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Hello Everyone,

On behalf of the San Juan Island Sailing Foundation I want to express my heartfelt gratitude and a huge thank you to everyone who helped make last night's annual fundraiser a success. I only heard great things from people about the food, atmosphere, information and interactions with people.

We don't have all the numbers yet but it appears we are very close to meeting our fundraising target which is great.

- Thanks to all of you who gave your generous donations to help us support our efforts with our high school sailors and providing boats, equipment, and volunteers for the Parks & Rec summer sailing programs.

- Thanks a lot to Gib, Jen, Sam, Peter, Susan and everyone else who helped seamlessly produce plate after plate of delicious food.

- Thanks to all the parents and sailors for all the auction donations, making/bringing desserts, and helping spread the word and selling tickets.

- Thank you to everyone on the team for working with a smile the whole evening as well as setting up and selling the event. We had a great turnout thanks to you.

- Thank you Todd Roberts, it has been great having you coach the team and we really appreciate the ideas and changes that you are pushing through.

- Thanks so much to Angela for reaching out to us and jumping into everything that has been going on. We hope you have a great 1st year at veterinary medical school.

- Justin, thanks again for running the check in/Check out, it makes a huge personal difference to me during the event.

- Thanks Gayle of San Juan Island Yacht Club for helping with innumerable small and large things!

- Wendy, thank you so much for basically doing everything else, including chasing me!!

- Thanks to the San Juan Island Yacht Club for the use of their facility and to Peg Gerlock for presenting the Yacht Club's donation toward our foundation in support of their junior boating program.

I am glad its over again for another year but I'm really proud of how it went and we could not have done it without any of you!

Cheers

Nigel Oswald
President
San Juan Island Sailing Foundation
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Hello Everyone, On behalf of the San Juan Island Sailing Foundation I want to express my heartfelt gratitude and a huge thank you to everyone who helped make last night's annual fundraiser a success. I only heard great things from people about the food, atmosphere, information and interactions with people. We don't have all the numbers yet but it appears we are very close to meeting our fundraising target which is great. - Thanks to all of you who gave your generous donations to help us support our efforts with our high school sailors and providing boats, equipment, and volunteers for the Parks & Rec summer sailing programs. - Thanks a lot to Gib, Jen, Sam, Peter, Susan and everyone else who helped seamlessly produce plate after plate of delicious food. - Thanks to all the parents and sailors for all the auction donations, making/bringing desserts, and helping spread the word and selling tickets. - Thank you to everyone on the team for working with a smile the whole evening as well as setting up and selling the event. We had a great turnout thanks to you. - Thank you Todd Roberts, it has been great having you coach the team and we really appreciate the ideas and changes that you are pushing through. - Thanks so much to Angela for reaching out to us and jumping into everything that has been going on. We hope you have a great 1st year at veterinary medical school. - Justin, thanks again for running the check in/Check out, it makes a huge personal difference to me during the event. - Thanks Gayle of San Juan Island Yacht Club for helping with innumerable small and large things! - Wendy, thank you so much for basically doing everything else, including chasing me!! - Thanks to the San Juan Island Yacht Club for the use of their facility and to Peg Gerlock for presenting the Yacht Club's donation toward our foundation in support of their junior boating program. I am glad its over again for another year but I'm really proud of how it went and we could not have done it without any of you! Cheers Nigel Oswald President San Juan Island Sailing Foundation

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See Coach Robert's regatta report on timeline

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San Juan Island Sailing Foundation added 19 new photos to the album: Team free sail for fun day May 6, 2015 — with Alanna Halliday. ... See MoreSee Less

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Port Townsend Open – Regatta Report by Coach Todd Roberts
May 9th, 2015

This was a very fun and unique regatta and I’d like to thank several people for helping to make it happen.

First of all, I’d like to thank Ivan, boat driver extraordinaire. Despite the fact that the whole team looked like they had each put on 30 – 40 pounds, Ivan and his boat, the Western Explorer got the team to Port Townsend in record time. I haven’t heard how the return trip was yet but I’m assuming Ivan got everybody back to Friday Harbor equally expeditiously. Hopefully everyone was able to get their figures back to normal.

Also, a huge thanks to Matt for bringing Sophie to the regatta and providing backup transport in case the weather turned sour on us. Matt’s job entailed getting to know the inflexibility of the ferry reservation system and was increasingly stressful right up to the minute he left for the boat. Of course we just saw Matt’s big smile and I hope he had a smooth ride home in that big empty van.

Jonathan and Kathy did a great job of arranging the pieces of this complex plan. For the team, all we had to do was show up – easy for us, not so easy for them.

The sailing venue at the Port Townsend Maritime Center was fantastic. The beach launch was something new and slightly different but the good old V15s were pleasantly familiar.

So how was the sailing? Winds throughout the day were light, shifty and at times literally non-existent. That said, the racing was close and fun to watch from the end of the dock. There were several noteworthy moments such as:
· Echo and Olin’s flyer to the right side of the course that looked like a disaster from the coach’s perspective, until it wasn’t and they rounded the weather mark in third.
· Rowan and April were left stranded in a vacuum at one point but battled back to catch two boats by the end of the race, way to hang in there!
· Per and Max’s covering of the Port Townsend boat in the last race was so flawless and ruthless that I almost felt sorry for the Port Townsend A team, almost.

Results – 20 Teams Competing, each with an A and B Division
Friday Harbor Varsity Team – 3rd Overall
Boat A - Per and Max, 1st
Boat B - Echo and Olin, 8th
Friday Harbor JV Team – 19th Overall
Boat A – Alanna and Melanie, Rachel and Uma
Boat B – Conrad and Sophie, Rowan and April, Austin and April
Several people set personal goals for the regatta and I think most of those goals were met. Here’s a sample:
· Per and Max had goals of top five (Per) and nothing but first (Max) – result, 1st place A division - goal met.
· Echo and Olin were shooting for mid fleet (Echo) better than mid fleet (Olin) – result, 8th place (out of 20) B division – goal met.
· Alanna and Melanie were shooting for around mid fleet in A division and ended the day with finishes of 11, 9, 13 and 15 – goal met.

I’d like to hand it to all the sailors, both skippers and crew. It’s incredibly difficult to get out there and put everything you know on the line, especially with a well stocked peanut gallery watching from the pier. I think everybody put all they had into every race and from a coach’s perspective that’s what I’m shooting for and a great way to wrap up the season – goal met.
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Gray CopeA few highlights on the boat rides to and from the Regatta: Capt Ivan paused for us to take a look at a colony of Steller sea lions and expertly crossed both sides of a large freighter wake including surfing one. Then on the way back from the regatta we saw a submarine being escorted down Sound (probably heading for Bangor). A chase boat with a machine gun mounted on its forecastle motored out toward us to check us out and make sure we stayed clear. Very fun rides both ways. Thanks Ivan! Oh ya, there was a very cool plane that buzzed around us (pilot's name withheld to protect the innocent).2   ·  2 weeks ago

Kathy CopeGREAT day Todd .. and great report. Thanks!2 weeks ago

Jonathan HuThanks to Todd for a stellar coaching job. Ivan Reiff thanks for the ride. What a way to end the season.2 weeks ago

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Per Black tearing up Griffin Bay and the San Juan Channel at 17 kts on Friday:

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Please come and support the team at our annual fundraiser!!

Thursday May 14th, 5.30PM:

High School Sailing Team Fundraiser
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This evening will be a catered fundraiser for the High School Sailing Team. This is the primary event we use to fund the team for the season so please come along and help the team. You'll get an opportunity to meet the team, have dinner catered by Gib Black, a Foiling Moth World Championships video, a silent auction and dessert auction. This year we have pretty significant fund raising needs due to the change of boats mandated by the North West Schools sailing association so please come along and help make the next few years success! Please contact a member of the sailing team, the Sailing Foundation board or myself for tickets. More information will follow but here are the core details: Doors Open 5.30PM at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. Adults $25, Students $16. 5.30 PM Doors Open, Sailing Team Slide Show 6.00 Welcome 6.15 Foiling Moth Video 6.30 Dinner (details to follow) 7.30 Dessert Please invite anyone else interested to the event!

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High School Sailing Team Fundraiser

May 14, 2015, 5:30pm

San Juan Island Yacht Club

This evening will be a catered fundraiser for the High School Sailing Team. This is the primary event we use to fund the team for the season so please come along and help the team. You'll get an opportunity to meet the team, have dinner catered by Gib Black, a Foiling Moth World Championships video, a silent auction and dessert auction. This year we have pretty significant fund raising needs due to the change of boats mandated by the North West Schools sailing association so please come along and help make the next few years success! Please contact a member of the sailing team, the Sailing Foundation board or myself for tickets. More information will follow but here are the core details: Doors Open 5.30PM at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. Adults $25, Students $16. 5.30 PM Doors Open, Sailing Team Slide Show 6.00 Welcome 6.15 Foiling Moth Video 6.30 Dinner (details to follow) 7.30 Dessert Please invite anyone else interested to the event!

Report from coach Angela Gossom on Islands Cup Inter-District Regatta held at Anacortes April 11-12:

"Last weekend's Islands Cup was an exciting regatta for FH sailors. Saturday was heavy winds and all our sailors capsized, but still came off the water with the excitement of plaining. Conrad and Rowan especially had some great downwind legs. Per and Alanna ended A fleet with 100 points even securing them 10th place! This was their goal so congratulations! This was Austins first regatta to skipper in and he and April sailed hard all day. Rachel and Robby did better each race finishing out the day with a 13th!"
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Report from coach Angela Gossom on Orcas Regatta April 4, 2015:

6 Friday Harbor Sailors had a great Saturday racing on Orcas Island. The conditions were sunny with consistent wind. Because we only had one day to race the regatta was a one division non-rotational event. This proved challenging as the kids had to stay in the game all day without break. Per Black and Conrad Borman sailed well all day winning second place. Rachel, Uma, Diego and Rowan all also sailed very well getting experience sailing with the fast Orcas and Oak Harbor sailors and coming out with experience sailing the new FJ's.
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Inauguration Sailing of the new FJes
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March 29, 2015 Inauguration sail of 3 new FJs. Coaches Todd Roberts and Angela Gossom ran the sailors through short legged figure 8's and races in light winds. Perfect for breaking in the new boats. ... See MoreSee Less

March 29, 2015 Inauguration sail of 3 new FJs. Coaches Todd Roberts and Angela Gossom ran the sailors through short legged figure 8's and races in light winds. Perfect for breaking in the new boats.

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Thanks to our terrific parents and sailors for a great turnout unloading our new FJes and loading up our V-15es for the regatta tomorrow. Thanks to Angela Gossom our assistant coach for helping, too. And thanks to Coach Todd, Jenny, and Nick for hauling the new vessels up from Portland! ... See MoreSee Less

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March 18, 2015 practice

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Sittin' on the dock of the bay (Seattle Yacht Club)

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyxLaHmOaYM&t=8s">Otis Redding</a>
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March 14th 2015
Bellingham Regatta update from Coach Roberts:

I think everyone who attended the Bellingham Regatta would agree that sailing on Lake Whatcom is challenging.

To start with, we were warned to send out only experienced sailors as the winds were ferocious! Of course as soon as the sailors headed out for the first race, the wind evaporated. All the races thereafter were sailed in winds ranging from 0 to 8 knots, varying up to 180 degrees in a single race. Shifty, streaky, and at times very wet pretty well describes Lake Whatcom sailing on Saturday.

Friday Harbor did well though, finishing 8th and 15th in the 19 boat fleet. Per continued his strong showing from the first regatta, finishing 5th in his division. Conrad, Rachel, Alanna and Echo all had good races as well. Our cast of crew members, Olin, Uma, Melanie, Rowan, April, Robby and Diego made themselves at times heavy and at other times small, always trimmed the jibs to perfection, kept the bilges dry and their skippers out of trouble - mostly.

It was a fun regatta to watch as there was continuous movement in the fleet. No one’s position was guaranteed at any time. To keep from being passed, the teams couldn’t let their guard down for a second.

The Bellingham regatta was a qualifier for the next regatta in Seattle. Friday Harbor 1 team qualified for the Gold fleet and Friday Harbor 2 will be sailing in the Silver fleet. This will be another exciting regatta with over 30 boats racing in each fleet.

Let’s go sailing!

Todd
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Update from Coach Roberts about Bellingham Regatta:

I think everyone who attended the Bellingham Regatta would agree that sailing on Lake Whatcom is challenging.

To start with, we were warned to send out only experienced sailors as the winds were ferocious! Of course as soon as the sailors headed out for the first race, the wind evaporated. All the races thereafter were sailed in winds ranging from 0 to 8 knots, varying up to 180 degrees in a single race. Shifty, streaky, and at times very wet pretty well describes Lake Whatcom sailing on Saturday.

Friday Harbor did well though, finishing 8th and 15th in the 19 boat fleet. Per continued his strong showing from the first regatta, finishing 5th in his division. Conrad, Rachel, Alanna and Echo all had good races as well. Our cast of crew members, Olin, Uma, Melanie, Rowan, April, Robby and Diego made themselves at times heavy and at other times small, always trimmed the jibs to perfection, kept the bilges dry and their skippers out of trouble - mostly.

It was a fun regatta to watch as there was continuous movement in the fleet. No one’s position was guaranteed at any time. To keep from being passed, the teams couldn’t let their guard down for a second.

The Bellingham regatta was a qualifier for the next regatta in Seattle. Friday Harbor 1 team qualified for the Gold fleet and Friday Harbor 2 will be sailing in the Silver fleet. This will be another exciting regatta with over 30 boats racing in each fleet.

Let’s go sailing!
Todd
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2 months ago

Great photos of one of last week's practices taken by Max's dad Eric Kessler. Thanks Eric! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Great day of sailing with the Orcas team in their new boats.
Per, Conrad and Olin got some FJ time. Sun, wind and burkers (burgers made by Burke), who could ask for more.
Thank you Orcas Sailing team for the opportunity to sail with you all, hope to do it again soon!
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3 months ago

This was the first full week of sailing team practice. Looking forward to a great season! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

STFYC seems to have more than enough boats for it's jr program...maybe we should see if they want to sell some FJ's? Won't show you the herd of crash boats; it gets a little depressing ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

It is that time of the year....sailing season!!! Reminder: Registration tomorrow night (Tuesday, Feb. 3rd) 6pm at the Yacht Club. Sailors please bring a parent as we will be completing registration forms. Looking forward to seeing you there!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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