As Jim McAlpine strolls the docks at the Oak Harbor Marina, sailors and deckhands greet him by name. “When you get to be as old as me, you get to meet a lot of good people,” McAlpine said.
He’s going on 88, and still sails competitively, winning frequently. His “stack of trophies,” proves it, with a new win added as recently as April 13. McAlpine joked that whenever he and his crew win a sailing race out of Oak Harbor Marina his competitors can’t help but consider his age. “
Boats finished Round Whidbey in the dark, and the sound of a sailboat crossing the finish on a beam reach in 20 knot winds is more dramatic than the sight. The wind through the sails, the hull through the water, then gone! Congrats to Sofa King Slow (Gary Stuntz) for the win. Pearl Jem (Larry Munns) took second, and Family Affair (Tom Busse) grabbed third place. Thanks to Byron Skubi for taking on Race Committee duties and to those who participated. Jan's Marine Photography s
StartFragment Introducing the newly "re-tooled" Non-Flying Sails class to the Sail Fleet program. The Oak Harbor Yacht Club's Windseeker racing is a fun and easy way to sail in buoy racing in Oak Harbor, Washington. Windseeker racing is a separate class from the OHYC's Sail Fleet PHRF class and is designed for new skippers, cruisers and those who might want an easy way to try racing without the pressure. It is also a great way to sharpen your sailing skills and have fun with