Crew: Brian, Pat, Bob & RW
Winds: SE-S at 5 to 8 kts, (short peak at 14)
Current: ebb - North Hill 1230
Start time: 1155
Start/Finish: SW of Horseshoe Reef
Course: s/f-DM-s/f, 3 laps, Distance: 9.0 nm, DM east of North Dumpling
Shrouds: at Base
We chose to start at the committee boat, to be windward of the class and crossed about thirty seconds late. Our tacks, sets, jibes, douses & roundings were good. Boat speed was down at times which I contributed to the chop and fluky wind. We finished last, our worst showing in sometime, not even in the hunt
Perplexed and grasping at straws for an explanation- looking at the GPS chart, I find we spent a preponderance of the time west of the rhumbline. In retrospect, I believe the wind may have been stronger on the eastern side of the rhumbline.
Link to chart
I would especially l like express my appreciation and graditude to our support crew in their efforts to help raise money for Southeastern Connecticut Hospice.
Crew: Seth, Megan, Bob & RW
Winds: SW at 8 to 16 kts
Current: flood - North Hill 1410
Start time: 1100 & 1325
Start/Finish: between GLP & Horseshoe
Course: s/f-DM-s/f, Distance: 5.6 & 8 nm
Shrouds: Base +3, +5, +3
The first race was a two lapper to a drop mark 1.4 nm southwest at 265 degrees. As Class 4, we were the fourth to start following the faster Classes 1 thru 3. The Shields were Class 5, next came the Ensigns on the same course but with a windward mark set at 1.0 nm.
Starting in a cool steady 12 knots, rather than get swallowed in the starboard parade, I elected to port from near the pin, even if it meant ducking most if not all of the fleet. Just prior the gun, the knotmeter quit a distraction we did our best to ignore. Once we were well clear of the line, and up to speed Seth was able to clear it with a few sweeps of the kelp stick. We seemed to be doing quite well against the larger faster boats paralleling us well to windward, so consolidated on starboard till clear for all sterns. On starboard and in spite of the ebb the waves and chop were significant for our small boat. Once we tacked back to port for a long port towards the layline, the seas were much more tolerable. We had a good set and a great run downwind in a fraction of the time spent on the beat. The wind direction appeared steady yet stronger on the south side of the course so we opted for the starboard leeward gate and extended to near the port layline, followed by a more comfortable long port to near the final layline at the mark and another fast run to the finish. As usual we were the last boat to finish yet corrected to a 2nd place.
Another full day on the water Sunday…. SeTherin left the slip at 0830, pulled back in at 1910 hours. We made the trip over to Niantic in one & a-half hours with assistance of the flood- boat speed average five kts with six over the ground. This was our first visit to Niantic Bay and for the most part, we were pleased with the racing in spite of our lack luster showing, due in part to a floating windward mark, causing the first race (only one race was planned initially) to be thrown out.
The rain was light, the wind calm and the sea flat as the four of us motored out towards our starting area last night. We knew it was for naught, yet had to play the odds just in case. Sure enough at the five-minute (1755) warning the RC fired off the shotgun three times for “Abandonment”. So it was back to the dock for chips, dip, libation and good conversation.
Bottom line, I was home by nine and in time to watch the dvd “Defiance” with DJ.
Crew : Brian, Bob, Seth & RW
Winds: SW (250) at 3 to 6 kts
Baro: 30.37, Temp: 64, Water Temp: 47
Current: flood - North Hill 1433
Start time: 1800, 2 ½ hours left of the flood
Start/Finish: between GLP & Horseshoe
Course: #4, s/f- DM (225 @1.0), Shortened at leeward mark, Distance: 1.9 nm
Shrouds: @ base
We arrived at the starting area in time to stow the motor and sail a half dozen tacks to windward, and found starboard favored. Returning downwind was slow, putting us at the start line with less than three minutes to go. We sailed along the line towards the pin & got a good range on the Fishers Island shore prior to returning towards the committee boat. Other than Cosmic down near the pin there, the rest of the class was still west of the RC. About mid line, running out of time, we returned to starboard and ran down the line for a good start right at the gun, with Cosmic squeaking across our bow on port boosted by the current. Shortly after their cross, they tacked eventually passed us to windward and pulled away.
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