2014 FBYC Offshore Fall Series #3

Hoddy Toddy J/70 in FBYC Fall Series #3

Sunday’s race what was supposed to be the 3rd day in the FBYC Fall Series but due to some light wind some races were missed.  I sailed on J/70 Hotty Toddy with Steve Q, Clark D and Carrie R.  With 6 other boats out, overcast skies and winds that started in the mid-teens and were under 10 by the 2nd race – we had a really nice day for racing.

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With Steve driving the first race and Clark driving the second, we focused on good crew maneuvers and keeping the boat going fast in the right direction.  We caught some shifts, missed others but were close enough or in the lead enough times to have some fun with it.  Despite some great moments we went 5-4 on the day putting us solidly in 5th.

RESULTS | PICTURES

Top photo courtesy of Lisa Fleck

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2014 FBYC Fall One Design Invitational

It turned out to be a great day of sailing despite the forecast that wasn’t calling for any wind at FBYC’s One Design Fall Series #3. Doug and Jordan Bendura jumped on the Front Runner with me to sail against the 2 other boats in our fleet today.

The day was a mix of learning the boat, trying to pick the shifts and sailing in more current than I’ve ever seen in that part of the Piankatank due to some unusually high tides.  Mark and Melissa Stephens sailed well – their maneuvers were nice and crisp and they had great boat speed all the way around the course.  We picked some shifts to keep up with them some of the time and we were also fending off Lee who was challenging us for 2nd place.

We wound up 2-2-2 in the first 3 races.  For the 4th race Jordan drove and he did well – we won that race.

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2014 ECU Football vs SMU

The SMU game was a fun day trip to Greenville for a noon game.  Here are a couple photos:

10/4 SMU vs ECU

10/4 SMU vs ECU

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2014 Crab Claw Regatta: Sunday

Today’s forecast looked even worse than yesterday so the postponement flag was hoisted in the morning.  We then proceeded to do all of the things that ensure wind – namely other things like packing the boats, going power boating and canoeing. And by 10:45 the faithful who stuck it out were treated to a 7-9 knot breeze from the SSE.

We got 4 more races in before the time limit.  I won the first race using a similar strategy to yesterday.  But as the conditions changed in the 2nd and 3rd races and as I went into lead-conservation-mode – I found that everyone else was suddenly just as fast as I was and there weren’t many passing lanes.  I settled for 3rd in the next two races and not knowing if there was a drop or not in the last race, I just figured I just had to be better than DFL.  A 6 in that race ended up being my drop and I ended up 1st by 5 points.

It was great for me to finally put more than a just few races together and get a good result.  Thanks Steve, Dorian and everyone else for doing everything they did to put on the regatta.  I enjoyed sailing with the SSA Laser sailors and look forward to sailing with them again soon.

2014 Crab Claw Standard Winners

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2014 Crab Claw Regatta: Saturday

It was all doom and gloom on the forecast all week ahead of the Crab Claw Regatta at Severn Sailing Association and we were pleasantly surprised with the 3 races were were able to get in.  We headed out to the race course and got the first race off on time in a 6-8 easterly breeze just off Bembe Beach.  I had remembered sailing in this exact location and with this exact wind direction and I remember the strategy was to go right or to go left – I just didn’t remember which way.

At the start I wanted to be at the boat and to go right where there appeared to be more wind.  I took a second row start just behind Luke Shingledecker and tacked to the right as soon as I cleared the boat.  About a minute and a half later I realized it was the left that I wanted to be on because of the left-to-right current, so I tacked and continued, taking a few sterns, until I was left-most boat on nearly the lay line.  Once on the layline the current carried me to the mark in the lead.  I led the rest of the race favoring the right on the downwind and just doing my best to stay between myself and the pack of Jonathan Phillips, Luke and Bill just behind me.

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After the first race was completed – the wind completely shut off – just as was expected.  We sat around in power boat chop for over 2 hours before the wind started to fill.  This wasn’t the 6-8 that we had earlier in the day but it was a solid 6 – enough to call it racing – and not punishment.

By the time we started the  current was supposed to have changed so I again took a second row start behind Luke and worked the right.  Once there I realized it hadn’t changed yet and again worked my way out to the left.  This time Luke came in ahead of me and I followed him downwind.  At the gate I saw some nice pressure on the lower right of the course so I stayed right while Luke went all the way to the left.  I came back to the left lay line and was 5-8 lengths ahead of him when we reached the top mark.  On the final downwind he closed the gap, but I was able to finish just ahead of him.

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For the 3rd race the pin was a little favored so I planned to start down by the pin with Carlos and Luke below me.  I got there a little too quick and was OCS and so was Luke so we both tucked around the mark and restarted.  I ended up with a nice lane and crossed behind most of the fleet on port until I got to clear air.  Once in clear wind I worked my way back across to left-most boat and rounded only behind one other boat who was ultimately tossed for OCS.

On the 2nd upwind of the 3rd race the course was moved to the left  and this time I played a conservative middle-left to stay ahead of the guys behind to finish 1st.

Despite the light wind and washing machine seas due to the power boat chop – it ended up being some fun racing.  I appreciate that the RC stuck it out and we were able to race. I had the upwind boat speed thing figured out and while there were some things I could have done better – I didn’t make any mistakes and that got me to the front and let me stay there.  It was a nice accomplishment putting a whole race day together after the mistakes I made last time I was racing at the Laser District 11 Championship in August.

The forecast for Sunday is even more dismal than today’s, but we do start an hour earlier so I’m hoping we get some more racing in and I can keep the streak going.

RESULTS

Photos courtesy of Carlos Linares

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2014 ECU Football vs UNC

ECU put up another dominating performance as they routed UNC in Greenville.  The tailgate was a lot of fun and so was the game.  What started as a slight Carolina blue sky day quickly turned to a purple and gold sunset as the Pirates got rolling.

More pictures and be sure to follow @WhiteTigerRV.

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2014 ECU vs Virginia Tech

This weekend JG, Chris and I took the @WhiteTigerRV to Blacksburg for the ECU vs Virginia Tech football game.  We parked at the ‘Dairy Barn’ and were within sight of the stadium and not too far of a walk.

9/13 ECU @ Virginia Tech

When we arrived Friday night it was raining and it continued to pour all night long.  By morning it was just light rain so we tailgated and headed to the stadium for the noon game.

9/13 ECU @ Virginia Tech

Our tickets were right in the middle of the hokie section – 50 yard line, 50 rows up on the visitor side.  We got to do quite a bit of ribbing with some of the hokie fans for the first 8 minutes as we went up 21-0 and they gave it right back up until our final drive of the game.

9/13 ECU @ Virginia Tech

It was a fun game to be at and I’m glad we got to go.

9/13 ECU @ Virginia Tech

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2014 Race to Wolf Trap Light House

Saturday we raced Wavelength at Fishing Bay Yacht Club to the Wolf Trap Light House and back.  Wolf Trap is a memorable place both because I’ve sailed my own boat there and because it was the first race I ever did on a ‘big boat’ on Wavelength in 1998 after joining FBYC and getting my drivers license.

The weather was perfect for a race with winds 12-19 out of the SSW and mostly sunny skies.  We had a good start and were 2nd boat around the short windward mark.  The next leg was a little less than a mile downwind and chose not to go with a spinnaker and lost a couple spots to the boats behind us.

Nereid at Wolf Trap Light House

Nereid rounding Wolf Trap Light House just behind us

On the close reach out to the Milford Haven mark we had a full main and a No 1 up which was more sail than anyone else and held our ground and may have even picked up on some of the faster rated boats.  From Milford Haven to Wolf Trap was a beat with a heavy current behind us.

Once around Wolf Trap it was all downwind directly into the current.  As we got closer to the Piankatank the wind moved forward and it became a close reach again.  The final leg was a beat up the Piankatank and we ended up 2nd in the 4-boat PHRF-A fleet behind Nanuq.

Results | Pictures

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2014 ECU Football vs NCCU

8/30 NCCU

The first ECU Football game of the year and we had a great time catching up with everyone and tailgating in the @WhiteTigerRV <- yes has a twitter account now.

8/30 NCCU

8/30 NCCU

8/30 NCCU

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2014 Stingray Point Regatta: Stingray Light Distance Race

Friday I started the weekend early and sailed the Stingray Light Distance race at the Stingray Point Regatta at Fishing Bay Yacht Club on Sam Mitchener’s J/109 Double Eagle.

8/29 Stingray Point Regatta: Stingray Light Distance Race

The course was a 13nm route that took just south and north of the Piankatank River entrance.  In our class were Bad Cat, Nanuq, Wairere, Voodoo 2 and Pursuit.  The wind was 8-11 out of the NNE with comfortable temperatures and mostly sunny skies.

Our race went pretty well particularly on the upwind/close reaching sections, we lost a bit on the downwind, but still wound up with 3rd place overall.  I got to do some bow work which was a change since I haven’t done that in quite a number of years.  All in all a great day on the water.

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