The San Juan 24s, shown here competing in last year’s regatta, return to Oak Harbor this weekend for the North American Championships. (Photo by Ryan Nowicki)

The San Juan 24s, shown here competing in last year’s regatta, return to Oak Harbor this weekend for the North American Championships. (Photo by Ryan Nowicki)

Oak Harbor hosts San Juan 24 championships / Sailing

The 2018 San Juan 24 North American Championship, hosted by the Oak Harbor Yacht Club since 2011, returns to the waters off Whidbey Island this weekend.

Races begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, and finish around 5 p.m.

The boats will race in the areas of Penn Cove and Saratoga Passage, depending on wind direction.

Three local boats will be among the 15 vying for the North American title. Renaissance, piloted by Dave Steckman, is back after placing fourth in 2016 and 2017. Separator, skippered by Steve Hucke, and Toto, skippered by Allan Wilson, will compete in the championship regatta for the first time.

Last year’s winner, Ekono Juan, guided by three-time champion Ryan Forbes of Orcas Island, will attempt to defend its crown.

The field will also include boats from Seattle and Bellingham.

The San Juan 24, built by the Clark Boat Company in Kent beginning in 1972, was popular in the 1970s and ‘80s.

A large concentration of the boats still exists in Puget Sound.

Prior to settling in Oak Harbor, the national championship was held in the Great Lakes and all along the West Coast.

More in Sports

McBride takes 7th, Oak Harbor 36th at state tournament / Wrestling

Senior Blake McBride’s seventh-place finish led the way for the six Oak… Continue reading

Gallery Women’s Club holds introductory meeting / Golf

An organizational meeting for the Gallery Women’s Golf Club will be held… Continue reading

Fitzgerald receives appointment to U.S. Military Academy

For Oak Harbor High School senior and three-sport athlete Caleb Fitzgerald, the… Continue reading

Photos: Wolves rally for win / Middle school girls basketball

The Coupeville Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team came from 15 points… Continue reading

Franklin leads Wildcats at district meet / Swim and dive

Junior Micah Franklin’s ninth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley was the… Continue reading

Boesch receives all-tournament honors / Baseball

Oak Harbor High School senior Austin Boesch earned a spot on the… Continue reading

Regional tournaments canceled / Wrestling

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced Friday morning that the regional wrestling… Continue reading

Knights oust Wolves from district tournament / Girls basketball

The Coupeville High School girls basketball team’s season came to an end… Continue reading

Wolves take down Turks in district opener, now face talented King’s / Girls basketball

It’s a good news, bad news situation for the Coupeville High School… Continue reading

Most Read