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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