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Larson, on Bruzer, took fourth. The rest of the top overall sailors were familiar faces and usual suspects. Glory maintained a first in the ORC fleet, and Dragonfly in the multihulls.
I asked Darrin Towe to give a report of his first RTC, in which he won overall:
Top: It’s gettin’ wild Around the County! Michael Picco’s J/120 “Wild Blue”and Rudolf Heessels’ Beneteau 36.7
“Wild Child,” crossing tacks.
Center: Ben Braden’s Moore 24, “More Uff Da,” takes 2nd in Division 5.
Speaking of first time RTC racers, this was my son Dylan’s first time. He has never had any interest in joining me and my little boat, but when invited to sail on a Santa Cruz 70, full of fun Canadians, it sounded
like fun! I asked, was it fun? Did you stay warm and dry? Yes, it was fun! No, he was neither warm nor dry. But the part that I loved the most is that, even as I am mellowing in Roche Harbor, he was hanging out with the
young crowd and much mayhem ensued. I was asleep before the real shenanigans even started.
The torch has been passed! The kids are still playing tricks on each other! It’s nice to know that the antics of Round the County are still going strong. It’s not just about the race, my friends.
Thank you to Charley Rathkopf and crew, and to the wonderful people of the Orcas Island Yacht Club. See you again next year!
by Stephanie Schwenk photos by Jan Anderson results on page 47
“What a wonderful event. I’m a little embarrassed to say this is the first time that I’ve ever sailed this race. I know that it has the reputation of being one the most difficult, most satisfying events to do well in. We’ve had a fantastic year on the “Wicked Wahine,” so I decided to enter the race. I had no idea how much the logistics, planning, and coordination would be required to pull this event off. As crazy as it sounds, it reminds me of some of the regattas that I sailed in Europe on the Transpac 52. I had to count on friends that have done this event many times. It seemed as if every minute
for a 72 hour time period was accounted for. With planning
our race strategy, boat prep,
boat delivery, booking hotels,
food prep, transportation,
and social events. However,
it was all part of the fun
in the end. The format is a
great one, although I can’t remember the last time I got
on and off my boat in the dark.
Like Race to the Straits, you
have to do your homework
and have a plan. However
it is inevitable that you’ll
be working on Plan B before
you know it! As I look at
the results, I know that our
team kept the pedal down at
all times. Managing the position of the boat based on current was essential. Step out of line and you will pay dearly. Given the forecast, the last thing I needed was the boat to break! If you’re thinking about doing the race, boat maintenance should be a top priority. Keeping a positive attitude is also crucial. You will fall behind in this race, however there will always be the opportunity to get back in the game. I’m looking forward to 2018 already.”
Darrin Towe,”Wicked Wahine”
Below: Day 2, south of Roche Harbor. December 2017

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