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of Vashon Island, for a total distance of 30.7 nautical miles. The TYC race committee started


the race a few hundred yards east of Tacoma Yacht Club, off the deck of Peter Stanley’s boat, Orion. This kept the fleet out of the way of ferry traffic, while they prepared for their start. There was plenty of wind at the start of the race that kept most boats sailing under number #3’s and full main, although, a few boats even shortened their sails further by putting a reef in the main. Of the 90 boats registered, only four where scored as not starting. The cruising class got started first at 0835 followed by the rest of the fleet at 0905. The fleet started by sailing east though the starting line with their sails


Top: Dan Wierman's J-35


“Great White” and Dave Peredew's Perry 42 “Irish Rose” pound through the waves.


Center: “PAX The Space Spider” two-thirds of the way up Colvos Pass and getting a wash down.


Bottom: Reinhard Freywald's Farr 1020 “Kiwi Express” takes second in Division G.


Photos by Jan Anderson.


slightly cracked off. Each start consisted of two different classes, except for the multihull class who had their own start. Shortly after starting, the boats cranked in the sails onto a hard beat heading toward the Gig Harbor side of Colvos Passage. As the fleet moved into the waters beyond the end of Vashon Island, the wind picked up, with an occasional gust that knocked a few boats over. As the fleet beat up the west side of


Vashon Island, a number of boats started withdrawing from the race for various reasons. One boat, Tantrum II, a Shock 35 skippered by Robert Hennessy, broke her mast near Point Richmond.


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