Sailors beat paddlers in WA360

Published on June 10th, 2021

Port Townsend, WA (June 10, 2021) – It was rally day for sailors in the WA360 which got past the paddlers to capture the top positions for the 360 nm course. With breeze finally filling their sails, the winner at 12:59 pm PT today was the Olson 30 High Sea Drifters sailed by Shad Lemke, Mark Bostrom, Scott Wood, and Jefferson Franklin from Wilsall, MT. Finishing seven minutes later was the Merit 28 Fressure followed by the Corsair F27 Lake Pend Oreille Yacht Club in third.

The WA360 is 360 nm of Washington race course which would melt the most scholarly race officer. No windward-leewards, no perfect start line, no robot marks to shift. This is the kind of sandlot sailing that teaches you more about more, not less about less.

Starting June 7, the entrants signed up for either the speedy Go Fast class, the cruisey Go Hard class, or the Human Power class. Otherwise, the only caveats is to do it without planned support or an engine, and within two weeks.

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