Wind: SW at 6 to 10 kts; Average 206 @ 8.4 kts
Temp: 76F, Baro: 29.90
Current: Ebb North Hill 14:10
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-N-I-s/f, Race Length: 3.8 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW
We were at the line on the start, Merganser on our port with Cosmic & Jolly Mon to starboard. Down on speed at the gun, it took a while to get in the groove, felt like a minute. Once established, we decided to take a chance passing up the east side of Flat Hammock. After tacking to port in the current lee of the Hammock, we paralleled Sans Souci off to the north along the south side of the Dumplings channel for a while, prior to they’re bailing out to follow our lead past the Hammock. The two of us were the only boats in the whole fleet to take this route.
We maintained our lead on Sans Souci to round the North Hill buoy behind Jolly Mon and on Cosmic’s heals. After the set, we took a short jibe to centralize in the current of the Dumplings channel. Shortly thereafter I allowed myself to be led astray by the three leading boats, (Jolly Mon, Cosmic & Wunder Dog) following them out of the channel to the north. In meantime Sans Souci made up for lost time cooking in the current of the channel & the fresher breeze to the south to close with us at Intrepid. We had an inside overlap at the rounding and led out of the mark choosing to continue with the chute in tight reaching mode, a good call yet not enough to hold off Sans Souci, as she caught up to pass us to windward at the pin for the finish. The outcome would have been in our favor had I not cut the corner at North Dumpling.