WNRS Results

Date: 07/10/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 4.0 Weather: WNW 12-16, gusts 18, lulls 9 Current: flood 1732 RI
Course: s/f-V-s/f, p Crew: BB, BF, TD & RW

MRMSA Wed Night-Summer Series - Race 1


Last night was the first of the Mudhead Wednesday Night Summer Series, and the first night for our new genoa & spinnaker combination.  The R/C chose a short course for the mid-season party night.  In a 14 knot northwesterly, we got a good start at the committee boat on Tumult’s stern with Sanibel on our tail soon lifting and passing above us. With all the crew hiking, we clawed our way out to windward popping the flattening-reef in and out numerous times.  With all four of us on the rail, Bob trimming the genoa & outhaul, Tracy hiking and Brian on the flattening reef.  We must have popped the flattening reef in three or four times. Above the majority of the fleet, with the windward mark Vixen slightly below a beat and current in our favor we were able fetch the mark without a tack. 


Nearing Vixen, it became obvious that a jibe-set would be most beneficial, contrary to our port bearaway setup.  Realizing RW had forgotten to prepare the spinnaker halyard, Bob quickly got the gear to starboard using our starboard genoa halyard. Jibing around Vixen, reaching up towards shore under genoa couple of minutes and above some of the inbound traffic we soon had the chute was up and pulling.  With Bob initially trimming, Tracy and Brian got the genoa down and secured, and we were off for an accelerating ride to the finish.  Brian took over the trimming as Tracy & Bob moved to the high side of the cabin. I soon sensed the mast pumping; Bob secured the lazy jib halyard to the bow and trimmed in as Brian cinched it up tight.  


We then had a rip roaring spinnaker run to the finish occasionally catching the quarter wave of larger boats as they passed us to windward, with sustained speeds over 7 knots.


Boat     Type    Skipper            PHRF  E Time C Time Class    Fleet


1 Tumult 2        Ericson 30-1    Litke    215      40.48   34.39


2 SeTherin        Catalina 22       Magner 273     44.88   35.45


3 Sassy Lassie  Newport 28     Burnham162     40.15   36.65


4 Sanibel          Wanderer 30    Keeler  199      42.45   36.84


5 Good Goose Triton               Richardson 249            48.05   39.09


6 Gael Force    C&C 24           Harren  218      46.72   39.54


7 Raggedy Ann Ericson 25        Bonola 234      48.1     39.88


8 Blue Lite        Cal 25              Giulini   225      57.22   47.99



Bob & I left the party at 2215.  On the drive home, the sky was awesome, Wow!



-     The Curmudgeon’s Counsel

We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some

are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors ... but they

all exist very nicely in the same box.

Date: 07/03/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 4.0 Weather: WSW 10-12, 14-7 Current: ebb 1821 at RI
Course: s/f-DM-s/f-DM-s/f, p Crew: BB, BF, JL & RW

MRMSA Wed Night-Spring Series - Race 7


Wednesday night was the last race of the MRMSA spring series; more typical summer evening wind conditions: starting fresh, diminishing as the race progressed.  With the wind out of the SW, the Race Committee chose to run us the drop mark (DM) out past Sea Flower. They mistakenly posted the bearing to DM at 260 degrees; it was much closer to 240.  In the last of the flood, I tried a port tack approach down the start line, with the idea of tacking onto starboard in a hole. The hole we did tack into was void of air, requiring a short port hitch to gain windward clearance of the fleet.


Back on the favored starboard tack to DM, we made good time for 20 minutes to the south getting a bit of lift from the last of the flood.  A ten-minute hitch on port set us up for the layline into the windward mark. With no great time consuming glitches on the bearaway set, we jibed to port about five minutes after rounding and held our own down the run.


At the leeward mark, we were a little late getting setup for the windward douse and raising the genoa. Shortly after rounding, we tacked to the favored starboard soon as the air was clear.  After five minutes or so Gael Force crossed on port and tacked to windward. We then tacked for clear air, and unfortunately hung on port (against the increasing ebb) for an extended time, our costliest mistake.


Finally tacking we had a long tack on starboard, with a short port hitch to lay the line, then rounded with a small hour glass in the set, which was shortly shook out.  Following an immediate jibe to port, we rode the diminishing wind to the finish.  It would have taken a five minute faster finish time to move us into the money.




Favored tack, favored tack, and favored tack.


-Following a spinnaker douse and stuffing it into the bag, we need to run the tapes from the head to the clews prior to the next set.



-           After disconnecting the pole from the mast, first release the old guy before hooking up to the new one. 

-           Rather than fishing for the new guy, reach out, grab it, and put it in the jaw.

-           Someone aft of the mast can help by pulling the guy inboard making it easier for the foredeck to reach. 

-           With wind dying on the last run, we should have reached up at bit more for speed, which would have required a couple more jibes, yet may have given us a better time down the run.    


Boat     Type    Skipper            PHRF  E Time C Time Class    Fleet


1          Sassy Lassie     Newport 28     Burnham 192    66.43   58.19


2          Gael Force       C&C 24                       Harren  228      71.05   59.36


3          Sanibel             Pearson                        Keeler  219      72.77   61.51


4          SeTherin           Catalina 22       Magner            273      82.85   65.43


5          Tumult 2           Ericson 30-1    Litke    215      77.35   65.72


6          Good Goose    Pearson Triton  Richardson

249      81.53   66.33


7          Raggedy Ann    Ericson 25        Bonola 234      84.68   70.21


8          Blue Lite Special           Cal 25              Giulini   225      400      DNF

Date: 06/26/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 7.0 Weather: SW 8-18 Current: flood 1845 at RI
Course: s/f-N-s/f-N-s/f, p Crew: BB, BF, JL & RW

MRMSA Wed Night-Spring Series - Race 6


The course was two laps between Fishers Island North Hill R2 and the s/f area just East of the Groton Long Point Nun #22, the rhumb line running right between the Dumplings,  with a half hour of ebb remaining at the start.


Accelerating a bit late for the start in the ten-knot wind, we were unable to close the door on a barging Sanibel for the second week in a row. They rolled us, as did Tumult close behind.  In the fresher wind, I chose not to bail onto port, unfavored & into the current, but hung in for clear air.  With Tumult was a good distance to windward and abeam and Good Goose to our leeward 10 o’clock, we stayed even past Flat Hammock.  Tumult tacked first, then we a tacked a bit after Good Goose crossed and had a half knot favorable current between Fishers and South Dumbling.     


Overstanding the windward mark slightly for traffic avoidance we rounded with a good bearaway set, jibing shortly thereafter for the favor at the first opportunity.  After passing close to North Dumpling in a fresh 12 to 14 kts, we jibed back to starboard for most of the run. A final jibe back to port set us up for a windward douse in preparation for the next set.  


After rounding, we hung on port with the new flood for about ten minutes.  A tack to starboard took us up into good position for a port board through the Dumplings, current in our favor.  Nearing South Dumpling prior to our tack to port, we felt an unusually warm wind coming off Fishers Island, as if there was a desert to our windward. It must have been 85 degrees or more.   


With dark clouds and thunder a few miles southwest, we tacked for the layline finding we had overstood significantly, nearly allowing Gael Force an inside overlap at the mark. Again, we rounded with a good set and worked over towards South Dumpling out of the current.  Nearing South Dumpling, fixating on Gael Force to our port, I turned dead downwind rather than continuing a broad reach towards Flat Hammock for current relief. In relativity flat seas and a wind of 14 to 16, we continued hey diddle-diddle right down the middle oblivious to the better part of a two-knot current. The wind continued to build to a steady 18 knots, and we were consistently above six knots, occasionally exceeding seven, we saw a max of 7.2 knot for a moment or two.   We could see Good Goose a distance ahead, wing & wing, Tumlut slightly behind off to their right (avoiding current) and Gael Force slowly pulling ahead on our port.




- On the first tack, we hung on starboard too long; we should have tacked on Good Goose’s hip shortly after their crossing. 

- At the end of the first run we doused the spinnaker on the first run slightly too soon.

- On the last run, we should have favored the south side of the channel between the Dumplings for current relief.

- An indicated wind speed of 15 knots with a temperature of 85 degrees corrects to an effective wind speed of 14.2 knots.

-A forty-two second faster elapsed time would have placed us in third.


Boat     Type    Skipper            PHRF  E Time C Time Class    Fleet


1 Sassy Lassie  Newport28      Burnham,192    104.25 91.32   1          21


2 Sanibel          Pearson            Keele,219        108.43 91.65   2          24


3 Good Goose Pearson Triton  Richardson,249            117.57 95.65   3          36


4 SeTherin        Catalina 22       Magner,273     121.80 96.20   4          39


5 Tumult 2        Ericson 30-1    Litke,215         117.88 100.16 5          44


6 Gael Force    C&C 24           Harren,228       120.87 100.98 6          46


7 Blue Lite Special        Cal 25  Giulini,225        500.00 DNF    9          63


8 Raggedy Ann Ericson 25        Bonola,234      400.00 DNS    9          63

Date: 06/19/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 5.0 Weather: SE 12-15, 7 @ finish Current: ebb 1900 at RI
Course: s/f-N-s/f -N, p Crew: BF, JL & RW

MRMSA Wed Night-Spring Series - Race 5


The course was intended for two laps to Fishers Island North Hill R2 and to finish at the s/f  area just SW of Groton Long Point.


Starting in the last of the flood, I chose a start on the starboard end of the line near the committee boat. Accelerating a bit late for the start, we were not able to close the door on Sanibel barging in from starboard. Crossing the line in bad air, we tacked to port and stuck to our strategy – port for the initial tack.  In three more tacks, we were able to lay the line on starboard from a good distance (I thought). Bob and Jeff got the spinnaker prepped for the set. I fell for the “think we are overstanding trap” to sail a bit lower. As we neared the mark the wind dropped significantly, and ebb began to set us down. With the crew scrambling, we threw in two more tacks, rounded and got the spinnaker up for a good set. 


In downwind mode, with Bob trimming and Jeff on the lookout for overtaking traffic from the foredeck, we held our own through the Dumplings out into FI Sound. With the leeward mark coming up 70 degrees off the port bow, we had a good jibe only to find a simultaneous wind shift & lull prior to a new breeze building in a continued back due a thunderstorm inland. Jibing back to starboard we soon were raising genoa and dropping the spinnaker and found ourselves nearly beating towards what had been the leeward mark.  With Bob and Jeff hurriedly getting the spinnaker ready, we jibed around the mark and set in the fresh breeze of the inland storm. The 10 to 12 knot breeze lasted half way  to North Hill dissipating to 7 knots in the last half-mile or so.


We finished in fifth boat for boat yet corrected over Tumult for 4th place.  In studying the results, it is interesting to note; had we finished 13 seconds sooner, we would have corrected over Gael Force and moved into the money for third.  Two minutes and twenty-three seconds would have put us in second ahead of Sanibel.  It would have taken 5minutes 54 seconds to beat Sassy lassie for first place.


The outboard failed to start for the trip home. I thought it might have fouled while stowed in the cabin. It did not appear wet, but had an erratic spark pattern.  A fresh plug solved the problem and it was Miller Time.


Later at the Seahorse, Dave from Crystal Slipper said they were able hold their spinnaker pole to starboard all the way to s/f.  Then circumstances and the wind shift turned s/f from a leeward mark to a jibe mark. They simply jibed around the pin onto port, and maintained port pole all the way to the finish.




1.         As in all races, there were numerous opportunities for small detail elimination of the 13-second deficit for third place. 

2.         Bearing off too early, thinking I have a mark made (fear of overstanding).

3.         Seeing the inland storm, and overlooking the possibility of a wind shift. Dark clouds – expect wind shift.


Avoiding number 2 or 3 would have put us in second, avoiding both would have had us smelling first.



Boat     Type    Skipper            PHRF  E Time C Time Class    Fleet


1 Sassy Lassie  Newport 28     Burnham           192      78.58   68.84   1          17


2 Sanibel          Pearson            Keeler  219      84.73   71.62   2          29


3 Gael Force    C&C 24           Harren  228      87.77   73.33   3          33


4 SeTherin        Catalina 22       Magner            273      93.05   73.49   4          34


5 Tumult 2        Ericson 30-1    Litke    215      88.7     75.37   5          38


6 Good Goose Pearson Triton  Richardson       249      110      89.49   6          43


7 Raggedy Ann Ericson 25        Bonola 234      500      DNF    9          63


8 Blue Lite Special        Cal 25  Giulini   225      500      DNF    9          63

Date: 06/12/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 5.0 Weather: NE 10-15,G18 kt. Current: flood 1835 at RI
Course: s/f-R-V- s/f,p Crew: BB, BF, JL & RW

MRMSA Wed Night-Spring Series - Race 4


Finally, we had our first sail & race of the season last night.  Donning weather gear, we left the dock in good drizzle, though it dissipated by the time we reached the starting area off Groton Long Point. With the winds in the mid-teens and race time approaching, we hurriedly rigged the flattening and first reef lines. As time began to crunch, I decided to leave the outboard on the stern.


The course was down east to Ram Island R2, west to Vixen Ledge then back to the finish off Groton Long Point.  Starting in the last of the ebb, I favored the pin due to an obvious port tack favor. In 14 kts & the flattening reef on, we got off the line in good shape, and continued on port with no starboard traffic to duck. We continued out into the deep water to ride the last of the ebb with nearly a ½ knot in our favor that slowly dwindled to zip at Ram Island. The downside of the deep-water choice was the waves. With the crews position on the rail it was very difficult to see the valleys and minimize their effect. Port tack was so favored; we were able to maintain it to the mark tacking for the layline about 100 yards out. 


For our first spinnaker set of the season, I purposely overstood to give use a bit more time for the setup.  A good decision, as a few corrections were necessary. With the spinnaker up and bearing away on a starboard broad reach, we could not reach up towards shore as closely as I would have liked for the new flood. The wind 12 to 16 knots continued to back requiring a more pole forward position, finally becoming unmanageable.  Short of Groton Long Point, we finally blew the halyard and brought in the spinnaker, wasting little time getting the genoa back up. 


Passing Groton Long Point the wind began to lull sporadically down to 8 & 10. Working hard to keep the speed up, we jibed around Vixen and began a close reach back to the finish.  Blue Light Special must have dropped out on the return from Vixen as they were listed DNF in the results posted this evening.  Therefore, we were the last boat, yet corrected over Good Goose for fifth and missed fourth by 2.55 minutes.   My thanks to Brian, Jeff and Bob; a great night for getting the rust off.


1 Sassy  Lassie Newport 28 Burnham 192    70.23      61.52


2 Sanibel  P Wander 30          Keeler     219    73.83     62.41


3 Tumult 2 Ericson30-1           Litke       215     74.00     62.88


4  Gael Force C&C 24             Harren   228     76.28     63.73


5 SeTherin   Catalina 22         Magner   273     83.20     65.71


6 Good Goose  P Triton          Richardson 249 80.88    65.80


7 BlueLite          Cal 25           Giulini      225      DNF      DNF


8 RaggedyAnn Ericson25      Bonola    234      DNS     DNS



We need to address the seating positions when beating to windward.


As the pole goes forward it needs to come down. The crew ran into to great difficulty managing that. The skipper will work on the hardware to improve the situation.  In addition, we need to remember to set with an initially lower pole in high wind condition.  Therefore, my goal is to have a choice of two modes for the pole set- normal and a high wind setting.


Bringing in the spinnaker- when the halyard blows, grab the sheet and start pulling in like mad, as someone subsequently lets the guy run.


When close reaching in variable wind conditions similar to the last leg; the genoa needs to be constantly trimmed.
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