Story by Kristie Brame
Thursday night as many folks enjoyed a beautiful sunset they were also treated to the sight of twenty-five sailboats engaged in the annual Mid-Sound Summer Social Races sponsored by the Three Tree Point Yacht Club and the Des Moines Marina.
This annual series of six races helps to raise funds for the Des Moines Area Food Bank and the Hospitality House Women’s Shelter in Burien. Each Thursday night through August 9, the boats will sail with passengers who contribute to the charities. Anyone interested in contributing to either charity, should contact them directly to make a donation.
Last night the club was joined by two graduates of the Youth Sailing Classes offered through the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department and the Marina.
Conor Brogan and Coleman Rogers, both 16, sailed a small Force Five sailboat, and, with some occasional help from friends on a larger boat, were able to complete the course in the allotted time. Coleman, who stayed for the dinner after the race, received a round of applause and baseball cap for being the first graduate of the classes to compete in the races.
“Our club is really happy to see young people enjoying sailing. Many of our members developed their lifelong love of sailing as children, so we are pleased to welcome a new generation to our sport,” said Kersten Hubbard, the Vice Commodore for TTPYC.
Each night of the races has special events. Upcoming Thursdays will include a night to honor local public officials, a performance by members of Husky Alumni Band, and ukulele night.
A dinner for the participants after the race is sponsored by local companies including Dave’s Dive Service, Ballard Sails, Cox Financial, North Sails, Emerald Cove Catering, Ullman Sails, and Doyle Sails.
On two evenings, a special raffle will be held. CSR Marine has generously donated haul outs as prizes for the participating boats. All raffle proceeds are donated to the charities. CSR Marine has locations at the Des Moines and Shilshole marinas.
For more information, contact Kristie Brame 206-212-6762 or email [email protected].
WLB photog Michael Brunk was on the pier for the end of the race and assembled the following gallery of photos. You can click individual thumbnails to view high resolution images.