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henryr 06-08-2015 10:01 PM

Whidbey Island 2015
Occam's is going again! Who else is in form Vancouver?

henryr 06-08-2015 10:01 PM

Registrations Are Pouring In!

The countdown begins and WIRW is just around the corner. Currently, there are (9) J105s, (8) Melges 24s, (31) PHRF, and between these boats, and (5) Portsmouth, Kona sailboards and a few F18s, WIRW is shaping up to be another great year. Registration is at

The Race Week Newspaper Is Back

Sisters Liza Tewell and Vicky MacFeidh are bringing back a longtime Race Week tradition with the daily newspaper to provide a recap of the major stories each day. This tangible souvenir, which has been missed by many these past few years, also gives racers something to take home to share with friends, family and coworkers who are interested to know what summer vacation is like at Race Week. The papers will be available for pick up at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club every morning.

Deception Pass Road Work - Plan Ahead

The Washington State Department of Transportation will be repaving sections of Hwy 20 including the Deception Pass bridge that will affect transportation to/from Whidbey Island during Race Week. Unfortunately, the actual dates will not be announced until 10 days in advance but it is due to start sometime in mid July. So please plan ahead and alert your crew who plan to travel at night for the Deception Pass bridge will be closed for 5 consecutive nights from 7:30 pm to 5:30 am and the only access to/from Whidbey Island during this closure will be the Mukilteo /Clinton ferry on the south side of the island. For updates, visit: For the summer ferry schedule, visit:

Fisheries Supply Offers Club Pricing to WIRW

Open an account at Fisheries Supply and receive special club pricing on marine supplies. Visit and use the code, WIRW2015 to check availability and place an order for what you need. Fisheries will also deliver pre-ordered, in-stock items on the following afternoons during Race Week: Sunday, July 19, Monday, July 20 & Wednesday, July 22.

Ullman Sails At Your Service

To prepare for the racing season, Ullman Sails has you covered. Check out the link below for excellent advice on creating a racing schedule. Also, Ullman will be offering sail repair services at WIRW should you need this. Drop off and pick up will happen at the WIRW registration area at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club and Marina each day.

Event Schedule

Superior race management. Morning Talk Chalks over breakfast at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. Dinghy & big boat racing in Penn Cove. 6 nights of live music. Crabcake cook off. Fun crew contests. Expanded food and beverage choices. The return of Reggae Night and outdoor movie nights and more! Check out the WIRW Event Schedule at

New WIRW Kids Camp

If you're looking for something fun for your kids to do while you're racing all day, check out the new WIRW Kids Camp. Your kids will love WIRW Kids Camp Director, Tricia Lepse (a 25 year elementary school veteran of the Seattle and Mukilteo school districts), the fun activities that are planned, the field trips each day, and learning to sail. Check out the complete Kids Camp schedule and meet the Kids Camp staff at WIRW Kids Camp is supported in part by Oak Harbor Youth Sailing, the Kitsap Rowing and Sailing Foundation and by the financial support of Brenda Van Fossen, M.D.

Current Sponsors of WIRW in 2015

Whidbey Island Race Week is made possible by the following Event Partners and Sponsors. Please give them your support!

Event Host
Oak Harbor Yacht Club
Overall Award Event Partner
Tesla Motors
Presenting Sponsors
Fisheries Supply
CSR Marine
Title Sponsor of Whidbey Island Race Week Kids Zone
Brenda VanFossen, MD
Official Hotel of Whidbey Island Race Week
Best Western Plus in Oak Harbor
Official Supplier of Whidbey Island Race Week Merchandise
Prism Graphics
Supporting Sponsors
Helly Hansen
Ullman Sails
Sea Bags

Current Event Partners of WIRW in 2015

City of Oak Harbor
Oak Harbor Marina
Oak Harbor Yacht Club
Oak Harbor Youth Sailing Program
Kitsap Sailing & Rowing Foundation
City of Coupeville
Sunset Kennels in Oak Harbor
Toppins Frozen Yogurt
Flyers Brewery

Need Doggy (or Kitty) Daycare at WIRW?

Sunset Kennels in Oak Harbor has been named the Official Doggy (or Kitty) Daycare provider for Whidbey Island Race Week. Racers travelling to WIRW with their four legged friends and family members will enjoy racing knowing their pets are getting exercise and being groomed. Pick-up and drop-off service at the Oak Harbor Marina will be available each day, and overnight care will also be available. Reservations for this service can be made by contacting Ben Biggers or Cathy Hanshaw, co-owners at Sunset Kennels at (360) 675-7288.


Contact Best Western Plus in Oak Harbor, the Official Hotel of Whidbey Island Race Week at (800) 927-5478. Best Western Plus is just a 5 minute drive from the Oak Harbor Marina and includes the following amenities:
Pets Allowed
Complimentary Breakfast
Hot Tub
High Speed Internet
Fitness Center


WIRW is still working very hard to secure the Navy base for camping. As you might imagine, however, times have changed and we're all confronted with more stringent post 9-11 requirements. It's a priority for us to secure a safe camping area and as information becomes available, we'll post updates on the website at You can also visit the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce website to find ideas at

Don't miss out!
Space is limited to 150 boats so register today!

henryr 06-08-2015 10:04 PM

And... Camping is now confirmed!

Racers, camping has been confirmed at the Navy base again for this year. The Navy is requiring, however, that all who camp on base property fill out a simple Hold Harmless form (stating that you won't sue if you hurt yourself on Navy property) and this form just asks for your signature and date. So, here's the official WIRW camping plan: the base is available to us July 17-25. All those who wish to camp can reserve a space by sending an e-mail with the dates you're requesting, whether you'll be in a tent or RV, and the best phone number to reach you. When you arrive at WIRW, please check in at registration to fill out your Hold Harmless form and receive a WIRW Camper's Pass for the Navy base. The costs to provide camping on the Navy base (permit, water, trash, portable restrooms, handwashing stations) is approx $3000. So we'll be asking campers to pitch in what they can to help us offset these costs so we can continue to coordinate a convenient camping arrangement for everyone. Any $ collected beyond the expenses will be donated to Oak Harbor Youth Sailing. Navy base camping reservations: Please help us spread the word by sharing this post. See you at WIRW!

henryr 06-30-2015 12:17 PM

Early registration ends today!

Have you got your costume picked out for the Tuesday night screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show?

henryr 07-11-2015 12:08 PM

OR is looking for a couple of bodies to help with our delivery home for both OR and the support boat.

If there are any Vancouver sailors who are interested in joining us for a 2 day "cruise" back here after race week, please PM me.


henryr 07-20-2015 11:31 PM

10 to 20 knots for the first day. Started in a southerly under cloudy skies. Ended with a westerly under sunny skies. Number 3 weather for most of the day.

2 and a half minutes corrected between first and last in race one for Div 1 over a 90 minute race.

Good drinks and the traditional Penn Cove mussels for dinner.

It doesn't get any better than that.

henryr 07-27-2015 01:40 PM

Another amazing WIRW is in the books.

12 races over 5 days. Only one or two races sailed in winds less than 10 knots.

Only needed foulie pants for part of Monday and Friday. Never needed foulie jacket.

Extremely tight racing in Div 1, with less than 5 minutes separation between first and last corrected for most races.

We had fun playing with the Farr 39ML Absolutely (formerly Voodoo Child), along with two 1D35's, the Davidson 40, and a Melges 32. It would be great if Jack Rabbit and Raven would come down next year to add a couple of more fast 40's.

Full report and pictures soon to follow.

Wraith 07-27-2015 02:41 PM

Next year might work for us. Also thinking of Oregon Offshore.

henryr 07-27-2015 02:45 PM

The dates next year have been selected to coincide with the best tides, so getting in and out of the marina isn't a problem. We had no issues this year.

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