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Wind: SW at 6 to 10 kts; Average 206 @ 8.4 kts
Temp: 76F, Baro: 29.90
Current: Ebb North Hill 14:10
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: sf-N-I-s/f, Race Length: 3.8 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

We were at the line on the start, Merganser on our port with Cosmic & Jolly Mon to starboard.  Down on speed at the gun, it took a while to get in the groove, felt like a minute.  Once established, we decided to take a chance passing up the east side of Flat Hammock.  After tacking to port in the current lee of the Hammock, we paralleled Sans Souci off to the north along the south side of the Dumplings channel for a while, prior to they’re bailing out to follow our lead past the Hammock.  The two of us were the only boats in the whole fleet to take this route.  

We maintained our lead on Sans Souci to round the North Hill buoy behind Jolly Mon and on Cosmic’s heals.  After the set, we took a short jibe to centralize in the current of the Dumplings channel.  Shortly thereafter I allowed myself to be led astray by the three leading boats, (Jolly Mon, Cosmic & Wunder Dog) following them out of the channel to the north.   In meantime Sans Souci made up for lost time cooking in the current of the channel & the fresher breeze to the south to close with us at Intrepid.  We had an inside overlap at the rounding and led out of the mark choosing to continue with the chute in tight reaching mode, a good call yet not enough to hold off Sans Souci, as she caught up to pass us to windward at the pin for the finish.  The outcome would have been in our favor had I not cut the corner at North Dumpling.

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Wind: SW at 10 to 14 kts; Average 267 @ 11.4 kts
Temp: 76F, Baro: 29.91
Current: Flood North Hill 15:10
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-s/f*2, 250 at 1.37 nm; Race Length: 5.4 nm
Posted as 260 at 1.2 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Josh & RW

There was no ambiguity regarding strategy last night. We had a good start trailing Jolly Mon down the line and leading Cosmic at the gun.  After a few minutes Cosmic bailed out on port, while we continued offshore short of the port layline, keeping our sites on Jolly Mon on our port forward quarter. She tacked first and we followed once past her stern.  We rounded behind Jolly Mon, yet ahead of Cosmic with a good bearway set, then tacked at first opportunity, while Jolly Mon continued on starboard south of Seaflower.  Cosmic followed us down the port-jibe run and we were able to maintain our lead with Josh trimming the chute, assisted by Brian’s coaching.

With Cosmic on our stern, we had an excellent douse and rounding of the leeward mark rounding, and tacked immediately to starboard, while ahead Jolly Mon and Cosmic (more so) extended some on port prior to the long favored starboard tack.  This time out we tacked much shorter of the port layline, then I overstood the starboard layline more than necessary, concerned about interference from Wonder Dog, so I crossed ahead of him on port prior to tacking for the rounding.  Jolly Mon had rounded first as usual and Cosmic had rounded a minute or so ahead of us.  

Our set was delayed slightly, and we again jibed soon as possible to chase Cosmic down the run while Jolly Mon again passed south of Seaflower prior to her jibe.

It was the last sail of the season for Josh, as school starts next week, but fabulous one it was.

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You know it has been a good night when there are this many spinnakers behind us on the motor back to Spicers.  :)

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Wind: Average 2.6 kts, peak 9 kts; Wind Direction Variable; Temp: 78 F, Baro: 29.97
Current: Flood North Hill 12:21
Course: GLP-Silver Eel to Vixen, Race Length: 3.7 nm;
Shortened from Inside Course #3 (of approximately 11 nm)
Start: 1020; Finish: 1344
Crew: Brian, Josh, George Wilson & RW

For days the wind forecast had been un-promising and followed suit Sunday morning.  The Race Committee wisely chose not to go around Fishers in such light airs.  We were “Echo” Class, 5th in sequence and had a good start leading the pack on starboard jibe down the line towards the committee boat, to pop the chute short of the gun.

We initially went farther west than the rest of our class, yet some boats of subsequent classes went even farther.  Abeam the Dumplings/North Hill park-up we had better wind than those east of us, and for a while had cards on Checkered Demon, Jolly Mon & Mentor to our port.  With Checkered Demon initiating, we all jibed one after the other.   Had we had jibed five-minutes earlier at the first noticeable wind & movement along Fishers’ western shore, we may have avoided the protracted spell (1110-1120) of no wind where we tried the genoa, even hoisted the old drifter & drug out the whisker-pole in efforts to get the boat moving.

Prior to our arrival to Silver Eel, many boats rounded to sail north along the shore.  Yet that breeze opportunity evaporated, so we aborted a shoreline attempt and escaped just in time to work northwest offshore towards Vixen. It was one of those pot-luck days where often times boats around us were pointing towards all points of the compass.

Finally short of 1300, we began to benefit from a meager southwest zephyr which built to a max of 4 knots then tapered off; yet enough remained to carry us to the finish.   Considering the extremely light airs we were very fortunate that the typical weekend power boat chop was absent and onlyhad to cope with a handful of rolling wakes of passing power boats.

2nd in Class, 4th in Fleet
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Wind: SE at 4 to 6 kts; Temp: 78 F, Baro: 30.05
Current: Ebb North Hill 14:24
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: sf-DM-s/f*2, 140 at 1.1 nm; Race Length: 4.2 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

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Wind: SW at 4, peak 6 kts, Temp: 77 - 80 F, Baro: 30.11
Current: Flood North Hill 12:05
Start/Finish: East of Vixen
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.6nm at 260 & 1.3 @ 230; Race Length: 4.5 nm
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW

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Wind: WSW at 6 to 12 kts, average 270 at 8.5 kts; Temp: 77 F, Baro: 29.81 to 29.83
Current: Flood North Hill 17:20
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-M-DM/f; Race Length: 5.6 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

We had a reasonable start trailing Cosmic and leading Jolly Mon off the line. After a short while Jolly Mon bailed out to the right, while we followed Cosmic out on starboard for the current lift and the subsequent push on port to round a short distance behind Cosmic and Jolly Mon at the windward mark.

After the rounding we sailed in the current lee of Seaflower, prior to a short jibe to port which we should have continued, and shortly followed up on to sail for current relief along Groton Long Point.  

We had a smooth douse & rounding of the leeward mark, then tacked offshore for the current at first opportunity.  The RC shortened the race to finish at the windward mark, and we chose to go south of Seaflower with the thought of better wind and current.

Jolly Mon corrected over us by 25 seconds.  There were three possibilities of remedying that: 1- the delayed spinnaker set; 2- the port bare-off for Blind Monkeys at 1908, only to have them tack at the last moment to port also; 3- tacking to starboard at about 1907 to deeper water may have taken us into a swifter current.

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