36th Fishers Island Yacht Club ‘Round Fishers Island Race
September 5, 1992, Saturday, Course: Clockwise; Start 1012
Flood – 1252 Napatree Point, 1342 Race Point
Wind – ESE 12-15 kts; Temp66 F, Baro 30.42
Crew: Seth, Bob & RW
Non-spinnaker – 11 boats
On starboard, we were thirty seconds late to the line at the start. Also should have favored the committee boat more so to maintain the first tack longer, prior to being forced to tack due to Middle Clump. Winds were 12 kts at the start, so we used windward sheeting (a first for Bob) without practice. Crew on the rail, Seth just fwd of the aft stanchion, & Bob fwd cockpit combing, just aft of stanchion. I could have feathered better in the gusts, as Seth gave me plenty of warning. It is difficult to play the mainsheet with present setup. The Current was in our favor down to Lords.
A lot of traffic at the top of the pass, required a couple extra tacks for avoidance, overstanding slightly as a result. After rounding the MOA at the bottom of the pass, we broad-reached up the south side of the island. I considered switching to the drifter, but was too concerned about snafus. With the clocking, we tried wing&wing near the end of the island, which was a mistake, we should have reached up instead clear of traffic.
We rounded Race Point amidst many boats to a beam reach, wind 15 kts. We hugged the shore too close on a course half way between the Silver Eel buoy and the harbor entrance and twice clipped rocks. From the sound of it a couple boats behind us did more than clip them, though I was too busy to look, Bobby busy trimming the genoa in the frequent gusts.
Nearing the North Hill buoy, we began to reef for the beat to the finish loosing some time in the rounding to finish the job. With finish directly upwind in the high teens, the final beat was boisterous and the finish line hard to locate in all the traffic.
A "1st Place", our first since moving to Connecticut.