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Member Highlight - Valerie Bucholtz

Updated: Jan 10, 2019

It is sure fun to look back and relish the 2018 memories!  Here is a quick lowdown:

In January and February I did some of the Seattle area snowbird races and winter island races on Freja, an Aerodyne 43 out of Shilshole Bay Marina, owned by Jonathon Cruz.  

In April I did the Puget Sound Spring Regatta, Big Boat on Scruffy, the Melges 24 owned by Brian Tyrrell. I also did the Newport to Ensenada Race on Stray Dog, a Farr 11s out of L.A.,which I have been crew on for 4 years now.  We successfully completed the race this year and I got to meet Dennis Connor!  In May I did the Pacific One Design Regatta on the Melges 24, and Goat Float in Bayview, Idaho on 'And Then...', a Flying Scot, owned by Brian Tyrrell.  In June we splashed Hoggin' the Sheets with a quite little ceremony, as we finished endless hours of boat work and christened her with a new name.  In July we took the J24 to Western Regionals in Montana and got 2nd place.  And then I flew to Chicago for a bucket list race, The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac on a Nelson Marik 36 owned by Shawn Pautz out of Dallas,Texas.  We ended up retiring, however it was an amazing experience.

In August I did Montana Cup on the Melges 24, and the 2nd Festival Cup race on the U20, Black Sheep owned by Chris Chambers.  And then we towed the Melges 24 all night to San Francisco and competed in the Cal Cup Regatta with a 4th place finish.  And, in late August I competed in the Sequim Bay Regatta in Washington on the Flying Scot with a 2nd place finish. The next weekend we competed in the local Spud Cup Regatta on the J24, Hoggin' the Sheets, where we took first in the J24 fleet, and then I went to Lake Chelan, Washington with the Flying Scot and we also won first at that regatta.  At the end of September we combined some crew and I sailed on Super G for the Commodore's Cup in Bayview.  

In October we took the J24 to the Puget Sound Sailing Championships in Seattle.  

In December I began a winter series on Chasche Mer, a Santa Cruz 50, Hull #1 owned by Scott Newman and will continue through the winter, in anticipation for another ocean crossing,  possibly Transpac or Vic Maui.  

It's been a fantastic year of sailing experiences and I'm certainly looking forward to what 2019 holds! 

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