Round the County

November 11th & 12th, 2017

Please consider attending the social events at the OIYC on West Sound the evenings of the 10th and/or 12th.

Notice of Race - 2016

The Orcas Island Yacht Club and the Friday Harbor Sailing Club invite you to participate in the 29th annual "ROUND the COUNTY" sailboat race. This event will be held November 5th and 6th, 2016 in the beautiful and challenging waters of San Juan County Washington. The race is approximately 76 miles with an overnight stop in Roche Harbor, San Juan Island. Due to the great venue, the better winds of November, and the overnight stop in Roche Harbor, the race has become one of the more popular sailing events in the Pacific Northwest.


Friday night November 4th rendezvous at the Orcas Island Yacht Club, in West Sound, Orcas Island. Enjoy the no host cocktail party, free hors d'oeuvres, pre-race briefing , skipper's meeting, and inflated/deflated stories from years past.

Saturday’s race starts at Lydia Shoal in Rosario Strait, just East of Obstruction Pass. The course goes south past Blakely Island, Decatur Island, around Lopez Island past Cattle Pass, across The Salmon Bank, up the west side of San Juan Island and finishes in Mosquito Bay. The course is approximately 31 nm. Saturday night the sailors party in Roche Harbor.

Sunday, leg two starts by Battle Ship Island just outside of Roche Harbor, goes north toward Stuart Island, around the light house at Turn Point up Boundary Pass, outside of Patos Island, Sucia Island, Matia Island, Clark Island, south east along Orcas Island, and finishes at Lydia Shoal. The course is approximately 35 nm. The awards dinner follows at the Orcas Island Yacht Club at West Sound.




The entry fee is $tbd for boats less than 40ft and $tbd for boats 40 ft or longer. The first 100 completed (meaning paid and having a valid PHRF/ORC certificate) entries will be assured a spot in the race. Additional entries will be placed on a waiting list and may be added, at the discretion of the Race Committee, to balance divisions where needed. No entries will be accepted after November 1st, and there will be no refunds for cancellations after November 1st. Included with the entry fee will be one dinner ticket for the Sunday night awards party at the OIYC. Packets can be picked up in Roche Harbor on Saturday night.


Please see the RTC WEB Site at,   email to:, or write:

Betsy Wareham, Race Chairman
P.O. Box 119
Orcas, WA 98280
360-376-2314(w)   360-376-4258(h)    360-376-4634 (fax)