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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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Wind: WSW Average 11.5 kts, gust 16
Current: ebb North Hill 1425 
Start: west of GLP 24 
Course 4, s/f-WMK-s/f, 1.1 at 255
Race Length: 4.3 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

We had a descent start near the committee boat slightly ahead of Jolly Mon with Merganser to our lee, though JM had a bit more speed on at the gun. Eventually as Jolly Mon began stretching out to windward of us, we took a port tack to get out of their exhaust.

Instead of a short port tack for clear air we chose to continue for a while. Shortly thereafter Jolly Mon tacked to cover us, and after extending a good bit Cosmic tacked to cover JM.  Our rounding & hoist was smooth with a jibe to port a couple of minutes later.

Cosmic & Jolly Mon rounded the leeward mark well ahead and continued out on port. Our windward douse was smooth a little short of the mark, with a good roundup to port in a lot of traffic, so we chose for a short starboard for clear air but again continued out on the clearing tack rather than return to our previous tack.
Cosmic & Jolly Mon extended far enough on port to weather west of Seaflower on a long starboard to the windward mark. We benefited somewhat in the current lee on the east side of Seaflower and had a good set at the rounding of the mark, with a jibe to port sooner this time.  I don’t believe we could have done anything significantly different either downwind; maybe jibed sooner to port on the first.

Left side favored on the first upwind, though the right appeared favored on the second evidently from the performance of the leaders. On the downwind, we failed to discuss our strategy for the next upwind. We should be much more hesitant about continuing on the clearing tack without very good cause.

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