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OYRA Crewed Lightship

Most boats in the race carried daisies out in memory of Kirby Gale and Tony Harrow.

© 2008 Bob Naber

Seventy-three boats were entered in this weekend’s Crewed Lightship Race, the first event on OYRA’s 2008 calendar. Conditions for the 25-mile run out to the Lightbucket and back were as benevolent as the warm spring day — 15-18 knots out of the northwest with only occasional gusts to 20. Only one boat turned back because of minor equipment problems.

Emily Carr heads for the finish of the Crewed Lightship Race on Saturday.

© Erik Simonson

Many, if not most, boats carried daisies out with them and cast them into the water at the Lightship in memory of Matthew Kirby Gale and Anthony Harrow, whose Cheoy Lee Offshore 31 Daisy was lost during the previous weekend’s Doublehanded Lightship Race.

Results for the OYRA Lightship Race had not been posted at this writing. They should be available later today at

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