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T-Town Sailing Championships

The 10th and 11th of August will mark the inaugural T-Town Sailing Championships.

Gregg Reynolds, an active member of the Tacoma Waterfront Association and a competitive sailor for the last 35 years founded the event with the help of both the Corinthian Yacht Club of Tacoma and the Tacoma Yacht Club.  In a brief interview Reynolds expressed his desire for more boating events in Tacoma.  When asked what made him take on the task of organizing races, his answer was simple, “It was about time Tacoma had its own Regatta.”  After months of planning, paperwork and endless phone calls, Reynolds achieved his goal and now Tacoma does indeed have its very own regatta.

Reynolds indicated that he expects to see a minimum of fifty boats participate this year, an impressive number even if this had been a long-standing event.  With crews ranging from four to twelve members per boat, the expected attendance is over 300 participants, before spectators or volunteer officials.  Reynolds is hoping that this event will catalyze the advancement of a more involved boating community on Tacoma’s south Sound.  Ideally, Reynolds articulated, a regatta in Tacoma will attract out of town boaters and the Commencement Bay fleet will hopefully be able to rival Seattle’s large sailing community in the years to come.

A true community event, entrance is welcome to all.  Live music will be playing that Friday and Saturday night at Rock the Dock Pub, and awards will be supplied by the glass museum.  The boats will cruise through Dalco Passage, Dash Point, Quartermaster Harbor and, of course, Commencement Bay.  Reynolds encourages everyone to come watch and suggests that anywhere along the waterfront will be good for spectating but “[the Waterwalk at] Point Ruston will have the most direct view.”  If you would like to watch, come down to the Waterwalk by 11:00am Saturday or Sunday and you’ll be able to observe race course set up right off the point.  It’s going to be an impressive showing and we all owe thanks to Reynolds for setting the wheels in motion for what is sure to be a renowned annual event.

Schedule of Events

1200-2200     Boats arrive at the Foss Waterway Docks (located at the head of the waterway) All registered boats will have assigned moorage
1900-2230    Welcome Party at the Rock the Dock Pub & Grill (located at top of Foss Docks) No Host Bar, Food available
1800-2000    Steel Drum Band on the Deck
2100-2400    Live Band at Rock The Dock Pub & Grill

1055    First Warning Signal
1730    No Warning Signal after this time
1800-2100    ‘Reggae Night’ Party on the Rock the Dock Deck w/ live band (Friends & family welcome) No Host Bar, Food available
2100-2400    Live Band at Rock The Dock Pub & Grill

1055    First Warning Signal
1630    No Warning Signal after this time
1730-1900    Awards Party
No Host Bar, Food available

For more information see TTown’s Official Site.

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