WNRS Results

Wind: SW 20+ to near zip.
Current: one hours of flood remaining at start. Ebb North Hill 18:59
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM*1 ½ at 250m, 1.2 nm
Race Length: 3.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

We arrived in the starting area a good half hour prior to the gun, with southwest winds gusting in high teens with a twenty+ degree sweep. We decided on the #1 genoa & rigged for 14 kts. At the five-minute warning, the wind increase to 18+ with gust into the mid-20’s so we hurriedly switched to the #3 jib. Then right at the gun the wind subsided! Was it just a temporary lull? Having only a single headstay, we decided to tough it out with the #3, though we did not get it fully raised until a minute or so into the start crossing the line nearly a minute late, and continued out on which appeared favored by 15 degrees or so. Brian called our tack nicely taking us to the mark with minimum bearaway. Nearing the leeward mark Jolly Mon & Cosmic passed to leeward on port tacks.

Following the rounding and set the wind continued to drip making for a lumpy run with two jibes. We rounded with nice douse and chose to tack at first opportunity, noticing the wind had clocked making starboard favored. We continued offshore to where concerned about overstanding we tacked to port.
We would have fared much better had we tacked (or not tacked to port at all till farther out) out once we realized we would not weather Seaflower. I've often found weird eddies near Seaflower and less wind. From past experience as well as last night's, I think we should do our best to avoid Seaflower, especially on the windward leg.

Past Seaflower the wind continued to die, so we tacked back for offshore in hopes of finding some wind. Shifting to lumpy sea - light mode, we slowly worked our way out till comfortable we could lay the mark on port in the new flood. The RC decided to shorten the race from two laps to one and a half and we crossed second (boat for boat) in class behind Cosmic and ahead of Jolly Mon in a slightly increased southwest breeze.

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Wind: GON 17:56 NW 20 G 28, 18:56 NW 14 G 21, 18:56 NW 14 G 21, 19:56 NW 8
Baro: 29.88”
Current: 2 hours of ebb remaining at start. Flood North Hill 20:00
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: Vixen-Intrepid*2
Race Length: 6.1 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

With the winds surging into the low 20’s we chose to go with the #3 blade & a reef.  We had a excellent start leading the class off the line, and stayed offshore two thirds of the way to Vixen.  Had we tacked early on to sail closer ashore, the adverse current may have been less, yet the wind also less maybe and more fluky.   The lulls became more frequent the last quarter of the leg.

We rounded Vixen third with a bearaway set, followed by a jibe at first opportunity and maintained third all the way to Intrepid.  Vacillating on which headsail to use for the next upwind leg led to a late spinnaker douse and a bad rounding, allowing Sans Souci to pass.  We stuck with the #3, though at times wished we had the genoa (in retrospect we should have). Conditions would have favored something inbetween, which we don’t have. 

We slowly lost ground to Sans Souci.  Following a jibe set at Vixen, we experienced a few 20+ gusts on the reach back towards Intrepid. 

Approaching Intrepid we rigged the genoa, followed by a good douse & rounding for short beat back to the start/finish.

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Wind: average: W at 6.5, 9 kts avg on the long downwind
Current: ebb 1745 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Course: s-V-I-f
Race Length: 4 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian & RW

During the pre-start we had the choice to left upwind with less adverse current or to what appeared a better breeze on the right but with a stronger ebb along the shore. 

Still thinking left, we got sandwiched by San Souci to windward and Merganser leeward at the start, so I bailed out and went right for what still looked like better wind along the shore. 

This was true for fifteen minutes or so, as we made trees on those paralleling us offshore.   Then a new wind moved in from the south benefitting the boats offshore big time.   We took a hitch out to the new breeze, yet those that had gone left at the start were now far ahead.

We had a good rounding and set at Vixen, a great downwind making up some of our time, and a near perfect douse and rounding of Intrepid.  But the final beat to the finish in the dying wind and increasing ebb was long.

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Wind: SW (210) at 11.1 avg
Baro 29.89"; Temp 73 to 72 F
Current: ebbing; flood 1940 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Course: s/f-DM-s/f *2
Race Length: 4.8 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian & RW

We had a very good port start from near the pin, comfortably crossing the whole class (starting from the RC on starboard).  Both sets at the windward mark were on the money, as was the douse and rounding of the leeward mark.  

We lost some time on the first beat by digging in twice on starboard prior to the layline (two extra tacks). Once would have been sufficient- probably should have extended on starboard the first time (1808). On the last downwind to the finish the wind dropped below 10, benefiting Jolly Mon about seven minutes or so ahead & correcting over us by 23 seconds w/o the summer penalty. 

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Wind: SE at 5 avg,
Baro 30.02"; Temp 71 to 67 F
Current: flood 1450 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Course: s/f-DM-lmk-DM
Race Length: #.# nm
Crew: Adam, Brian,Dan & RW

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