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Crew: Brian, Seth, & RW
Winds: NE to ESE 4.2 kts, peak gust 9
Weather: Few clouds morning, clear by noon, 75 F, 30.32
Current: ebb - 0843 North Hill, ebb - 0908 Race Point, flood 1509 Napatree
Start time: 1015; Race Point: 1145 (90m): Finish: 1402:46
Start/Finish: Groton Long Point / Finish Lord's Pass
Course: counter-clockwise Fishers Island; Distance: approximately 10.3 nm

It was a port-jibe spinnaker start in 5 to knots of wind. We had a relatively good start on Jolly Mon's stern with Just Friends to starboard near the committee boat. Our strategy was to bear off to the west so as the avoid being swept into the wind holes near the Dumplings, North Hill and Silver Eel. And to make westing for the ebb advantage soon as possible. Five minutes or so into the race trailing Jolly Mon, Just Friends, & Petrel all to our port, while trying to make westing I noticed out to west, three large commercial craft approaching. We briefly considered hardening up to try and cross the first (a large fast tug) but thought better of it.

We were able to cross the remaining, a large trawler and smaller tug, yet the wake from the first stopped us dead in our tracks and we dropped out of the wind band. Stubbornly, I stuck to our original strategy. Had I reconsidered, and freshened up to Jolly Mon's course, we would have fared much better. It took us 90 minutes to reach Race Point.

Nearing Race Point, we had a four minute teaser when the wind clocked and rose above seven to a max gust of 9 kts. Other than that we never saw anything exceeding six and a half. The last few minutes into Race Point was a beat and we rounded the buoy tight avoiding the eddy trapping a few to our starboard.

We faired much better down the backside of the island playing the light air shifts, while trying to work offshore for the better breeze & current as much as possible. Closing on the shortened finish at Lords, we noticed Petrel stuck in the Wicopesset wind hole, which they were able to climb out of a couple minutes prior to our crossing. So we knew we were not last as we had feared.

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Hospice Regatta - 07/20/13

Wind: SW 10 to 5 kts
Avg Wind: 237at 9.6 kts, Baro 29.74" Temp 85 F
Current: ebb NH 0857; flood 1554
Start: West of Horseshoe
Course: s/f-Wmk-L-s/f*2; 1.7 nm at 245"
Race Length: 6.4 nm
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW

We had a good start leading the class mid-way down the line.  Immediately, all the boats excepting ourselves tacked to port, ostensibly to avoid the stronger ebb offshore.  After continuing offshore for ten minutes, we tacked to port as the wind looked lighter farther out.  Compared to most of the fleet near shore, we appeared to be in a much better wind band.

Brian made great tack calls all day.  Our sets were smooth all day. There was one issue on the douse as we rounded the leeward mark, when the spinnaker would not come down. The halyard must have jammed internally.  After some fiddling, Seth & Brian finally got it to break free quickly stowed.  Fortunately, no significant time was lost.  Both runs were nearly dead-downwind with the boat heeled to windward.   

Link to chart Race 1, First Place

Wind: SW 10 to 5 kts
Avg Wind: 233 at 8.5 kts, Baro 30.07" Temp 77 F
Current: ebb NH 0857; flood 1554
Start: West of Horseshoe
Course: s/f-Wmk-L-Wmk2-s/f; 1.7 nm at 245" & 1.2 nm at 230"
Race Length: 5.4 nm
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW

In the second race, another good start and hung starboard longer than the other boats in our class, though only for five minutes or so.  I believe we fell behind some around 1420 by sailing out of a wind band rather than tacking to back to port.  Here we lost our closing on the Ensigns that had started ten minutes ahead. 

Shortly after rounding the windward mark, the RC announced a shortening of the course, setting another windward mark farther east and closer in.   This time we had a very smooth douse at the leeward and a cheering section on our set rounding the last windward mark. 

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The first race we won handily, and missed first in the second race by 5 seconds elapesd time.
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Back row Left to Right: Brian Brousseau (SeTherin-2nd), Neal O'Connell (Checkered Demon-3rd), Lee Reichart (Ursa Minor-1st)
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SeTherin placed third in fundraising


Sunday 09/09/12
Crew: Seth & RW
Course: s/f-Y-SE-V-SE-s/f; Distance: Distance – 13.# nm
Start/Finish: just south of Vixen
Start time: 1120; Finish: 1505; ET: 255 minutes
Current: flood – 1247 North Hill
Weather: morning overcast, 1300 sunny, Temp 67 to 75, Baro 29.85 to 29.79
Winds: N at 6 kts, peak 11, lulls 2; Wind varied N ccw to SW and back 
Shrouds: Base - +1, +3, +2


Seth & I double handed this event as our rest of our team had other obligations. We set the rig for 10 kts, thinking less powered up would be better with only two of us. The race average wind was lighter than expected, so maybe less rig tension would have been better.

56th Annual 'Round Island Race
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW
Course: Clockwise around Fishers
Current: ebb - 1219 Race Point
Weather: 80 F, Baro 29.99, Clear to Sct/Bkn
Wind: ESE 10 kts avg, peak gust 17.  Backside avg: 12.5 

This was the first race in the Fishers Island Sound area to use the Kattack App. Unfortunately, only one other boat (Ursa Minor) used it in our class.

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Anticipating tacks towards Clay Point, we chose the port end of the line for clear air. This worked fairly well, except for Jolly Mon extending prior to her tack, requiring a short clearing tack on our part. Near Clay Point, we threw in a handful of very short tacks close to shore for maximum current avoidance. All in all, we had 25 tacks down the north shore to Lords’ Pass.

Following the set at the MOA, we worked offshore in hopes of avoiding any nascent ebb along the shore to Wilderness where we just clipped the southern edge of the rip. We probably should have gone in closer to the airport, yet chose not to, as it was nearly DDW and I didn’t think any gain justified a jibe, though I think some boats far ahead may have.  We did not notice much ebb till Widlerness, maybe delayed by the easterly wind.

Prior to Race Point, we discussed a peel to the reacher but chose not to, but Brian’s lowering of the pole short of the rounding allowed us to carry the spinnaker well past Silver Eel.  Short of North Hill, switching from reach to beat mode gave us a hard starboard to the finish without a tack.

SeTherin - First in Class
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This was the first race in the Fishers Island Sound area to use the Kattack App. Unfortunately, only one other boat (Ursa Minor) used it in our class.

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In the twenty-one Fishers Island YC races in which SeTherin has competed in since 1992, the majority of events have been counter-clockwise around the island.  Six races have be clockwise and one an inside course.  We have yet to place in a FI counter-clockwise regatta, yet in the clockwise events we have achieved first place twice, placed third twice and forth once.

67th Annual Island Race - Ram Island Yacht Club
Crew: Brian, Seth, Bob & RW
Winds: ESE 9.5 kts, peak gust 15
Weather: Few clouds morning, clear by noon, 75 F, 30.32
Current: ebb - 0630 North Hill, flood - 1350 Race Point, 1300 Napatree
Start time: 1020
Start/Finish: Groton Long Point / Ram Island
Course: counter-clockwise Fishers Island; Distance: approximately 14.5 nm

Our strategy was to minimize exposure to adverse current and maximize the effects of favorable current, which we accomplished very well. I misjudged the current at the start, and with the pole already up, could not head up enough to avoid the push over the line. So we lost a minute or more returning for our restart.

After the set we had a good spinnaker reach well west of the fleet towards Race Point and switched to the genoa halfway past Silver Eel. Stubbornly running the spinnaker maybe longer than we should and now a bit wide of the buoy and unable to cut Race Point as close as I had hoped, we ended up in more chop than I had planned.

We rode the current out fifteen minutes or so past abeam Wilderness where we took a starboard hitch towards shore and at the nexus of smoother water / less wind, then port tacked out to the layline.

At Lords, we bore off, set the pole, hoisted at C7 and continued on starboard well inboard of Latimer’s then jibed to port for the finish.

SeTherin - First in Class, First Overall Corrected Time

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