Welcome Letter from Jonathan McKee

Seattle is a great place to sail, and to visit. I have grown up here, and still live in Seattle, so maybe I am a little biased!

Puget Sound is a spectacular venue for racing, with snow capped peaks on both sides, and September is an ideal time for racing on Puget Sound. The long light air days of mid-summer are gone, and typically there is an interesting mix of dry northerly winds (typically 6-15 knots), and moister southerly winds (typically 8-20 knots). The race area, about 2 miles north of Shilshole Bay Marina, is open water, with about 15 miles fetch to the north and south. The water is pretty flat in light air, but there can be some nice waves when it gets windier! The air temperature is typically a high of 72 F and a nighttime low averaging 60 F. The sea temperature is pretty cold, around 60 F. There will be tidal current in the race area, normally under one knot, but this can be a tactical factor. The breeze is normally pretty steady, with some small shifts but not crazy. The crew weight of the two top boats in our fleet weigh 130 kg. and 152 kg., so this course allows a wide range of competitive crew weights. In summary, Puget Sound is a challenging but fun and satisfying place to sail. A good all around sailor will do well here!

Seattle is also a great place to visit. Please make time to see some of the world famous sights in and around Seattle, ranging from museums and architecture to outdoor activities. The restaurant scene is also outstanding, not to mention excellent coffee, beer, wine and distilleries. It is an easy city to get around, and many tourists travel more widely, so renting a car is a good idea. If you go outside Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver are easy trips, and Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Parks are not to be missed.

Jonathan McKee