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Northwest readies for Race Week 2.0

Published on December 9th, 2019

The move of Whidbey Island Race Week to its new home and name of Point Roberts Race Week has released the Notice of Race for the inaugural 2020 event to be held July 13-17 in Point Roberts, WA, USA.

The regatta is open to keelboats and multihulls 19’+ racing PHRF, ORC, or in a (NFS) Cruising Class. The 2020 event will offer two big boat race circles, but will not include a dinghy race product.

John Abel (Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Victoria, BC Canada) will be at the helm as Principle Race Officer (PRO) and he will be joined by Race Officer (RO) Paul Evenden (Vancouver, BC Canada), and Chief Judge (CJ) Jared Hickman (Seattle, WA).

As a bonus, the Corsair fleet will conduct their 2020 National Championships at the event on July 15-17. Corsairs will have the option to register for just the 3-day National Championship event at Race Week, or they can participate in the full 5-day event.

Corsair Nationals is open to all multihull sailboats holding a valid One-design, Class, or PHRF rating. Boats expected to participate are Corsair Pulse, 750/760, 28, 31/970, Farrier, Stilletto, Formula, and a variety of other multihulls.

Any group of five or more boats shall race as a separate one design class in addition to being eligible for overall awards. A multihull cruising class will also be assembled, upon demand, to host catamarans and unclassified multihulls.

Based on previous National Championships, the Corsairs estimate that there will be 30-45 boats participating in the Corsair Nationals at Point Roberts Race Week.

The Corsair Nationals at Point Roberts Race Week marks the 26th anniversary of the very first Corsair Marine Nationals, which were first held in Pensacola in 1994.

“Our goal is to make this an event that caters equally to both racers and recreational sailors by upping the fun factor and adding educational and informational sessions, while still providing a rigorous racing schedule for hardcore racers,” reports Scott Wallingford, Commodore of Northwest Multihull Association.

Click here for Point Roberts Race Week registration which opens on January 1, 2020.

Notice of Race

After 37 years in Oak Harbor, Washington, it was announced in March 2019 that the event would change venues to Point Roberts, Washington where the event had the capacity to grow. Whidbey Island Race Week has since been rebranded as Point Roberts Race Week and will offer a 5-day big boat race experience. The Point Roberts Marina offers a full-service deep water marina that can accommodate boats up to 52’ LOA. The mission is to grow the sport of sailboat racing in the region by providing the most qualified race management team in a venue that can offer compelling buoy and distance racing possibilities.

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