WNRS Results

Date: 07/09/2003 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 2.0 Weather: Clear Current: ebb 1324 at RI
Course: s/f-DM-s/f with port roundings Crew: Brian-foredeck, Bobby -mid, Jeff-aft, RW -helm

MRMSA Wed Night Summer Series - Race 1

 

The start for the first race of Wed. Night Summer Series was set up just north of the Flat Hammock R2 nun, the windward (DM) a mile northeast at 30 degrees and a return to the start/finish.

 

We had a great approach to the start second to the line Hotspur fist with Good Goose out to port end. Once reaching the line tacking to port would have allowed us to cross most of our competition, yet for some reason, I continued down on starboard nearly to the pin.

 

Finally tacking to port (favored and lifted by the flood), we continued to near the layline, comfortably laying it in one more series. In the extreme light air and slop I found myself pinching too much. Rounding with a good bearaway set, we soon jibed; my thought to make some easting in the weaker current near shore.  For some reason, I lost faith in that strategy and shortly jibe back. I should stuck it out a few more minutes, as the final long jibe would have been much fresher.

 

We crossed in 6th boat for boat with no correction and beat feet for the mid-season party.

Date: 07/02/2003 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 3.0 Weather: Clear, Wind: S 8-5, < 5 kts Current: ebb 1330 @ RI
Course: s/f-W-DM-W-s/f with port roundings Crew: Brian-foredeck, Bobby -mid, Seth -aft, RW -helm

MRMSA Wed Night Spring Series - Race 7

 

Wednesday Night Start: 1800 hours.

The start for the last race of Wed. Night Spring Series was set up in the approach to Fishers Island West Harbor just outside of Flat Hammock, with “W” R6 in the mouth of the harbor a mile upwind, back downwind DM, at the halfway point on the rhumbline, back to  “W” with a final run to the start/finish line for a total of 3 miles. 

 

A so-so start in 7-8 kts of wind found us sandwiched between Sassy Lassie to windward and Jolly Mon to leeward. A short port tack to clear Jolly Mon’s leebow found us shortly back on starboard to windward of the fleet playing the shifts and pressure up the course, with great tacking and trimming on crews’ part. Bearing away after good set at the mark, with the wind dropping to six or so, we played the middle of the course with a series of jibes. Approaching DM found us sixth behind Blue Light. Raising the genoa on starboard with a port leeward douse, Brian quickly stowed the pole, & we jibed around the mark to find Blue Light going backwards in some kind of snafu. Offering our condolences, we hardened up back to speed for the final beat to windward in the dying air.

 

With the whole crew looking for air and Seth watching the numbers, a series of tacks got us back up to the layline for another smooth set. A couple minutes after rounding, Seth’s attentive eyes noticed Jolly Mon way off to the right near Clay Point about to jibe to port in a long wind band stretching all the way to the finish. That was the ticket, yet I felt we had missed the train. Seeing little to no wind between us, I decided on another run down the middle in extremely spotty light air. In retrospect, maybe we should have invested on the reach towards Clay Point as the wind band held there throughout the race. I was concerned that dividend would expire prior to our arrival. Shortly thereafter, we belatedly switched to the light-air spinnaker sheets. Had we switched earlier, I may have continued towards Clay Point. The performance of a .5oz spinnaker vs. our .6oz crossed my mind also. Working our way down course, connecting the patches of air we crossed fifth boat for boat in our class with no gain in correction, and 29th corrected in a fleet of fifty boats.

 

Kudos to the RC for the course selection; any other start area would have resulted in an abandoned race for lack of wind.

 

Congratulations to John McCrea (regular crew on Crystal Slipper) and his father Peter for winning their class in the Doublehanded return of the Bermuda 1-2 Yacht Race, of which his father won the first singlehanded leg

Date: 06/25/2003 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 4.0 Weather: Clear, Wind: SW 8-10 & 5 kts Current: flood 1440 RI
Course: s/f-B-s/f, port rounding Crew: Brian–foredeck, Bobby –mid, Seth –aft, RW –helm

MRMSA Wed Night Spring Series - Race 6

 

With start line set in the original “X” starting area, the course was posted as “B” Black Ledge R”2”, downwind to the s/f then back windward to “V” Vixen Ledge R”2” and return to s/f, with port roundings.  All courses from the “X” starting area to the west put a dogleg in the rhumbline due to Horseshoe Reef.  We felt initially, the left side of the course would be favored, due to fresher air and favorable current out in the channel.  So starting on the port end near the pin would be shortest distance to that goal. Had I stuck to our starting strategy, we would have faired much better.  For some reason I got stuck down by the committee boat with one & a half minutes to go.  We were just coming up on the committee boat as the gun went off, in the company of Jolly Mon rolling us to windward and Blue Light on our stern. After Jolly Mon passed I decided on a clearing track to port, which in retrospect was not a good call as it lengthened the time getting out to the current and fresh air in the channel.

 

With most of our class rounding ahead, we tacked in eight knots of wind on the starboard layline slightly short of abeam the mark, the current in our favor and inside an overstood Legacy bearing off on our windward hip. Clearly in error, GoodGoose came in on port directly to the mark, amongst loud protesting by John Reed, almost hitting Legacy mid-port cockpit.  Fortunately, the antics had no effect on us, and we rounded above it all with a nice bearway set.  All the boats in our class continued on starboard. Following our normal strategy in a flood, we jibed to port towards the airport at the first opportunity for current relief near shore. Turning too fast, RW screwed the jibe causing the spinnaker to collapse with momentary wrap of the headstay, though, in seconds the crew had it flying.

 

Brian noticed a few boats closer to shore losing their wind, so we split the difference with a good jibe back to starboard. Looking forward to Horseshoe, we noticed boats ahead sailing into a hole, plus the majority of the fleet ahead to starboard in the channel drifting. With Seth managing the spinnaker & Bob trimming, we slowly crept up on them, and for a few minutes pulled ahead of Jolly Mon.  A couple of toots from the committee boat signaled their decision to shorten the race in the dying wind. We briefly fantasized about getting our first gun. About five minutes from the line a little breeze began to build from starboard and Jolly Mon pulled away to cross 31 seconds ahead.  Winning our class on corrected time by over 6 minutes, gave us our highest ever fleet finish of 12. 

 

Lessons: 

- Remain flexible, yet stack to strategy, unless good reason not to.

 

- We did not get the expected current relief towards shore. Maybe we did not go in far enough, yet it was best that jibed when we did as there little wind near shore.

Date: 06/18/2003 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 4.0 Weather: Cloudy, threat of rain, Wind: SE 6 kts & less Current: ebb 1455 RI
Course: s/f-DM-s/f-DM-s/f, port roundings Crew: Brian–foredeck, Bobby –mid, Seth –aft, RW –helm

MRMSA Wed Night Spring Series - Race 5

 

 Wednesday the 18th was SeTherin’s first race of the 2003 season. The s/f was near the old “X” starting area with a drop mark (DM) at 160 degrees and 1 mile, a bit east of Flat Hammock.

 

Arriving to the starting line with less than 10 minutes to spare, did not afford time to fully scope out the conditions.  In the less than five-knot wind, I was concerned about the ebb shoving us past the line. Over compensating, I botched the start.  An approach on starboard had us almost parallel to the line, tacking to port in the light air had us crossing the better part of a minute late. 

 

There must have been a big left shift after the RC set the course, for we found a port reach would lay the mark.  Continuing on port, we sailed a bit loose due the ebb and laid the mark nicely within 4 to 5 boat lengths.

 

Our strategy on first run was to hang on starboard towards the north shore near Groton Long Point, then jibe to port for the leeward mark in less current.  Problem, there was less wind as we neared the GLP.  Those that stayed in the middle faired better.  Rounding the mark with a leeward douse to starboard, we found the wind clocked to the right about twenty degrees or so, though still very light.  In hindsight, we should not have footed quite as much on the last windward leg, plus my occasional erratic steering did not help.    About 100 yards out, we tacked to starboard for the mark, and had a great bearaway set.

 

A visible wind alley appeared down the middle of the course, though little it was (4 to zip and back to 4) against the dying ebb.  Theoretically, one should sail higher and jibe more often in such conditions. Though seeing boats ahead of us having difficulty filling their chutes after a jibe, convinced me to sail deeper with fewer chances of a chute wrap I a jibe.

 

Only six showed up out ten on our class’s scratch sheet. We finished fourth boat for boat and corrected to third.  All in all, we felt pleased with our first effort of the 2003 season, thanks to Brian, Bob and Seth.

 

Lessons-

 

-      Had we done a practice cross of the line for orientation purposes, we would known the        windward mark was a reach.  

 

-           If and when we switch to & from light-genoa sheets &/or outboard/inboard tracks, we need to make sure the spinnaker sheets remain outboard the genoa sheets.

 

-           If the next windward mark rounding is to port, lets douse to the port side, regardless if it’s a leeward, windward or mexican

 

-      On our jibes, we should have the same person handle the sheet and guy during the jibe, to better fly the spinnaker freely.

Date: 08/28/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 7.0 Weather: NE 15-20+ kts Current: ebb 1500 Ram
Course: s/f-R-N-R (f),p Crew: Brian, Bob & RW

Last MRMSA Wed Night-Summer Series-Race 7

 

A little late arriving to the starting area, we were further compromised when the boomkicker came apart which we quickly removed and stowed below. And had RW reeved the first reef line earlier in the day, we may have made the line on time. The course was from the start ¼ mile north of the Flat Hammock nun R"2" to Ram Island nun R"20" to fishers Island North Hill R"2" back windward to finish at Ram Island for a total distance of 7 nm. It was a memerable evening, though not for sunsets and , mid-level cloud cover, the rain held off.

 

Three minutes late for the line, we rounded the committee boat and hardened up on starboard towards the Mystic River in fairly lumpy seas due to the northeasterly against the ebb. With starboard favored in the current lift

avoiding port tack till we laid the mark in the flatter water near shore.

Offshore in the greater current,a port tack was fairly rough.  Ten minutes into the race the knotmeter went dead. Finally nearing the shallows southwest of Ram Island we tacked to port for the mark.

 

Electing not to run the spinnaker, we jibed around the mark as Brian and Bob made a few adjustments from the spinnaker set to wing&wing, and in short order we had the heavy WP poled out to starboard, the reef shook out and the main cranked back up to full hoist on the beeline for North Hill, Fishers Island, NY.

Occassionally surfing with a GPS speed of over six knots, the rudder vibrating and the whole boat humming, we  must have had over eight kts of boatspeed a few times, considering we were bucking a good ebb. If only the knotmeter were working, a missed opportunity with computer data log and the updated polars.

 

A number of competitors ahead of us chose a dogleg, south of Flat Hammock and the Dumplings.  After some discussion, we stuck to our between the Dumplings

strategy, the shallow water plan skirting the north edges of Flat Hammock and South Dumpling.  We skimmed past the the Flat Hammock nun with the end of the boom clearing the top of the nun by a little over a foot.  Here in the shallow water our strategy paid off with our GPS over the ground speed picking up to nearly 7 knots.

 

As we cleared the Dumplings, Bob and Brian put the first reef back in and got things set back up for upwind. Moving over to give the J29-Tomahawk room at the mark, set us up for a fast tight rounding of the mark. Extending on port for a good bit to insure a starboard in the middle of the Dumplings for the best current and clearance of the south shore of North Dumpling, we then setup for a long current lifted tack across to the Connecticut shore. 

 

With the rail occassionly buried and water sloshing in the cockpit, doing my best to steer through the waves and keep my balance on the barney post; glancing over my shoulder, I saw the J35-Zorro coming up on our rear. I

thought he would pass above us, but he bore off to our leeward shouting words of encouragement and complementing our pointing ability, "Boy, does that

thing point."  

 

When Brian called 85 degrees on the windward mark we swapped to a slighlty looser and powered up tack through the rougher waves.  While we kept the tacks to a minimum, the few we had were very smooth, with Bob staying down low long enough to skirt the foot with a good yank on the genoa clew as Brian ground in the sheet while hiking from the new weather side, then Bob

clambored up shortly thereafter.  We now found urselves ahead of Sanibel since we last crossed tacks in the middle of the Sound; as they tacked and followed us to the finish. Quite a race for the last Wednesday of the season.

 

A couple of minutes after crossing the finishing and rounding R"20", the knotmeter came back on. Broadreaching back to Noank, we exceeded six knots a

few times.

 

Spinnaker                                             Time on Time

Yacht    Type   Skipper, PHRF    Elapsed Corrected

 

1 SeTherin  Catalina 22 Magner, 273  95.45    75.39

 

2 Tumult      Ericson 30-1 Litke,   215   89.37    75.94

 

3 GoodGoose  P Triton Richardson,249  99.87  81.25

 

4 SassyLassie  Newport 28 Burnham, 162  90.23  82.37

 

5 Sanibel  Pearson                    Keeler, 199  95.8   83.14

 

6 Nell    Bristol 32   Gleason, 247     400 DNS

 

7 Raggedy Ann  Ericson 25 Bonola, 234  400 DNS

 

8 Blue Lite        Cal 25    Giulini, 225  400    DNS

 

9 Gael Force    C&C 24   Harren, 218 400   DNS
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