WNRS Results

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.

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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