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November 10th & 11th

Notice of Race - 2018

The Orcas Island Yacht Club and the Friday Harbor Sailing Club invite you to participate in the 31st annual "ROUND the COUNTY" sailboat race. This event will be held November 10th and 11th, 2018 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.


Online registration opens on September 3rd, 2018

Friday night November 9th 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. Come schmooze your fellow sailors.

Check in with the race committee starts both days at 8:15AM via VHF Channel 67. The first warning signal is at 8:35AM. Please check in prior to the first warning signal.

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 at 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 $130 for boats less than 40ft and $150 for boats 40 ft or longer. The first 110 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 5th, and there will be no refunds for cancellations after November 5th. Sunday night dinner for the awards party at the OIYC costs $5 per person when registering or $12 at the door.


Please see the RTC WEB Site at http://roundthecounty.com,    email to: racedirector@roundthecounty.com, 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)