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Donzo WNR - 05/25/16

Wind: WSW at 6 to 10 kts, Gusts 12, 14
Temp: 75 F, Baro: 30.00; MTW 54 F
Current: ebb North Hill 14:00
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-s/f, 250 at 1.5 nm; Race Length: 4.5 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

The star was delayed 5-minutes due to the pin boat running late from setting the windward mark.  We chose to go west along Horseshoe & the Connecticut shore for current relief, so I set up an approach along the line from the pin thinking we had nearly two minutes to go. Halfway down the line, we discovered we had less than 30 seconds, so I tacked on Gimlet’s starboard hip to cross the line. 

Soon as we were assured of clearing the committee boat, we flopped to port a few seconds after Cosmic and followed them out safely south of Horseshoe.  Interestingly, we stayed with them for the longest time in winds of 9 to 11 kts.   Then we chose to tack offshore rather than chance overstanding, though we probably should have gone somewhat farther. 

Our spinnaker set was all fouled up (I crossed the sheets when hooking them up). Here we lost a better part of a minute at reduced speed.  Once up and pulling, we had a good downwind, though should have jibed a minute or so sooner.  

We had a timely douse at the leeward rounding as some increased pressure moved in. Had I cinched up the backstay more & had we put in the flattener, we may have kept her on her feet better & weathered Horseshore.  Eventually we made our way offshore west of Seaflower in two long starboard favored hitches & two shorter headed ports for the finish.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 31 July 2016 20:50

Donzo WNR - 05/18/16

Wind: SSE at 4 to 6 kts
Temp: 60 F, Baro: 30.12; MTW 54 F
Current: flood North Hill 15:45
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-W-s/f, Race Length: #.# nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 July 2016 20:50

ECSA’s Bruce Kuryla Defends U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship Title

Congratulations to ECSA’s Bruce Kuryla as he and his crew win USSailing’s Offshore Championship…  again!  Bruce was selected by USSailing to represent Area B of which ECSA is a part in the 10 boat championship.  Bruce, ECSA Offshore Chair and a Past Commodore, races his Nelson Marek 42 Secret on the ECSA Offshore Circuit.   When you race ECSA you race against the best!

ECSA’s Bruce Kuryla defends U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship Title

Annapolis, MD (September 27, 2015) – The 2015 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship, hosted by the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, pitted ten teams to test their offshore racing skills in Navy 44 sloops over three days (Sept 25-27) on Chesapeake Bay.

In the end, it was Bruce Kuryla’s (Milford, Conn.) team who earned the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy. The win for Kuryla marks his third U.S. Offshore Championship, including three of the last four (2015, 2011, 2009). His highly skilled crew featured Blake Marriner, William Tyler, Thomas Jankun, Rod Swift, Phillip Williamson, and Bruce S. Kuryla.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2015 09:09

Back to G'bury

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 :)

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2015 09:08

Donzo WNR - 09/09/15

Wind: SW at 6 to 10 kts; Average 212 @ 7 kts
Temp: 79-74F, Baro: 29.85
Current: flood North Hill 15:50
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: sf-DM-LMK-DM/f, Race Length: 3.0 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

We had a good start with Jolly Mon & Cosmic to port as the three of us led the class off the line. 

In the pre-start we could see better wind on the left offshore towards North Dumpling. The rhumbline was pretty square, though starboard was favored due to the flood and the appearance of more wind out to the left. For the first five minutes or so, we forged ahead trailing Jolly Mon & Cosmic in a 5 to 6 knot breeze, the following five minutes saw an increase to an 8 knot average TWS. And once established on port the wind picked up for an 8.5 knot average to the layline. 

We had a good button hook rounding and set, then favored a slightly fresh angle above TgtWA to the leeward mark for a smooth douse and rounding, tacking back out for the fresher wind as soon as we were up to speed.

The subsequent beat was similar as the first with yet a fresher breeze of 9.5 kts average offshore.  The RC shortened race for a finish at the windward mark.  Seventeen seconds faster would have put us in second place.   

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:24

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