Wind: 130 at 4 to 5 puffs 6 & 7
Current: ebb North Hill 16:35
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: s/f-IR-LMK-IR-s/f; 0.88nm at 120
Race Length: 2.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Josh & RW
In a delayed start due to the fog, I chose a port start (contrary to the rest of the class) along the line dodging a couple sterns to cross at the committee boat, thinking to benefit from the possibly stronger ebb offshore. Zallee was the first to round far ahead, then Watercolors, Cosmic & ourselves with Jolly Mon directly behind us. Downwind along with Cosmic we chose inshore for GLP to escape the current (a big mistake), while the rest of the class sailed closer to the rhumbline.
In retrospect dead-downwind or a jibe to port may have been even better.
Our next upwind to finish at Intrepid good also, though our deficit from the downwind was far too great.
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Wind: 110 at 10 to 12 gust 14.
Current: Flood North Hill 16:58
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe
Course: s/f-DM-LMK DM-s/f; 1nm at 110
Race Length: 4.0 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW
We had a decent start mid line, trailing Cosmic & Zallee towards the current lee of GLP with the typical ducks between the GLP buoys. We overstood to the east for our tack offshore. Nearly abeam the windward mark on port the genoa sheet let go and we lost headway to manage, so had to fall off on starboard for bit to gain speed, the back to port and for the starboard rounding with a satisfactory set. I steered too high on the downwind, requiring an unnecessary jibe setting us up for a poor douse, which took a few moments to sort out.
Back upwind, the rig was a bit too soft for the windy conditions, making it difficult to point properly. Approaching GLP 24, we were forced to tack requiring an extra tack between the buoys. Brian called the tack offshore for the windward mark perfectly for another satisfactory set on the rounding, with Dan doing a good job on the spinnaker (on both downwinds).
Rounded off to the nearest minute, both downwinds were 8 minutes each, and the first upwind 20 minutes & the second 18 minutes. The two minute delta due mostly to the first windward mark issue would probably be even greater had our leeward mark rounding been smoother.
Four seconds faster ET would have beat Jolly Mon (they must have had issues also)
Three minutes, 31 seconds faster would have put us in 2nd place (a possibility).
Catching Cosmic, I don’t think so... J
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Wind: E 6.5 to 14, average 10.5 kts
Temp: 75 F, Baro: 29.94”
Current: ebb North Hill 15:30
Course: s/f-R-s/f; Race Length: 4.0 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW
We had a decent start and tacked offshore for current and wind at first opportunity which worked out well. I overstood the layline at the RI bell more than I should, a bit concerned about traffic. There was a small snafu on the hoist, though Adam having experienced a similar situation Saturday at Lords’ MOA, quickly sorted it out this time.
We decided to give some bias to the shore for current relief, though Thunder Chicken stayed offshore for a more direct course to the finish with no appreciable harm (for a sixth in fleet compared to our 15 th).
Yet our duck inshore around GPL R22 paid dividends against Cosmic (apparently ahead farther offshore) allowing us to lead them across the line by twenty seconds.
It was a very nice evening for the season's last sail aboard SeTherin. Thanks to our enjoyable crew of Adam, Brian, Dan & Josh. :)
Wind: NW at 5 to 12, average 8 kts
Temp: 75 F, Baro: 30.18”
Current: ebb North Hill 16:20
Course: sf-N-s/f*2; Race Length: 5.4 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan, & RW
In the pre-start looking upwind to the left was an area of calm east of West Clump, while there appeared to be more breeze on the right. So with the anticipated current lift we chose the right.
We ended up down the line at the start just windward of Liquid Foundation, tacked to port and ducked a few transoms. Nearly the whole class followed suit shortly thereafter, except maybe Merganser.
The wind was fairly light, and we were the only one to continue short of the layline. The rest of the class tacked over towards North Dumpling with a number of tacks up to North Hill. Merganser made out big favoring the east side of the course and was second to round behind Zallee.
After the round we took a jibe to port in an effort to stay up current of the rhumbline. On the way downwind, there appeared to be more wind to the east so we chose the starboard gate. On this second upwind our TWS average was 8.5 versus 6 on the first to the west. We also chose to go east & south of the Hammock for current relief & possibly more wind, even though it meant overstanding North Hill.
So the big question is: was there more wind all along on the eastside of the Dumplings?
Art Shaw, (Redline) went east of the Dumplings on both upwind legs which paid off big time with a ninth in fleet and the class win. I have a suspicion the fleet top 10 took the left upwind also.
After the initial dying sea breeze on the first leg, the gradient filled in from the south and held, making for a pleasant second lap of the course.