ECSA Results

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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Saturday - 08/18/12
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW
Wind: NE 2 to 6, avg 5 kts
Weather: OVC, light rain & drizzle, 65F, Baro 29.88
Current: ebb 1145 NH
Start: 1 nm SSW of Seaflower
Course: s/f-WMK2-LMK-WMK2-s/f, Distance: 5.8 nm
Shrouds: at Base

The RC dilly-dallied and did not start the race until 1220 waiting for the wind to fill.  When the wind is out of the north, it does not fill what have is what you got.
The start was excellent, and we had a good first leg to a windward mark off the airport, but slowed somewhat at the mark by the overtaking larger boats of the next class. Had we favored the right side on the first windward leg, we may have faired better, as I believe the wind had clocked by the time we got to the mark.

We rounded in quick set & jibe and felt real good for the first half of the run until the wind began dying. We recouped some of the loss as we were able to fetch the second windward mark without a tack, as th ewind had clocked significantly. Yet, three to four minutes short of the mark, the wind died again, making the final run to the finish quite painful.

Anatomy of a DFL

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PS: Other than Jolly Mon placing 3rd & Stealth not competing, the results nearly replicate the scratch sheet.

1 Ursa Minor              Reichart    Evelyn 25             148   01:32:46 01:26:23
2 Checkered Demon  O'Connell   Holland T/2         162   01:36:32 01:28:08
3 Jolly Mon                Loveday    C&C Redwing 30  195  01:41:47 01:28:48
4 Swiss Cheese           Maxwell     J24                       171  01:40:17 01:30:24
5 Wunder Dog           Mortensen  J24                      171  01:40:39 01:30:44
6 BLind Monkey         Scaduto     J22                      186  01:54:17 01:40:56
7 Se Therin                Magner      Catalina 22           273  02:15:30 01:47:01
   Stealth                    Greenfield  Evelyn 26 OD       174 DNC

Crew: Dan, Seth & RW
Course: 1.42 nm at 170, 3 laps. Lords C7 windward mark, Distance: 8.36nm
Current: ebbing; Flood began 1255 at Napatree
Wind: SE 5 to 16, avg 10.5 kts; 100 to 210 degrees
Weather: 75 F, DP 71, Baro 29.92, cloudy

·     I was discombobulated with the current and remained on starboard following the start (the unfavored tack) for what I thought was current relief. The ebb would not begin for another two hours or more.

The remainder of the race was smooth; good boat handling by Dan & Seth.

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Saturday – 07/21/12       
Crew: Brian, Bob & RW
Winds: SE 8 kts, occasional gust to 11, Baro 30.08" Temp 74F
Current: ebb - North Hill 1252
Start/Finish: a mile west of Seaflower
Race 1: Course: s/f- DM(125 at 1.30)-s/f * 2
Distance: 5.3 nm
Race 2: Course: s/f-DM(125 at 1.30)-s/f - DM(150 at 1.8)-s/f
Distance: 6.4 nm
Shrouds: @ 8 kt setting

For both races, We favored the starboard tack on both laps, as did the majority of the fleet. In the first race, both windward rounding’s & sets went smoothly, and we felt good about our performance as evidenced later in the results with a second place.

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