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Wind: WSW at 6 to 10 kts, Gusts 12, 14
Temp: 75 F, Baro: 30.00; MTW 54 F
Current: ebb North Hill 14:00
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-s/f, 250 at 1.5 nm; Race Length: 4.5 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

The start was delayed 5-minutes due to the pin boat running late from setting the windward mark.  We chose to go west along Horseshoe & the Connecticut shore for current relief, so I set up an approach along the line from the pin thinking we had nearly two minutes to go. Halfway down the line, we discovered we had less than 30 seconds, so I tacked on Gimlet’s starboard hip to cross the line. 

Soon as we were assured of clearing the committee boat, we flopped to port a few seconds after Cosmic and followed them out safely south of Horseshoe.  Interestingly, we stayed with them for the longest time in winds of 9 to 11 kts.   Then we chose to tack offshore rather than chance overstanding, though we probably should have gone somewhat farther. 

Our spinnaker set was all fouled up (I crossed the sheets when hooking them up). Here we lost a better part of a minute at reduced speed.  Once up and pulling, we had a good downwind, though should have jibed a minute or so sooner.  

We had a timely douse at the leeward rounding as some increased pressure moved in. Had I cinched up the backstay more & had we put in the flattener, we may have kept her on her feet better & weathered Horseshore.  Eventually we made our way offshore west of Seaflower in two long starboard favored hitches & two shorter headed ports for the finish.

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Wind: SSE at 4 to 6 kts
Temp: 60 F, Baro: 30.12; MTW 54 F
Current: flood North Hill 15:45
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-W-s/f, Race Length: #.# nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

On Monday, September 14th, I disassembled all but the lowering of the mast. On Tuesday, Brian met me at the dock around 1400 and we finished up, then floated the boat onto the trailer and SeTherin was in the backyard on Mark Drive by 1830 hours.   

This was the first time we pulled the boat up the ramp from the water with the Murano, and it lacks the umph of the old '95 Ford Explorer :)

Wind: SW at 6 to 10 kts; Average 212 @ 7 kts
Temp: 79-74F, Baro: 29.85
Current: flood North Hill 15:50
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: sf-DM-LMK-DM/f, Race Length: 3.0 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

We had a good start with Jolly Mon & Cosmic to port as the three of us led the class off the line. 

In the pre-start we could see better wind on the left offshore towards North Dumpling. The rhumbline was pretty square, though starboard was favored due to the flood and the appearance of more wind out to the left. For the first five minutes or so, we forged ahead trailing Jolly Mon & Cosmic in a 5 to 6 knot breeze, the following five minutes saw an increase to an 8 knot average TWS. And once established on port the wind picked up for an 8.5 knot average to the layline. 

We had a good button hook rounding and set, then favored a slightly fresh angle above TgtWA to the leeward mark for a smooth douse and rounding, tacking back out for the fresher wind as soon as we were up to speed.

The subsequent beat was similar as the first with yet a fresher breeze of 9.5 kts average offshore.  The RC shortened race for a finish at the windward mark.  Seventeen seconds faster would have put us in second place.   

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59th Annual Round the Island Race
Wind: NE, E & SE 7 to 9

Average Wind: 115 at 8.2 kts, Baro 30.26" Temp 72 F
Current: flood Race Pt: 1143, Race: 1208
Start & Finish: West Harbor
Course: counter-clockwise
Race Length: 14.55 nm
Crew: Brian, Daphne & RW

A counter-clockwise course (downwind start) was announced about 15-minutes prior to the first warning  There being only three of us, I decided to start sans genoa, run up the line under just the main and pop the chute near the committee boat where the current was least. The majority of the class favored the pin end, while Jolly Mon to our starboard was the only boat nearer the committee boat.

We favored the shallower water near Flat Hammock & South Dumpling more so than the other boats
then gave a wide berth to the buoy at North Hill avoiding the stiff current there and remained offshore of the North Hill bluff. There may have greater pressure had we gone even farther out.

Transitioning to the genoa at Race Point, we hardened up a bit and continued out on port for nearly five-minutes, prior to a short tack to starboard to access things- saw a big park-up along the shore west of Wilderness Point, little wind, a discouraging course over the ground (COG)  and white caps far offshore.

LooneyTunes had passed us about half way down the west shore well above Silver Eel and rounded Race Point a few minutes ahead of us.  We now had caught up as they passed a couple boat lengths in front of us headed offshore on port.  So we tacked to continue offshore for another 20-minutes gaining confidence in the greater wind, and even more so about halfway out when we discovered a lift in our COG.  After a bit over an hour on starboard and nearing the end of the island we began an incremental bear-off for Lords. 

At the MOA the angle was too tight for hoisting the chute so we kept it wide and set in the bear-off for Can-7 and jibed shortly thereafter.  The run to the finish became a spinnaker reach with Brian on the pole and Daphne doing a superb job of trimming often exceeding 6 knots- a Gorgeous Day, Fun Time! 

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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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