Fishers Island Y.C. Around F.I. Race
Current: flood 1108 Napatree
Course: Clockwise Distance: 15.0
Weather: E 18-20, G25 FI
Crew: Jeff Lamothe, Seth & RW
While motoring over to Fishers Island a bit before nine below a low overcast, it appeared the forecast of a blustery day was going to hold true. So we began to gear up for heavy-duty winds as best we could, frictioned down the keel, rigged the first reef, jacklines bow to stern, secured all loose items as best we could, stowed the genoa and hanked on the twenty-two year-old lapper. All three of us donned our SOS Suspender PFD's. Last time I used the lapper was a Thames YC race Scott Boss and I did back in 'September of '95. There were about 13 boats in our class.
Jeff ended up as the designated breakwater forward on the rail. Conditions at the start were similar to this past Wednesday night with an approximate 5-knot higher average wind. Hardest day on the water I've had in a long time. I'm sure Jeff & Seth feel the same. We would have benefited with one more for the rail.
We started with a first reef and the lapper (approximately a 110 with a short luff), the jib that came with the boat (April 1980). From the start we immediately went north out past the green can toward the Mystic River, and then did a number of tacks down the Sound, thinking to ride the last of the ebb. Don't know if it helped or not; the port tacks were brutal. I noticed the flood began to take effect somewhere around Latimers. So maybe we should have stayed in?
After rounding Lord's MOA, we put up the genoa and shook out the reef, taking our time for safety, Seth using the harness on the foredeck. I wondered if the we would get a better current push and more wind by going farther out, but took the middle road up the backside, with an occasional surf up to eight knots. We did a port w&w the first half, finished the leg on starboard, put the reef back in prior to rounding Race Point, but kept the genoa on to the finish. Going up the west shore of Fishers, I often thought of taking out the reef, but thought better of it with the next gust; with another on the rail we certainly could have. We corrected to third and Petrel won, not sure but I think Hot Fudge was second. I was content just to have finished with no damage or injuries.
Eighty-nine boats started, seventy-two finished. We got the first place Island Cup Non-spinnaker Award for the best out of all three Island Races: Ram, Mason & Fishers. About time for a new lapper!?
After the motor home, Jeff, Seth & I wound down a bit more with a couple drinks at the Seahorse. Now two days later my shoulder is talking to me.
Yacht Type PHRF Elapsed Corrected
1 Petrel Luders 30 213 179.06 155.03
2 Hot Fudge Sadler 34 184 172.39 155.77
3 SeTherin Catalina 22 293 205.29 159.35
4 Starchaser Hunter 34 172 179.88 165.53
5 MastTransit J-27 145 175.47 168.45
6 Blind Date Sabre 38 II 134 172.64 168.70
7 Magic III Catalina 36 163 181.88 169.72
8 Orion Hunter 36 171 191.70 176.68
9 Sonja CapeDory27 257 228.76 186.24
10 Irish Lady Ranger 26 216 227.50 196.12
11 Chewaba Chance 32 156 DNF
12 Puffin Aloha 32 181 DNF
13 Halcyon Nonsuch 30 192 DNF
14 Tern Royale Tartan 30 196 DNS
15 Shoshin Contest 29 DNS
Weather: Wind 0-7 kts Current: ebb 1245 Ram
Course: Modified Gold Cup, W-J-L-W-L finish; Distance:5.0
Crew: Kim, Cindy, Seth & RW
Our class started at 1310, after an hour & a half delay waiting for the wind to decided which direction it was going to blow from if at all. With Seth again steering for the start we favored the pin end for (risking more
current) windward of the fleet in clear air for a swap to port tack towards shore for current relief. (In retrospect, the current may not have developed well enough to require such a move this early. Seth just squeaked us by the stack-boat then we swapped to port. Noticing a lull as we neared shore, we tacked back to starboard in a bit of a lift near shore.
In very little wind, we rounded the windward mark adjacent to Vixen, and Seth poled the genoa out to starboard as Kim managed the sheets. Anticipating being swept down, I held a high course for the jibe mark maintaining a range on South Dumpling.Â Orion did get swept into the mark, and took their 360 penalty turn directly after. Irish Lady was swept down and also had to drop her pole and reach up to round, as we reach the mark. As we jibed the pole, we temporarily poled out to port to clear the mark and Irish Lady prior to setting up for a reach to the leeward mark.
I have to take credit for the leeward mark fiasco. Orion had rounded, yet was making no headway. Nearing the mark, I verbalized my plan to take his stern with the intention of work our way clear of the traffic prior to tacking. Why I changed my mind, I don't know, but I turned up inside and we got tied up in traffic for good while.
The wind clocking to the north made for a fetch to the windward mark & likewise for the return to the finish with the ebb.
Thanks to Kim, Cindy and Seth for all the hard work and god company.
1 SeTherin Catalina 22, 293 107.78 83.66
2 Irish Lady Ranger 26, 217 100.21 86.26
3 Pisces III Paceship 26, 233 103.55 87.14
4 Starchaser Tartan 41, 175 95.67 87.64
5 Patriot Baltic 39, 128 89.04 87.87
6 Orion Hunter 35, 171 102.32 94.30
7 Blue Light Cal 25, 245 115.92 95.93
Ram Island YC 'Round Fishers Island Race
Current: flood 1406 Race Pt
Course: ccw, FI Distance: 11.0
Weather: SW 0-6, 8 kts clear & hot 90
Crew: Kim, Mandy, Bob & RW
We arrived at the starting area off Groton Long Point nearly an hour ahead of time. Approximately fifteen minutes before the start while meandering around the outboard overheated and locked up, a good time to stow it. At 1010, our class was the third to start. Wind east at 5 to 6 at the start, temperature mid to upper 90's
Got a good start in light air at the starboard upcurrent end of the line of the fleet, 23 boats on the start line. The scratch boat was Rodney Johnstone's new J42 'Ragtime, and as always we were the slowest rated boat.
Favoring the up current end of the startline near the committee boat, we had a good start and tacked immediately to the much-favored port tack.
We stuck to our strategy; though knowing what I now know, had we sailed a little free'er so as not to get set (swept) so far east, we may have been a little clearer of the eventual crowd of boats just upstream NW of N. Dumpling. That may have made it easier to break free offshore down the West Side of Fishers Island.
As it was, we sat in a sauna for a couple of hours just on the west side of North Dumpling in a drifter while some crews swam off their boats.Â In those couple of hours, we must have jibed the whisker pole a dozen times, and taken it down and reset a half dozen more. With Bob pulling the strings and Kim jibing the pole, they must have been near a point of exasperation. Probably would accomplished as much, had we just left it alone poled out to port. I am sure Mandy must have thought of many other things she could have been doing instead. Finally about 1230 we began to creep along the West Side of Fishers about a ½ mile offshore, avoiding the stronger ebb between NH & Silver Eel. At about 1325 we noticed a SE wind building along the beach between Silver Eel and Race Point and shortly tacked to starboard towards shore then to port along the beach in company of a dozen or more boats and riding the eight knot breeze to Race Point.
Arriving at Race Point at 1350 (current projected to flood at 1406 at Race Pt.), I made two of our greatest errors, allowing Celebration the Morgan 24 to pass and pull ahead. First, we tacked around the mark and headed towards the beach off the airport. We should have continued offshore a bit on port from Race Pt and rode some of the inertia of the dwindling ebb. Instead we
tacked around the buoy onto starboard and ran into a bit of the new flood in the shallow waters off the Elizabeth Field.Â Realizing our mistake we tacked back out but not far enough and settled into a loose starboard reach. A few minutes later, I made the second error tacking out to avoid an overtaker to windward, tacking too late and having to duck him, and lost two minutes according to the log. That is where we lost the race. Bob wanted to shoot me.
The remaining six miles to the Lord's Passage MOA was uneventful. With the wind slowly clocking, we had about twenty minutes of a 12+ breeze that subsequently diminished to a 7 knot broad reach as we neared the finish at Lord's Passage MOA where the R/C awaited for a shortened race.
After starting outboard, it appeared the outboard water pump had quit as no water was coming out. Fortunately, the six miles home took us less than an hour in refreshing 12 to 15 kt breeze and favorable current. Where the previous 11 miles took five hours 33 minutes. An elapsed time of 62 seconds faster would have put us in first place.
Date: 07/27/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 6.4 Weather: SE @ 4 to 5, 6-7 Current: ebb 1346 Ram
Course: X-IR-NH-V-IR (s) Crew: Dave Costanzo, Seth & RW
MRMSA Volvo Leukemia Cup
Course: windward to Intrepid Rock, - North Hill R"2" - Vixen - finish at Intrepid Rk
After a half hour postponement for wind, the RC started the race five minutes past 12. After crossing the line at the up current port end of the line, with Seth again steering for the start, we stayed low and ducked in and out of the current along Groton Long Point.
Noticing more wind offshore, Irish Lady tacked out into the channel off Groton Long Point a beat the fleet to Intrepid, with Orion not far behind. I felt we would have needed significantly more wind for a similar move to pay for us.
Nearing the Mystic River and significantly over standing Intrepid, we finally tacked out across the current, soon finding we should have hung on for a few more minutes. With Dave rolling the boat, now & then skirting the genoa when the wind occasionally rose above six kts, our tacks were very smooth. The frequent and extreme chop produced by numerous inconsiderate power boaters bringing us to a complete stop nearly rattled the helmsman.Â Set west by the current, it took a four minute hitch back to starboard to get us clear of Intrepid, with Silver Lining rounding slightly ahead..
After a series of six tacks through the Dumplings, we finally rounded North Hill, Seth set the whisker to port, and it was time for lunch. With crew on the foredeck, mast racked forward, current near slack yet still in flood we favored right of the rhumb line and held our own with the fleet, overtook Silver Lining and gained a bit on Irish Lady and Orion.
Nearing Vixen, with the wind now just forward of abeam, we discarded the pole to reach the last few yards, jibed around the mark then fell off bit to avoid the swarming spinnaker fleet awaiting their next start just east of Vixen. Now on a close reach, a few of the larger boats overtook us. However, with the assistance of the ebb, a seven-knot breeze, there was no great concern over maintaining our handicap; we had a delightful sail to the finish. Many thanks to Dave and Seth for a great day, and to Dave's wife, Suzette, who able to join us for the evening festivities.
Many thanks, to all of you for your support. Due to our combined efforts, we were able to contribute $430 to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
There were nine boats in our class "Cruising Canvas 2", and seven in the faster "Cruising Canvas 1". We were first in class on corrected time, and though the result are not yet posted on the web site www.mudhead.org & fourth overall in Cruising Canvas Combined.
1-SeTherin, Catalina 22
2-Orion, Hunter 35
3-Irish Lady, Ranger 26
45th Fishers Island Yacht Club - "Around Fishers Island Race"
September 1, 2001, Saturday; Course: CCW
Ebb-Race Point, 1039 Napatree Point
Wind -NW to N 9 at the start
Crew: Kim -foredeck, Bob -mid, RW -helm
We arrived at the island about 0935 in plenty time to get a sense of the wind and forthcoming conditions. The first gun went off on schedule at our class third to start at 1025.
We were set up for a great start at the committee boat, to windward of the fleet of 15 or so boats. At the crossing moment I gave in to a barger on our starboard beam, David Kelly (Mast Transit – J27). I should have closed the door on him. As a result, he rolled us significantly slowing our acceleration out the gate. Not quite making North Hill on the beat we threw in two tacks a couple minutes short of the mark to clear. In retrospect we should have tacked up for clear air right after the start similar to Cygnus.
Rounding North Hill, we had a broad reach down the west shore in 12 to 22 knot winds. As the wind reached 20 we put on our PFD’s. Not lasting long, it was soon back to less than 15. In less than five minutes we were abeam North Hill, and twenty minutes later jibed around Race Point.
The sail Race Point to Lord's Passage starting broad went to a beam reach for the most part with Bobby constantly playing the genoa luff similar to a spinnaker. About half way down the island Kim took the lazy port halyard forward to bow, then Bobby cinched it as the backstay was eased in an effort to reduce the weather helm. Nearing Lord's Passage now on a nearly a beat, Kim brought the lazy halyard back to the mast and we prepared to harden up around the MOA(L) at 1213 an average of 5.7 for the 6.65 nm along the south side of the island; essentially an hour-ten minutes: Race Point to Lords. Prior to rounding, Bobby put in the flattening reef, then the first reef in preparation for the beat up Lords Passage. Shortly after the MOA we tacked. Though not familiar with the hazards, I tacked back too soon. A study of the chart, shows you can gain by favoring an inside course between the MOA & C7in an ebb.
At the top of the pass, we were in relatively good shape, some of our completion in sight. Over the next 1 7/8 miles, five marks port need be honored to port. The wind now in the high teens accompanied by waves and traffic hindered our ability to readily tack and thwarted my strategy of ducking in and out between the marks in the max ebb. It still took us four tacks to clear the first mark C7 at the top of Lord's. Not able to see marks C9, C15 due to the traffic, and in an effort to clear, we mistakenly sailed too high, following the majority of the fleet out into the current, passing C13 also to port, an unnecessarily longer course exposed to greater current.
Clearing C13, influenced by Ed (Just Friends) ahead of us, we continued on a reach in clear air choosing the rhumbline course to Clay Point contrary to my original strategy -bearing off for the longer near shore route in less current (though where the wind may have been less). Had we stayed down along C9, C 15 and C 17 as originally planned, the shore route may have been the better choice. Somewhere near C 1: we shook out the first reef, then eased the flattening reef about five minutes later. The wind blew well into the high teens for most of the 3.3 nm reach to Clay Point; both Kim and Bobby hiking to the max along cabin rail. Upon rounding Clay Point and bearing off onto a broad reach to the finish, many of the nearby boats set their spinnakers. We crossed the line at 1336 for a 191 minute elapsed time, in plenty of time for the party. Rafting up next to Cygnus, we relaxed and debriefed for an hour or so prior to taking the launch for the part at FIYC.
Following the party we had a relaxing motor to Noank just in time for the last run of the day of Spicer’s launch.
It is curious that our fastest Fishers Island Race ever garnered us only 10th place.
1992 Elapsed Time 198.69 minutes 1st place, non-spinnaker
1993 Elapsed Time 420.00 minutes 6th place, non-spinnaker
1994 Elapsed Time 295.79 minutes 7th place, non-spinnaker
1995 Elapsed Time 269.68 minutes 3rd place, non-spinnaker
1996 Elapsed Time 349.49 minutes 7th place, spinnaker
1997 Elapsed Time 264.39 minutes 5th place, spinnaker
1998 Elapsed Time 248.23 minutes 11th place, spinnaker
1999 Elapsed Tine 287.92 minutes 3th place, spinnaker
2000 Race Abandoned ¬died
2001 Elapsed Time 191.00 minutes 10 place non-spinnaker
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