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WHIDBEY ISLAND RACE WEEK REGATTA ANNOUNCES
YOUTH RACING CIRCLE, SPECTATOR CRUISES AND 2016 DATES

Seattle, Washington: Whidbey Island Race Week (WIRW), the premier sailboat-racing regatta in the
Pacific Northwest, announces the addition of a youth racing circle happening July 18 & 19 at WIRW in
2015. Racing will take place in the bay just west of the Oak Harbor Marina and is open to all youth sailors
in dinghies.

Expected classes are CFJ (non-spinnaker), Laser (Standard and Radial), and Optimist
(including Green fleet). This is a really exciting time for WIRW as we expand the race program to include
youth. The Notice of Race (NOR) can be viewed at yachtscoring.com.

Erik Mann will be serving as Primary Race Officer (PRO) of the youth racing circle. Mann began sailing in
Oak Harbor at the age of 14 in El Toros and San Juan 24’s and has been active in keel boat racing in the
Northwest for many years. In 2007, he got involved with Oak Harbor Youth Sailing (OHYS), as a
volunteer instructor and later served on the OHYS board. He also coached the Anacortes High School
Sailing Team for two years, and later founded and coached the Wildcat Sailing Team in Oak Harbor
beginning in 2013. Erik Mann is passionate about helping the next generation of sailors excel in the sport
of sailboat racing and WIRW is very fortunate to have Erik’s experience on the team.

Whidbey Island Race Week will work to collaborate with the Northwest District of the Interscholastic
Sailing Association (NWISA) to have WIRW added to the 2016 youth racing calendar. NWISA is the
organizing body for high school sailing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and BC. High school sailing
is open to all high school students in 9th-12th grade or homeschooled.Whidbey Island Race Week: Second Half Finished

SPECTATOR CRUISES
Whidbey Island Race Week is also pleased to announce the addition of three spectator cruises on board
the historic Schooner, SUVA in Coupeville, Washington during WIRW. Owner, Captain Mark Saia has
created the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation to support SUVA’s educational and preservation
programs. At 68 feet overall, and with her rich history in the Pacific Northwest, Suva’s classic design will
make for a spectacular sight in Penn Cove, the primary race course location of WIRW.

Whidbey Island Race Week spectator cruises are scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, Thursday, July 23
and Friday, July 24, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Participants are invited to bring their own food and
beverages on board and cruises will depart from the Coupeville dock. A WIRW representative will also be
on board to answer questions and offer explanations about the sailboat racing.

There are 22 tickets available for each cruise. Reservations are required and a suggested donation of
$40 per person confirms the reservation. Reservations can be made by contacting Whidbey Island Race
Week directly at (schelleen@whidbeyislandraceweek.com) or (206) 384-5254. Checks can be made
payable to the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation and mailed to: Whidbey Island Race Week, 2400
NW 80th Street #130, Seattle, WA 98117. The Whidbey Island Race Week Kids Camp participants will
also take a cruise on SUVA on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 11:30 am to 1 pm.
WHIDBEY ISLAND RACE WEEK 2016
Whidbey Island Race Week announces the dates for the 2016 event: July 9-15, 2016
Dinghy/Small Boat/Youth Racing, July 9 – July 10, 2016
Large Boat Racing, July 11 – July 15, 2016

Sponsors of 2015 Whidbey Island Race Week:
Event Host: Oak Harbor Yacht Club
Bacardi
Fisheries Supply
CSR Marine
Prism Graphics
Best Western Plus in Oak Harbor
Helly Hansen
Ullman Sails
Sea Bags
Brenda Van Fossen

Overall Winner Event Partner
Tesla Motors

Event Partners
City of Oak Harbor
Oak Harbor Marina
Oak Harbor Youth Sailing Program
Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Kitsap Sailing & Rowing Foundation
City of Coupeville
Coupeville Chamber of Commerce
Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association
Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation
SV SUVA
Toppins Frozen Yogurt
Flyers Restaurant & Brewery

In Kind Sponsors
Harken
Center for Wooden Boats
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Ocean Navigator Magazine
Whidbey Local Search

Other Developments at Whidbey Island Race Week:

WIRW Event Schedule
Superior race management combined with fun crew contests, expanded food and beverage choices, the
return of Reggae Night and Outdoor Movie Nights and more. The current WIRW Event Schedule is
available at whidbeyislandraceweek.com

About Whidbey Island Race Week
Whidbey Island Race Week is the premier sailboat racing event in the Pacific Northwest. For 32 years,
thousands of sailboat racers have made their way to Oak Harbor, Washington each July to participate in
this week-long sailboat racing regatta. The venue for the event is the Oak Harbor Yacht Club & Oak
Harbor Marina and the PHRF and One Design racing is offered inside Penn Cove near Coupeville and
Saratoga Passage. Boats under 24 feet will race Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. The big boats
will race daily Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24. For the past 11 years, US Sailing Certified
Regional Race Officer Charley Rathkopf has served as the Primary Race Officer for Whidbey Island Race
Week and his race committee team has earned the reputation of offering some of the best race
management in the country. Information about the new WIRW ownership by Schelleen and Charley
Rathkopf and their race and event management experience and the WIRW Advisory Board can be found
at whidbeyislandraceweek.com

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