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Wind: SSE Average 11.5 kts, gusts 14, lulls 9.
Temp 61-57F, Baro 30.22-30.24
Current: ebb North Hill 1425 
Start: west of GLP 24 
Course: s/f-W-s/f; to Fishers Island West Harbor and back
Race Length: 4.1 nm
Crew:  Brian, Josh, Dan & RW
Rig at 14, #1 Heavy (Waters)

Following a hectic few days getting the boat ready and in spite of a few setbacks, SeTherin and crew made the opening night of the 2019 MRMSA Donzo WNR series.  
About 10-minutes on the late side leaving the dock and accessing the wind & weather conditions motoring paste Groton Long Point, we decided to swap from the Light#1 genoa (already on deck) to the Heavy#1 with 7-minutes to the 5-minute warning and stepped up the rig for 14 kts.  

Off to the west side of the committee boat I made late turn, making for tardy start and trailed the whole class across the line by 30-seconds or more.  One advantage, we were slightly above everyone in clear air and appeared to be gaining a little. It seems everyone had run down the line. Cosmic started near the pin as they often do and launched into the lead.  Three to four minutes into the race with Gimlet about to overtake them to windward, Cosmic tacked to port with the others following suit over the next minute. 

We continued nearly twice as far prior to a long port tack towards Flat Hammock buoy.  Cosmic crossed ahead of us on starboard as we approached the buoy then tacked to port. Coming abreast the buoy, Cosmic led ahead to our lee at about 11 o’clock and continued to the beach.  Near Hammock’s southern tip we took a short starboard hitch prior to a final port to the layline. 

Cosmic rounded ahead followed by Nonsuchs (Gimlet & Bananaquit having taken a course up the westside of South Dumpling & along the shore to “W”) then SeTherin with lead Class 2 boat, Zallee on our stern and Sans Souci a couple minutes later.

We rounded with a good set and hung on starboard to the FH buoy, then jibed for a long port favoring west of the rhumbline.   We appeared to gain a little from current relief & better wind compared to the boats ahead- Cosmic, Nonsuchs, Zallee and San Souci trailing behind, all five taking a dead downwind course to the finish.  A final jibe to starboard took us across the line, fourth boat for boat, 3-minutes, 27-seconds behind Cosmic (with the gun) and comfortably ahead of San Souci by 21-seconds for the win.

Due to the dwindling J24 fleet and Thunder Chicken’s absence, Jolly Mon & Zallee have been moved to Class 2.

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Wind: SSW Average 8,5 kts, 5 to 12
Current: flood North Hill 1410 
Start: west of GLP 24 
Course 4, (s/f-N-s/f)*2 , 0.8 at 195
Race Length: 2.8 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

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62nd Annual Round the Island Race
Wind: E clocking to  SE 8 to 12
Average Wind: 130 at 10 kts, 5 to 16 
Current: flood Napatree 0935, Ram Island: 0940, Race Pt: 1000, North Hill 1005
Start & Finish: West Harbor
Course: clockwise
Race Length: 14.55 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian & RW

Of the 25 FI Round the Island Races we have done with our first in 1992, only 9 have been clockwise.   
And this year's clockwise course had us sailing eastward along the north shore in a building tide arriving Lord's Passge at maximum current, the strongest of our 9 races clockwise around the island.  

We had a very good start and held our own nearly halfway to Lord's.  Approximately abeam East Harbor, our competition began to stretch out their lead.  Offhand, I cannot think of anything we could have done differently as our sailpower/boatspeed was not sufficent to sail to our ratiing against such a adverse current.

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Wind: WSW Average 11.5 kts, gust 16
Current: ebb North Hill 1320 
Start: west of GLP 24 
Course 4, (s/f-N-s/f)*2 , 1.4 at 210
Race Length: 5.2 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

Again we failed to return after taking a clearing tack. 

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73rd Annual Ram Island YC Invitational Regatta
Winds: Average SW 7 kts, 4 to 12, peak gust 15 
Current: ebb - 11124 North Hill, 1149 Race Point
Start time: 1050
Start/Finish: Groton Long Point / Ram Island 
Course: counter-clockwise Fishers Island; did not include Stonington Gong 
Distance: approximately 14.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, & RW



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Wind: Variable SW-W-SW 10 to zero to 4 kts
Current: flood North Hill 1210 
Start: west of GLP 24 
Crew: Adam, Brian & RW

Race 1 Length: 4.0 nm
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Race 2 Length: 4.2 nm
The long port jibe was a serious mistake.  There was a point (16:15) 20-minutes prior to our finish when the wind had gone to zero where we were about to deploy the anchor. Probably should have.  
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