Date: 06/26/2002 Log Entry: Race
Distance: 7.0 Weather: SW 8-18 Current: flood 1845 at RI
Course: s/f-N-s/f-N-s/f, p Crew: BB, BF, JL & RW

MRMSA Wed Night-Spring Series - Race 6


The course was two laps between Fishers Island North Hill R2 and the s/f area just East of the Groton Long Point Nun #22, the rhumb line running right between the Dumplings,  with a half hour of ebb remaining at the start.


Accelerating a bit late for the start in the ten-knot wind, we were unable to close the door on a barging Sanibel for the second week in a row. They rolled us, as did Tumult close behind.  In the fresher wind, I chose not to bail onto port, unfavored & into the current, but hung in for clear air.  With Tumult was a good distance to windward and abeam and Good Goose to our leeward 10 o’clock, we stayed even past Flat Hammock.  Tumult tacked first, then we a tacked a bit after Good Goose crossed and had a half knot favorable current between Fishers and South Dumbling.     


Overstanding the windward mark slightly for traffic avoidance we rounded with a good bearaway set, jibing shortly thereafter for the favor at the first opportunity.  After passing close to North Dumpling in a fresh 12 to 14 kts, we jibed back to starboard for most of the run. A final jibe back to port set us up for a windward douse in preparation for the next set.  


After rounding, we hung on port with the new flood for about ten minutes.  A tack to starboard took us up into good position for a port board through the Dumplings, current in our favor.  Nearing South Dumpling prior to our tack to port, we felt an unusually warm wind coming off Fishers Island, as if there was a desert to our windward. It must have been 85 degrees or more.   


With dark clouds and thunder a few miles southwest, we tacked for the layline finding we had overstood significantly, nearly allowing Gael Force an inside overlap at the mark. Again, we rounded with a good set and worked over towards South Dumpling out of the current.  Nearing South Dumpling, fixating on Gael Force to our port, I turned dead downwind rather than continuing a broad reach towards Flat Hammock for current relief. In relativity flat seas and a wind of 14 to 16, we continued hey diddle-diddle right down the middle oblivious to the better part of a two-knot current. The wind continued to build to a steady 18 knots, and we were consistently above six knots, occasionally exceeding seven, we saw a max of 7.2 knot for a moment or two.   We could see Good Goose a distance ahead, wing & wing, Tumlut slightly behind off to their right (avoiding current) and Gael Force slowly pulling ahead on our port.




- On the first tack, we hung on starboard too long; we should have tacked on Good Goose’s hip shortly after their crossing. 

- At the end of the first run we doused the spinnaker on the first run slightly too soon.

- On the last run, we should have favored the south side of the channel between the Dumplings for current relief.

- An indicated wind speed of 15 knots with a temperature of 85 degrees corrects to an effective wind speed of 14.2 knots.

-A forty-two second faster elapsed time would have placed us in third.


Boat     Type    Skipper            PHRF  E Time C Time Class    Fleet


1 Sassy Lassie  Newport28      Burnham,192    104.25 91.32   1          21


2 Sanibel          Pearson            Keele,219        108.43 91.65   2          24


3 Good Goose Pearson Triton  Richardson,249            117.57 95.65   3          36


4 SeTherin        Catalina 22       Magner,273     121.80 96.20   4          39


5 Tumult 2        Ericson 30-1    Litke,215         117.88 100.16 5          44


6 Gael Force    C&C 24           Harren,228       120.87 100.98 6          46


7 Blue Lite Special        Cal 25  Giulini,225        500.00 DNF    9          63


8 Raggedy Ann Ericson 25        Bonola,234      400.00 DNS    9          63