Raid Notes 2006
August 13th, 2006
What I currently know about of the boats that will be racing:
- 1) Ratty – Cameron Eckert and Family
- 2) Yuko – Barrett Fanuef
- 3) Conjure – Dan Pence
- 4) Mower Dory – Richard Lyons, Quill Goldman
- 5) Tern – Ben Brouwer and friends
- 6) Mother Merry – Ron Mueller
- 7) Bear – Falcon Sea Scouts
- 8) Firefly – Bill and Mary Neal
- 9) Sparrow – Laingdon Schmitt, Kees Prins
- 1) Island Eagle – Scott Welch and Family
- 2) Martha – Skipper Mary Beth Armstrong and crew
- 3) Amber Moon – Jeff and Heather Hilberry
- 4) Tatiana – Rusty
- 5) Folkboat – Adrian and Katy
- 6) Charter boat – Ted Pounder
Things to bring
Bring documents for boat and all crew members to cross international borders. Last year the US customs people in Roche Harbour were great, and they got everyone cleared in good time with no hassle. This year may be different, the Monday (US Labour Day Holiday) is a very busy time for Customs, and so we have to work with it.
VHF Radio–bring a charger for your handheld, or bring two radios. There’s a fair amount of radio traffic between the chatty Raiders, so radio use can be substantial. Working channel for the Raid will be 72, you also need 16, Victoria traffic is on Channel 11, Vancouver traffic on 12, and Seattle traffic on 14 or 5A.
Each Raider is responsible for bringing their own eating utensils and dishes; washing water, etc, will be provided after each meal. More things to remember; sunglasses, sunscreen, hats for everyone, mosquito repellant, small first aid kit, small boat repair kit, sail repair kit, PDFs for all, powerbars and gatoraid emergency rations. Bring waterbottles/jugs, which you can refill on one of the motherships.
The overall course is almost identical to that of last year. Racing is intended to be serious but good natured. Don’t hit anyone! Skippers are responsible for their boats at all times. Skippers are expected to take direction from the race director. There will be a Skippers meeting each morning between breakfast and start time. Each day’s racing will be outlined at that time.
Racing will be boat-for-boat; there will be only one class. Each leg will be rowing only, sailing only, or both. Scoring of each leg and the overall points will be as 2005. Points equal to your finish position will be awarded for each leg. Lowest points overall is the winner.
DNF(Did Not Finish) = 1 + Total Competitors
DNS(Did Not Start) = 2 + Total Competitors
DSQ(Disqualified) = 3 + Total Competitors
If you foul another competitor at any time during racing, it is expected you will take an immediate penalty of two 360 degree turns.
I expect all boats to arrive in Silva Bay ready for inspection on August 31st. For those needing a launch ramp, there is a tidal ramp on Gabriola at Degnen Bay; there is also a very good ramp in Nanaimo. If you need a travellift, (thinking of Bear) Newcastle Marina at 866-883-2628 in Nanaimo would be the best bet. Camping and cabins are available at Pages Marina in Silva Bay. There will be a get together and dinner (at reasonable cost) on the deck at the Silva Bay Marina the evening of the 31st.
For those needing to come back to Silva Bay after the Raid, please let me know your needs and I will try to make some connections, or at least group you together. As everyone’s needs are different and changing, organization of this is difficult. But a number of boats and cars are returning north and you will find a ride if you’re willing to be flexible.
Final reminder–all forms and moneys are due August 15th.
My best to everyone, Tad.