Archive--Shipyard Raid 2005
Archive for Shipyard Raid 2005 news; includes Raid 2006 news up to September 1, 2006.
The Shipyard Raid is an annual 7 day sailing
and rowing race for traditional small boats. From September 1st through 7th, 2006 the Raid will race again from the Silva Bay Shipyard School on Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada
to the Wooden Boat Festival
at Port Townsend, Washington, USA.
The course of 145 km is through the Gulf Islands, the San Juan Islands, and across
the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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Shipyard Raid 2005
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September 2-8:The first Shipyard Raid ended in Port Townsend after a week of hard racing in challenging conditions by a fleet of nine small boats in 11 legs over a 89 nm course.
Results were surprisingly close for a very disparate fleet; the 20' open sailing/rowing cruiser Ratty won first overall with a string of middle of the pack finishes capped by first to finish on the longest and most trying leg across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Second place goes to Merry Sea, a radically light 24' plywood Wherry from Wayland Marine. Third place (with a solid first in Team Spirit) goes to Bear, the 26' Wooden Boat Foundation longboat crewed by Sea Scouts and leaders from Port Townsend. And in fourth place was the smallest boat, a 15' Swampscott Dory sailed and rowed by lone crewman Gary Powell.
While all particpants claimed that completing the adventure rather than winning the race was the aim, there was much debate and discussion concerning the best boat for next year's Raid. The conclusion of many was not to bring a sailboat to what was, at least this year, mainly a rowing race. The ability to row at good speed for long distances was key given this year's conditions.
For me, it was a privilege to get to know each of the participants, to get to know something about their boats and how they perform in various conditions, and to work with the folks who helped all along the way, without whom the Raid would not have happened. A special thanks to our cook Naomi Melnyk, to Maureen and Wayne Loiselle on mothership Grail Dancer, and to Nicholas Rushton aboard escort Tatiana.
September 14, 2005
news about the Raid is here
2006 Race Dates: Sept. 1-7
Mini-raid, July 22-23rd:
From French Creek on Vancouver Island, around Lasqueti Island. The course is approximately 30 miles in total, and we will overnight at Jedediah Island. Details are in the blog.
The 2006 Shipyard School Raid entry list is now officially closed, with a total of ten boats. Entry #8 is the 20'6" Dovekie Firefly from Jackson Hole Wyoming. Photo to follow. Entry #9 is a 19' North Shore Surf Dory under construction in Port Townsend by Raider Kees Prins. And #10 is a 16' Wayfarer from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Welcome, everyone!
Sea Scouts and Bear--#7 Bear, 26' traditional longboat from the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Foundation.
Newest Entry--#6 Mother Merry, 18' with a balanced lug rig, just launched by Raider Ron Mueller of Wayland Marine. Photos to follow. Welcome back, Dale and Ron.
Our latest entries for Raid 2006--#3 Conjure, just launched by Raider Dan Pence, and #4 Mower Dory, from Raiders Richard and Quill of Barefoot Wooden Boats. Welcome back, Raiders.
Also just launched, Entry #5 Tern. Designed for a rowing and sailing expedition this summer to Alaska and back, Tern will join the Raid on her last leg home. Welcome, Ben.
Our second entry for Raid 2006--Yuko, a 15' Navigator. Welcome, Barrett and Josh!
Tad has a new blog entry and there is a new category for the Links page, Traditional Boats Plans Libraries, with links to 4 collections; at Mystic, at the British National Maritme Museum, and 2 in Sweden.
During the Raid, this Web site will feature daily updates, there will be a status board in Port Townsend, and a dedicated Raid cove in the PT Festival. Interest is building, with questions on entry coming in daily. There is some possibility of at least 4 longboats racing in '06.
The 68' wooden schooner, Martha will join Shipyard School Raid '06 as a Mothership. Berths are available; contact her skipper, Mary Beth Armstrong at www.schoonermartha.org.
The Raid site has been updated again, and a new gallery with Rusty's wonderful photos IS on the way!
The Raid site has been updated, including our 2006 fees and deposits. And, a blog has been added to the site.
Dan Pence of Wing Ding fame is building a new Raid boat. We don't yet know the length but she is based on a traditional design and is of very light but traditional construction. Wing Ding is now for sale.
Entry enquires for the 2006 Shipyard Raid are starting to come in. Jamie Orr has said he'll "probably be back" in Wayward Lass.
Raider Gary Powell has written an article about the Raid for TSCA; look for it in the Winter 2005 issue of Ash Breeze. And, Dale's and Jamie's photos are up in the Gallery.
Yesterday's Whatcom Independent has an article on the Raid by Raider Dale McKinnon. You can download the PDF from their site.
The Web site has been revised and there is an 11 page Gallery and a RSS feed to Subscribe to, to keep updated about the Raid. Coming soon: more galleries and a blog.
The 2005 Shipyard Raid entry list is now officially closed, with a total of ten boats. Welcome, everyone!
With one month left to register, the Raid has eight official entries. The Entries page has been updated, with photos and comments about each boat.
The Raid has another DeFever mothership, the 50' MV Killick; homeport, Gabriola Island. The 40' wooden ketch Kindly Light also joins the Raid's motherships, skippered by SBSS alumni Alisa DenDuyf.
On April 9, the Boat Launch Festival at Silva Bay, Gabriola Island celebrates the launchings of the boats built by the students at the Silva Bay Shipyard School. Tad will be on hand to answer questions about the Raid and sign on entries.
This Weekend: The Raid and Silva Bay Shipyard School are exhibitors at the Vancouver Boat Show, BC Place. Tad will be at the SBSS booth Sat. and Sun., Feb. 12-13 with Raid information and registration forms.
For charter for the Raid or for sale, a Drascombe Dabber that took part in the Great Glen Raid.
A new skipper has signed on, who has participated in two Great Glen Raids. Boat and crew to be announced.
The route page is up; look for notices about the Raid in upcoming issues of Water Craft (UK) and Wooden Boat (USA) magazines.
Mark Reuten of Nomad Boatbuilding, Vancouver, BC, Canada has signed on: Boat and crew to be announced
A new entry, Jamie Orr's Wayward Lass.
Jamie's small boat rendezvous is on Sucia Island in the San Juans.