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.
Wind: 199 at 8.1 kts, Temp: 71 F, Baro: 29.98
Current: flooding. Ebb North Hill 13:09
Start/Finish: Between Horseshoe & Vixen
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.2 nm at 200, Race Length: 4.9 nm
Crew: Brian, Bob & RW
We had a good start all by ourselves in clean air at the pin end of the line. And were able to stick to a current lifted starboard tack strategy all the way to the North Hill Channel where we then tacked to port with the current for the windward mark. After rounding the starboard gate, we appeared to be headed more than comfortable so tacked and ended up more to the west side of the course upwind, which may not have been the best move.
Wind: 195 at 5 kts, Temp: 73 F, Baro: 29.93Current: flooding. Ebb North Hill 13:09
Start/Finish: Offshore of Bluff Point at 1320
Course: s/f-DM-s/f, 1.2 nm at 200, Race Length: 2.4 nm
Crew: Brian, Bob & RW
For the second race, the RC shortened the line significantly. I elected the starboard end, but turned for the committee boat a bit late so we trailed the Shields by about 10 seconds off the line. The wind was now down to five knots and our starboard course was backed a good amount from the first race, now headed east of Sea Flower. One by one, the Shields began tacking and I waited till windward of the last to tack ourselves.
In 5 knots of wind, we could not point nearly as high as the Shields, we footed off some in the lumpy sea and made relatively good time. In both races, our final tacks for the windward mark were right on the money (lucky indeed). Shortly after the rounding of the windward mark, the wind dropped for the next thirty minutes making flying of the chute very difficult in the chop. Finally, just as we were about to jibe to starboard the RC announced a shortening of the race, excluding Class One. Subsequent to our jibe to starboard, a fresh breeze arose making for a pleasant reach to the finish.
It was nice having Bob Fagan back with us this past week, visiting from Georgia.
Wind: NE 18 G20+, N 7, SE 8, average 10.5 kts, Temp: 72,74,68 F, Baro: 29.90
Current: 2 hours flood remaining at start. Ebb North Hill 14:19
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*4, 2.7nm at 230, starboard roundings (race shortened at 2 laps)
Race Length: 10.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Josh & RW
With winds near start time kicking up into the high teens, gusting into the low 20’s we chose a heavy air setup and the Heavy #1 genoa, though did put in the reef as it was a downwind start to a drop-mark 2.7 nm southwest out near where to old Dumping Grounds’ buoy had been.
We were third off the line behind Balance & Arabesque. About 2/3s down the run the wind diminished and we were not see anything above 10 knots for the remainder of the race.
Following a smooth douse and hardening up on starboard for a short while, we tacked to port for most of the beat, except for a brief & mistaken starboard. The leeward mark was difficult to see, so we tacked comfortably short of the pin for the starboard rounding, yet found we had slightly overstood the mark as it came into view.
The second run commencing with a jibe-set was long and arduous in the light air & power boat chop. Less than five-minutes from the mark still on port-jibe, the wind suddenly died and a new breeze rose out of the southeast. We quickly hoisted the genoa, doused, rounded and re-set the spinnaker for a single reach all the way back to Vixen where the race was finished.
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Corrected Time Results: Balance, SeTherin, Arabesque, Blind Monkeys, Bagatelle
58th Annual Round the Island Race
Wind: SE 6 to 12, G16
Average Wind: 155 at 8.2; C9 to Finish: 140 at 10.3 kts
Current: flood Race Pt: 0910, Race: 0925; ebb Napatree: 1425
Start 1025 & Finish 1355: West Harbor
Race Length: 14.55 nm
Crew: Brian, Brandon & RW
Rather than tacking at North Hill (R2), we should have continued a bit farther, then after tacking abeam North Hill worked back in. Boats that favored the western shore did well.
Our approach to Race Point was a disaster. As we neared R2, a large 39’ boat nearly overran us from arears, so close that their bow rail overlapped our stern rail. Fortunately, they saw us a split second in time, pinched up & passed us to windward. This took the wind out of our sails; losing our drive to clear the buoy, forcing us to tack inshore briefly then work our way back out for a 4 to 5 minute loss.
After the close call and rounding I lost my 'drive' I’m ashamed to say. Rather than tack in and out along the south shore for current avoidance, I chose a leisurely sail to Lord’s Pass.
The tight run to the finish along the North Shore with the reacher (Brandon trimming) was very enjoyable and would have been more so had I not given up the fight at Race Point.