Wind: SW 20+ to near zip.
Current: one hours of flood remaining at start. Ebb North Hill 18:59
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM*1 ½ at 250m, 1.2 nm
Race Length: 3.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW
We arrived in the starting area a good half hour prior to the gun, with southwest winds gusting in high teens with a twenty+ degree sweep. We decided on the #1 genoa & rigged for 14 kts. At the five-minute warning, the wind increase to 18+ with gust into the mid-20’s so we hurriedly switched to the #3 jib. Then right at the gun the wind subsided! Was it just a temporary lull? Having only a single headstay, we decided to tough it out with the #3, though we did not get it fully raised until a minute or so into the start crossing the line nearly a minute late, and continued out on which appeared favored by 15 degrees or so. Brian called our tack nicely taking us to the mark with minimum bearaway. Nearing the leeward mark Jolly Mon & Cosmic passed to leeward on port tacks.
Following the rounding and set the wind continued to drip making for a lumpy run with two jibes. We rounded with nice douse and chose to tack at first opportunity, noticing the wind had clocked making starboard favored. We continued offshore to where concerned about overstanding we tacked to port.
We would have fared much better had we tacked (or not tacked to port at all till farther out) out once we realized we would not weather Seaflower. I've often found weird eddies near Seaflower and less wind. From past experience as well as last night's, I think we should do our best to avoid Seaflower, especially on the windward leg.
Past Seaflower the wind continued to die, so we tacked back for offshore in hopes of finding some wind. Shifting to lumpy sea - light mode, we slowly worked our way out till comfortable we could lay the mark on port in the new flood. The RC decided to shorten the race from two laps to one and a half and we crossed second (boat for boat) in class behind Cosmic and ahead of Jolly Mon in a slightly increased southwest breeze.
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