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November 11th & 12th

Notice of Race

The Orcas Island Yacht Club and the Friday Harbor Sailing Club invite you to participate in the 30th annual "ROUND the COUNTY" sailboat race. This event will be held November 11th and 12th, 2017 in the gorgeous 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 in the Pacific Northwest.


Online registration opens on Monday morning September 4th, 2017.

Friday night November 10th 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 November 11ththe start is at Lydia Shoal, in Rosario Strait, just East of Obstruction Pass. The course starts to the North this year, past Orcas Island, around Clark, Matia, Sucia, and Patos Islands, then continues down Boundary Pass past the Turn Point Light House and finishes for the day at Roche Harbor.

Sunday November 12th the second leg starts in Mosquito Bay, south of Henry Island. The course continues South along the shore of San Juan Island, across Salmon Bank, around Lopez, Decatur and Blakely Islands to finish again at Lydia Shoal. An Awards dinner follows at the Orcas Island Yacht Club.



The entry fee is $100 for boats less than 40ft LOA and $125 for boats 40ft LOA or longer. The first 100 completed (meaning paid with a valid PHRF/ORC cert) 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 http://roundthecounty.com,   email to: racedirector@roundthecounty.com, or write:

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