WNRS Results

Wind: West to NW at 9.7 average 
Baro 29.63"; Temp 75 F
Current: flood, flood 2000 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2; 238 at 1.04 nm
Race Length: 4.0 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

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Wind: W at 8.5 first lap; NW at 9 kts 2/3 into second lap
Baro 29.81"; Temp 76 to 60 F
Current: flood, ebb 1920 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2
Race Length: 5.2 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian,Dan & RW

We had a good start and a 'great' first lap, but it all came apart at 1855 when we failed to recognize a new wind out of the NNW.  Had we continued on port at that time for a couple minutes more the outcome would have been very good.

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Wind: SW 6 to 10, G11; Baro 30.01"; Temp 73 to 69 F
Current: ebbing, flood 1952 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Course: s/f-N-L-DM-s/f
Race Length: 5.6 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam & RW

We had a good start near the committee boat end of the line, crossing on the gun with Breaking Wind on our stern and Jolly Mon trailing behind and to starboard.  After spending a minute or two trying to roll us, BW bore off our stern to continue on starboard.   Four minutes into the race, as Jolly Mon rolled us we took a one minute port tack for clear air then continued out towards the Dumplings’ channel.

About halfway out we crossed Breaking Wind, then Sans Souci as they continued west on port.  Ahead Jolly Mon did the same.   We had had a conversation about taking the west side of North Dumpling to avoid the ebbing current between the Dumplings, yet decided to continue to the southern edge of the channel for current relief.   Both Jolly Mon & Sans Souci eventually tacked back to take the eastern side.

We continued along the southern edge of the channel and curiously saw some current in our favor there.  Past South Dumpling we tacked back to port to weather the SD Can 3.  Here we mistakenly tacked back to port too soon, and took a big current hit.  Breaking Wind was the first to round.  Past

Due to the backed wind, the RC changed the course for the next lap to a windward mark out near Sea flower.   We had a good leeward douse & rounding, though when the wind picked up a bit I was slow to get the backstay on.  This along with the jib cars not set properly at the start may have set up back some.

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Wind: SW 3.4 avg, gust 7;
Current:  ebb 1439 North Hill
Start: approaches to West Harbor
Course: s-N-I/f
Race Length: 2.6 nm
Crew: Brian, Seth & RW

Up until halfway down the run to Intrepid we had a nearly perfect race.

We had a great start leading the class down the line towards the pin.  Every boat in our class bailed out on port towards the Flat Hammock Reef, while we delayed till nearly abeam Flat Hammock’s southern tip.   We went in ashore as far as we dared, for a subsequent starboard toward the southern point, followed by a series of tacks in towards South Dumpling prior to crossing the channel toward Fishers’ northern shore.  I doubt we gained much on the last port tack along South Dumpling, and had we crossed sooner, may have avoided some windward boats rolling us on the crossing. 

Noticing a couple boats ahead sailing into a significant header nearing Fishers’ shore, I chose to tack.  This worked well, though created a small concern, yet we weathered R2 with little room to spare.

On the round we went for a poleless set (as the spinnaker was setup for the standard port).   
We chose to hug the southeast side (over the west) of North Dumpling as there appeared to be more wind there.  I made an effort to stay high on port, yet should have done more so.  As the larger boats began overtaking us to windward, we lost drive and could no longer make the finish line in the dying wind.   We were within grappling hook distance as we drifted by the committee boat on the wrong side. 
Shortly thereafter, we dropped anchor downstream to witness half the fleet go through similar agony, and Don Quixote's Mudcup moment!

This race was thrown out a couple days later.

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