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Shaw Island Winter Classic
The Orcas Hotel once again did a filled in from the south only to be left DivOA Boat Type Skipper
bang up job with the use of the 12 gauge abandoned in the adverse current for a Class A
canon to launch the start of the 10th ride to Turn Rock. 1 1 Crazy Ivan J-80 Chris White
Winter Shaw Classic. Unlike previous San Juan Channel filled in at 12-14 2 2 Salt Heart SC 27 Jeff Rodenbeger
years no commercial traffic was present knots with 2.5 on the nose. Good ride 3 3 Icon Perry 66 Kevin Welch
to share the water. and a lot of positioning for clear air and 4 4 Time Bandit J-120 Barb Brunius
Ghost Rider won the start just over flat out speed. 5 5 Shock SC27 Alan Taylor
Time Bandit who was calling it off the The entrance of Wasp Passage 6 6 Wild Rumpus SC 27 The Schwenkes
laptop! Crazy Ivan and Wild Rumpus played no favorites and the wind shifts 7 7 Black Foot HF27 Mick Corcoran
charged the line with the rest of the required one leg straight to McConnel 8 9 Tir Na Nog Tarten 37 Bill Fraser
fleet as well. Island and few tacks into the channel. 9 10 Ol' Yeller SC 27 Bart Maupin
Harney Channel took its prisoners With 3.00 under Crazy 9.0 over the 10 11 Ghost rider Soling Ian Wareham
with Time Bandit's good start eroding ground past Crane Island and into Bell 12 12 Jah Mon Cat 42 Eric Sorensen
back into the fleet. Icon failed to escape Island with the finish in sight. 13 20 Etchells Ecthells Patrick Pilsbury
as early as she hoped, but first in, often The finish from the perch of the Hotel Class B
first out of the hole. Balcony to a flag pole on Shaw was plenty 1 8 Mystic Ranger 29 Paul Taylor
Running down Upright Channel in 8 long but with the eagle eyes of the RC 2 13 Black Pearl Bucc 29.5 F. Ledgerwood
knots with kites launching one after the accurate finishes were collected. 3 14 Mistral SJ23 Phil Benedict
other. There were no significant position What a day... sunny, breezy and a 4 15 Surprise SJ24 Sally Hawkins
changes until the current wall in San bunch of persistant PHRF’rs on a three 4 16 Marina CT 41 Fred Hoeppner
Juan Channel, where the back eddies day weekend. 5 17 C'est La Vie Laurin 32 Ed Hale
and zephyrs, began to pick favorites Thanks to Bellingham, Friday 6 18 Liberty N 28 Howard Lewis
like Salt Heart, Crazy Ivan, Time Bandit, Harbor and Anacortes in joining Orcas 7 19 levi Cal 20 Dennis Pratt
Shock and Icon. for the competition!
Some tacticians attempted the — by Chris White,
crossing to Reid Rock while the breeze “Crazy Ivan”
48° No r t h , Ma r c h 2009 Pa g e 59
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