Wind: average: W at 6.5, 9 kts avg on the long downwind
Current: ebb 1745 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Race Length: 4 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian & RW
During the pre-start we had the choice to left upwind with less adverse current or to what appeared a better breeze on the right but with a stronger ebb along the shore.
Still thinking left, we got sandwiched by San Souci to windward and Merganser leeward at the start, so I bailed out and went right for what still looked like better wind along the shore.
This was true for fifteen minutes or so, as we made trees on those paralleling us offshore. Then a new wind moved in from the south benefitting the boats offshore big time. We took a hitch out to the new breeze, yet those that had gone left at the start were now far ahead.
We had a good rounding and set at Vixen, a great downwind making up some of our time, and a near perfect douse and rounding of Intrepid. But the final beat to the finish in the dying wind and increasing ebb was long.