ECSA Results

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. 

Link to chart Race 2, Third Place

The first race we won handily, and missed first in the second race by 5 seconds elapesd time.
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Awards photo
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.

Link to Kattack playback

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.

Link to Kattack playback

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

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