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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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 :)
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.
59th Annual Round the Island Race
Wind: NE, E & SE 7 to 9
Average Wind: 115 at 8.2 kts, Baro 30.26" Temp 72 F
Current: flood Race Pt: 1143, Race: 1208
Start & Finish: West Harbor
Race Length: 14.55 nm
Crew: Brian, Daphne & RW
A counter-clockwise course (downwind start) was announced about 15-minutes prior to the first warning There being only three of us, I decided to start sans genoa, run up the line under just the main and pop the chute near the committee boat where the current was least. The majority of the class favored the pin end, while Jolly Mon to our starboard was the only boat nearer the committee boat.
We favored the shallower water near Flat Hammock & South Dumpling more so than the other boats
then gave a wide berth to the buoy at North Hill avoiding the stiff current there and remained offshore of the North Hill bluff. There may have greater pressure had we gone even farther out.
Transitioning to the genoa at Race Point, we hardened up a bit and continued out on port for nearly five-minutes, prior to a short tack to starboard to access things- saw a big park-up along the shore west of Wilderness Point, little wind, a discouraging course over the ground (COG) and white caps far offshore.
LooneyTunes had passed us about half way down the west shore well above Silver Eel and rounded Race Point a few minutes ahead of us. We now had caught up as they passed a couple boat lengths in front of us headed offshore on port. So we tacked to continue offshore for another 20-minutes gaining confidence in the greater wind, and even more so about halfway out when we discovered a lift in our COG. After a bit over an hour on starboard and nearing the end of the island we began an incremental bear-off for Lords.
At the MOA the angle was too tight for hoisting the chute so we kept it wide and set in the bear-off for Can-7 and jibed shortly thereafter. The run to the finish became a spinnaker reach with Brian on the pole and Daphne doing a superb job of trimming often exceeding 6 knots- a Gorgeous Day, Fun Time!
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