Looking through the old Trapeze magazines, my favorite parts were where FD owners would show their upgrades… mine isn’t a speed increaser, but safety.
I’ll be the first to admit it… I hate trailering at night. The lights are weak, they flash like they’re anemic, and I end up putting reflectors all over the place to make the boat more visible.Â Â Goofing around on ebay looking for trailer lights, I stumbled across a number of products that allow the lights to run directly from the battery in parallel instead of in series.Â Â I bought one for a screaming deal ($12) and installed it on my Volvo.
The first edition of DWI- Dinghies Whidbey Island, was a blessing and a curse… the blessing of wind, the curse of it going away.
This is the second year of dinghy racing as part of Race Week, the premier week of keelboat racing in the Pacific Northwest, and the first year of having the FD as a class. With the expected boats not showing, we still reached the minimum of 4 for a class start: Duane Elhringer and Mike Mezaros in “Henry”, their green carbon fiber machine, les frers Jones, Andrew and Josh in the “Chelan Flyer”, an old school Plastrend, Derrick Hiltz and his son Jason on the “Mexican Boat”, an early 80’s Mader,
I’d like to add Dinghies Whidbey Island to the race calendar up here; it fixes to be the premier event for sailing in the PNW.Â Last year was the first year of dinghy racing, and this year we’d like to have 7-10 boats on the line.
Whidbey Island is a ferryboat ride away from Seattle, and is well- known as “summer camp for grownups”, with bands, volleyball tournaments, alcoholic beverages, and comisserating with other sailors.Â
The racing will be July 17th-22nd, and should be very well run by the race committee.Â The website for the racing is here.