Wind: WSW at 5 to 10 kts, avg 8, gusts 12
Backing to SW throughout the race.
Temp: 77 F, Baro: 29.82
Current: flood North Hill 14:45
Course: sf-DM-s/f*4, 250 at 1.1 nm; Race Length: 4.2 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW
We had a good start mid-line between Cosmic to leeward and Jolly Mon trailing slightly to windward. Eventually, Jolly Mon bailed out on port, as we continued out to more current following Cosmic. Shortly after our tack to port, I had to bear off slightly to duck Jolly Mon now proceeding out on starboard. Regardless of our tack for the layline short of 90 degrees, a significant overstand resulted in the swift current. Would two more tacks closer in for a shorter layline have been any faster?
The rounding & bearaway spinnaker set was smooth as we began a long run trailing the port quarter of Cosmic by a hundred yards & Jolly Mon far ahead sailing dead downwind. We covered Cosmic’s jibe to port and closed slightly as they reached up to fresher course for another jibe & starboard rights at the mark to round a handful of boatlengths ahead of us.
After recovering from a near shrimping event on the rounding, we found port favored as expected (on the downwind). I believe Zallee, Jolly Mon & Cosmic all tacked offshore, while we remained on port for a good while as pressure offshore appeared to have diminished.
Following another bearaway set and a headed starboard jibe we sailed down the rhumbline to the finish. Cosmic’s fresher course & subsequent jibe did not help them and we crossed ahead, third boat for boat to correct over Zallee, yet 28 seconds short of correcting over Jolly Mon.