Wind: SSW at 6; Baro 29.91" Temp 70 F
Current: flood 1610 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Race Length: 3.3 nm
Crew: Brian, Dan & RW
The afternoon had been mostly overcast with little to no wind. Occasionally, when the sun would poke through a breeze of 6 to 8 would build then subside as the cloud cover came back in. Late in the afternoon the ceiling cleared and a steady six knot breeze built out of the south.
The RC set up a two lapper to North Hill and back. We led the class along the line towards the pin, yet at the gun Merganser with a bit more speed slowly rolled us to windward. We bailed out for a short port then continued on starboard. Nearing North Dumpling it became evident we were being lifted to the west side. We would have preferred the east side for the current shove between the islands and where there appeared to be more wind, though felt it too late to bear off for the east side.
As previous experience has shown in these conditions, the west side has adverse current and less wind, so we lost a good bit to the leaders here. I believe Cosmic was the first boat in class to round.
For the return downwind, they and nearly the whole fleet chose to sail through the Dumpling against the current for the greater wind, as did Loony Tunes, though very close to the southern shore of North Dumping. We chose the west shore for current avoidance in spite of less wind there and gained some on the class. Half way down the run the wind nearly died and the fleet began to compress. We were able to read the ‘tea leaves’ ahead and a final starboard jibe took us across the line.
Wind: WNW 8 to 12, G14; Baro 29.89" Temp 84 to 80 F
Current: ebb 1600 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Race Length: 5.5 nm
Crew: Brian, Kimberly & RW
It was a somewhat suspenseful day with winds in the mid-teens, gusting to low twenties and knowing we were short handed for the evening’s race. At five o’clock Ledge Light was still showing 16 with gusts of 22, though the forecast was for was the wind to abate early in the evening. On the motor out, thankfully it did, so we stowed the #3 and hoisted the genoa.
With an assist from the big breeze all day the ebb was nearly as strong as last week’s flood. I again failed to keep us up near the line and was twenty yards or so short at the gun, as was Breaking Wind. Rolling over Breaking Wind near the committee boat I decided to continue on starboard till windward of most of the boats already on starboard tack. Our deep port tacks, first in the lee of Horseshow and two more into Bluff Point as far as we dared, helped immensely; followed by a long starboard to near the port layline. Here we pulled ahead of Sans Souci as they took another port hitch in (towards the airport).
Wind: E at mid-teens to low 20's; Baro 30.11" Temp 68 to 64 F
Current: flood 1610 Ram Island
Start: West of GLP
Race Length: 8.3 nm
Crew: Brian, Reid, Bob & RW
Again another windy day! With such a strong easterly wind, the flood was cooking big by race time. At the start, I intended to approach from the pin, then tack back to lead the class approaching from the committee boat. Upon tacking, it became immediately evident we would not make the pin, so we ducked a couple boats and continued out on port. Jolly Mon touched the pin and did her 360.
We decided to stay on port a while as it was lifted and maybe not that far out into the current, though when we tacked back in on starboard Cosmic & Sans Souci crossed clear ahead. Two deep tacks in between the buoys of Groton Long Point helped immensely as we were able to round R22 on Cosmic’s tail and ahead of Sans Souci. Though by the time we rounded the windward mark at Ram, both boats had pulled well ahead.
Wind: SE 8-10 kts, Baro 29.77" Temp 60 F
Current: ebb 1710 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Race Length: 2.6 nm
Crew: Brian, Andrew, Reid & RW
There had been a low overcast all day and late in the afternoon the visibility diminished as well. Yet on the motor out, we had a good two miles.
We were late arriving in the start area, a minute or more past the 5-minute warning by the time we arrived to the line. A quick wind check showed port favored at that time; combined with the ebb I chose to duck the starboard starters for a port start near the committee boat. Initially it appeared we were benefitting from a current lift. We tacked a bit too late leading to an overstand, which may have been a loss of 30 seconds or more. We had a good rounding of Intrepid with a bearaway set. Our jibe to port for the leeward mark was late (an overstand) as well; again 30 seconds loss or more. I delayed after watching Cosmic & Watercolors bearing off and slowing in an effort to make the mark against the current.
Wind: NE at mid-teens to low 20's; Baro 30.13" Temp 52 F
Current: flood 1750 Ram Island
Start: Approaches of West Harbour
Race Length: 3.6 nm; WMK 1.8 nm at 034m from s/f
Crew: Brian, Dan, Reid & RW
It was a cold windy day, a far cry from yesterday's launching, when Brain & I were sweating mid-afternoon while rigging the boat.
The Wednesday forecast was for overcast skies, temps of low 50’s, with mid-teen NE gusting into twenties. We’ve found forecasts of NE winds with an overcast to hold true through-out the forecast period. Arriving Spicer’s 0930, I spent the day wearing a jacket while prepping the boat and added another layer for the race.
Motoring out towards the Fishers Island side of the Sound, we debated which headsail to use and decided to stick with the genoa. Many sailors expressed their displeasure with the RC’s initial start line setup just northeast of West Clump, leading to numerous changes- two moves farther northeast for more clearance on the south side of the start line before a final move up into the mouth of West Harbor, in the FIYC starting area. In then meantime, while practicing a few tacks, the grommet in head of our genoa tore out, leaving the #3 jib as the only option (and which should have been our first choice).
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