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The 45th Annual Pacific NW Offshore
Yacht Race 
Scheduled to start Thursday, June 10, 2021

 This 193-mile race begins off the mouth of the Columbia River and finishes in the bay at Port Angeles, Washington.


June 10 - 13, 2021

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Welcome Pacific NW Offshore Racer:

The Corinthian Yacht Club of Portland (CYC), along with our title sponsor Schooner Creek Boat Works, welcomes your participation in the 45th annual Pacific NW Offshore Yacht Race scheduled to start Thursday, June 10, 2021. This 193-mile race begins off the mouth of the Columbia River and finishes in the bay at Port Angeles, Washington.

An exciting change to the race this year is that our host city is now Ilwaco, Washington and because the Swiftsure has been canceled, the finish will be in Port Angeles, Washington. The Long Beach Tourist Bureau and the Port of Ilwaco are arranging special events and discounts for all of the participating boats consistent with the State of Washington Covid restrictions. They have been incredible partners in helping CYC organize and facilitate this move, which will preclude any issues with water depth that we have seen in the past and will shorten the drive out to Buoy 2 by approximately an hour. Likewise, the Port Angeles Yacht Club and the city of Port Angeles have stepped up to make the finish just as exciting as it always is in Victoria.

We are also delighted to announce that the 2021 PNW Offshore is a qualifying race for the 2022 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race! See http://www.vicmaui.org for more information about this great race from Victoria, BC, to Maui, Hawaii.

A few other notes:

The skipper of each competing yacht will need to demonstrate compliance with CYC’s published SERs, CYC’s Notice of Race (NOR), and prescribed safety issues listed in any supplemental Sailing Instructions (SI). All competing yachts, except those in the Cruising Class, are required to have a valid handicap-rating certificate for their appropriate class (e.g., PHRF NW, ORC, etc.).

Entry deadline is 2100 hours (PDT) Monday, May 17, 2021.

Skippers will need to check in with any final paperwork prior to the Skipper’s Meeting in Astoria on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 – details of the check-in to follow via email and online. The Skippers Meeting, subject to the State of Washington Covid restrictions, will begin at 1800 hours on June 9, 2021, at the Salt Restaurant 2nd floor, with a weather briefing and announcements of start time, class breakdowns, and other race details.

At the finish again subject to Covid restrictions, crews can look forward to warm towels, champagne, and photos, followed by an excellent dock party, which goes on as long as yachts are finishing. Family and friends are welcome to volunteer to assist with yacht greeting and finish line activities. Provided we can comply with Covid restrictions, an awards barbeque will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 1100 hours, hosted at Port Angeles Yacht Club. All family and friends are welcome to attend to celebrate the race finish.

A final participation note:

This race is an exciting opportunity to experience overnight offshore racing. Nevertheless, while the only formal requirement for skippers and crew to participate in the race is specified in the Safety Equipment Requirements 4.3.1, i.e., that 30% of the crew will have successfully participated in a Safety at Sea course within the past five years, due to the unpredictable and sometimes hazardous conditions that may be encountered off the Washington coast and throughout the course, the following additional suggestions are offered as guidelines for skills and levels of experience needed:

THE SKIPPER OF THE YACHT SHOULD HAVE COMPETED IN AT LEAST TWO OVERNIGHT OFFSHORE RACES;
AT LEAST 50% OF THE CREW SHOULD HAVE OVERNIGHT OFFSHORE SAILING EXPERIENCES; AND
NO LESS THAN TWO MEMBERS OF THE CREW SHOULD BE COMPETENT TO NAVIGATE SUCCESSFULLY WITH A VARIETY OF INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, A COMPASS, DEPTH SOUNDER, & GPS.

With these suggestions in mind, we remind participants that under the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 4, the sole and inescapable responsibility of the decision to race or continue racing lies with the Person in Charge of the boat and her crew.

On behalf of Corinthian Yacht Club of Portland, we look forward to you joining us for the Pacific NW Offshore International Yacht Race!

If you have any questions, please contact the race.captain@cycportland.org.

Here’s to a great race! See you in Ilwaco!

Dennis Damore
CYC Commodore, PNW Offshore Race Captain

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Waiver and Release 2021


THIS DOCUMENT HAS IMPORTANT LEGAL CONSEQUENCES. YOU SHOULD GET APPROPRIATE LEGAL OR OTHER ADVICE BEFORE SIGNING IT.


1. My crew and I recognize that sailing is an activity that has an inherent risk of damage and injury associated with it. We have read Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 4, Decision to Race and hereby acknowledge and agree that we are participating in this event, 2021 Pacific NW Offshore Yacht Race, entirely at our own risk.

 

2. I acknowledge and agree that neither the organizing authority, the Corinthian Yacht Club of Portland, nor the race committee, nor their members, will be responsible for (a) any damage to the entered boat or my other property, or (b) any injury to myself or my crew, including death, sustained as a result of the participation of myself, my crew and the boat in this event.

3. I hereby waive any rights I may have to sue the race organizers (organizing authority, race committee, protest committee, host club, sponsors, or any other organization or official) with respect to personal injury or property damage suffered by myself or my crew as a result of our participation in this event and hereby release the race organizers from any liability for such injury or damage to the fullest extent permitted by law.

4. I have taken all necessary steps to ensure that myself, my crew and the entered boat are adequately prepared for all possible contingencies, including appropriate safety equipment as may be required by law or that a prudent seaman would consider advisable.

5. I understand this document has important legal consequences and have consulted such legal and other advisors as I deem appropriate before signing.

 

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Skipper’s Signature (Person in charge of the Sailboat during the race.)

 

 

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Owner’s Signature (If Skipper is not the owner of the sailboat.)

 

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Parent / Guardian Waiver for Minors (Under 18 years old)

 The undersigned parent and natural guardian does hereby represent that he/she is, in fact, acting in such capacity, has consented to his/her child or ward’s participation in the 2020 Pacific NW Offshore International Yacht Race (Offshore), and has agreed individually and on behalf of the child or ward, to the terms of the Crew Waiver and Release of Liability set forth above. On behalf of the minor and the undersigned parents or legal guardian, the parent or guardian further agrees to release and waive any and all claims, demands, cause of action and judgments against CYC, its officers, directors, members, employees, volunteers, and agents, and any one or more of them, their successors, executors, administrators, heirs and assigns against CYC related in any way to my child or ward’s participation in the Offshore race and all related activities.

 

 

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 Parent or Guardian’s Signature (If Skipper/Owner is a minor.)

 

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