Wooden Boat Race! Deer Harbor Marina, Orcas Island

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Now’s the time to show off all that varnishing work! Join the Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands for the Fourth Annual Yellow Island Wooden Boat Race, to be held Saturday, May 16, 2015, with a start in Deer Harbor on Orcas Island.

All wooden sailboats are welcome (boats built of other materials are also welcome but will receive no prizes). The starting line will be south of the Deer Harbor Marina. The marks of the course will consist of various islands and rocks in the area, as well as a race buoy located near the marina.

The race entry fee of $15 per boat (and signed liability waiver) will be collected at the skipper’s meeting, held at 9 am at the Deer Harbor Marina. The entry fee includes one continental breakfast; additional breakfasts are available for crew and spectators at $8, provided by the Wooden Boat Society. The race will start in the late morning, and will have a four-hour time limit. Those without a current PHRF rating will have a temporary rating assigned to them by race organizers. Non-racers are welcome to relax and socialize at the marina. We will try to stage one end of the finish line at the outside float of the marina.

Colorful burgees for first, second, and third place finishers will be awarded at a potluck/awards ceremony at the marina the evening after the race. Participant burgees will be available for sale, with proceeds to benefit the San Juan Islands Wooden Boat Society, which seeks to coordinate wooden boat activities in the islands.

Happy sailing!

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