Aug 02 2009

2009 San Juan 21 Western Nationals

Published by admin at 10:56 pm under Sailboat Races

 Limpet Rounds ahead of the pack

There is little in this world more rewarding than throwing yourself into something you truly believe in.  This year I volunteered to be the Chairman of the Western National Regatta hosted by fleet #1 in

Brownsville WA.  There are few things in my life I have done where I have been more aware of the tradition and distinguished history which I was attempting to live up to.  I had an amazing time, and want to thank my parents, wife, friends, fleet mates, and out of town visitors who helped make this event so great.  I think we have lived up to the considerable expectations of history, and delivered a great chapter in the continuing story of the Western Nationals. 

With so much of my energy for the months leading up to the event going into making the event great for all those great sailors committed to the SJ21, I have only recently had time to reflect back on my individual experience and performance in the races.  To sum it up…  It was one of the best experiences of my life. 

Andy Caples

What made it so special was racing with my oldest friend.  Patrick and I have known each other since before I can remember.  He has always been there, and one of my deepest desires in the world is that he always will be.  Together we launched into the spinnaker class with more enthusiasm than brains, and despite that after the first day (2 of 5 races) we held the points lead for the regatta.  It also helped to have my parents aboard Xanadu as the committee boat, every time I sailed past I felt as though we had our own private cheering section.  The second day we (read I) made some mistakes and we fell back quite a ways in the standings.  Ultimately we finished 5th  out of 13 boats just in front of Ruth Barcus (who won her first SJ21 national title the year I was born).  For more on the races please read the write up I submitted to 48 North (page 43) here. 

Limpet & Blue Pearl

When I bought Limpet from a stranger off of Craigslist, this is exactly the type of event I had in mind.  The dock was full of cool and friendly sailors.  I jumped into

Puget sound with my son each day to cool off after racing, and I was surrounded by supportive family & friends. I truly felt part of something bigger than just a race.  It was a connection I have rarely had in my life.  I want to say a deep thank you to everyone involved and say that I look forward to doing it all again. 

Limpet Third Boat In

P.S. Ruth:  I understand now what you mean about the history of the fleet and the need to thoughtfully steer this fleet through day to day fads.  I just hope we have the wisdom to do what is needed to attract new members without sacrificing the vision of those who have worked so hard to bring us here.  Again I apologize I didn’t hail louder. 

All the best to everyone,


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