Wind: S 4 to 10 kts
Avg Wind: 187 at 7.3 kts, Baro 30.28" Temp 78 to 74 F
Current: ebb 1350 NH
Start: West of FI
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2; 195 at 1.3 nm
Race Length: 5.1 nm
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW
After nearly two and a half hours and an abandoned start; the wind which had been all around the clock, up & down from zip to 10ish finally filled in from the south. The RC posted a windward mark at 1.3 nm & 210 degrees.
We got a very good start near the committee boat, as most of the class was clustered down near the pin. We tacked shortly after the gun, as a late minute wind check had shown port as to be favoured, Jolly Mon followed suit shortly there after though most of the class held on to starboard for a good while. About half way to the mark we dug back in for an equally long starboard, then a short port to the layline, for a nice set of the spinnaker. The downwind was good, Seth trimming & Brian calling the shots. The douse at the leeward mark was nearly perfect, and we tacked soon as possible to starboard for a slightly clocked breeze. This time we held starboard nearly to the corner. Had we tacked around 1447 and dug in for three or four minutes, our port tacks would have been phased better with the wind, and we might have shaved a minute or so off our time.
We had a very short layline, yet a smooth fast set, and another good downwind. Brian & Seth are to be commended for the great boatwork, sail trim, strategy & tactics. Reviewing the chart later, I found the windward mark to be 195 degrees from the RC rather than 210 as posted.
We ended up with a third in class, yet a fifth in the 32 boat spinnaker fleet.