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Wind: 238 at 6 to 16, gust 14, avg 10 kts
GON Wind avg: 10.4: Baro: 30.65 & 72
Current: ebb North Hill 15:15
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 2 laps; 1.2 nm at 240 12
Race Length: 4.8 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

We chose the pin end to start as it appeared slightly favored as did Zallee, we ducked a couple sterns as we continued on port thinking there to be less current closer to shore.  We took one short tack offshore to insure a clear lane from the overtaking Class 2 then continued to the layline, which surprisingly was right on the mark.  Approaching the windward mark, I noticed Thunder Chicken approaching the mark on a long port, causing me to wonder which side they favored upwind.

We jibed to port shortly after the round as did Thunder Chicken (leading Class 2) a short distance behind, to pass us to windward/port both of us healed to windward most of the way down to the leeward mark.

Our leeward mark rounding was congested amongst a couple Melges-24s, and after our tack to starboard for a clear lane, I wondered aloud where Thunder Chicken was.  They had rounded just a bit before and I noticed them tack to starboard, yet could not locate them so figured they were back on port.  Our long port tack did not feel reassuring as the wind seemed to be less & the boat did not feel right.  Our second upwind was 3 minutes longer than the first, though the downwinds were nearly the same.

On the second downwind I chose to remain on starboard longer sailing our tgtwa to the port layline & also to the finish.
I tend to think at TWS > 10 kts it pays to sail deep heeled to windward. 

Thunder Chicken finish first in Class 2 & 5th in fleet compared to our 4th & 25th.

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Wind: 238 at 6 to 16, gust 18, avg 12 kts
Current: flood North Hill 15:40
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 2.5 laps; 1.1 nm at 240
Race Length: 5.1 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

I made a port run down the line planning to tack around to starboard to lead the pack down the line but hesitated too long for the tack, then got sandwiched, and nearly got squeezed out at the committee boat again by Jolly Mon.

Crossing down speed, we tacked soon as clear of the Eddie Maxwell, as did Jolly Mon & San Souci shortly thereafter.  After a a significant time on port we took a starboard hitch, while Jolly Mon & Sans Souci continued out.  Short of Seaflower, we went back to port for the layline, which was a bit of overstand in the current.  We rounded the windward mark a few boat lengths ahead of San Souci and maintained our lead on her down to the leeward mark.  

Shortly after the leeward rounding we chose to tack offshore on starboard with a comfortable lead on Sans Souci.   An experiment with a port hitch north of Seaflower did not work well as the wind was down on a significantly headed tack.  (Compare our other port hitches on the attached chart.)  Switching back to starboard up the west side of Seaflower saw San Souci cross comfortably ahead.  

Rounding in gusty conditions, we started back downhill trailing San Souci significantly.  Timely trimming by Dan in the waves allowed us to close the gap some along with a good douse & rounding.  Back on starboard we followed Sans Souci out the left side of the course.  Sans Souci tacked shortly after clearing Seaflower, while we continued to the layline for the finish.  We must have had better wind on port hitch towards the finish as we made up a good amount of the our deficit and trailed San Souci across the line by only 13 seconds, enough to correct over her for a first in class.

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Wind: 155 at 6 to 10, avg 8 kts, backing to 120
Current: ebb North Hill 14:55
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: s/f-IR-s/f*2; 1.1 nm at 175 
Race Length: 4.4 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

Ten seconds late to the line, we tacked to port (as planned) soon as we were clear, as did Cosmic & Watercolors shortly thereafter.  We continued short of North Dumpling, and should have tacked sooner as both the current & air became fluky.  Our next tack on port towards the starboard layline was too soon, as ther appeared to be a back eddy & also once clear of the the eddy our were were too far out to accuratey call the layline.

After an additional tack to clear the mark, we had a good set, a good downwind with a reasonable douse & rounding at the leeward mark. 

 I tacked to starboard to gain distance for clear air, but went way too far not considering how much the wind had backed, making for a disastrous overstand on port.  We approached the mark, painfully bearing off to a broad-broad reach, headed into the current.  After what seemed ages, we finally rounded for a decent set and a nice reach in the backed wind to the finish.

Thoughts: 
-There appeared to be more wind in the upper 2/3’s of the course & less west of the rhumbline.  
-Boats on the the first beat that continued on starboard for a while at the start appeared to have benefited from fresher wind farther east.

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Wind: 130 at 4 to 5 puffs 6 & 7 
Current: ebb North Hill 16:35
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: s/f-IR-LMK-IR-s/f;  0.88nm at 120
Race Length: 2.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Josh & RW

In a delayed start due to the fog, I chose a port start (contrary to the rest of the class) along the line dodging a couple sterns to cross at the committee boat, thinking to benefit from the possibly stronger ebb offshore.  Zallee was the first to round far ahead, then Watercolors, Cosmic & ourselves with Jolly Mon directly behind us. Downwind along with Cosmic we chose inshore for GLP to escape the current (a big mistake), while the rest of the class sailed closer to the rhumbline. 
In retrospect dead-downwind or a jibe to port may have been even better.

Our next upwind to finish at Intrepid good also, though our deficit from the downwind was far too great.

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Wind: 110 at 10 to 12 gust 14. 
Current: Flood North Hill 16:58
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: s/f-DM-LMK DM-s/f; 1nm at 110
Race Length: 4.0 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

We had a decent start mid line, trailing Cosmic & Zallee towards the current lee of GLP  with the typical ducks between the GLP buoys. We overstood to the east for our tack offshore.  Nearly abeam the windward mark on port the genoa sheet let go and we lost headway to manage, so had to fall off on starboard for bit to gain speed, the back to port and for the starboard rounding with a satisfactory set.  I steered too high on the downwind, requiring an unnecessary jibe setting us up for a poor douse, which took a few moments to sort out.  

Back upwind, the rig was a bit too soft for the windy conditions, making it difficult to point properly. Approaching GLP 24, we were forced to tack requiring an extra tack between the buoys.  Brian called the tack offshore for the windward mark perfectly for another satisfactory set on the rounding, with Dan doing a good job on the spinnaker (on both downwinds).

Rounded off to the nearest minute, both downwinds were 8 minutes each, and the first upwind 20 minutes & the second 18 minutes. The two minute delta due mostly to the first windward mark issue would probably be even greater had our leeward mark rounding been smoother.

Four seconds faster ET would have beat Jolly Mon (they must have had issues also)

Three minutes, 31 seconds faster would have put us in 2nd place (a possibility).
Catching Cosmic, I don’t think so... J

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Wind: E 6.5 to 14, average 10.5 kts
Temp: 75 F, Baro: 29.94”
Current: ebb North Hill 15:30
Course: s/f-R-s/f; Race Length: 4.0 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

We had a decent start and tacked offshore for current and wind at first opportunity which worked out well.  I overstood the layline at the RI bell more than I should, a bit concerned about traffic.  There was a small snafu on the hoist, though Adam having experienced a similar situation Saturday at Lords’ MOA, quickly sorted it out this time.
We decided to give some bias to the shore for current relief, though Thunder Chicken stayed offshore for a more direct course to the finish with no appreciable harm (for a sixth in fleet compared to our 15 th).
Yet our duck inshore around GPL R22 paid dividends against Cosmic (apparently ahead farther offshore) allowing us to lead them across the line by twenty seconds.

It was a very nice evening for the season's last sail aboard SeTherin.  Thanks to our enjoyable crew of Adam, Brian, Dan & Josh.  :)

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