WNRS Results

Wind: average 225 at 10.5; 7 to 12, gust 14 
Current: flood North Hill 14:20
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 2 laps; 1.2 nm at 220
Race Length: 4.75 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

I screwed up the start & we were over early.  In our recovery, I initially worked our way out on port for a clear lane, then continued out on starboard towards North Dumpling and the North Hill Channel.  Jolly Mon also recovering from a starting incident eventually passed us to weather.  Far out ahead was Zallee, Merganser, Avara and Gimlet.  San Souci had a good start, yet went directly to port (right side of course).

We rounded the windward mark just ahead of Sans Souci, yet following the set they passed us to windward to pull ahead for a substantial lead by the leeward mark.  Our second beat was similar to the first, but with San Souci rounding safely ahead. Merganser had a good night finishing fourth to our fifth. Having sailed a similar course, it is a mystery to me how Jolly Mon pulled so far ahead to finish second.

I believe sailing out to the deep water north of the Dumpling like we did is a good thing, and it may have paid to go farther south into even deeper water prior to tacking to port.  Though prior to tacking I took note of the waves and decided to tack as the water was smoother (maybe less current) farther south, and I was also worried about a wind decrease closer to North Dumpling.

Our boat speed seemed to be down for an unknown reason.
On the first long starboard to windward we were lifted on an average of 4 degrees by the flood, yet that diminished to less than one degree on the subsequent long starboard of the second beat. 
In the future we need to tightly cover Sans Souci tightly on the downwind when they are ahead & we are able.  

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Wind: 215 at 6 to 12, prior to the big wind shift
GON Wind 3 to 14, gust 23: Baro: 29.91 to 29.94 & 77 to 79
Current: ebb North Hill 13:45
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 2 laps; 1.2 nm at 220
Race Length: 4.8 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Bob & RW

In the pre-start prior to the 5-minute warning we ventured too far out on the rightside of the course, so far as we were not to prepared for the warning gun, arrived back to the line with the timer out of sync & me also.  I had hoped to lead down the line with speed then tack to port for what we figured was favored.  At less than a minute remaining I had to duck Avara and ended up downspeed for our tack to starboard and the gun. After a small speed build we tacked to a long port.  With Zallee stretching their lead ahead, we were the only other boat that chose the right side of the course. Short of the layline we took a hitch in closer to the mark for quick rounding good set, behind Zallee, Jolly Mon & Cosmic.

Down the run, we saw Zallee, Jolly Mon & Cosmic round the leeward mark and continue out on port. Nearing the mark, it appeared to me their port tacks were headed somewhat from the first. With a timely windward douse, we rounded the leeward mark in close quarters with 3 boats, inside & to windward of Thunder Chicken. Too close for a speed build we tacked to starboard, then favored the left side (where the breeze seemed stronger, maybe not) to the mark. Brian’s call on the layline was good, giving us plenty of time to prepare for the set, another good one.

About a third of the way down to the finish, there was a big wind shift to the north out of a thunder-cell ashore.  Had we recognized it sooner we may benefited from a tight spinnaker reach for a minute or so prior to hoisting the genoa.  As it was, we were behind the 8-ball on both accounts. Once underway with the genoa, we experienced widely variable winds as the two wind fronts contested one another.

Comparison of leg times
1st windward- 0:24:23
2nd windward- 0:25:12
1st downwind- 0:13:24
2nd downwind- 0:21:39

Thunder Chicken finished first in Class 2 & 11th in fleet compared to our 3rd & 16th.
On the chart there is a gap between 1908 & 1910 hours due to the master power switch getting switched off accidently by the spinnaker trimmer standing in the companionway.

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Wind: 238 at 6 to 16, gust 14, avg 10 kts
GON Wind avg: 10.4: Baro: 30.65 & 72
Current: ebb North Hill 15:15
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 2 laps; 1.2 nm at 240 12
Race Length: 4.8 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

We chose the pin end to start as it appeared slightly favored as did Zallee, we ducked a couple sterns as we continued on port thinking there to be less current closer to shore.  We took one short tack offshore to insure a clear lane from the overtaking Class 2 then continued to the layline, which surprisingly was right on the mark.  Approaching the windward mark, I noticed Thunder Chicken approaching the mark on a long port, causing me to wonder which side they favored upwind.

We jibed to port shortly after the round as did Thunder Chicken (leading Class 2) a short distance behind, to pass us to windward/port both of us healed to windward most of the way down to the leeward mark.

Our leeward mark rounding was congested amongst a couple Melges-24s, and after our tack to starboard for a clear lane, I wondered aloud where Thunder Chicken was.  They had rounded just a bit before and I noticed them tack to starboard, yet could not locate them so figured they were back on port.  Our long port tack did not feel reassuring as the wind seemed to be less & the boat did not feel right.  Our second upwind was 3 minutes longer than the first, though the downwinds were nearly the same.

On the second downwind I chose to remain on starboard longer sailing our tgtwa to the port layline & also to the finish.
I tend to think at TWS > 10 kts it pays to sail deep heeled to windward. 

Thunder Chicken finish first in Class 2 & 5th in fleet compared to our 4th & 25th.

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Wind: 238 at 6 to 16, gust 18, avg 12 kts
Current: flood North Hill 15:40
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: 2.5 laps; 1.1 nm at 240
Race Length: 5.1 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

I made a port run down the line planning to tack around to starboard to lead the pack down the line but hesitated too long for the tack, then got sandwiched, and nearly got squeezed out at the committee boat again by Jolly Mon.

Crossing down speed, we tacked soon as clear of the Eddie Maxwell, as did Jolly Mon & San Souci shortly thereafter.  After a a significant time on port we took a starboard hitch, while Jolly Mon & Sans Souci continued out.  Short of Seaflower, we went back to port for the layline, which was a bit of overstand in the current.  We rounded the windward mark a few boat lengths ahead of San Souci and maintained our lead on her down to the leeward mark.  

Shortly after the leeward rounding we chose to tack offshore on starboard with a comfortable lead on Sans Souci.   An experiment with a port hitch north of Seaflower did not work well as the wind was down on a significantly headed tack.  (Compare our other port hitches on the attached chart.)  Switching back to starboard up the west side of Seaflower saw San Souci cross comfortably ahead.  

Rounding in gusty conditions, we started back downhill trailing San Souci significantly.  Timely trimming by Dan in the waves allowed us to close the gap some along with a good douse & rounding.  Back on starboard we followed Sans Souci out the left side of the course.  Sans Souci tacked shortly after clearing Seaflower, while we continued to the layline for the finish.  We must have had better wind on port hitch towards the finish as we made up a good amount of the our deficit and trailed San Souci across the line by only 13 seconds, enough to correct over her for a first in class.

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Wind: 155 at 6 to 10, avg 8 kts, backing to 120
Current: ebb North Hill 14:55
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: s/f-IR-s/f*2; 1.1 nm at 175 
Race Length: 4.4 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

Ten seconds late to the line, we tacked to port (as planned) soon as we were clear, as did Cosmic & Watercolors shortly thereafter.  We continued short of North Dumpling, and should have tacked sooner as both the current & air became fluky.  Our next tack on port towards the starboard layline was too soon, as ther appeared to be a back eddy & also once clear of the the eddy our were were too far out to accuratey call the layline.

After an additional tack to clear the mark, we had a good set, a good downwind with a reasonable douse & rounding at the leeward mark. 

 I tacked to starboard to gain distance for clear air, but went way too far not considering how much the wind had backed, making for a disastrous overstand on port.  We approached the mark, painfully bearing off to a broad-broad reach, headed into the current.  After what seemed ages, we finally rounded for a decent set and a nice reach in the backed wind to the finish.

-There appeared to be more wind in the upper 2/3’s of the course & less west of the rhumbline.  
-Boats on the the first beat that continued on starboard for a while at the start appeared to have benefited from fresher wind farther east.

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