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PSSC Winners: South Course Fleets and North Course Convergence Zone

by Kurt Hoehne

One of the great things about Corinthian Yacht Club’s two-weekend PSSC regatta in Seattle is that there’s almost always wind. Almost. On October 4-5, the small boat PSSC saw just one day of racing, and this past weekend’s big boat version saw limited racing for the five south course classes and only two of the five classes on the north course completing a single race. By all accounts the PROs for the event worked very hard to get as much racing in as possible, but Seattle’s notorious convergence zone ruled the weekend.

Click on any of Jan Anderson’s photos to enlarge, and be sure to check out the rest here.

The Melges 24 Rogue making the best use of Shildshole Bay winds.
P3 boats crossing in an abandoned race.
Flash crossing ahead of Neptune's Car.
Six Santa Cruz 27s turned up for the event!
Voodoo Child up close.
A Melges 30 fleet start.
The J/105 were starting, but the convergence zone made finishing impossible.

On the south course it was Herb Cole’s Judo Chop winning the Melges 24 class, with Crazy Ivan, Here and Now, Grauer Geist and Giant Slayer winning the other four classes. South course results here.

Classes P0 and P1 each completed a light air race on Saturday, with the powerful TP 52 Glory taking the IRC class and the Melges 32 Ballistic leading the way in P1. The remaining three classes were left out, but not for lack of trying on the part of PRO Charley Rathkopf. Patricia skipper Chris Tutmark reported that on Saturday two races were started for P2, with the first one abandoned and with time running out on the second one. “On Sunday, things never settled enough to get a squence underway. The north fleet started voting with their feet before the RC officially abandoned,” he said. North course results here.

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