The 37th annual Sloop Tavern Yacht Club Blakely Rock Benefit Regatta was held on April 1, 2017 and was a great success with over 100 boats participating. The event raises money for the benefit of The Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps develop and support sailing programs and organizations. The benefit regatta raised funds through raffle tickets, auction items, cash donations, race entry fees, and breakfast tickets with 100% of the proceeds going directly to The Sailing Foundation.
The conditions for skippers and crews of the race were chaotic to say the least with winds simultaneously from the north and south, a patchwork of breezy and dead spots with no rhyme or reason, contrarian currents across the course, and alternating sun and overcast. Perhaps that’s what spring sailing in the Pacific Northwest is all about?