Wind: SSW 8 to 10 kts
Avg Wind: 200 at 10 kts, Baro 30.14" Temp 61.5 F
Start: GLP Starting Area
Current: flood NH 1621
Course: (s/f-N-I-s/f-Wmk-s/f) *2
Race Length: 5.9 nm
Crew: Brian, Bob & RW
We were a bit late to the line, trailing Jolly Mon at the committee boat. When we took a short port hitch for clearer air; both Watercolors to our lee and Jolly Mon slightly ahead to lee followed suit. Following our eventual tack, we held starboard to the Dumplings‘ mid-channel.
Rounding North Hill with a smooth set, we chose to jibe and split for the west side of North Dumpling for current reduction (while most of the boats chose the shallows along the south side of the channel through the Dumplings). This took us farther westward than I expected and hurt. Possibly, a starboard by lee would have been shorter to ND. Along with the current reduction there was an unfortunate softening of the wind as it lifted over the island.
Past the island we had a fresh angle to our jibe around Intrepid, followed by a reach into the leeward mark. Jolly Mon first around Intrepid, really stretched out; Watercolors chose to douse and lost some to JM on this leg.
After the leeward douse & rounding of the leeward mark and tack to starboard, we had a problem with the genoa halyard tension slipping, which took a couple minutes or more to resolve. A fix is in the works. Approaching the windward mark, I decided to leave the spinnaker (result of leeward douse) setup alone and go for a jibe-set (a mistake). We should have taken time to switch the spinnaker over to port, as we would have faired better with a bearaway. After jibing back to starboard, we had nice 10 to 12 knot run to the finish.