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Date: 07/24/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 9.0 Weather: NE 12-16 Current: flood 1743 at Ram
Course: s/f-M-N-M-N-s/f (p) Crew: BB, JL & RW

MRMSA Wed Night-Summer Series -  Race 3


Last week Brian, Jeff and I had memorable evening of sailing. With winds of 12-16 knots out of the northeast, the R/C set an unusually long course of nine miles. Two laps with the windward mark up in the Mystic River and the leeward one North Hill R"2" 2.25 nm distant to the SW, with the s/f somewhere in the middle. Off to a good start at the committee boat we soon tacked to port hugging the Clumps for current relief.  Slightly overstanding "M”, we had a good rounding and set. With Brian, handling foredeck and Jeff pulling all the middle strings our sets and jibes came off without a hitch, though Jeff nearly continued off the side of the boat along with the mainsail on one occasion.

One item to remember -when removing the halyard from the spinnaker, after the douse, hook the head to velcro in the bag.


Working the current in our favor, we jibed down the middle between the Dumplings, and  hugged the shores of South Dumpling and Flat Hammock on the returns in a newly discovered favorable eddy, hiking to max all the way.  Not able to see the committee boat and the finish line in the approaching twilight, we thought they might have moved the finish up to "M" in the river, so we continued across the mouth of West Harbor prior to tacking to starboard. Nearing West Clump with all of us on the rail, I finally saw the line appear out from behind the genoa. We quickly bore off to cross the line a few seconds behind Gael Force. I figure nearly five minutes were lost not knowing where the finish was, certainly first place. The GPS printout shows us going nearly 5 minutes out of our way. Four minutes & six seconds would have moved us into first.


Regardless, in retrospect, I feel we could have gained further current relief had we tacked to starboard along the east shore of the Hammock on both returns, the second of which would have set us up for the proper finish. 


Boat     Type    Skipper            PHRF  E Time C Time Class    Fleet    


1-Sanibel-Pearson30                Keeler,199       126.22 109.54


2-SassyLassie-Newport28       Burnham,162    122.20 111.56


3-SeTherin-Catalina22             Magner,273     142.78 112.77


4-GaelForce-C&C24               Harren,218       141.82 120.03  


5-Tumult-Ericson30                  Litke,215         145.77 123.86  


6-BlueLitel-Cal25                     Giulini,225        DNF

Date: 07/20/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 8.8 Weather: NW – 5 to 4, SE 10 to 12 Current: flood 1504 Ram
Course: WL Crew: Kim, Mandy, Jeff & RW

Thames YC Governors Trophy


Start – midway between Vixen and Silver Eel

Two races-

1st Course – windward mark 1.4 nm at 040 degrees from R/C Two laps to W and the committee boat Total 5.6 nm Wind SW 10 to 12 for first race. With the wind out of the north, the race was to a windward mark just off Horseshoe Reef and back to s/f for two laps.


Second race, Course – windward mark 1.65 nm at 040. Wind North to NE and dying then SE 5 to 4 at the finish for  one lap at 3.3 nm. A second place finish in the first race combined with a fifth  in a long light air one lapper gave us a third place overall.   Welcome to our newest crewmember, Mandy.    

Lesson: when wind is directly out of the north, expect a  swing to right (east) as the afernoon wears on.


1-Allegro, O'Day 26, 261 (1&1)


2-Mast Transit, J27, 145    (3&2)


3-SeTherin, Catalina 22, 293 (2&5)


4-Petard, J34C, 140 (6&3)


5-Hat Trick, Santana 30, 193 (7&4)


6-Starchaser, Hunter 34, 172 (4&7)


7-Irish Lady, Ranger 26, 216 (5&6)


8-Destiny, Ranger 23, 241 (8&8)


9-Bearcat, Nonsuch 30, 192 (9&9)


10-Carpe Deim, Catalina 30, 202 (10&10)

Date: 07/17/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 6.0 Weather: SWS 10-12, 8-6 Current: ebb 1738 RI
Course: s/f-N-s/f-N-s/f(p) Crew: Brian, Jeff, Tracy & RW

MRMSA Wed Night-Summer Series-Race 2


A typical summer Wednesday Night out to North Hill and back two times.  At the first windward mark, I underestimated the current (again). We ended up doing an extra series of tacks smack dab in the middle of a multitude of large boats, from which we never recovered. With the wind dying on the last lap, we could not even make it back to the finish against the ebb.

Date: 07/13/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 6.9 Weather: SW – 5 to 4, 10 to 12 at the finish Current: ebb 1439 Race
Course: Modified Gold Cup - Long Shoal Crew: Joan & George Carlson, Seth & RW

Essex YC Rum Challenge

Start – eastern end of Long Shoal of the mouth of the CT River

Course – west along southern edge of Long Shoal to X mile so of R/C to L miles east of R/C.


In danger of the current sweeping us across the line, we kept the motor running until five seconds prior to the warning gun, and maneuvered at a safe distance. With Seth doing a good job positioning us for the start, we crossed the line in good form and clean air. With most of the boats going left, George noticed more air to the right. We took to the right and tacked along the southern edge of Long Shoal arriving just behind the pack at the mark.


Upon rounding the windward mark we chose to go right, the most direct course to the jibe mark X, with the majority of the fleet. With the wind fluctuating four knots down to zip we struggled to keep the boat moving against the current.  We soon found ourselves drifting backwards at a lesser rate than the fleet and gradually gained on them.  After a half hour or so, the wind slowly filled in from the south and the fleet began to pull away from us.


Soon it came to light that the jibe mark was missing, evidently its anchor rode too short for the rising tide and deep water.  Morningstar was first to report on the radio the missing mark and their subsequent navigational rounding.  We sailed out above their windward hip, then past their stern to assure our rounding the bore off for the leeward mark. Now again wing & wing, the breeze built to eight by the leeward mark. Fortunately after rounding, the wind continued to build into the low teens for the near reach back to the finish with the current now at ebb and again on our nose.


We were awarded first place, correcting over all non-spinnaker boats. 


1-         SeTherin, Catalina 22


2-         BeaR/Cat, Nonsuch 30


3-         Stray Cat, Nonsuch 30


4-         Illusion, C&C30


5-         Prism, C&C 29, 195


6-         Kristina, Tartan 30, 202


7-         Petrel, Luders 33, 213


8-         Dividend, Island Packet 31, 215


9-         Irish Lady, Ranger 26, 216


10-       Sisu, Nonsuch 26, 231


Intrepid, Endeavor 51, 83


Moby Nick, DWN41, 111


Bluebird, MGR45, 120


Blind Date, Sabre 38, 134


Petard, J34C, 140


Morningstar, SCP43, 142


Mass Transit, J27, 145


Hornet, Oday 34, 158


True Blue, Pearson 36, 159


Banshee, Nonsuch 36, 163


Voyager, Beneteau 51, 179

Date: 07/10/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 4.0 Weather: WNW 12-16, gusts 18, lulls 9 Current: flood 1732 RI
Course: s/f-V-s/f, p Crew: BB, BF, TD & RW

MRMSA Wed Night-Summer Series - Race 1


Last night was the first of the Mudhead Wednesday Night Summer Series, and the first night for our new genoa & spinnaker combination.  The R/C chose a short course for the mid-season party night.  In a 14 knot northwesterly, we got a good start at the committee boat on Tumult’s stern with Sanibel on our tail soon lifting and passing above us. With all the crew hiking, we clawed our way out to windward popping the flattening-reef in and out numerous times.  With all four of us on the rail, Bob trimming the genoa & outhaul, Tracy hiking and Brian on the flattening reef.  We must have popped the flattening reef in three or four times. Above the majority of the fleet, with the windward mark Vixen slightly below a beat and current in our favor we were able fetch the mark without a tack. 


Nearing Vixen, it became obvious that a jibe-set would be most beneficial, contrary to our port bearaway setup.  Realizing RW had forgotten to prepare the spinnaker halyard, Bob quickly got the gear to starboard using our starboard genoa halyard. Jibing around Vixen, reaching up towards shore under genoa couple of minutes and above some of the inbound traffic we soon had the chute was up and pulling.  With Bob initially trimming, Tracy and Brian got the genoa down and secured, and we were off for an accelerating ride to the finish.  Brian took over the trimming as Tracy & Bob moved to the high side of the cabin. I soon sensed the mast pumping; Bob secured the lazy jib halyard to the bow and trimmed in as Brian cinched it up tight.  


We then had a rip roaring spinnaker run to the finish occasionally catching the quarter wave of larger boats as they passed us to windward, with sustained speeds over 7 knots.


Boat     Type    Skipper            PHRF  E Time C Time Class    Fleet


1 Tumult 2        Ericson 30-1    Litke    215      40.48   34.39


2 SeTherin        Catalina 22       Magner 273     44.88   35.45


3 Sassy Lassie  Newport 28     Burnham162     40.15   36.65


4 Sanibel          Wanderer 30    Keeler  199      42.45   36.84


5 Good Goose Triton               Richardson 249            48.05   39.09


6 Gael Force    C&C 24           Harren  218      46.72   39.54


7 Raggedy Ann Ericson 25        Bonola 234      48.1     39.88


8 Blue Lite        Cal 25              Giulini   225      57.22   47.99



Bob & I left the party at 2215.  On the drive home, the sky was awesome, Wow!



-     The Curmudgeon’s Counsel

We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some

are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors ... but they

all exist very nicely in the same box.

Date: 07/06/2002
Weather: SW 10-14 kts
Current: flood 1421 Napatree
Course: Reach Distance: 16.0
Crew: Kim Wishart, Seth &RW

Saturday, July 6, 2002
Watch Hill YC: Horton Race
Course: Reaching 4 mile legs (4 laps)

Kim, Seth and I left Spicers about 0830 with the ebb for the haul down east past Napatree and out the Watch Hill Passage.  The starting area was off Misquamicut Beach.  The committee set the course for a SE windward/leeward course, with four-mile legs for a total of 16 miles. By race time, the wind had veered the SW, and the R/C kept the course. The race ended up as four reaches, somewhere between near and beam on the outbound legs and beam reach on the returns, right in SeTherin's sweet spot.

1-Pilgrim, S&S Yawl , 177

2-SeTherin, Catalina 22, 293
3-Senorita, Pearson 30, 196
4-Hat Trick, Santana 30-2, 193
5-Black Tie, Little Harbor, 79
6-Patrioat, Baltic 39, 122

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