WNRS Results

Wind: average 260 at 11; 9 to 12 kts, gust 14 & 16
Current: ebb North Hill 18:55
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 1.1 nm at 260, s/f-DM-LMK-DM-s/f
Race Length: 4.1 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Josh & RW

We ran down the line at the start trailing San Souci, to cross just short of the pin at the gun (as Sans Souci ran out of line) and continued out on starboard, then took a port hitch towards the middle half way up the course.  We switched back to starboard when Jolly Mon overtook us to windward, crossed behind Gimlet, then comfortably north of Seaflower took a final port for the layline to trail Gimlet & Jolly Mon around the mark with a good set.   (Our first starboard upwind was approximately 210 but 15+ degrees higher & somewhat stronger near the top of the course.)

We covered Jolly Mon on starboard jibe then slightly inside them on a port to the leeward rounding.  Jolly Mon and Gimlet continued out on port from the bottom of the course while I chose starboard soon as we were cleaned up for a tack. (Starboard was now twenty degrees higher than the first upwind, and the wind showed no sign of dying.)

Rounding the top mark, with the wind now clocked 20 degrees from the first upwind to 230, we took a port all the way to the finish, possibly benefiting from a ebb beginning along the shore. The wind had picked up some to what felt like 14 and an occasional 16.  We salvaged our time on Jolly Mon with the more direct course as they sailed a course similar to the first lap.  Gimlet got the gun, Barbara’s first but Jolly Mon corrected over them for second.

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Wind: average 310 at 7.6; 3 to 12 kts, gust 13
Current: flood North Hill 19:40
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 2 laps; 1.2 nm at 320?
Race Length: #.# nm
Crew: Brian, Dan & RW

We got a descent clear air start running down the line towards the pin, and continued a short starboard to insure to clearing Horseshoe once on port towards shore.  We did very well tacking on some noticeable headers to come in close to the mark on port tack just ahead & clear of Sparky (on starboard) fourth in class on Cosmic’s stern.  Rounding the mark without the boomvang being released fouled our first effort to a port jibe, which was loss as skewed as the wind was.      

Had a good rounding at the bottom of the course with leeward douse to set up for a jibe set at the next downwind.   
As the wind was down a notch, a hitch in towards shore on the may have benefited us with a bit more wind and less adverse current.

We had a good jibe site, yet the wind dropped off considerably the last five minutes approaching the finish, then picked up again just as we crossed, three seconds short of correcting over Jolly Mon.


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Donzo WNR 08/16/17

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Wind: average 215 at 6; 3 to 8 kts
Current: flood North Hill 19:40
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 2 laps; 1.1 nm at 210
Race Length: 4.4 nm
Crew: Brian, Josh. Dan & RW

Three minutes into the race after a so-so start and about to blanketed by Gimlet, we took a port tack for clear air which turned out to be a lifted one.  The first windward leg worked out nicely, tacking on the headers.

At near slack tide, wind shifts & pressure are a priority, with no current advantage we should avoid the headed tacks as much as possible.  Our port jibe following the rounding of the first windward mark confirmed the rule of thumb: favored jibes are opposite the favored upwind tacks. On the first downwind Thunder Chicken departed from this principle, remaining on starboard till past North Dumpling prior to tacking.  They may have had other issues also contributing to their worst showing in in a long time, a fifth.

The charts & data logs indicate two possibilities for gains on the on the second windward leg.  Tacking to the lifted starboard tack sooner after rounding the leeward mark may have benefited (rule of thumb again).   
The second was near the top of the course on our long headed port tack where we should have tacked to favored after safely clearing North Dumpling, and most certainly covered San Souci with a tack before she crossed our stern. 

Something I’ve often pondered, may be illustrated on the chart.  On the second windward leg, prior to their tack to cross our stern, San Souci paralleled us and appeared to gain on a parallel north of us out of the deeper channel & the remaining ebb (a course similar to ours on the first windward leg), while our track (on the second beat) shows a significant header in the deeper channel (maybe due to current on our nose). 

Merganser has made significant strides in performance the past few races.
SeTherin 6th

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