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Wind: SW at 4 to 8, average 6 kts
Temp: 79 F, Baro: 30.12”
Current: last of ebb, flood North Hill 18:25
Course: sf-DM-s/f*2, Race Length: 4.4 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Josh & RW

Dying wind on the last downwind, from an average of 8 kts on the first downwind to 5.5 kts on the last.

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Wind: SW at 4 to 10, average 6 kts
Temp: 72 F, Baro: 30.04”
Current: last of flood, ebb North Hill 18:35
Course: sf-N-I-s/f-N-s/f, Race Length: 6.7 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

The RC chose a long course this evening, upwind for a port rounding of the North Hill bell, then a spinnaker reach for  a jibe at Intrepid to the s/f then up to North Hill & back. We were the most windward boat at the start near the RC, yet after a couple minutes were forced to tack by Jolly Mon on our lee.  After a couple minutes we were back on starboard towards the channel between the Dumplings.  We had a good rounding and set for the reach to Intrepid where Brian lowered the pole for the tighter reach to the leeward mark.
On the second upwind we chose to go west of North Dumpling as the wind began to die as did our position in the fleet.

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We have only a recording of the first leg as the power was accidently turned off a following the first rounding of North Hill.

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Race Abandoned - No Wind
Mid-season Party a Success! 

Wind: SW at 0 to 6, average 3.4 kts
Temp: 70 F, Baro: 29.86”
Current: last of flood, ebb North Hill 18:55
Course: sf-DM-s/f, Race Length: 2.1 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

Following a fifty minute delay, the RC finally got a start off.  We had what looked to be good start half way down the line leading Cosmic, Jolly Mon & Sans Souci, when either Zallee or Merganser forced Gimlet head to wind and on to port turning Cosmic & ourselves into sandwich meat between Jolly Mon & Gimlet. After squeezing out above Gimlet, we hung onto heavily favored starboard with Sans Souci ahead & to windward, while Cosmic, Zallee & Jolly Mon tacked early on.  Finally tacking to port we found ourselves on a long gradually lifted tack to the mark.  Zallee was first to round, and we ducked Jolly Mon to round slightly ahead of Merganser & Cosmic. 

Following the rounding, we should have jibed for northing then rather than later downwind with little to no wind.   Many boats maintained a fresh starboard jibe then did not have the wind to work northward against the current at the finish and subsequently withdrew.

At around 1945 hours & five minutes of effort we abandoned our port jibe attempt (not able to fly the chute), yet with the current wind on starboard jib, we could.  It retrospect we should have persevered on port.  At some point early in the last half to the run Sans Souci worked their way northward which we did not observe allowing them to approach on a fresh reach to cross finish well ahead as we were making our port positioning jibe for the finish at 1952 hours to cross at 1958 trailing by nearly 4 minutes. We were fortunate to finish as many did not.

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Wind: NW at 9 kts, average 8.8 (4 to 14 kts)
Temp: 80 F, Baro: 29.82
Current: last of ebb, flood North Hill 19:40
Course: sf-DM-W-s/f, Race Length: 3.6 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

I made two major mistakes, one was to choose the #1 heavy & leave #1 light genoa on the dock. Second was the sailing west of North Dumpling.

We had had frontal passage around 1530, and the winds picked up to 16 gusting to 20, which the Groton METAR continued reporting till 1656. Thinking we would have conditions similar to two weeks ago, I chose the hank on the heavy & left the #1 light on the dock. Shortly thereafter on the motor out, we realized, it was a mistake.

The RC selected a short windward leg to a drop-mark near Bluff Point & a long downwind to West Harbor.  We had a so-so start and bailed to port soon as we were assured of clearing the committee boat.  We rounded the mark in fourth behind Zallee, Jolly Mon & Cosmic, just ahead of Sans Souci.

I initially kept us high of the boats ahead compensating for the current rather than be set, then decided to sail west of North Dumpling.   Most of the fleet sailed east of ND through the Dumplings’ channel and west of South Dumpling.  We appeared to be doing very well till we came abreast ND, there the leaders pulled away round SD well ahead.

Meanwhile Sans Souci after trailing us for a few minutes bore off towards Flat Hammock, and as we rounded South Dumpling saw our mistake as Sans Souci began screaming up the east shore of Flat Hammock to round in third well of us. 

On the upwind back to the finish, most of the fleet tacked around the FH R2 to sail along the southern edge of Dumplings channel for their westing.

I chose to go straight across for the Connecticut shore thinking to take advantage of the new flood there, though overstood to do so.  There we found a tenth of a knot in our favor, yet far too late to be of an advantage. 

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