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Shennecossett YC - Pre-Off Soundings 06/06/15

 Wind: NE 18 G20+, N 7, SE 8, average 10.5 kts, Temp: 72,74,68 F, Baro: 29.90
Current: 2 hours flood remaining at start. Ebb North Hill 14:19
Start/Finish: Vixen
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*4, 2.7nm at 230, starboard roundings (race shortened at 2 laps) 
Race Length: 10.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Josh & RW

With winds near start time kicking up into the high teens, gusting into the low 20’s we chose a heavy air setup and the Heavy #1 genoa, though did put in the reef as it was a downwind start to a drop-mark 2.7 nm southwest out near where to old Dumping Grounds’ buoy had been.

We were third off the line behind Balance & Arabesque. About 2/3s down the run the wind diminished and we were not see anything above 10 knots for the remainder of the race.
Following a smooth douse and hardening up on starboard for a short while, we tacked to port for most of the beat, except for a brief & mistaken starboard. The leeward mark was difficult to see, so we tacked comfortably short of the pin for the starboard rounding, yet found we had slightly overstood the mark as it came into view.

The second run commencing with a jibe-set was long and arduous in the light air & power boat chop. Less than five-minutes from the mark still on port-jibe, the wind suddenly died and a new breeze rose out of the southeast. We quickly hoisted the genoa, doused, rounded and re-set the spinnaker for a single reach all the way back to Vixen where the race was finished.

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Corrected Time Results: Balance, SeTherin, Arabesque, Blind Monkeys, Bagatelle

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 June 2015 15:03

Donzo WNR - 06/03/15

Wind: 7 to 10 at 155, average 154 at 8.8 kts, Temp: 55 F, Baro: 30.23
Current: 50 minutes of ebb remaining at start. Flood North Hill 18:49
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.3 nm at 160, Race Length: 5.0 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

Numerous wind checks prior to the start led us to believe port would be favored by 5 to 10 degrees.  We had a good mid-line at speed start, then tacked to port about thirty-seconds past the gun and continued out short of North Dumpling for what was certainly the favored tack.  Sans Souci, trailing on our stern a dozen or more boat lengths was the only boat in our class to take a similar path.  The vast majority of the fleet sailed towards Groton Long Point.

We rounded the windward mark with smooth bearaway set and continued on starboard, jibing about 2/3’s down the course.  Following the leeward mark, Jolly Mon & Cosmic headed for Groton Long Point again.  Exiting the leeward mark, the numbers enforced our decision to remain on port. Compared to the first leg, we were down some due to the flood yet still within forty-five degrees of the rhumbline.

The starboard run to the finish was nearly dead-downwind, often sailing near to lee.

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Earlier in the afternoon, Adam, Brian & I went out  with John Fries in conditions perfect for evaluating our new sails: a light #1 genoa & main.  In addition to having a very pleasant sail, we learned a few things from John along the way. 

Genoa photo one
Genoa photo two


From the RC blog

The Donzo WNRS blog- 06/03/15
- Wednesday @ 06:35PM - We are racing on course 4, windward mark tucked up towards West Harbor at 160, 1.3 NM. 36 boats started in 6 classes. Cool night. Kudos to Sparky with Jamie Rice playing catch up single handing against the other Class Two J's. Looking to go the distance with a clear, cool, friendly night. Come back for results in about two hours.

- Wednesday @ 07:59PM - Tight fleet, tight night! Balance shifts the balance with a first in fleet. Last to first in 7 days. Jolly Mon smokes the fleet FTF, but the clock kicks their butt in favor of SeTherin. Dragin Z Ballz takes the J boats to town and 2nd Chance along with Patriot leave no doubt about big bad boats in solid breeze. Exciting mark roundings and boat speed made for a Top Ten night in Mudhead heaven.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 22:25

Donzo WNR - 05/27/15

Wind: SW 20+ to near zip.
Current: one hours of flood remaining at start. Ebb North Hill 18:59
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM*1 ½ at 250m, 1.2 nm
Race Length: 3.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

We arrived in the starting area a good half hour prior to the gun, with southwest winds gusting in high teens with a twenty+ degree sweep. We decided on the #1 genoa & rigged for 14 kts. At the five-minute warning, the wind increase to 18+ with gust into the mid-20’s so we hurriedly switched to the #3 jib. Then right at the gun the wind subsided! Was it just a temporary lull? Having only a single headstay, we decided to tough it out with the #3, though we did not get it fully raised until a minute or so into the start crossing the line nearly a minute late, and continued out on which appeared favored by 15 degrees or so. Brian called our tack nicely taking us to the mark with minimum bearaway. Nearing the leeward mark Jolly Mon & Cosmic passed to leeward on port tacks.

Following the rounding and set the wind continued to drip making for a lumpy run with two jibes. We rounded with nice douse and chose to tack at first opportunity, noticing the wind had clocked making starboard favored. We continued offshore to where concerned about overstanding we tacked to port.
We would have fared much better had we tacked (or not tacked to port at all till farther out) out once we realized we would not weather Seaflower. I've often found weird eddies near Seaflower and less wind. From past experience as well as last night's, I think we should do our best to avoid Seaflower, especially on the windward leg.

Past Seaflower the wind continued to die, so we tacked back for offshore in hopes of finding some wind. Shifting to lumpy sea - light mode, we slowly worked our way out till comfortable we could lay the mark on port in the new flood. The RC decided to shorten the race from two laps to one and a half and we crossed second (boat for boat) in class behind Cosmic and ahead of Jolly Mon in a slightly increased southwest breeze.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:04

Donzo WNR - 05/20/15

Wind: GON 17:56 NW 20 G 28, 18:56 NW 14 G 21, 18:56 NW 14 G 21, 19:56 NW 8
Baro: 29.88”
Current: 2 hours of ebb remaining at start. Flood North Hill 20:00
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: Vixen-Intrepid*2
Race Length: 6.1 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

With the winds surging into the low 20’s we chose to go with the #3 blade & a reef.  We had a excellent start leading the class off the line, and stayed offshore two thirds of the way to Vixen.  Had we tacked early on to sail closer ashore, the adverse current may have been less, yet the wind also less maybe and more fluky.   The lulls became more frequent the last quarter of the leg.

We rounded Vixen third with a bearaway set, followed by a jibe at first opportunity and maintained third all the way to Intrepid.  Vacillating on which headsail to use for the next upwind leg led to a late spinnaker douse and a bad rounding, allowing Sans Souci to pass.  We stuck with the #3, though at times wished we had the genoa (in retrospect we should have). Conditions would have favored something inbetween, which we don’t have. 

We slowly lost ground to Sans Souci.  Following a jibe set at Vixen, we experienced a few 20+ gusts on the reach back towards Intrepid. 

Approaching Intrepid we rigged the genoa, followed by a good douse & rounding for short beat back to the start/finish.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:19

2015 Launching

Brian & I floated SeTherin today off the trailer, motored to our slip, raised the mast and accomplished most of the setup.  We then retired to the Seahorse for a well-deserved meal.  This was the first tow of SeTherin by our recently purchased Nissan Murano as the ’95 Ford Explorer has been retired. J

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 July 2016 21:00

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