Wind: SSW at 4 kts
Avg Wind: 200 at 4.3 kts, Baro 30.02" Temp 64F
Start: GLP Starting Area
Current: ebb NH 1505
Course: (s/f-d/m-s/f) *2
Race Length: 3.96 nm
Crew: Brian, Bob & RW
It was a day of firsts:
• I believe the first time we’ve launched and raced in the same day.
• The first time we’ve been first in class to the windward mark.
• And a first place in our first race of the season; first in spite of what in most cases would have be a game changing mistake.
It had been a hectic Memorial Day Weekend finishing up SeTherin for the season’s launch with everyone pitching in (Dan on Sunday, Bob & Brian on the Holiday). Arriving at Spicer's at 10, in the water and at the dock by 11, I had the mast up by 1300 and sailable by race time.
Starting in the familiar outer reaches of Mumford Cove just west of Groton Long Point and in consideration of the light air the RC chose a two lapper out to a drop-mark 1 nm southeast at 190 degrees.
We tend favor the right with such course for the likely current lift in the ebb, maybe even more so in this case than out to North Hill. A couple minutes prior the gun I noticed what looked like a bit more wind out to the southwest also, Bob & Brian concurred. Ducking a couple of transoms and crossing Breaking Wind, we continued port on our lonesome. A third of the way up the course a well timed righty noticed by Brian and subsequent tack to starboard set us up for the mark and for the win. The race was now ours to lose.
Approaching the mark, about to hoist the spinnaker, I noticed the wind had clocked significantly (briefly to the northwest), so we just jibed around the mark and began a beat back the north, which became a drifter near the mark. Rounding on to starboard for only a short while, we tacked to port avoiding a down current situation out in the channel. This also worked greatly in our favor, as the wind now backed allowing us to fetch the mark. The wind had backed to the southeast as we approached the mark, and in a fit of dyslexia I called for a jibe set. Fortunately, our decisions up till now had put us positioned us well enough to survive such back-assed thinking.
Jibing back to starboard and staying up current of our competition we finished with nearly three minutes ahead on corrected time.
Prior to the launch & sail, I had not the time to clean the deck & cockpit as much as I would have liked, so there was still much Glastonbury arborvitae here and there which Brian contributes to our good fortune.