T37’s race for PTYC
In 2012 club members wanted to get a fleet of one design, do-it-yourself remote-control sailboats out racing. They needed a boat that was easy to build, fun to sail and had good racing. The T37 made by Tippecanoe Boats in Everson, Washington filled the bill. The group got an initial 10 orders right away and started to work. The first race was a demonstration event at the 2012 Wooden Boat Festival, with our Port Townsend fleet races starting in January of 2013. A LOT of racing has taken place since then – around 500 individual races and 50 regattas. Now five years later, the PTYC fleet has 55 boats, about half of them race, others sail them off of larger boats or mess around with grand-kids.
The fleet operates from March to November and conducts races about every two weeks at the Port Ludlow Marina Ponds (by the Inn). The regattas are on a Saturday or Sunday at 1:00 pm last about 2 hours, and have 9-12 races depending on the weather. In addition, they have practice sessions every Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the location. There is some racing without scoring and a lot of mutual helping and camaraderie. It allows folks and especially the newbies, to try new ideas and tuning without the concern that they might get in the way of “serious” racers. The public is invited to watch or try their hand at the radio controls.
There are more than 2.000 of T37’s around the World, but the largest concentration (about 800 boats) is here in Western Washington. Seattle and Bellevue boast large fleets. The National Championships have been sponsored by the Seattle Yacht Club.
On April 22, 2017, our fleet is hosting the T37 Regional Championships for a second year. Last year, we had 20 of the best sailors in the NW here, with ideal weather conditions. This year looks to have more boats and stiff competition. Racing starts at 10:00 am and concludes around 3:00 pm. Spectators welcome!