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Wind: SW at 6 to 10 kts; Average 206 @ 8.4 kts
Temp: 76F, Baro: 29.90
Current: Ebb North Hill 14:10
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: sf-N-I-s/f, Race Length: 3.8 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

We were at the line on the start, Merganser on our port with Cosmic & Jolly Mon to starboard.  Down on speed at the gun, it took a while to get in the groove, felt like a minute.  Once established, we decided to take a chance passing up the east side of Flat Hammock.  After tacking to port in the current lee of the Hammock, we paralleled Sans Souci off to the north along the south side of the Dumplings channel for a while, prior to they’re bailing out to follow our lead past the Hammock.  The two of us were the only boats in the whole fleet to take this route.  

We maintained our lead on Sans Souci to round the North Hill buoy behind Jolly Mon and on Cosmic’s heals.  After the set, we took a short jibe to centralize in the current of the Dumplings channel.  Shortly thereafter I allowed myself to be led astray by the three leading boats, (Jolly Mon, Cosmic & Wunder Dog) following them out of the channel to the north.   In meantime Sans Souci made up for lost time cooking in the current of the channel & the fresher breeze to the south to close with us at Intrepid.  We had an inside overlap at the rounding and led out of the mark choosing to continue with the chute in tight reaching mode, a good call yet not enough to hold off Sans Souci, as she caught up to pass us to windward at the pin for the finish.  The outcome would have been in our favor had I not cut the corner at North Dumpling.

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Wind: SW at 10 to 14 kts; Average 267 @ 11.4 kts
Temp: 76F, Baro: 29.91
Current: Flood North Hill 15:10
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-s/f*2, 250 at 1.37 nm; Race Length: 5.4 nm
Posted as 260 at 1.2 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Josh & RW

There was no ambiguity regarding strategy last night. We had a good start trailing Jolly Mon down the line and leading Cosmic at the gun.  After a few minutes Cosmic bailed out on port, while we continued offshore short of the port layline, keeping our sites on Jolly Mon on our port forward quarter. She tacked first and we followed once past her stern.  We rounded behind Jolly Mon, yet ahead of Cosmic with a good bearway set, then tacked at first opportunity, while Jolly Mon continued on starboard south of Seaflower.  Cosmic followed us down the port-jibe run and we were able to maintain our lead with Josh trimming the chute, assisted by Brian’s coaching.

With Cosmic on our stern, we had an excellent douse and rounding of the leeward mark rounding, and tacked immediately to starboard, while ahead Jolly Mon and Cosmic (more so) extended some on port prior to the long favored starboard tack.  This time out we tacked much shorter of the port layline, then I overstood the starboard layline more than necessary, concerned about interference from Wonder Dog, so I crossed ahead of him on port prior to tacking for the rounding.  Jolly Mon had rounded first as usual and Cosmic had rounded a minute or so ahead of us.  

Our set was delayed slightly, and we again jibed soon as possible to chase Cosmic down the run while Jolly Mon again passed south of Seaflower prior to her jibe.

It was the last sail of the season for Josh, as school starts next week, but fabulous one it was.

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You know it has been a good night when there are this many spinnakers behind us on the motor back to Spicers.  :)

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Wind: SE at 4 to 6 kts; Temp: 78 F, Baro: 30.05
Current: Ebb North Hill 14:24
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: sf-DM-s/f*2, 140 at 1.1 nm; Race Length: 4.2 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

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Wind: WSW at 6 to 12 kts, average 270 at 8.5 kts; Temp: 77 F, Baro: 29.81 to 29.83
Current: Flood North Hill 17:20
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-M-DM/f; Race Length: 5.6 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

We had a reasonable start trailing Cosmic and leading Jolly Mon off the line. After a short while Jolly Mon bailed out to the right, while we followed Cosmic out on starboard for the current lift and the subsequent push on port to round a short distance behind Cosmic and Jolly Mon at the windward mark.

After the rounding we sailed in the current lee of Seaflower, prior to a short jibe to port which we should have continued, and shortly followed up on to sail for current relief along Groton Long Point.  

We had a smooth douse & rounding of the leeward mark, then tacked offshore for the current at first opportunity.  The RC shortened the race to finish at the windward mark, and we chose to go south of Seaflower with the thought of better wind and current.

Jolly Mon corrected over us by 25 seconds.  There were three possibilities of remedying that: 1- the delayed spinnaker set; 2- the port bare-off for Blind Monkeys at 1908, only to have them tack at the last moment to port also; 3- tacking to starboard at about 1907 to deeper water may have taken us into a swifter current.


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Wind: SW at 6 kts, Temp: 86 - 82 F, Baro: 29.91
Current: Flood North Hill 16:30
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.0nm  at 225; Race Length: 4 nm
Crew: Brian, Braedon Hansen, Dan & RW

We crossed the line about thirty seconds late, due to my tardy turn onto Avara’s hip.  Our strategy was to favor the east side of the course for current lift & what appeared to be better pressure.  At eight minutes into the race we took port for clear air then returned to the favored starboard.  After the set we sailed slightly above the rhumbline to the leeward mark, where we got rolled by Second Chance on the inside.  Back upwind, we bailed onto starboard at first opportunity, and were able to maintain clear air out the channel for the long port shove, to catch and round inside of Sans Souci at the mark. 

After a minute or so of sailing alongside her port, I decided to split and crossed her stern for a fresher course, similar to the first downwind.  In addition to the fresher angle, concerned about a dying wind our rationale was to remain up current near the finish.  We opted for the fresher angle at the top of the course, while Sans Souci did just the opposite and sailed a more direct course to benefit from a fresher angle nearing the finish and pulled ahead.  

In retrospect, we should have considered one of two alternatives, covering alongside her port, or jibing to a short port to get out of the current of the channel, then jibing back for a fresh long jibe to the finish (and maybe should have done likewise on the first downwind also). 

It was nice to have 12 year old Braedon Hansen along for this evening’s race. Hopefully, he will be back occasionally.

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