ECSA Results

Ram Island YC 'Round Fishers Island Race
flood 1406 Race Pt
Course: ccw, FI Distance: 11.0
Weather: SW 0-6, 8 kts clear & hot 90
Crew: Kim, Mandy, Bob & RW

We arrived at the starting area off Groton Long Point nearly an hour ahead of time. Approximately fifteen minutes before the start while meandering around the outboard overheated and locked up, a good time to stow it.  At 1010, our class was the third to start.  Wind east at 5 to 6 at the start, temperature mid to upper 90's

Got a good start in light air at the starboard upcurrent end of the line of the fleet, 23 boats on the start line.  The scratch boat was Rodney Johnstone's new J42 'Ragtime, and as always we were the slowest rated boat. 

Favoring the up current end of the startline near the committee boat, we had a good start and tacked immediately to the much-favored port tack.

We stuck to our strategy; though knowing what I now know, had we sailed a little free'er so as not to get set (swept) so far east, we may have been a little clearer of the eventual crowd of boats just upstream NW of N. Dumpling. That may have made it easier to break free offshore down the West Side of Fishers Island.

As it was, we sat in a sauna for a couple of hours just on the west side of North Dumpling in a drifter while some crews swam off their boats.  In those couple of hours, we must have jibed the whisker pole a dozen times, and taken it down and reset a half dozen more. With Bob pulling the strings and Kim jibing the pole, they must have been near a point of exasperation. Probably would accomplished as much, had we just left it alone poled out to port.  I am sure Mandy must have thought of many other things she could have been doing instead.  Finally about 1230 we began to creep along the West Side of Fishers about a ½ mile offshore, avoiding the stronger ebb between NH & Silver Eel.  At about 1325 we noticed a SE wind building along the beach between Silver Eel and Race Point and shortly tacked to starboard towards shore then to port along the beach in company of a dozen or more boats and riding the eight knot breeze to Race Point.

Arriving at Race Point at 1350 (current projected to flood at 1406 at Race Pt.), I made two of our greatest errors, allowing Celebration the Morgan 24 to pass and pull ahead.  First, we tacked around the mark and headed towards the beach off the airport. We should have continued offshore a bit on port from Race Pt and rode some of the inertia of the dwindling ebb. Instead we

tacked around the buoy onto starboard and ran into a bit of the new flood in the shallow waters off the Elizabeth Field.  Realizing our mistake we tacked back out but not far enough and settled into a loose starboard reach. A few minutes later, I made the second error tacking out to avoid an overtaker to windward, tacking too late and having to duck him, and lost two minutes according to the log.  That is where we lost the race.  Bob wanted to shoot me.

The remaining six miles to the Lord's Passage MOA was uneventful. With the wind slowly clocking, we had about twenty minutes of a 12+ breeze that subsequently diminished to a 7 knot broad reach as we neared the finish at Lord's Passage MOA where the R/C awaited for a shortened race.

After starting outboard, it appeared the outboard water pump had quit as no water was coming out. Fortunately, the six miles home took us less than an hour in refreshing 12 to 15 kt breeze and favorable current. Where the previous 11 miles took five hours 33 minutes. An elapsed time of 62 seconds faster would have put us in first place.

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Date: 08/10/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 12.0 Weather: SW 10 to 4 to 17 knots, clear 80's Current: ebb 1244 Ram
Course: Stngtn Hbr – Intrepid –Silver Eel – Intrepid- s/f Crew: Kim, Laura, Bob & RW

Watch Hill YC - Fuller Race


Our major mistake was over anticipating the ebb, and sailing in between R"20" and Ram Island, I believe the current was actually stronger in there, that early in the ebb, and there certainly was less wind in there. We should have stayed out, and rode the last of the flood inertia.


I saw Hat Trick struggling up between the Dumplings. We went up the east side of Flat Hammock, lot less current and decent wind till we got to North Hill, too much current and no wind.


Polperro & On Cue went west of the North Dumbling also.  It really paid off for Polperro.  It looked like On Cue hugged the CT shore too long with little benefit of wind before they bailed out and across to Silver Eel. We patiently worked our way west of North Hill on port then finally tacked to starboard where we soon got a favorable current and the new wind out of the SW helping us towards Silver Eel .  From then on, it was real sailing. The reach from Intrepid was a ball, with a real horse race with Pilgrim the last mile


By the time we got back to Noank, it was too late for us to drive over to Watch Hill.

Date: 07/27/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 6.4 Weather: SE @ 4 to 5, 6-7 Current: ebb 1346 Ram
Course: X-IR-NH-V-IR (s) Crew: Dave Costanzo, Seth & RW

MRMSA Volvo Leukemia Cup

Course: windward to Intrepid Rock, - North Hill R"2" - Vixen - finish at Intrepid Rk


After a half hour postponement for wind, the RC started the race five minutes past 12. After crossing the line at the up current port end of the line, with Seth again steering for the start, we stayed low and ducked in and out of the current along Groton Long Point.

Noticing more wind offshore, Irish Lady tacked out into the channel off Groton Long Point a beat the fleet to Intrepid, with Orion not far behind. I felt we would have needed significantly more wind for a similar move to pay for us.

Nearing the Mystic River and significantly over standing Intrepid, we finally tacked out across the current, soon finding we should have hung on for a few more minutes. With Dave rolling the boat, now & then skirting the genoa when the wind occasionally rose above six kts, our tacks were very smooth. The frequent and extreme chop produced by numerous inconsiderate power boaters bringing us to a complete stop nearly rattled the helmsman.  Set west by the current, it took a four minute hitch back to starboard to get us clear of Intrepid, with Silver Lining rounding slightly ahead..

After a series of six tacks through the Dumplings, we finally rounded North Hill, Seth set the whisker to port, and it was time for lunch. With crew on the foredeck, mast racked forward, current near slack yet still in flood we favored right of the rhumb line and held our own with the fleet, overtook Silver Lining and gained a bit on Irish Lady and Orion.

Nearing Vixen, with the wind now just forward of abeam, we discarded the pole to reach the last few yards, jibed around the mark then fell off bit to avoid the swarming spinnaker fleet awaiting their next start just east of Vixen. Now on a close reach, a few of the larger boats overtook us. However, with the assistance of the ebb, a seven-knot breeze, there was no great concern over maintaining our handicap; we had a delightful sail to the finish. Many thanks to Dave and Seth for a great day, and to Dave's wife, Suzette, who able to join us for the evening festivities. 

Many thanks, to all of you for your support. Due to our combined efforts, we were able to contribute $430 to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

There were nine boats in our class "Cruising Canvas 2", and seven in the faster "Cruising Canvas 1". We were first in class on corrected time, and though the result are not yet posted on the web site & fourth overall in Cruising Canvas Combined.

1-SeTherin, Catalina 22
2-Orion, Hunter 35
3-Irish Lady, Ranger 26

Date: 07/20/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 8.8 Weather: NW – 5 to 4, SE 10 to 12 Current: flood 1504 Ram
Course: WL Crew: Kim, Mandy, Jeff & RW

Thames YC Governors Trophy


Start – midway between Vixen and Silver Eel

Two races-

1st Course – windward mark 1.4 nm at 040 degrees from R/C Two laps to W and the committee boat Total 5.6 nm Wind SW 10 to 12 for first race. With the wind out of the north, the race was to a windward mark just off Horseshoe Reef and back to s/f for two laps.


Second race, Course – windward mark 1.65 nm at 040. Wind North to NE and dying then SE 5 to 4 at the finish for  one lap at 3.3 nm. A second place finish in the first race combined with a fifth  in a long light air one lapper gave us a third place overall.   Welcome to our newest crewmember, Mandy.    

Lesson: when wind is directly out of the north, expect a  swing to right (east) as the afernoon wears on.


1-Allegro, O'Day 26, 261 (1&1)


2-Mast Transit, J27, 145    (3&2)


3-SeTherin, Catalina 22, 293 (2&5)


4-Petard, J34C, 140 (6&3)


5-Hat Trick, Santana 30, 193 (7&4)


6-Starchaser, Hunter 34, 172 (4&7)


7-Irish Lady, Ranger 26, 216 (5&6)


8-Destiny, Ranger 23, 241 (8&8)


9-Bearcat, Nonsuch 30, 192 (9&9)


10-Carpe Deim, Catalina 30, 202 (10&10)

Date: 07/13/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 6.9 Weather: SW – 5 to 4, 10 to 12 at the finish Current: ebb 1439 Race
Course: Modified Gold Cup - Long Shoal Crew: Joan & George Carlson, Seth & RW

Essex YC Rum Challenge

Start – eastern end of Long Shoal of the mouth of the CT River

Course – west along southern edge of Long Shoal to X mile so of R/C to L miles east of R/C.


In danger of the current sweeping us across the line, we kept the motor running until five seconds prior to the warning gun, and maneuvered at a safe distance. With Seth doing a good job positioning us for the start, we crossed the line in good form and clean air. With most of the boats going left, George noticed more air to the right. We took to the right and tacked along the southern edge of Long Shoal arriving just behind the pack at the mark.


Upon rounding the windward mark we chose to go right, the most direct course to the jibe mark X, with the majority of the fleet. With the wind fluctuating four knots down to zip we struggled to keep the boat moving against the current.  We soon found ourselves drifting backwards at a lesser rate than the fleet and gradually gained on them.  After a half hour or so, the wind slowly filled in from the south and the fleet began to pull away from us.


Soon it came to light that the jibe mark was missing, evidently its anchor rode too short for the rising tide and deep water.  Morningstar was first to report on the radio the missing mark and their subsequent navigational rounding.  We sailed out above their windward hip, then past their stern to assure our rounding the bore off for the leeward mark. Now again wing & wing, the breeze built to eight by the leeward mark. Fortunately after rounding, the wind continued to build into the low teens for the near reach back to the finish with the current now at ebb and again on our nose.


We were awarded first place, correcting over all non-spinnaker boats. 


1-         SeTherin, Catalina 22


2-         BeaR/Cat, Nonsuch 30


3-         Stray Cat, Nonsuch 30


4-         Illusion, C&C30


5-         Prism, C&C 29, 195


6-         Kristina, Tartan 30, 202


7-         Petrel, Luders 33, 213


8-         Dividend, Island Packet 31, 215


9-         Irish Lady, Ranger 26, 216


10-       Sisu, Nonsuch 26, 231


Intrepid, Endeavor 51, 83


Moby Nick, DWN41, 111


Bluebird, MGR45, 120


Blind Date, Sabre 38, 134


Petard, J34C, 140


Morningstar, SCP43, 142


Mass Transit, J27, 145


Hornet, Oday 34, 158


True Blue, Pearson 36, 159


Banshee, Nonsuch 36, 163


Voyager, Beneteau 51, 179
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