Wind: S 8 to 10 kts, gust 12
GON Baro & Temp: 29.79” & 64F
Current: flood North Hill 17:50
Start/Finish: near Horseshoe (start at 1805)
Course 4: 230 at 1 nm, s/f-wmk-lmk-wmk-s/f
Race Length: 3.92 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW
During the pre-start there appeared to be more wind offshore towards the windward mark, so a starboard tack was preferred & and also current lifted.
Running down the line, we had a reasonable start. Though I should have anticipated Cosmic crossing the line ahead of us right at the pin resulting in some close quarters sailing with them to our lee and not able to accelerate as we wished. I should have eased up our approach speed some by luffing the sails. Though when clear of us Cosmic shifted out of point mode giving us clear air for a good starboard. Our tack to port was delayed by Merganser on our windward hip, to what we thought may have been too close to the port layline, though not so as we approached the mark.
We had a good set, then worked the east side of the course where the breeze upwind appeared stronger, requiring a port jibe for the rounding. The douse was good, though a little late, slightly delaying our turn to port upwind. A breeze had by now filled in down the course so we continued on port a while. This may have been a mistake, as our COG was headed significantly. We should have tacked back out on starboard shortly after the leeward mark. The chart shows a weird header just prior to our starboard tack.
I delayed our tack onto the starboard layline to cross ahead of Thunder Chicken, giving us a bit more overstand then I would have liked. Both of the roundings at the top of the course were overstood some in the flooding current for a slight loss. A full hoist was delayed some due an entanglement of the spinnaker & port jib halyards. This time we maintained starboard jibe for the full leg, though by the lee nearing the finish for another unprecedented string of first places in class.
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- double check halyards are not crossed
- may consider setting shroud tension one step tighter above 10 kts TWS
- main could have been flatter upwind.