Recognizing the elephant in the room

Formerly known as Whidbey Island Race Week, this Pacific Northwest regatta has been on the move since its 2019 edition. The Whidbey Island facilities were no longer sufficient, so change was needed, but then the pandemic hit. Plans made had to be remade.

After the 2020 event joined the chorus and was cancelled, the event found (another) new home for 2021 in Anacortes, WA. It was all systems go, and they did, except for a fatal accident during the June competition. Seattle sailor Greg Mueller, 58, crewing on the J/120 With Grace, fell overboard and perished.

The storied event which began in 1983 has had a rough go, but 2022 is a year to move forward, yet not without recognizing the elephant in the room… safety. Here’s a message from 2022 Race Week Anacortes to be held June 20-24:

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