On April 4, the STYC’s Blakely Rock Benefit race took off with over a hundred boats registered. It was a light air day, and both the SLUT, 2201, and Red Fish Blue Fish, 2208 had a tough time at the rounding of the rock. However, in the end we did very to the rest of the fleet. It was fantastic weather and a great start to the spring sailing season. We should have three rockets at the Seattle NOODs in May.
Rocket Boats - Rocket 22
Are you a competitive family guy, weekend warrior type who still has a need for adrenalin pumping speed? What do you do? Rocket Boats and the Rocket 22 have the answer. The Rocket 22 will thrill and amaze you with its acceleration, responsiveness and pure sailing abilities. Upwind and downwind, either with a symmetrical or asymmetrical kite, the Rocket 22 is all about speed, stability and fun, constantly reminding you of why you sail.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Final Goosebumps series
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
In the midst of recent winter weather throughout North America, it seemed like we got a bit of a reprieve in Seattle. The past two weekends it was bright, hot sunshine and upper 40’s and lower 50’s temp with a gentle breeze. Perfect time to get the Rockets out for a spin around the Lake. Last week we had three Rocket 22s plus a Pocket Rocket out for Seattle’s Goosebumps series (every Sunday in January and February). This weekend, Mike Mechales and I took out the MV Slack Alice and watched John Plut and his Rocket 22, and Paul Kalina and his Pocket Rocket rip around the course. What a great way to start the year.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Unfortunately, it’s back to work today – but the fall season is just beginning. Enjoy!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Delta Ditch 2008 Photos
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The Alan and Jonathan Road Show Continues to the Delta Ditch Run 2008
These guys are true road warriors all in the name of sailing, beer and everything else that goes with living in the back of a van! Thanks for another great post and your ongoing support of our fantastic little boat. Next is Whidbey Island Race Week, July 20th to 25th. Hope to see everyone there.
Well, this past weekend I loaded up the car, hitched up the Rocket, and headed south to the fabulous
We had a few rookie mistakes and equipment issues, but we managed to stay out of the mud and away from other hazards (there was some major carnage out there). It was a fun race and an event not to miss in one’s sailing career. Have a look the following YouTube videos for a few scenes from the start of the race. Sorry we were too tired at the end of day to pull out the camera for the finish.
Also go to Peter Lyons site for some great photos of the event.
Big thanks to Sandra for crewing in the race and helping drive the 1750 miles down and back. And also to Alan for coming down to the bay to make my boat go fast.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The Mighty Johnson
Yes, the might Johnson 3.5. Loved by none and hated by many. BUT when the wind pooped out at the end of the 3rd day of the Seattle NOODs, who they turn to??
But wait a minute. Do I see young men on the front of a Rocket flashing skin in the hopes of a tan? In May? This can't be Seattle!! The home of moss and people who wear socks and sandals at the same time.
But it's true, the 1st annual NOODs will probably never be repeated. People were thanking me for bringing the weather from the Sunny Okanagan, but I think it was because it was the first time 6 Rockets had come together to do battle. Zeus himself must saw it fit to pull in all his godly markers to to make the wind and weather perfect for such a momentous occasion.
OK, OK I might be over stating it a bit, but it sure warmed my heart to see 6 Rockets on the line. At first there was a bit of feeling out period. (maybe too much on Mike's part!) Nobody had done this before. Would the boats be equal? What's the best way to tack and gybe. Do you foot, pinch, full sails, flat sails? How do you get that honking big chute down at the the leeward mark while on a full plane?
The first day was definitely a day of teething. Little things, like easing the main before you duck a Starboard tacker and giving the crew lots of time to get the chute down at the leeward mark. By the end of the first day you could see signs that things were being work out and people were starting to get their heads out of the boat. Full cudos to the race committee for putting 4 races in the first day with the attitude of "making hay while the sunshines". At the end of the day there were a lot of tired and thirsty people in the Mt. Gay tent. Those veterans of Whidbey quickly figured out to double up on the drinks and go to the back of the line guaranteeing maximum fluid replenishing .
Next day the wind was a little more kind and gentle and from the opposite direction. This put a little less strain on the crew work and little more on strategy. A trend started, it was great to get to the windward mark 1st but the big gains were for those that figured out the downwind gybe angles and controlling the left. The boat that figured it out 1st was the team of Andy, Mike and Bev. Rarely was "For Sail" at the front of the pack at the first weather mark but because of their experience sailing Rockets at Whidbey last year, and some impressive jets, they seemed have the ability to come out ahead at the leeward mark. The other was Jonathan and crew. They had always had the jets but were starting to figure out the tactics as well. Racing was getting tighter and tighter! A mistake at the leeward mark instantly became a 2-3 position loss (I know 1st hand).
So after another 4 race day, things were getting interesting. People were coming in and yaking about "mast screw tension" and "role tacks and gybes" and twist. At the tent that night, Jonathan actually wanted to show his fellow sailors from other classes, what was meant by "twist" on the dance floor. I don't think the Moore girls understood but gamely tried to keep up.
Day three got even lighter and probably was painful on some of the under powered, over weight lead mines that shared our starting line but it was business as usual with the Rockets. At the end of the second day you could see the light bulb had come on and was shining brightly in Paul and Matts Rocket. Sunday was the their day to show there stuff and capped it off with a bullet on the last race.
In closing I would like to thank the Dave Read for having the vision to bring the NOODs to the PNW, the race committee for packing in 11 races in three days, Andy, Mike and Bev for winning the regatta but mostly I would like to thank all of you that made the effort to take part in the regatta and lets do it again at the NAs at Whidbey.