Last Sunday was the annual Blakely Rock Chili Race hosted by the Seattle Sailing Club. Start time was around 09:45 hrs with boats finishing from 12:10 hrs to about 15:00 hrs. There were five boats each about 35 feet in length that completed the 12 nm trip to Blakely Rock and back to Shilshole marina. There were two parts to the event. Who would finish first in the return to Shilshole with cooked chili from the boat galley. The chili needed to be still in the pot. All crews manage to yell down to the cook prior to jibing or tacking.
At 09:45 the fleet left and headed for Blakely Rock with 10 to 15 kts coming down from the NE. S/V Avalanche, a J105, took off flying a spinnaker followed by S/V Totoro, La Dolce Vita, Astrea, and Otava.
After we got ourselves organized on Dolce Vita we started coming up on the stbd side of Totoro as we both headed downwind at 7-8kts towards West Point. Avalanche was further downwind flying her kite & ripping along.
After the race everyone gathered at the office for beer, soft drinks, water, chili, chips & COOKIES! Margaret P was voted best chili. A cold day but great sun, wind and fellow sailors. A lovely time.