Ram Island YC Annual Invitational
Race 1 of the Island Cup
Crew: Bob–foredeck, Kim –mid, RW –helm.
Wind: SE & S 0-6 knots (peak 6.5 kts).
Current: ebb 1135 at Race Point
Start: 1037 hours. Groton Long Point starting area.
Course: ccw around Fishers Island. Non-spinnaker Class; 12 boats
Sunday Kim Wishart, Bobby Fagan & I did the Annual RIYC race. The day started off foggy, visibility less than a tenth mile as Kim steered us out around Groton Long Point We then anchored for a while on the west side of Groton Long Point while the fog cleared. Again I was surprised that the race was not delayed longer than it was. The Race Committee was determined to start around the island. We set up using the light spinnaker sheets for the genoa on the outside tracks, and did not stow the motor until nearly a half hour following the start.
After an approximate twenty-five minute delay to the first gun, our start followed the Ensigns, and the “B” spinnaker class, in a drifter across the line. Starting on port near the left end we crossed the line directly behind Cygnus. The wind could not have been more than three knots at the time, and the visibility less than a quarter mile. Cygnus, Celebration and Tenacity stretching out ahead took high courses east of North Dumpling a bit out of way by my reasoning. Remaining low, nearly a beam reach, we bore southwest. Nearing North Dumpling the visibility picked up to nearly a mile.
Continuing to work the boat in the light air along the Dumplings alternating from wing & wing and port beam reach we found ourselves even with Cygnus as we drew abeam South Dumpling. The speed appeared slightly greater with Bob and Kim sitting forward of the mast. Now on starboard we decided to stay clear of the shore as there appeared to be slightly more wind offshore. George cut the corner at North Hill to hug Fishers Island, a move that really paid off a third of the way to Race Point, with better current and beyond Silver Eel increasing wind with a shift to the southeast. At 1150 our wind fell to nothing and over the next half hour boats along the shore took leads those of us offshore would never recover. Slowly the southeast wind drifted towards us; back on port we finally began moving, arriving at Race Point 15 minutes behind Cygnus we figured.
Hardening upon port at Race Point in an effort to work offshore for more ebb we found ourselves in a lot of chop and our speed down to nearly nothing even though the wind was 6 knots, so took a short tack along side the airport on starboard for smoother water prior to tacking back offshore for more ebb and a little wind (possibly a mirage). We then hung on starboard short Wilderness Point and diminishing wind, then tacked out for a final five mile hitch on starboard for the finish. The south shore seemed to favor the offshore route with slightly more current and wind.
Shortly after our final tack to starboard, we began to hear finish guns (greatly relieved) in the distance signaling that the RC had shortened the course, placing the finish alongside MOA L, the entrance to Lord’s Passage. A good decision on the RC’s part as few if any boats would have been able to negotiate the ebb with so little wind. As the finish line began to take shape in the haze, behold there was Cygnus crossing about five minutes ahead. Some how we cut 2/3’s off their Race Point lead.
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I have not received the times in the mail yet, yet we corrected to second overall and probably beat half or more of our class boat for boat. Thanks to Kim and Bobby for an enjoyable day..
1 Celebration Jeff Going Morgan 24
2 SeTherin R. Magner Catalina 22
3 Cygnus G. Carlson Pearson Triton 28
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44th Fishers Island Yacht Club “Around Fishers Island Race”
September 5, 2000, Saturday, Course: CCW
Flood – 0830 Napatree Point, 0840 Race Point, Max flood 12 noon
Ebb –1420 Napatree Point, 1430 Race Point
Wind – SW 8 kts at the start.
We arrived at the island about 9am after an uneventful motor over in the fog. With the fog clearing a few minutes before, the first gun went off on schedule at 10am, and at 10:30, we were the third class to start. Less that five minutes before the start we were nearly rammed in our port quarter by Starchaser, a Hunter 34. Bob very aptly pushed, shoved off their bow pulpit at the last second.
We got a great start at the committee boat, to windward of the fleet of 22 boats and held our own out to North Hill. With many tacks down the west shore of Fishers Island near the shore to avoid the current, we were pleased with our position approaching Race Point about noon when the wind nearly died and the fleet caught us. The whole fleet struggled around Race Point with little to no wind against the nearly max flood.
Rounding Race Point around noon, it took us three and a half hours with little wind, sometimes wind & wing and some starboard broad reaching against the current to make Lord’s Passage at the east of the island. With George Carlson (Cygnus) rounding a bit in front of us; we watched him run up the passage and get swept down at the top when he took his whisker pole down and jibed the genoa. We likewise ran up the channel wing & wing to C”7” then hung there as if we had lasso around the can. Finally, after nearly a half-hour we put our outboard on as Cygnus dropped their genoa and started their motor also.
Along the north side of the island in the rain we were surprised to find numerous boats anchors and many others motoring as ourselves. As we came into West Harbor and rafted up alongside Cygnus & Blind Date we found that out of 97 boats in the fleet, only three finished. We went to the party just the same; most of the food was gone, though we were still able to find plenty of drink.
A day on the water is always better than a day at the office.
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Fishers Island - 09/04/99
Course – clockwise
Crew: Scott Palmer, Bob & RW
Flood: Napatree 1220, factor 2.7f
Up all night flying, no sleep at all.
Good start but screwed the pooch by tacking back towards Fishers’ north shore too soon (the second tack in for the better part of a 5 minute loss). We should have stayed out a bit longer for the last of the ebb, but instead suffered from the new flood along the shore sooner that we would have. The wind went light and we would have eventually had to take a few tacks to gain C7, just did it too soon. By the time we rounded C7 we were trailing badly.
Two and a half hours later with the wind dying, we had a difficult time rounding the bell at North Hill against the current and got swept toward North Dumpling.
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Fishers Island - 09/05/98
Crew: Scott Palmer, Bob & RW
Wind: NW/W/SW 10-15
Ebb: 1049 Race Point, 1039 Napatree, factor 3.8e
Good start at 1050. ** Beat to NH
Broad reach to Race Point
Got killed at C7 in the ebb. Lost a ½+ hour. Beat to north of Latimer & power reach to finish.
Fishers Island – 08/30/97
Crew: Tom Barclay, Bob, Seth & RW
Ebb: 0956 Race Point, Napatree 0946, factor 3.0e
Wind: SW 6, 8 to 6, 10-12
Following the start we sailed west of NH on port a good 1/2 mile for more current (ebb) to Race Point and to avoid the ebb along NH’s west shore. Fought a full ebb on the north shore return to West Harbor.
5th / 8 in class
Fishers Island - 08/31/96
Crew: Paul, Bob & RW
Ebb: 1323 Race Point, 1313 Napatree, factor 4.0e
Wind: 230 at start, less than 6 kts,
less than 4 kts down the backside
200 & 10 to 12 at the finish
Clear 85 degrees
Drifter to North Hill and a slow beat to Race Point. The drifter continued on the backside then morphed into a slow spinnaker reach. At Lords the wind picked up for nice sail to the finish.
Fishers Island Race - 09/02/95
Course – clockwise
Flood: began Napatree 1039, factor 2.7f
Crew: Bob & RW
Flooding at the start, wind northeast, eight kts. Forty seconds late for the start. Port favored , hugged the north shore to Lords. Wind dropped to six knots, and changed to the drifter at the MOA. After about 30 minutes, a southeast breeze filled in for a strong port beam reach down the backside of the island. We then had a starboard beam reach up the west shore and switched to the genoa short of North Hill for the beat to the finish.
3rd out of eleven boats. Elapsed Time: 270 minutes
Fishers Island Race - 09/03/94
Wind: SW, avg 6 to 8 kts
7th out of 10 in class
Second Wind 212.30
Jay V DNF
Fishers Island Race - 09/04/93
Wind: SW, avg 6
Start: 1042, Lord's MOA 1330, Finish West Harbor 1742
We finished, but were scored as a DNF, as teh RC was no longer on station.
Blarney 121 291.48 261.23
Raindancer 72 293.65 275.65
RunawayBunny 102 306.13 280.81
Cat's Cradle 192 329.75 281.75
Kachina 192 336.37 288.37
SeTherin 287 DNF
Folly 156 DNF
Shadow 108 DNF
Vignette 240? DNF
Jay V 179 DNF
Halcyon 192 DNF
Ram Island - 08/27/2000
Current: ebb 0924 North Hill, 0949 Race Point, flood 1535 Napatree
10th, 22 in class
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Ram Island - 1999
Ram Island – 08/30/98
Crew: Dennis McAfee, Bob & RW
Ebb- 1138 Race Point, 1108 Napatree, factor 2.0f
Wind: SW / S 4 to 8 kts
Clear, Hazy, 85
Flood: Race Point 1140
We got a good start for the beat to Race Point, current not a great factor. We sailed out past NH a good distance prior to tacking for the point.
Set the spinnaker at Race Point and hugged the shore down the backside. I lost count of the jibes for current avoidance as Dennis did a great job with the pole. We were pushing our luck a few times, and got close to some swimmers along Isabella Beach.
Beat and reach to the finish. Elapsed Time: 373 minutes
3rd / 8 in class. Our first RI 'Round Island' Race with a spinnaker & our first finish in the money.
Ram Island – 08/17/97
Crew: Bob, Seth & RW
Ebb: 1027 Race Point, 1017 Napatree, factor 4.0e
Wind: SW 6 to 10 kts, Clear 80
Ebb began shortly after the start. Very strong ebb at Lord’s & Napatree. We should have considered the beach east of Napatree point then the CT shore, or tried tucking inside between Cans 7 & 9 before crossing. Seth steered for most of the race, all windward legs.
7th out of 8
Ram Island "Inside" – 08/25/96
RIYC ‘Around Fishers Island Sound’ Race
Crew: Tom Barclay, Seth & RW
Flood began 1448 at NH, 1423 Ram Island, factor 3.6e
Course: HR-SE-VL-SG-RI, 7.3nm
Wind : 230, 6 to 8, 12 finished with 10
It was an inside race this year due to the remants of ------
Seth steered first leg, a light air beat to Silver Eel, reach to Vixen, fresh spinnaker to Stonington Gong, and beat to finish
8th out of 10.
Ram Island - 08/27/95
50th Ram Island ‘Round Island Race’
Ebb: 1212 Race Point, 1413 Napatree, factor 3.4e
Crew: Bob & Rob Fagan, RW
Start Horseshoe - 0830
Race Point – 1000
Two foot sea at the start, ebb began at 1115 halfway down the back side of the island. Wind died 1300 to 1500, a drifter.
The wind took a 2 hour intermission at the Watch Hill MOA. We probably would have withdrawn had we an outboard. A breeze slowly built out of the east and built to a strong beam reach to the finish near Gate’s Island at 1723. The Committee boat was no longer on station. Picked up the mooring 1815.
8th, 16 in class
We were the last to finish. The remainder of our class DNF'd.
Ram Island - 08/28/94
6th, 16 in class, 14 started
Glory Be 278.75
MidnightSun 293.79 San Juan 24
Tern About DNS
Ram Island - 08/29/93
8th out of 10 in class, 9 started
Tern About 151.77
36th Fishers Island Yacht Club ‘Round Fishers Island Race
September 5, 1992, Saturday, Course: Clockwise; Start 1012
Flood – 1252 Napatree Point, 1342 Race Point
Wind – ESE 12-15 kts; Temp66 F, Baro 30.42
Crew: Seth, Bob & RW
Non-spinnaker – 11 boats
On starboard, we were thirty seconds late to the line at the start. Also should have favored the committee boat more so to maintain the first tack longer, prior to being forced to tack due to Middle Clump. Winds were 12 kts at the start, so we used windward sheeting (a first for Bob) without practice. Crew on the rail, Seth just fwd of the aft stanchion, & Bob fwd cockpit combing, just aft of stanchion. I could have feathered better in the gusts, as Seth gave me plenty of warning. It is difficult to play the mainsheet with present setup. The Current was in our favor down to Lords.
A lot of traffic at the top of the pass, required a couple extra tacks for avoidance, overstanding slightly as a result. After rounding the MOA at the bottom of the pass, we broad-reached up the south side of the island. I considered switching to the drifter, but was too concerned about snafus. With the clocking, we tried wing&wing near the end of the island, which was a mistake, we should have reached up instead clear of traffic.
We rounded Race Point amidst many boats to a beam reach, wind 15 kts. We hugged the shore too close on a course half way between the Silver Eel buoy and the harbor entrance and twice clipped rocks. From the sound of it a couple boats behind us did more than clip them, though I was too busy to look, Bobby busy trimming the genoa in the frequent gusts.
Nearing the North Hill buoy, we began to reef for the beat to the finish loosing some time in the rounding to finish the job. With finish directly upwind in the high teens, the final beat was boisterous and the finish line hard to locate in all the traffic.
A "1st Place", our first since moving to Connecticut.