Saturday ? July 24, 2004 Foredeck ?Dave Constanzo Trim ? Bob Fagan Mid ? Seth Magner Helm ? Rich Magner
Waking up to the sound of rain, I forced myself out of bed while listening to a forecast for a wet a dreary day. A bit before ten, we motored out to the starting area in low cloud cover and a NNW wind of about ten knots. With the flood beginning at 1041 and the first start scheduled for about 1100, we felt the current would not be nearly as significant the first race as the second.
Fishers Island YC 'Rround Fishers Island Race Current:ebb 1311 Napatree Pt, 1321 Race Pt Weather: Clear 80's, Wind: SW 5-6, occasional 8-10 kts Course:FI West Harbor, ccw - shortened at Lord's; Distance: 9.9 nm Crew: BF, AL, GC, RW
This was our twelfth effort at the Fishers Island YC Around the Island Race.
Leaving Spicers dock about nine for the motor over, we arrived to find the RC posting Course 1, the predominate counter-clockwise course. In twelve years we've gone clockwise only four times.Interestingly, we placed in three of those four races, with a first and two thirds. We have placed out of the money in all the counter-clockwise races.
Starting in only 5 to 6 knots of wind, we were concerned about being sweep over the line early.I held back on starboard with the motor until the five minute warning, for best positioning. After hardening up on starboard following a good start to windward of fleet at the committee boat, we tacked to port for more height.Passing the southern tip of Flat Hammock I remembered too late the back-eddy we've taken advantage of there going the opposite way on Wednesday nights; as we found ourselves suddenly going nowhere.
Back in the deeper water, current in our favor we made North Hill R"2" in reasonable time and saw Just Friends out ahead continuing on port and Watercolors on starboard for current relief along the west shore in accordance with our strategy. We could see the International One-Designs already offshore on starboard for Race Point, yet I was reluctant to abandon our west shore strategy,gambling that the breeze would fill on the beach first as it has in the past so many times. So we dilly-dallied at North Hill going nowhere for nearly an hour, before finally sailing out on port to the offshore breeze.
Nearing North Hill about 15 minutes into the race the GPS began to beep with a low battery message.Fortunately Art had brought some along and we eventually replaced them.
Finally offshore on starboard, the distance to Race Point clicked off rapidly in an eight knot breeze.Rounding Race Point at the end of the flood with a smooth set in a 7 to 8 knot breeze, we quickly determined those ahead were not making much headway so we opted for the shore.
The long haul down the back side of the island was much different than last weeks Ram Island YC race.Nearing Wilderness Point the wind died to less than six for nearly an hour, though we had more than the unfortunate offshore.
Watercolors slowly worked their way inshore for the breeze. For the better part of a half hour we were ahead of them till Isabella Beach when the wind came back 8 to 10 knotsfor a half hour or so, dying again as we neared the eastern end of the island two miles short of Lords MOA.Trimming the spinnaker was exasperating and we replaced the port sheet with 1/8" line and continued to milk it for all it was worth for nearly another hour, finally crossing the line at Lord's MOA at 1525 hours. Thankfully, the RC decided early on to shorten the race at Lord's.
We quickly got the iron-jib on and going and chose the shorter course home through WicopessettPass against a ripping three knot spring tide.After about an hour of motoring along the north shore of Fishers and drawing abeam Brooks Point, the motor conked out with an expensive sounding clank. We quickly set the sails again and began to sail for Noank, Fishers party no longer an option. With the fickle southwest breeze it appeared we would be swept back east, yet within twenty minutes or it died altogether and was replaced by a new warm 10 to 12 north wind off the Connecticut shore giving us a very pleasant sail all the way from Middle-Ground to our mooring at Spicers.
Results PosYachtTypeSkipperPHRFElapsedCorrected 1 Crystal Slipper C&C38MKIIICavanaugh113208.749211.21 2 Chkrd DemonHolland 30O'Connell161227.554213.00 3 Just FriendsWanderer Purcell216249.400215.00 4 SaludPearson 30Sarges174235.411215.97 5 Legacy IIIC&C 34Read147226.260216.52 6 SeTherinCatalina 22 Magner273276.795220.55 7 WatercolorsMorgan 28Drinkuth207256.014223.59 8 Jolly MonC&C RW 30Loveday194252.078224.40 9 RogueNewport 29Simonds126228.156225.90 10 Brer RabbitC&C 33Loweth151245.105233.06 11 TynajeOhlsen 38Ross143248.746239.56 12 Second DraftCatalina 30 Peacock180269.281244.80 13 XapismaPearson424K Welsh171290.329267.58 Elapsed Time -5.07 would have moved us into 5th -5.77 would have moved us into 4th -6.99 would have moved us into 3rd -9.50 would have moved us into 2nd -11.75 would have moved us into 1st
Ram Island YC "Around the Island Race" Weather: Clear, 80's, Wind NW 10-18, avg 13 kts Current:ebb0903 Napatree Pt, 0913 Race Pt Course:CCW Fishers Island, Distance: 14.5 nm Crew: Brian-foredeck, George-mid, Bob-aft, RW -helm. Start: 1005 hours It was a beautiful clear day motoring out the Horseshoe starting area in a 10 knot northerly; forecast 15 to 20 for the day.Our entry had been sent in for the spinnaker class, yet somehow RIYC used our default from previous years and put us in the non-spinnaker class.I drove over to the yacht club early in the morning to get it corrected to no avail; so non-spinnaker class it would be.
We were the second class to go following the Ensigns and got a good reaching start to windward of the fleet right on the gun near the committee boat, though not up the quite the speed as some of those to down the line.The wind too far forward for wing&wing, led us to experiment with the pole out to leeward some. With gusts into the high teens we often saw 6+ knots through the water.
We jibed around Race Point at 10:45, a forty-minute leg for a 5.7 kt average over the bottom. Now on the opposite jibe we found ourselves nearly on the identical point of sail. We favored offshore till clear of Wilderness Point, then came up for the heading Lord's Passage. Had we come up a bit higher after Wilderness, we might have found a bit more wind closer to the shore.
Occasional crew member, Jeff Lamothe racing his own boat (Tanzer 22) in their second race, started just behind and to leeward of us stayed hooked up to our lee-quarter and occasionally nearly abeam for the first leg and most of the second, then fell behind as we rounded Lord's for the beat at 11:50, an hour-five minutes from Race Point for a 6.6 kt average.Â The fast spinnaker boats were now overtaking us. As the crew prepped for hardening up the channel on port, I glanced aft and saw Greg Dillion (Quantum Leap, Quest 30) s-curving to avoid overrunning us. We rounded tight on the MOA yet there was too much dirty air from the heavy traffic ahead to hold high, as we would have liked. In less dense situation we could have short tacked once or twice to starboard between the MOA and Wicopesset Can "7" to for current relief. As it was, we held as high as possible across the current west of Napatree Pt.
With the whole crew on the rail hiking for all their worth, George fwd took the brunt of the waves; Bobby & Brian occasionally moving around for the dirty work. At one point, I had Bobby & George move aft to the stanchion in an effort to reduce the weather helm. We did a short tack to starboard for water over the Middle Ground Shoal southeast of the Stonington Jetty then back to port thinking we had cleared it. Afterwards looking at our track/chart printout, I see we should have continued north as the short tack put us nearly over the shallowest spot. Luckily we cleared it, continued north prior to tacking leeward of the jetty for the long starboard hitch to the finish.
Between Noyes Shoal & Ellis Reef, for three minutes we ran into largest lull of the whole race, from 14 to 8 knots then back to 18. Abeam Ellis we began to bear off for the finish line for the starboard end alongside the pin-boat, crossing at 12:59:10 for a 174-minute elapsed time, correcting to second place in our class behind Petrel.Â A great time on the water was had by all.Many thanks to the crew, Brian on the foredeck, Bobby on the trimming and especially to George for the last leg current relief strategy along the Connecticut shore. This is the leg that has killed us so many times over the years.
Ram Island 2003 addendum Class C Non-spinnaker 1-Patriot Tony Halsey Baltic 39 128 134.54 132.77 SeTherin 293 171.04 132.74 Two minutes & 33 seconds would have put us 1st overall non-spinnaker; as it is we beat all the Class C non-spinnaker boats but Patriot.
Class D spinnaker Our actual ET would put us in third place Class D spinnaker, Legacy, C&C 34, John Reed
2nd place Class D spinnaker, Jolly Mon, C&C 30 Redwing, G. Lovejoy 137.46 1.08 1 min 5 sec faster would have put us in second
1st place Class D spinnaker, Just Friends, P. Wanderer 30, Ed Purcell Where it would have taken 4 minutes 47 seconds fast to win Class D Spinnaker
Date:08/16/2003 Weather: High overcast & clearing, temps in the 80â€™s Current:flood 0820, ebb 1431 at Ram Island Course:s/f-DM-s/f (3p), 12 miles Crew: Brian - bow, Bob -mid, RW -helm Wind: S 5-14 kts Start: 1225 hours Drop mark 240 degrees at 2 nm
There was a delay of nearly an hour waiting for the wind to build. It was evident that a significant gradient was present, as we occasionally registered six to eight knots at the masthead hardly feeling a thing on deck, a good day for tall masted boats.
We started mid-pack amongst 12 boats with a current push and eight knots of wind, then tacked to port at the first opportunity. Half way up the starboard beat, we got a significant lift over the rocks southwest of Seaflower as the wind built to nine and clock 5 to the west.Â Following the rounding and set, ahead of us Watercolors split onto a port jibe though we continued on starboard behind Jolly Mon and Just Friends.We had a very good run, jibing 2/3 down the course (sailing a slightly shorter distance than JM & JF).Dousing short of the mark and receiving compliments from Bagetelle, we rounded and quickly got up to speed, with a short hitch to starboard to avoid being rolled by Nighthawk. Back on port, we nearly doubled our distance westward over the first leg, tacking for the long starboard as we sailed into an area of light air dropping below 7 kts.On port for the last hitch to the layline, we tacked ahead of Orion and held high letting them round inside; size matters!
I then made the first of two mistakes, which cost us dearly. Bearing off in the set I saw Jolly Mon & Just Friends in the distance below Orion. Instead of going above Orion as we were in position to do, I bore off and went below, thinking we would get clear as they were having trouble with their whisker pole. Next, we found ourselves pinned dead downwind, maybe slightly by the lee. So we jibed to port and stayed there (second mistake, costing us the most) for half the run, sailing into an expanding area of light air on left side downwind, 4 to 6 knots.By the time we realized it, we were in too deep to dig out. After two successive legs of light air on the right side of the course, we now knew to stick left for the next beat.
Approaching the leeward mark on a tight starboard jibe, we chose a leeward douse, then had a good rounding directly on MoonCusser's (an Andrews 26 having trouble in the cleanup) stern, built speed outside and tacked to starboard ahead of their wind shadow. With the wind clocking and increasing to 10 and above, now heavily favored starboard, we had our fastest leg of the day back upwind, the breeze increasing to 12 as we neared the mark.Rounding a couple of minutes behind MoonCusser, and ahead of Scoots, we jibed to favored port for our best run of the day in 12 to 14 knot winds nearly to the finish line.
I'd like to thank Brian and Bob for an outstanding day of boat handling, if only the skipper had gone the right way.
So we got 11th out of 12 and would have gotten last had Salud not had to restart for being over early. It will be a few days till we get the times and all for better analysis.I'm also interested to see how we faired against the Class 2 spinnaker boats, MoonCusser, Scoots & Hellfire.