Crew: Brian, Seth, Bob & RW
Winds: ESE at 10 to 15 kts
Current: ebb - North Hill 1524
Start time: 1800, 02:36 into ebb
Start/Finish: Vicinity of X, Groton Long Point
Course: (s/f-I-s/f)*2, Distance: 3.12 nm
Shrouds: +3, +5, +3, possibly another turn on the fwd’s may have helped on the first upwind.
Except for a couple hours mid-day with glimpse of blue sky, it was cloudy all day with an East wind in the single digits during the morning, building into the low teens by mid-afternoon.
I called for a conservative douse short of mark which gave us a tight rounding nearly hitting the mark, allowing us to quickly harden up into the wind. The flattening-reef was not necessary this time as the wind had dropped off a couple knots. Tacking on the layline sooner this time, we still ended up with a bit of an overstand. Following another good set we were able to maintain our distance on Cosmic if not gain little. The wind clocked some, so we were a more downwind on this last leg with lulls down to ten knots occasionally. It would have been a good night to have posted the first lap down to Ram Island and the a second to Intrepid.
We crossed a minute, 23 seconds behind Cosmic, & 53 seconds ahead of Watercolors. This may have been our first ever boat for boat finish ahead of Watercolors.
We corrected over Cosmic by a minute and 29 seconds (summer ratings) and by a minute (standard ratings).
Andy later told us as we motored alongside Cosmic that he was pinching to flatten the boat. Me wonders if they would have faired better with a bit a heel and greater boatspeed?
1st in Class
1st in Fleet
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