2014 FBYC Offshore Spring Series #2
Today turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day for racing. With 22 boats in 4 classes we had great racing aboard Wavelength in the 5-boat PHRF-A fleet in the 2nd of the Spring Series at Fishing Bay Yacht Club.
The wind started around 16-19 and was in the lower end of that range for the first race with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 60’s. The wind started from the North East and by the end of the day had gone a few degrees further east. The first race was a single windward-leward 1.25nm. We had a great start and just worked our way up the left side. With the general trend of the wind going right – there were still nice lifts on the left and more importantly some relief from the currant. We did well to stay with the fleet, be efficient around the course and not make any mistakes. Being the slowest boat in the fleet handicap-wise we were 2nd at the finish and less than a minute behind Double Eagle on corrected time and took 2nd place.
The second race was 2 laps and went similarly to the first race. We had good speed, went the right way and didn’t make any mistakes. Again we were the 2nd A boat over the line and corrected to 2nd.
For the 3rd race, another 2 lap race, we started well, rounded the top mark in 3rd and had good speed downwind. We rounded right behind Nanuq and while everyone else went back to the left that had worked so well all day, we ended up going right. That paid off when we got a 20-degree righty and found ourselves on the layline and rounding a short distance behind Double Eagle. Our downwind went well and we held on to correct out 15 seconds ahead of Double Eagle winning the last race of the day and solidifying 2nd place overall.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather and it is so great to out racing again this spring!