Hood River One Design

Hood River 1D Regatta. Primary focus for 2024 will be J/70's, but other classes of 5 or more boats may be given a start.

SARC 2024 is LIVE!

Highly anticipated each year, our Seattle Area Racing Calendar (SARC) comes out with the January issue of 48° North and is released online at the same time. We know you've been waiting... and today's the day for SARC 2024!

Great news, Pacific Northwest sailboat racers, 2024 SARC is here! Check out the SARC in print (distribution of the January issue and printed SARC begins this afternoon), or here at 48north.com/sarc. On the digital SARC page here at 48north.com, you can view the information either as the the magazine viewer (PDF recreation) or in the running events calendar widget further down the page.

We say it each year, but we are humbled and incredibly grateful for the partnership of the hundreds of people who help us make the SARC possible each year. The first group are the race organizers and yacht club employees or volunteers around the region — they work with us throughout the fall and holiday season to lock their dates in and help us make sure we've got them correct. The second, of course, is our presenting sponsor, PTR Rigging and Spars, and all of our advertisers in the SARC — they all support the racing community, so please support them in 2024!

Without further adieu, please go check out the 2024 SARC and start making plans for a great year of boat racing!

Title background photo, and all SARC photos are courtesy of the amazing Jan Anderson.

The 2023 Seattle Area Racing Calendar is Live!

48° North is once again proud to bring you our annual racing calendar — SARC — which highlights sailboat racing events throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The 2023 racing calendar features 325 events hosted by more than 75 different clubs and organizations around Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The calendar includes everything from distance racing classics like Swiftsure, Southern Straits, Van Isle 360, and the PNW Offshore to a plethora of buoy races, regattas, and series on all sizes and types of boats that bring out the best balance of fun, competition, and camaraderie with your sailing pals.

Our heartfelt thanks, as always, goes out to the scores of committed folks who help us create this document, and to the advertisers who make this whole thing possible — they all support the racing community, please support them in the coming year! Extra thanks to the amazing photographer Jan Anderson, whose images bring this document to life and chronicle so much of the sailing and sailors on the Salish Sea.

We strive for this information to be as accurate as possible, but it’s still a good idea to keep up with updates on the SARC page throughout the year, in monthly issues of 48° North, and with the various events or race organizers.

Now, let's go sailing. Check out the 2023 SARC!

Seattle Area Racing Calendar Updates - October

The Fun Part

There has been racing in 2020, and it has delivered thrills, adventure, and socially-distanced community that everyone has been so dearly missing. Crews are honing their skills at racing shorthanded, and genuinely enjoying the challenge. October is always one of the busiest and most exciting months of racing, and it looks like even in the bizarro-world of 2020, that will still be the case!

The Disclaimer

I think we all might have thought that the prospect of holding sailboat races would have looked a little more certain heading into October that it does. We are publishing the following with the best information we presently have at this moment, and with the open acknowledgment that all of this is subject to change in the coming days. We are including in this only SARC events that tend to draw racers from outside of an individual sailing community. Be sure to keep close tabs on your local club’s schedules. If you don’t see a local race here, it does not mean it’s not happening!

October 3: 40th Annual Foulweather Bluff Race

Hosting Club: CYC Edmonds, www.cycedmonds.org
Crews of 5 or fewer, with a provision allowing crewsize of 6-12 if a plan to meet or exceed the Governor’s Phase 2 Guidelines for Outdoor Activities is submitted and approved. Moorage in Edmonds limited to 30 boats. No activities ashore. Race committee will fly no prep flags—only using the class flags and horn, while using GPS time for the starts.

October 10-11: Puget Sound Sailing Championship

Hosting Club: CYC Seattle, www.cycseattle.org
Details: These dates will combine the “Small Boat” regatta originally scheduled for October 3-4 with the “Big Boat” event that was always to be held on these dates. CYC will run multiple committee boats and courses, with dinghies and small boats off Shilshole Bay Marina and larger boats north of there. CYC’s crew restrictions presently allow for 3 crew on boats under 30 feet, 4 crew on boats under 40 feet, and 5 crew on boats over 40 feet. However, CYC Race Fleet Captain, Matthew Wood, says, “Things are evolving, so please refer to the club website in the days leading up to the event for final crew limit policies.” As with any CYC event, there is likely to be a strong showing of one design fleets (both dinghy and keelboat) and a number of other combined fleets racing under a handicap. Racing dynamics will depend on participants and conditions, but the PROs are encouraged to be creative and responsive in race and course set-up. Juniors are encouraged (and receive a special discount). No shoreside activities will be held.

October 17: STYC Fall Regatta

Hosting Club: Sloop Tavern Yacht Club, www.styc.org
Details: Tied with Women at the Helm as STYC’s “raciest race” with three races planned in one day of racing. Will utilized fixed marks. Five person crew limit with masks and contact tracing required.

October 23-25: Grand Prix Invitational Regatta

Hosting Club: Seattle Yacht Club, www.seattleyachtclub.org
Details: Typically an event that requires qualification, all boats that meet eligibility requirements are invited, across ORC and PHRF-NW fleets, as well as one design keelboats of at least 24 feet with at least five boats. Limited to first 80 boats to register. The Notice of Race stipulates that crew size and composition should comply with applicable governmental regulations regarding group size and households, but also indicates that “Crew size or composition will not be grounds for protest.” There will be no club-organized social events or trophy presentations after racing. We’ll all miss the famous Grand Prix Dinner.

October 31: STYC Race Your House

Hosting Club: Sloop Tavern Yacht Club, www.styc.org
Details: Run in partnership with Shilshole Liveaboard Association. Boats must be used by the owner as the principal place of residence. Racing will utilized fixed marks. Five person crew limit with masks and contact tracing required.

November 7-8: CANCELED Round the County

Hosting Club: Orcas Island Yacht Club/Friday Harbor Sailing
Details: After initial optimism, the organizing clubs have made the tough decision to cancel RTC to Covid-19.

Title background image courtesy of the amazing Jan Anderson.