Thistle PCCs

July 19 - Pt. Richmond

It was a windy (in the 20s) weekend for 14 Pacific Coast Thistles, with square waves on normally flat Keller's Cove.

Terry Lettenmaier of Seattle, editor of fleet magazine Bagpipe, won the championship, placing first or second in all five races. Terry's crew were brother Dennis and wife Laurie. The unofficial Latitude 38 award for best boat name goes to second place finisher, Dale Hinman, with Loco Beef (he has a picture of a mad cow on his transom).

The event was hosted by Richmond Yacht Club, and you can view more photos at their Web site, We hope to have complete results in the August issue of Latitude 38.

The start of Race 2

At the weather mark; the winning boat is #3922, out in front.

The downwind parade

For Race 3, the race committee threw in a reaching mark.

The start of Race 1, before the wind really built

The first downwind leg

Sayonara's (not that Sayonara, but nice job on the graphics) skipper, George Samuels, got conked on the head during the second race, requiring 6 staples and no more racing for the weekend.

Tippecanoe, a good name for a wooden dinghy

Photos Latitude/Chris


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