Wind: NW at 5 to 13, average 9.5 kts
Temp: 80 F, Baro: 29.97”
Current: flooding North Hill 17:20
Course: sf-DM-N-I-DM-s/f; Race Length: 4.4 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan, & RW
We had gone down stream taking the motor off & stowing it below, so it took a while to get back to start line. The RC had set a an unusually long line, and we found ourselves down by the pin with less than a minute to go when I would rather have been near the committee boat as it appeared closer to the windward mark. I figured on the chart later the windward mark was about 5 boatlengths close at the starboard end of the line. We got a good start though in clear air all by ourselves.
About five minutes into the run, I took a short port jibe to work up current prior to reaching the deeper channel. In retrospect, it would have paid to have done it directly after the round while in less current.
We rounded North Hill on the heels of Thunder Chicken, with Swiss Cheese between us and the mark.
Swiss Cheese bore off for the west of North Dumpling while Thunder Chicken took the shallows along the south shore, as did we eventually. For a while it looked like the Swiss Cheese route may have been better, yet I think Thunder Chicken beat them to Intrepid.
From Intrepid many boats continued on port towards the Groton Long Point. We tacked to starboard for a good while to ride the current of the deeper channel.
Rounding the windward mark in diminishing winds (5 & 6 knots) made for a slow port spinnaker run to the finish. We split the difference between the rhumbline (Merganser) and the longer shore route & jibe (Cosmic).
On Monday, September 14th, I disassembled all but the lowering of the mast. On Tuesday, Brian met me at the dock around 1400 and we finished up, then floated the boat onto the trailer and SeTherin was in the backyard on Mark Drive by 1830 hours.
This was the first time we pulled the boat up the ramp from the water with the Murano, and it lacks the umph of the old '95 Ford Explorer :)
Finally moved SeTherin from alongside the garage this morning to her winter home in the backyard. Sheâ€™s off the trailer and on the stands. At noon, I had to rush off to teach a class, so left things kindâ€™a haphazard. Hopefully I can finess the setup a bit more over the next couple days prior to returning to work on Satuday. Maybe get the cover on by Thanksgiving.
So I get this Christmas present- a small net-like red sock, similar to what ~ candies may come in, accompanied by three cards, Merry Christmas, Happy Father's Day & Happy Birthday, each signed by all the family. Inside the sock are 20 scrabble pieces with which I'm to solve a phrase telling me what the Christmas present is. I'm making no progress when in exasperation DJ hints "a place where you spend lot of time in the summer". Ahâ, Spicer's!
That cinched it- "a slip at Spicers Marina" Quite a surprise. Slip #7, my lucky number.
I will miss the rowing exercise, but the convenience will be wonderful along with the water & electricity.
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