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Mason Island Regatta - 08/15/15

Wind: SW at 4, peak 6 kts, Temp: 77 - 80 F, Baro: 30.11
Current: Flood North Hill 12:05
Start/Finish: East of Vixen
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.6nm at 260 & 1.3 @ 230; Race Length: 4.5 nm
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015 10:25

Donzo WNR - 08/12/15

Wind: WSW at 6 to 12 kts, average 270 at 8.5 kts; Temp: 77 F, Baro: 29.81 to 29.83
Current: Flood North Hill 17:20
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-M-DM/f; Race Length: 5.6 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

We had a reasonable start trailing Cosmic and leading Jolly Mon off the line. After a short while Jolly Mon bailed out to the right, while we followed Cosmic out on starboard for the current lift and the subsequent push on port to round a short distance behind Cosmic and Jolly Mon at the windward mark.

After the rounding we sailed in the current lee of Seaflower, prior to a short jibe to port which we should have continued, and shortly followed up on to sail for current relief along Groton Long Point.  

We had a smooth douse & rounding of the leeward mark, then tacked offshore for the current at first opportunity.  The RC shortened the race to finish at the windward mark, and we chose to go south of Seaflower with the thought of better wind and current.

Jolly Mon corrected over us by 25 seconds.  There were three possibilities of remedying that: 1- the delayed spinnaker set; 2- the port bare-off for Blind Monkeys at 1908, only to have them tack at the last moment to port also; 3- tacking to starboard at about 1907 to deeper water may have taken us into a swifter current.

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015 10:19

Donzo WNR - 07/29/15

Wind: SW at 6 kts, Temp: 86 - 82 F, Baro: 29.91
Current: Flood North Hill 16:30
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.0nm  at 225; Race Length: 4 nm
Crew: Brian, Braedon Hansen, Dan & RW

We crossed the line about thirty seconds late, due to my tardy turn onto Avara’s hip.  Our strategy was to favor the east side of the course for current lift & what appeared to be better pressure.  At eight minutes into the race we took port for clear air then returned to the favored starboard.  After the set we sailed slightly above the rhumbline to the leeward mark, where we got rolled by Second Chance on the inside.  Back upwind, we bailed onto starboard at first opportunity, and were able to maintain clear air out the channel for the long port shove, to catch and round inside of Sans Souci at the mark. 

After a minute or so of sailing alongside her port, I decided to split and crossed her stern for a fresher course, similar to the first downwind.  In addition to the fresher angle, concerned about a dying wind our rationale was to remain up current near the finish.  We opted for the fresher angle at the top of the course, while Sans Souci did just the opposite and sailed a more direct course to benefit from a fresher angle nearing the finish and pulled ahead.  

In retrospect, we should have considered one of two alternatives, covering alongside her port, or jibing to a short port to get out of the current of the channel, then jibing back for a fresh long jibe to the finish (and maybe should have done likewise on the first downwind also). 

It was nice to have 12 year old Braedon Hansen along for this evening’s race. Hopefully, he will be back occasionally.

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Last Updated on Friday, 07 August 2015 07:18

Donzo WNR - 07/22/15

Wind: WSW at 12 to 6 kts, Temp: 79 - 77 F, Baro: 29.67 to 29.72
Current: Ebb North Hill 15:45
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2 1/2, Race Length: 5.1 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

 I had gone down to Noank early so as to get some work done and wipe down the bottom, prior going out with Dan Lettiere and George Bryes for shake down sail of Dan’s Nonsuch 30, Summer Love.   The winds had been gusting into the high teens all afternoon, then into the twenties as race time approached.  

On the motor out we prepared for ‘high-teens’ choosing the #1 heavy genoa & reeving the 1st reef line, and set the rig at 14.   And as so often just as the time for the gun neared the winds backed off. 

Two hours into the ebb, the current was screaming, with the assistance of a 1st quarter moon & the strong westerly.  For once we were prepared, and had a good start and led off the line at the gun.  The RC finally got some good shells.  After a short hitch offshore, we tacked to for a long port and wished we had the #1 light instead, and decided to remedy that on the downwind.  On the first upwind, as we tacked to port to avoid Seaflower, the starboard sheet unattached from the clew, so in a short & quick tack-back we addressed the problem and continued back to port. Both sets were bearaways shortly followed by a jibe to port for the full run.  

I don’t think there was much we could have done to improve upon our third place finish, in the lumpy seas & fowl current on both upwind tacks. 

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015 10:21

Mudhead Benefit Cup - 07/18/15

Race #1
Wind: 199 at 8.1 kts, Temp: 71 F, Baro: 29.98
Current: flooding. Ebb North Hill 13:09
Start/Finish: Between Horseshoe & Vixen
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.2 nm at 200, Race Length: 4.9 nm
Crew: Brian, Bob & RW

We had a good start all by ourselves in clean air at the pin end of the line.  And were able to stick to a current lifted starboard tack strategy all the way to the North Hill Channel where we then tacked to port with the current for the windward mark. After rounding the starboard gate, we appeared to be headed more than comfortable so tacked and ended up more to the west side of the course upwind, which may not have been the best move.  

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Race #2
Wind: 195 at 5 kts, Temp: 73 F, Baro: 29.93Current: flooding. Ebb North Hill 13:09
Start/Finish: Offshore of Bluff Point at 1320
Course: s/f-DM-s/f, 1.2 nm at 200, Race Length: 2.4 nm
Crew: Brian, Bob & RW

For the second race, the RC shortened the line significantly.  I elected the starboard end, but turned for the committee boat a bit late so we trailed the Shields by about 10 seconds off the line.  The wind was now down to five knots and our starboard course was backed a good amount from the first race, now headed east of Sea Flower. One by one, the Shields began tacking and I waited till windward of the last to tack ourselves.  

In 5 knots of wind, we could not point nearly as high as the Shields, we footed off some in the lumpy sea and made relatively good time.  In both races, our final tacks for the windward mark were right on the money (lucky indeed).     Shortly after the rounding of the windward mark, the wind dropped for the next thirty minutes making flying of the chute very difficult in the chop. Finally, just as we were about to jibe to starboard the RC announced a shortening of the race, excluding Class One.   Subsequent to our jibe to starboard, a fresh breeze arose making for a pleasant reach to the finish.

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It was nice having Bob Fagan back with us this past week, visiting from Georgia.  


Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015 10:32

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