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Wind: average 260 at 11; 9 to 12 kts, gust 14 & 16
Current: ebb North Hill 18:55
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 1.1 nm at 260, s/f-DM-LMK-DM-s/f
Race Length: 4.1 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Josh & RW

We ran down the line at the start trailing San Souci, to cross just short of the pin at the gun (as Sans Souci ran out of line) and continued out on starboard, then took a port hitch towards the middle half way up the course.  We switched back to starboard when Jolly Mon overtook us to windward, crossed behind Gimlet, then comfortably north of Seaflower took a final port for the layline to trail Gimlet & Jolly Mon around the mark with a good set.   (Our first starboard upwind was approximately 210 but 15+ degrees higher & somewhat stronger near the top of the course.)

We covered Jolly Mon on starboard jibe then slightly inside them on a port to the leeward rounding.  Jolly Mon and Gimlet continued out on port from the bottom of the course while I chose starboard soon as we were cleaned up for a tack. (Starboard was now twenty degrees higher than the first upwind, and the wind showed no sign of dying.)

Rounding the top mark, with the wind now clocked 20 degrees from the first upwind to 230, we took a port all the way to the finish, possibly benefiting from a ebb beginning along the shore. The wind had picked up some to what felt like 14 and an occasional 16.  We salvaged our time on Jolly Mon with the more direct course as they sailed a course similar to the first lap.  Gimlet got the gun, Barbara’s first but Jolly Mon corrected over them for second.

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Fishers Island Regatta 09/02/17

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Mason Island Regatta 08/26/17

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Wind: average 310 at 7.6; 3 to 12 kts, gust 13
Current: flood North Hill 19:40
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 2 laps; 1.2 nm at 320?
Race Length: #.# nm
Crew: Brian, Dan & RW

We got a descent clear air start running down the line towards the pin, and continued a short starboard to insure to clearing Horseshoe once on port towards shore.  We did very well tacking on some noticeable headers to come in close to the mark on port tack just ahead & clear of Sparky (on starboard) fourth in class on Cosmic’s stern.  Rounding the mark without the boomvang being released fouled our first effort to a port jibe, which was loss as skewed as the wind was.      

Had a good rounding at the bottom of the course with leeward douse to set up for a jibe set at the next downwind.   
As the wind was down a notch, a hitch in towards shore on the may have benefited us with a bit more wind and less adverse current.

We had a good jibe site, yet the wind dropped off considerably the last five minutes approaching the finish, then picked up again just as we crossed, three seconds short of correcting over Jolly Mon.

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72th Annual Island Race - Ram Island Yacht Club
Crew: Brian, Josh & RW
Winds: NW, W, SW, NW 9 kts, 4 to 14, peak gust 16
Current: ebb - 1012 North Hill, 1037 Race Point, 1022 Napatree
Start time: 1020
Start/Finish: Groton Long Point / Ram Island
Course: counter-clockwise Fishers Island; did not include Stonington Gong
Distance: approximately 14.5 nm

With the opportunity for numerous wind checks prior to the start, we rigged for setting the reacher on starboard jibe sometime following the start. With only three boats in our class we had plenty of room on the start line. 

Trailing Checkered Demon & Jolly Mon across the line, we worked up windward of Jolly Mon’s starboard stern to a point we felt conditions warranted hoisting the reacher, allowing us to maintain our interval, till they set theirs about a third of the way to race point. We may have gone offshore farther than any time in the past  

We did our normal routine up Lords Pass, ducking well in between buoys hanging tight on C7 up to C9 before crossing. Once north of Latimers we should have favored the left side of course rather than be concerned about current avoidance, instead tacked back to starboard (in spite of the current) on the port headers for greater pressure on the left side of the course to the finish. As the closer to the Connecticut we got the flukier the wind.

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