Wind: GON 17:56 NW 20 G 28, 18:56 NW 14 G 21, 18:56 NW 14 G 21, 19:56 NW 8
Current: 2 hours of ebb remaining at start. Flood North Hill 20:00
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Race Length: 6.1 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW
With the winds surging into the low 20’s we chose to go with the #3 blade & a reef. We had a excellent start leading the class off the line, and stayed offshore two thirds of the way to Vixen. Had we tacked early on to sail closer ashore, the adverse current may have been less, yet the wind also less maybe and more fluky. The lulls became more frequent the last quarter of the leg.
We rounded Vixen third with a bearaway set, followed by a jibe at first opportunity and maintained third all the way to Intrepid. Vacillating on which headsail to use for the next upwind leg led to a late spinnaker douse and a bad rounding, allowing Sans Souci to pass. We stuck with the #3, though at times wished we had the genoa (in retrospect we should have). Conditions would have favored something inbetween, which we don’t have.
We slowly lost ground to Sans Souci. Following a jibe set at Vixen, we experienced a few 20+ gusts on the reach back towards Intrepid.
Approaching Intrepid we rigged the genoa, followed by a good douse & rounding for short beat back to the start/finish.
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