Crew: Brian, Brandon & RW
Winds: NE to SE, avg ESE 5.2 kts, peak gust 13
Weather: Few clouds morning, clear by noon, 73 F, 30.13
Current: ebb - 1043 North Hill, 1108 Race Point
Start time: 1015
Start/Finish: Groton Long Point / Ram Island
Course: counter-clockwise Fishers Island; Distance: approximately 14.5 nm
Following the start, we favored west too much for too long while those sailing closer to the rhumbline towards Race Point benefited. The ebb was cooking big time at the top of Lord's Pass. We should have cut across at Can-9 rather than exposing ourselves to the current much too long on the rhumbline from Can-11.
57th Around Island Race
Wind: SW 10
Avg Wind: 240 at 9.6 kts, Baro 29.85" Temp High of 79 F
Current: ebb NH 0738, RP 0803; flood 1414 NP
Start & Finish: West Harbor
Race Length: 14.55 nm
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW
Of the twenty-two Fishers Island Regattas that have taken place since our first in 1992, fourteen have been counter-clock wise about the island, six clockwise and two were inside courses (2006 & 2010). We’ve missed two events, the 2006 inside one due to Hurricane Ernesto and 2004.
We have placed in three of the clockwise races (1,3,3), and won our class in the ill-fate 2010 race (inside-course with a 4th in fleet overall corrected), yet never placed well in the counter-clockwise events, till yesterday.
We had planned on starting near the pin as port was favored. The pin ended up a bit crowded and we had to tack a couple times, yet avoided a foul to finally break free mid-line on port, and were able to weather South Dumpling and extend well beyond the North Hill bell. Most of the boats tacked to starboard around the bell, though we continued much farther west as did Jolly Mon, Ursa Minor and Checkered Demon ahead of us. I think Checkered was the first to tack, then Ursa and Jolly Mon. We continued well beyond their sterns till Race Point bore 195 degrees magnetic then tacked for the long board to the Race. Most if not all the boats were forced to tack out prior to Silver Eel, while we had just a short one-minute current-lifted hitch four minutes or so prior to rounding Race Point.
Passing close to the buoy to avoid the eddy, we bore-off and popped the chute, then freshened up to work offshore for better current. About half-way down the island we winged out the chute and began heeling the boat to windward, prior to jibing about twenty minutes later.
Rounding the MOA, we carried the spinnaker to the top of the pass, doused and rounded tight on Can’7’. A large boat cut inside and rolled us, though passed quickly without harm. We then sailed the usual doglegs in & out around the buoys for current avoidance. Fortunately, the wind held and the current was not ripping! Many times over the years, this is where we fell out of the hunt with our little boat short on the necessary horsepower. The beat to the finish was a well lifted port tack, requiring only two short starboards, one near Brooks Point and the last for the finish line.
In addition winning our class, we took a third in our Island Cup Class (2,3,1).
Most importantly, we were first overall in the fleet on corrected time for the Donzo Memorial Award.
Wind: S 4 to 10 kts
Avg Wind: 187 at 7.3 kts, Baro 30.28" Temp 78 to 74 F
Current: ebb 1350 NH
Start: West of FI
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2; 195 at 1.3 nm
Race Length: 5.1 nm
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW
After nearly two and a half hours and an abandoned start; the wind which had been all around the clock, up & down from zip to 10ish finally filled in from the south. The RC posted a windward mark at 1.3 nm & 210 degrees.
We got a very good start near the committee boat, as most of the class was clustered down near the pin. We tacked shortly after the gun, as a late minute wind check had shown port as to be favoured, Jolly Mon followed suit shortly there after though most of the class held on to starboard for a good while. About half way to the mark we dug back in for an equally long starboard, then a short port to the layline, for a nice set of the spinnaker. The downwind was good, Seth trimming & Brian calling the shots. The douse at the leeward mark was nearly perfect, and we tacked soon as possible to starboard for a slightly clocked breeze. This time we held starboard nearly to the corner. Had we tacked around 1447 and dug in for three or four minutes, our port tacks would have been phased better with the wind, and we might have shaved a minute or so off our time.
We had a very short layline, yet a smooth fast set, and another good downwind. Brian & Seth are to be commended for the great boatwork, sail trim, strategy & tactics. Reviewing the chart later, I found the windward mark to be 195 degrees from the RC rather than 210 as posted.
We ended up with a third in class, yet a fifth in the 32 boat spinnaker fleet.