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Ray Jarecki


Ray and Diane at the 2009 OIYC Commodores Ball
Avanti in Barkley Sound

Founder of the Jr. Sailing Program on Orcas

Ray and his wife Diane moved to Orcas in 1992 retiring from a long and successful business career in Pasadena, CA. They were at the time both avid boaters and sailboat racers. By that time Ray had won the Kettenburg Pacific Class national championship in 1976 and 1979 and raced his J-36 to Hawaii in the 1983 Transpac.

Once on Orcas they bought a Grand Banks they named Avanti which they loved to cruise locally and on many adventurous trips to Alaska. When the Jarecki's moved to Orcas they joined the Orcas Island Yacht Club and became very active in that organization. As the Vice Commodore of the OIYC in 1996 Ray took it upon himself to push the club to start a Junior Sailing program. It has been a very successful program with many hundreds of Island children going through the summer sailing lessons over the years. Ray managed it's operation with the help of Yacht Club volunteers for the next 11 years giving generously of his time and money.

With Ray's guidance the Yacht Club's Junior Sailing Program was merged with the Sail Orcas group 2007 in order to leverage the common goals and tax structure of the two groups.

OIYC volunteers fixing the Jr. Sailing Lasers — 2004
Kelly Lehr, Clyde Teague, Ray Jarecki, Roy Pringle, photo by Bob Brunius

Ray Jarecki's Boating Legacy

Boats Owned Kettenburg Pacific Class -#62 1966-1975

Kettenburg Pacific Class #27 1975-1979

PC Nationals - First 1976, 1979

PC Nationals - Third 1971, 1980

Kettenburg 41 1976-1985

Olson 30 1979-1982

J-36 1982-1988

Grand Banks 42 1985-1995

Soling 1992-1995

Shamrock 26 1994-2006

Grand Banks 49 1995-2012

Coastal Racing Southern California 1966-1988

Orcas Island 1992-1995

OffShore Racing Transpac (LA to Hawaii) 1983

(10th overall - 66 boats)

Los Angeles to Mazatlan 1984

Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas 1985

San Diego to Manzanillo 1988

Local Cruising (own boat) Southern California 1966-1988

Florida 1988-1990

Washington 1990-1992

British Columbia (south of Cape Caution) 1992-2011

Long Range Cruising Los Angeles to Sea of Cortez 1986
(own boat) ICW - Tampa, Fl to Dry Tortugas 1989

Orcas to Alaska 1994, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2010

Circumnavigate Vancouver Island 1995, 2001, 2011

British Columbia (north of Cape Caution) 1998, 1999, 2002

Barkley Sound 1996, 2005, 2008

Charters (bare boat) British Virgin Islands 1984, 1988, 1991

San Juan & Gulf Islands 1985

Windward Islands (St. Vincent to Union) 1986

Windward Islands (Martinique to Union) 1991

Leeward Islands (Guadeloupe Island) 1993

Sea of Cortez 1994

New Zealand, Bay of Islands 1996

Australia, Whitsunday Islands 2000

Cruised as crew Society Islands (Ingrid 38) 1972

Yacht Clubs Santa Monica YC 1966-1979

Los Angeles YC (Board of Directors) 1979-2000

Orcas Island YC (Commodore 1997) 1992 -2012

Seattle YC 2005-2012

Transpac YC 1983 -2012

Miscellaneous Orcas Junior Sailing Program Formed 1996

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