WNRS Results

Wind: WNW at 12 to 16 kts
Current: ebb North Hill 14:20
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: sf-Vixen *2, Race Length: 5.9 nm
Crew: Brian, Dan & RW

It was just three of us, as Adam got stuck in a traffic jam.  We set the rig for mid-teens with the #1 heavy.  Our strategy was to initially tuck inside the current lee of Horseshoe and favor the shore to Vixen, then offshore on the runs with the current.

We got a starboard start down near the pin, with Jolly Mon a few boatlengths to windward.  Cosmic closer to the RC, tacked to port shortly after clearing the committee boat while we continued out a couple minutes and tacked the same time as Jolly Mon.  We had the flattener on for the upwinds, yet in retrospect I should have followed the crews’ advice on a reef & made better use of the main.  Cosmic had five crew aboard which certainly made difference on the windward legs.

We had a good rounding of the leeward mark, bearaway sets on both roundings of Vixen, yet I jibed too soon on both runs.   We missed correcting over Jolly Mon by 30 seconds.


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Tuesday (17th), Adam & I launched SeTherin & spent the day setting things up.

Wind: WSW at 6 to 10 kts, Gusts 12, 14
Temp: 75 F, Baro: 30.00; MTW 54 F
Current: ebb North Hill 14:00
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-s/f, 250 at 1.5 nm; Race Length: 4.5 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

The start was delayed 5-minutes due to the pin boat running late from setting the windward mark.  We chose to go west along Horseshoe & the Connecticut shore for current relief, so I set up an approach along the line from the pin thinking we had nearly two minutes to go. Halfway down the line, we discovered we had less than 30 seconds, so I tacked on Gimlet’s starboard hip to cross the line. 

Soon as we were assured of clearing the committee boat, we flopped to port a few seconds after Cosmic and followed them out safely south of Horseshoe.  Interestingly, we stayed with them for the longest time in winds of 9 to 11 kts.   Then we chose to tack offshore rather than chance overstanding, though we probably should have gone somewhat farther. 

Our spinnaker set was all fouled up (I crossed the sheets when hooking them up). Here we lost a better part of a minute at reduced speed.  Once up and pulling, we had a good downwind, though should have jibed a minute or so sooner.  

We had a timely douse at the leeward rounding as some increased pressure moved in. Had I cinched up the backstay more & had we put in the flattener, we may have kept her on her feet better & weathered Horseshore.  Eventually we made our way offshore west of Seaflower in two long starboard favored hitches & two shorter headed ports for the finish.

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Wind: SSE at 4 to 6 kts
Temp: 60 F, Baro: 30.12; MTW 54 F
Current: flood North Hill 15:45
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-W-s/f, Race Length: #.# nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

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