62nd Annual Round the Island Race
Wind: E clocking to SE 8 to 12
Average Wind: 130 at 10 kts, 5 to 16
Current: flood Napatree 0935, Ram Island: 0940, Race Pt: 1000, North Hill 1005
Start & Finish: West Harbor
Race Length: 14.55 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian & RW
Of the 25 FI Round the Island Races we have done with our first in 1992, only 9 have been clockwise.
And this year's clockwise course had us sailing eastward along the north shore in a building tide arriving Lord's Passge at maximum current, the strongest of our 9 races clockwise around the island.
We had a very good start and held our own nearly halfway to Lord's. Approximately abeam East Harbor, our competition began to stretch out their lead. Offhand, I cannot think of anything we could have done differently as our sailpower/boatspeed was not sufficent to sail to our ratiing against such a adverse current.
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73rd Annual Ram Island YC Invitational Regatta
Winds: Average SW 7 kts, 4 to 12, peak gust 15
Current: ebb - 11124 North Hill, 1149 Race Point
Start time: 1050
Start/Finish: Groton Long Point / Ram Island
Course: counter-clockwise Fishers Island; did not include Stonington Gong
Distance: approximately 14.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, & RW
Race 2 Length: 4.2 nm
The long port jibe was a serious mistake. There was a point (16:15) 20-minutes prior to our finish when the wind had gone to zero where we were about to deploy the anchor. Probably should have.
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Wind: N 5 to 12 kts, gust 14, lulls 3
Current: ebb North Hill 1235
Start: southwest of Seaflower
Course 4, s/f-DM-Lmk-DM-s/f, 150 at 1.3 nm
Race Lengths: 5.1 nm for each race
Crew: Adam, Josh, Sam & RW
Our strategy current wise was to favor the left side of the course for the first race during the last of the flood, then for the second race possibly the right side once ebb began.
I managed to get good starts for both races. In the first race I failed to stick with my strategy for the left side of the course, therefore negatively affecting our performance. The second race worked out much better.
The breeze was fairly consistent all day with minor fluctuations direction wise and the TWS varying from 6 to 12, gusts 14.