Wind: NW at 5 to 13, average 9.5 kts
Temp: 80 F, Baro: 29.97”
Current: flooding North Hill 17:20
Course: sf-DM-N-I-DM-s/f; Race Length: 4.4 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan, & RW
We had gone down stream taking the motor off & stowing it below, so it took a while to get back to start line. The RC had set a an unusually long line, and we found ourselves down by the pin with less than a minute to go when I would rather have been near the committee boat as it appeared closer to the windward mark. I figured on the chart later the windward mark was about 5 boatlengths close at the starboard end of the line. We got a good start though in clear air all by ourselves.
About five minutes into the run, I took a short port jibe to work up current prior to reaching the deeper channel. In retrospect, it would have paid to have done it directly after the round while in less current.
We rounded North Hill on the heels of Thunder Chicken, with Swiss Cheese between us and the mark.
Swiss Cheese bore off for the west of North Dumpling while Thunder Chicken took the shallows along the south shore, as did we eventually. For a while it looked like the Swiss Cheese route may have been better, yet I think Thunder Chicken beat them to Intrepid.
From Intrepid many boats continued on port towards the Groton Long Point. We tacked to starboard for a good while to ride the current of the deeper channel.
Rounding the windward mark in diminishing winds (5 & 6 knots) made for a slow port spinnaker run to the finish. We split the difference between the rhumbline (Merganser) and the longer shore route & jibe (Cosmic).