WNRS Results

Wind: 235 at 12 kts, Temp: 73 F, Baro: 29.75
Current: flooding 10 minutes at the start. Flood North Hill 17:43
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.2 nm at 240, Race Length: 4.8 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

This evening was a prime example of what sets the Mudhead locale apart from other venues when it comes to windward/leeward racing.   A 235 degree rhumbline & numerous windchecks prior to the start of 230 to 235 indicated a slight port bias for the first tack.  Yet when the left to right flooding current was considered, a starboard was highly favored.  Interestingly, the windmill on North Dumpling at 200 degrees was pointed right at us, yet on the surface in the start area averaged 232.  Based on what the windmill was telling us, we expected a header nearing North Dumpling. Whether it was there or not, we don't as we tacked far short of ND.

We had a good start right on Jolly Mon’s stern and were able to maintain our strategy to hold starboard despite Gimlet passing to starboard about three-quarters out.  Our starboard HDM/COG was 202/206 most of the way out, followed by a port 265 HDM to the starboard layline. Tacking on 90 degrees to the mark led to a slight overstand in the flooding current, yet rounding just ahead of Gimlet approaching on port. A smooth deployment of the chute followed with and brisk starboard jibe run to the leeward mark.  Gimlet passed us just short of the mark. Rounding, we hardened up on port just long enough to check a heading of 285 prior to tacking back for a long starboard back out toward North Dumpling.

The second lap was similar to the first, though our average headings were backed approximately five degrees.  Our port tack to the windward mark was just short of an overstand giving us a buttonhook rounding again slightly ahead of Gimlet on a long starboard.  Our final downwind was now a fresh broadreach in the backed wind, with Gimlet again passing us short of the line.  

This makes for two weeks in a row that I haven’t a chart of our course to post.  I hope to remedy that for next week.

There may have been greater pressure on the left (east) side of the course, for those that went right did not fare well.  One would reason that a starboard jibe would indicate a favored port upwind, though not in last night’s conditions. 

It has been a long time since we’ve had a first in fleet.  :)

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Link to chart of course without speed info.

Wind: 235 at 12 kts, Temp: 80 F, Baro: 29.95
Current: ebb began 40 minutes prior to the start. Ebb North Hill 17:19
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-Vixen -s/f*2
Crew: Adam, Josh, Dan & Brian

RW was absent from the tiller this evening due to a Life Star 30th Anniversary Event at the New England Air Museum.  So my faithful crew managed the boat without me and pulled off  4th place ahead of Merganser and Avara.

Wind: SE at 6 to 3 kts, Temp: 62 F, Baro: 30.14
Current: 65 minutes of flood remaining at start. Flood North Hill 19:05
Start: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-IR-s/f-IR(f), shortened at 3 legs, Race Length: 2.33 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Josh & RW

The start was delayed ten minutes due to a backing windshift, moving the windward mark from ‘W’ in West Harbor to Intrepid.    We had a good start about a third of the way down the line, then tacked at first opportunity to a long port for offshore. Rounding Intrepid, we worked our way towards the Connecticut shore in a series of jibes to round the leeward mark. 

After hardening up on a short port to check heading & COG, we tacked for a long board along Groton Long Point as the wind began to wither in a building flood.  Sailing between the GLP Nuns 24 & 22, we made trees on Jolly Mon on a parallel course farther offshore, yet lost gauge.  Though I believe we would have fared far worse had we been farther offshore in greater current.   A glance at the chart of our port tack for offshore illustrates how strong the current was relative to our boatspeed & TWS. 

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We went the wrong way on the first leg! 

Wind: 215 at  9 kts, Temp: 68 F, Baro: 29.85
Current: 5 minutes of flood remaining at start. Flood North Hill 18:05
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.0 nm at 220, Race Length: 4.12 nm
Crew: Adam, Josh & RW

There are rules of thumb which we neglected to follow.
We missed third place by 1 second on corrected time.

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Wind: 7 to 10 at 155, average 154 at 8.8 kts, Temp: 55 F, Baro: 30.23
Current: 50 minutes of ebb remaining at start. Flood North Hill 18:49
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.3 nm at 160, Race Length: 5.0 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

Numerous wind checks prior to the start led us to believe port would be favored by 5 to 10 degrees.  We had a good mid-line at speed start, then tacked to port about thirty-seconds past the gun and continued out short of North Dumpling for what was certainly the favored tack.  Sans Souci, trailing on our stern a dozen or more boat lengths was the only boat in our class to take a similar path.  The vast majority of the fleet sailed towards Groton Long Point.

We rounded the windward mark with smooth bearaway set and continued on starboard, jibing about 2/3’s down the course.  Following the leeward mark, Jolly Mon & Cosmic headed for Groton Long Point again.  Exiting the leeward mark, the numbers enforced our decision to remain on port. Compared to the first leg, we were down some due to the flood yet still within forty-five degrees of the rhumbline.

The starboard run to the finish was nearly dead-downwind, often sailing near to lee.

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Earlier in the afternoon, Adam, Brian & I went out  with John Fries in conditions perfect for evaluating our new sails: a light #1 genoa & main.  In addition to having a very pleasant sail, we learned a few things from John along the way. 

Genoa photo one
Genoa photo two


From the RC blog

The Donzo WNRS blog- 06/03/15
- Wednesday @ 06:35PM - We are racing on course 4, windward mark tucked up towards West Harbor at 160, 1.3 NM. 36 boats started in 6 classes. Cool night. Kudos to Sparky with Jamie Rice playing catch up single handing against the other Class Two J's. Looking to go the distance with a clear, cool, friendly night. Come back for results in about two hours.

- Wednesday @ 07:59PM - Tight fleet, tight night! Balance shifts the balance with a first in fleet. Last to first in 7 days. Jolly Mon smokes the fleet FTF, but the clock kicks their butt in favor of SeTherin. Dragin Z Ballz takes the J boats to town and 2nd Chance along with Patriot leave no doubt about big bad boats in solid breeze. Exciting mark roundings and boat speed made for a Top Ten night in Mudhead heaven.

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