Cruising Shot of the Week

Racing our house (sail #37) on Puget Sound.

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Race Your House

In last weekend’s Race Your House Regatta, there was no need for fast performance boats, high tech sails or pro crew. You were more likely to see full-keeled cruisers with dinghies swinging from their davits, as the one requirement for this race was full-time liveaboard status. Not only did that component make for a laid-back atmosphere on the race course, but it produced one heck of a party scene on Friday and Saturday nights.

Hosted by the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club in Seattle, the second annual Race Your House Regatta was a great way for regular ole’ cruisers to get out for some spirited action around the buoys. Our crew (pictured above, sail #37) consisted of a couple sailing newbies, a two-year-old, two pregnant ladies, and me on the helm duking it out with 44 other boats…and we took third in our division!

A lot of cruisers are understandably gun shy about racing, so finding an atmosphere that is more about camaraderie than competition is a great way for cruisers to get out and build sailing skills in a fun racing environment.

Cheers to the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club for hosting an excellent regatta. See you next year!

Enjoy this week’s Cruising Compass.

Andrew Cross

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