Wind: SW at 10 to 14 kts; Average 267 @ 11.4 kts
Temp: 76F, Baro: 29.91
Current: Flood North Hill 15:10
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-s/f*2, 250 at 1.37 nm; Race Length: 5.4 nm
Posted as 260 at 1.2 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Josh & RW
There was no ambiguity regarding strategy last night. We had a good start trailing Jolly Mon down the line and leading Cosmic at the gun. After a few minutes Cosmic bailed out on port, while we continued offshore short of the port layline, keeping our sites on Jolly Mon on our port forward quarter. She tacked first and we followed once past her stern. We rounded behind Jolly Mon, yet ahead of Cosmic with a good bearway set, then tacked at first opportunity, while Jolly Mon continued on starboard south of Seaflower. Cosmic followed us down the port-jibe run and we were able to maintain our lead with Josh trimming the chute, assisted by Brian’s coaching.
With Cosmic on our stern, we had an excellent douse and rounding of the leeward mark rounding, and tacked immediately to starboard, while ahead Jolly Mon and Cosmic (more so) extended some on port prior to the long favored starboard tack. This time out we tacked much shorter of the port layline, then I overstood the starboard layline more than necessary, concerned about interference from Wonder Dog, so I crossed ahead of him on port prior to tacking for the rounding. Jolly Mon had rounded first as usual and Cosmic had rounded a minute or so ahead of us.
Our set was delayed slightly, and we again jibed soon as possible to chase Cosmic down the run while Jolly Mon again passed south of Seaflower prior to her jibe.
It was the last sail of the season for Josh, as school starts next week, but fabulous one it was.
You know it has been a good night when there are this many spinnakers behind us on the motor back to Spicers. :)
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