Wind: WNW at 12 to 16 kts
Current: ebb North Hill 14:20
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-Vixen *2, Race Length: 5.9 nm
Crew: Brian, Dan & RW
It was just three of us, as Adam got stuck in a traffic jam. We set the rig for mid-teens with the #1 heavy. Our strategy was to initially tuck inside the current lee of Horseshoe and favor the shore to Vixen, then offshore on the runs with the current.
We got a starboard start down near the pin, with Jolly Mon a few boatlengths to windward. Cosmic closer to the RC, tacked to windward shortly after clearing the committee boat while we continued out a couple minutes and tacked the same time as Jolly Mon. We had the flattener on for the upwinds, yet in retrospect I should have followed the crews’ advice on a reef & made better use of the main. Cosmic had five crew aboard which certainly made difference on the windward legs.
We had a good rounding of the leeward mark, bearaway sets on both roundings of Vixen, yet I jibed too soon on both runs. We missed correcting over Jolly Mon by 30 seconds.