WNRS Results

Current: ebb North Hill 1812 
Start: west of GLP 24 
Course: s/f-I-s/f * 1.5
Race Length: 2.37
Crew:  Adam, Brian, Dan & RW
Rig at base, #1 Genoa Light

All factors indicated a light air evening with spotty wind.
We were fairly happy with our first lap, but not so much with the remainder.

We had a reasonable start most starboard near the RC, close enough for my ears to ring for better part of a minute afterward.
Should we have tacked in the header at around 1809.5?
Ran into a wind-hole about 1813.5, which after tacking to starboard took us a while to work out of; fortunate for us, though not so for some of our competition that remained stuck there for a while. Merganser shook loose of the wind-hole to round Intrepid slightly ahead. The air appeared light in the middle on the rhumbline to the leeward mark, so we favored a little more pressure to the northside toward GLP, while Merganser took a more direct route to round ahead. 

We decided towards the end of the downwind to favor the left side of the course along GLP for the next upwind and reaffirmed that at the leeward rounding, that strategy went south shortly east of R24 (1855) where we may have fared much better had we tacked offshore.

Fortunately, our fleet results don’t affect our points standing. 

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Wind: E 6 kts
Current: flood Ram Island 1945
Start: west of GLP 24 
Course: s/f-R-s/f, 2.1 nm at 104 degrees
Race Length: 4.2 nm
Crew:  Adam, Brian, Dan & RW
Rig at base, #1 Genoa Light

There was a low overcast & and occasional low visibility at times. We had good start running down the line, most starboard & windward boat at the gun.
After a short starboard, we chose a long port for significant lift in the deeper water of the ebb towards West Clump.  Intrepid was lost in fog less than 0.2 nm as we passed abeam.

All three of us, with Cosmic & Merganser in the lead tacked about the same time, with Cosmic rounding first around Ram Island Bell R-20. Merganser had been deeper into the south side of the channel near West Clump so were able to lay the bell without a tack.

We covered Cosmic & Merganser slightly to port across the Mystic River towards Groton Long Point.  Following our jibes to port as we neared nun R-22, Cosmic, Merganser & Jolly Mon (1 boat-length behind us) continued offshore.  But, the breeze offshore was not enough to compensate for the current, which we avoided to eventually benefit from a slight push nearing R-24 and cross the line within 2 seconds of Jolly Mon.  

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Wind: S-SSE 8 to 8, gusts 12
Temp 66-62F, Baro 30.16
Current: ebb North Hill 1942 
Start: west of GLP 24 
Course: s/f-N-s/f * 2
Race Length: 5.8 nm
Crew:  Brian, Josh, Dan & RW
Rig at 10, #1 Genoa (Fries)

Viewing last night's chart, I have no issues with our track other than an apparent header at about 1819.
Had we extended a bit more on port following the leeward mark rounding we may have gained over the slower port up at the North Dumpling.  

Wonder why our missing competitors San Souci & Merganser didn't show?
My only explanation for our lack of pointing, must be due a needed bottom scrub.
I was late to the line again.
We forgot to set the rig for the conditions, and set it after the start. 
The spinnaker halyard not being setup on the port side was my fault at around, which hurt us at the the leeward mark, as we doused earlier than necessary.
I felt frustrated steering last night.  
The move in close to N. Dumpling helped on both downwinds, for current avoidance and and wind. 
On the first downwind, a jibe out to port past N. Dumpling seemed to get us out of the shadow of the island sooner than the second time around.  
The two big problems were boat speed & pointing.
Hopefully, next week's scrub will fix that. 

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Wind: S-SSW-S 3 to 8, gusts 10
Temp 68-66F, Baro 29.79
Current: flood North Hill 1945 
Start: west of GLP 24 
Course: s/f-WMK-s/f, 205 at 0.65 nm
Race Length:  1.3 nm
Crew:  Brian, Josh, & RW
Rig at base, #1 Genoa (Fries)


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