ECSA Results

55

TH ANNUAL ROUND ISLAND R

ACE

55th Annual Round Island Race - 09/03/11
Crew: Brian, Jeff & RW
Course: Counter- Clockwise around Fishers
Current: flood - 1000 Race Point
Wind: SW 8 kts avg, peak gust 16
 

On the leg to North Hill, I found it difficult to maintain a clear lane in the light air, traffic and the chop from the flood along the island.  Once around North Hill, we continued out a ways as there appeared to be little wind along the shore and stayed out the whole length of the western shore which appeared to be a good choice.  It may have paid off to work in a little closer south of Silver Eel, though we chose not to.

Saturday - 08/14/10
Crew: Brian, Seth, Bob & RW
Winds: SE, avg 4.2 kts, peak 6.5 kts
Weather: Clear, Temp 85 F
Current: flood – 0832 Ram Island
Start time: 1059, finish 1500
Start/Finish: just SE of Stonington Harbor
Course: s/f–G3-N-I–R-s/f; Distance: 11.2 nm
Shrouds: Base

Crossing line (in 3 kts of wind) next to the RC boat at the gun uncontested, with most of the class down near the pin, I later realized (if not less current there) their course to windward took them into the shelter of the breakwater sooner than ours.    We were neck and neck with Salud to the breakwater, where they abeam our windward pulled ahead. 

Link to chart

Second Race of Summer Season results

Sunday, 24 July 2011
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW
Winds: NNE, NE, N avg 5.6 kts, 1-11 kts, gusts 11.5, lulls .7
              DW wind avg 4 kts, 1st half 3 kts,  UW avg 7.3 kts
Weather:  Overcast, Temp 75 F
Current: flood - North Hill 1233
Start time: 1330 ( roughly an hour delay)
Start/Finish: Vixen starting area
Course: s/f–SE-V; Distance: 5.4 nm
Shrouds: +0,+0,+0 DW, & +0,+1,+1 for a portion UW

With the flood an hour old, the start was a downwind in an N to NNE zephyr.   We elected the up-current pin end of the line as did Euphoria and Plain Vanilla, and favored the left or eastern side of the course to Silver Eel.  The smaller reaching spinnaker was a good choice in this extremely light air.  The wind went light as we neared the shore of Fishers, while those that had been swept down-current now had the breeze to fetch the mark.  What little wind we had was on the beam out of the east, making a jibe was a detour too far I thought. 

We converged on Silver Eel with Celebration & Goombay Smash just ahead of us, with the Fishers ferry blasting away to insure passage on the north side.  The three of us doused, hardened up around the mark & tacked to starboard to parallel the ferry in the opposite direction.

The wind appeared stronger on the right and we tacked in towards Fishers.  Looking at the chart, subsequent tacks towards North Hill and N. Dumpling for more wind appear to have been headed (by the current possibly).  Our thought was to get up current in the strong wind rather than later nearer the layline in less wind.    Had we tacked less, we may have stayed closer to Celebration.   Celebration finished 7 minutes, 20 seconds ahead of us.  We would have had to finish 7 minutes, 20 seconds faster to correct over Salud for second place.

Link to chart

3rd Place
Link to results

 

 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Race 1
Winds: SW (198 avg), avg 5.5 kts, gusts 9, lulls 3
Weather: Sunny, Temp 79 F; Current: ebb - North Hill 1210
Start/Finish: between Horseshoe & Vixen
Course: s/f–WM–LM-WM s/f; Distance: 6.0 nm
Shrouds: +0,+0,+0

Race 2
Winds: S (181 avg), avg 7.7 kts, 4-10 kts, gusts 12, lulls 3
Weather: Sunny, Temp 79 F;
Current: ebb - North Hill 1210
Start/Finish: between Horseshoe & Vixen
Course: s/f–WM–LM-WM s/f; Distance: 5.0 nm
Shrouds: +0,+1,+1

With the wind slowly backing all day, port was the favored tack for both races.  Yet the smart move and had I been alert to the back, would have been to take a starboard hitch to the east on both starts & leeward roundings taking advantage of fresher air on the left.  Other than that, I can think of little we could have done better in these relatively light conditions, with an adverse current on the windward legs.  Our Pfactor average regarding TgtBS was in the mid-nineties all day.

Thanks to all the folks that chipped in to assist the SeTherin crew in supporting Hospice, especially the following honorable crew: 
  Kevin & Erin Gentile
  John Nauer
  John & Meghan Kranyak
  Patricia Margarido  
  Melanie Folcik
  Susan Thibeault
  Carmen Macca
  Ferenc Osvald 
 
Link to crew photo
Euphoria (5th) & Salud (3rd) photo

Salud - 3rd Place
SeTherin - 4th Place
Euphoria - 5th Place

Greg's Report

Link to Race 1 chart
Link to Race 2 chart
Link to  Results

Sunday, 06/04/11
Crew: Brian, Seth, Bob & RW
Winds: SSW, avg 7 kts; increased to high teens 100 yards short of finish
Current: flooding, ebb - North Hill 1307
Start/Finish: offshore of Vixen
Elapsed Time: 208 minutes
Course: s/f(Vixen)-Rapid Rk-NorthHill-DM(V)-SL-s/f(Vixen); Distance: 13.5 nm
Shrouds: +4,+5,+4

Gene Fiese & RC chose a great course. We elected to start on port near the pin knowing the likelihood of ducking some sterns, as port was favored and the pin got us farther offshore with the possible advantage of clearing Black Ledge without tacking.

Five minutes into the race, we were in the lead momentarily as the rest had all extended out on starboard prior to tacking, and it looked like we would clear Black Ledge. It was just brisk enough for all of us to be up to the high side hiking a bit and feeling good as our competition egan to creep up to windward, Watercolors on our beam, when suddenly the wind quit. The boat straightened up and heeled over to windward and all three crew got wet. Fortunately, the lull lasted only a minute or so and we were again back in the hunt. These extreme velocity changes along with erratic changes in direction were the theme of the day.

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