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2019 Martin 242 NA Championship at West Sound June 28-30; first time ever in WA state

Twenty-seven boats are registered to compete in the 2019 Martin 242 North Americans Championship (NAs) this weekend, June 28 to 30 in West Sound, Orcas Island. The Orcas Island Yacht Club in partnership with its title sponsor, Ullman Sails. is hosting the event. The list of participants is posted at the end of this article. 

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Fleet 2 selected Orcas Island in recognition of the extraordinary growth of the local fleet (which went from zero 242s in 2014 to eight at the end of 2018) and the opportunity to experience a new and exciting venue. This will be the first time ever that NAs have been held in Washington.

This location was selected by host Fleet 2 after a survey of more than 50 owners in the Pacific Northwest. The event will be a one-class, one-design event held on the Canada Day long weekend.

OIYC plans to make spectator boats available for its members and the community to come watch the competition. Boats will depart regularly between 11 and 4 on the weekend from the club’s pier at the head of West Sound on Deer Harbor Road. 

Competitors will arrive on Friday and have the opportunity to participate in a practice race that afternoon to learn local conditions with a dinner hosted by Sail Orcas youth sailors to follow. Competition will begin on Saturday and Sunday and will include four to six races per day, weather permitting. Social activities will include a competitor’s party on Saturday night and an awards ceremony on Sunday after racing.



Friday, June 28: 

 1400 Practice race

1730 Welcome BBQ and race packets available for pick-up

1930 Skipper's meeting

2100 Check-in closes

Saturday, June 29

1000 First warning signal

1630 No warning signal after

1800 Dinner and daily prizes with music/dancing following

Sunday, June 30

1000 First warning signal

1500 No warning signal after

Results, prizes and overall awards after racing ends


ABOUT THE MARTIN 242 The Martin 242 is the most active keelboat racing class in the Pacific Northwest. Designed 30 years ago by well-known Vancouver yacht designer Don Martin, this 24’ speedster continues to attract top talent to its ranks. Strict class rules result in identical boats and racing that is truly a test of crew skills and strategy.

There are currently eight boats in the growing OIYC fleet and local Martin 242 crews have won the prestigious Whidbey Island Race Week overall trophy (2016) and the club’s coveted “Sailor of the Year” trophy for the past two years. Last year, local Orcas sailors placed 3rd, 4th, and 7th in the North American championship held in Cowichan Bay, British Columbia.

Martin 242 North American Championship 2019 Registered Boats

Boat Skipper Sail # Yacht Club

Treachery Ken Machtley 267 OIYC

White Noise Marri Todd 257 Royal Victoria YC

Crazy I's Chris White 203 OIYC

Too Wicked Michael Clements 304 Royal Vancouver

All In Michael George 307 CYC/SMWYC

Boomer Mike Merrick 69053 Seattle

Dirty Dog Matt Collingwood 282 KYC

Min of Mine Tara Smith 215 Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Soling Ian Wareham US 252 Orcas Island

Sailiant Anthony Collett 171 KYC

Dark Horse Alex Fox 157 Royal Victoria Yacht Club Scarlett Team Scarlett c/o Fabian Hope 57 RVYC

PURPLE MARTIN Betsy Wareham 163 OIYC

NW Filth Jon Anderson 161 CYC Seattle

Area 51 Alyosha Strum-Palerm 51 CYC

Rozz Jeff Johnson 187 Orcas Island

Starpoint Reid Cannon 77 RVicYC

Shadowfax Allan Strain 209 RVYC

No Worries Jeremy Smith and Stephen Hill 266 Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Coal Dust Anne Armstrong 45 Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club

Blackadder Goes Forth Ken Holland 107 NYC

Whippet Craig Strand 05 Royal Van

Haggis Judith Neville 139 RVicYC

King Julian Chris Bligh 149 R Vic YC

Silver Bullet Achilles Dolhaine 87 Tiddly Cove Yacht Club

Ekono-Mart Chris Kaufmann 95 or 0 OIYC

Enigma Steve Emmes 79 OIYC 

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