the vessel, raising the sails, standing watch and learning navigation. Participants are not passengers but are instead crew aboard our 84-foot wooden schooner.

Happy Faces

Happy Faces

Desolation sound Sun

Desolation Sound Sun

Scenic Vistas

Scenic Vistas

CRISR 2008

Beach play

Beach play

There are 2 premium sailing adventures being offered  in 2016.

CRISR and the Fall Desolation Sound Trip .

Schooner Power

Schooner Power

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CRISR: July 26- Aug 6
The Captain Raynaud International Schooner race is an annual event with 5 days of destination racing and 11 days voyaging with a fleet of schooners.  Students  make up a large part of the crew on this event and  become very involved with the daily functions of the vessel,  learning racing skills as crew on a classic racing yacht.  After the racing segment the crew will voyage North into the Straits of Georgia and explore the Canadian Gulf Islands.    Experience is not required.

The CRISR event is always special and we look forward to participating in 2016.    If extra experience in piloting, navigating, sail-trim, anchoring and all the joys of summer cruising is what you are looking for, this is the trip for you. A passport is required. Youth scholarships ARE available.

 

Desolation Sound  September 12-25

Desolation Sound is  the Holy Grail of the Pacific Northwest, warm waters and beautiful scenery are at the center of this adventure.

MARTHA and crew will make their way North through the Canadian Gulf Islands, cross the Straits of Georgia and enter Desolation Sound.

This fall trip is very much like the annual CRISR  without the yacht racing component!

For a great overview of MARTHA’s programs check out this Awesome video by Off Center Harbor.

The Schooner MARTHA – Making Something Beautiful Happen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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