It took a while to get out on the J/70 for the first time this year and it was a great day for it at the Fishing Bay Yacht Club Offshore Spring Series #3. Onboard today were Andrew, Evan and Nathan and there were 3 other J/70s in the fleet among the 20 other boats out racing.
Saturday started light WNW around 6-8 and built to the 10-13 by the end of the 3rd race. We had good boat speed up wind, played most of the shifts well and went 2-1-2. On most of the downwinds Ron Thompson sailing Nostalgia put on a clinic and either pulled ahead if he was ahead or caught up if he was behind. The next day we realized we had the spinnaker rigged wrong and wasn’t getting it to full hoist.
All in all a great first day back in the boat and excited to continue the season this spring.
Following racing we were hanging around the club as it rained and cleared and we were treated to a beautiful rainbow.
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Spring cleaning day for the J/70. Test mounted the new mast travel carrier and gave the boat a good scrubbing to be ready for the season!
This weekend should have been Fishing Bay Yacht Club‘s Opening Day Race followed by a J/70 clinic on Sunday – but the weather conspired to have it cancelled. With no sailing to do and only a Blessing of the Fleet and party to attend – it became a work weekend and thus the J/70 that was not yet rigged was packed and hauled to Richmond.
While at home it was easy to get a couple projects done:
It was a very, very light air day for the final day of the Fall Series at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and the final day of sailing for 2015 for J/70 No Quarter. John, Andrew and Dave were aboard for a race that started in light air and over 2 hours later nobody was going to finish, so we ended up bagging it and call it a day. With only 2-3 knots of wind and 1-2 knots of current coming right at us, we just couldn’t make the boat go at times.
Back on shore we dropped the mast and prepared the boat to go into the barn for the winter.
Saturday was a beautiful day for J/70 racing with 8 boats on the line and 4 races sailed. We got out to a good start putting up 2 3rd places and then fell a little bit as the wind eased.
It was a breezy day with light clouds for FBYC‘s first day of the Fall Series. Having not spent a lot of time sailing No Quarter in winds in the upper teens gusting into the low 20’s we certainly had our hands full. Upwind in the first race we found our groove and worked the boat well. Downwind we sailed conservatively and kept the boat in control.
By the 2nd race several boats dropped out and we led the first lap and a half before Full Monty passed just downwind just before the finish.
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We had our final night of the J/70 Friday Night Series at FBYC. The wind was light and the sunlight shorter. Made for one of the prettiest nights I was out.
Another beautiful night of J/70 racing at Fishing Bay Yacht Club. It was a bit light – but still fun to be out on the water.
We had a great day for J/70 racing at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in the 2nd J/70 Summer Regatta. With 7 boats and 6-13 knot winds we were able to sail 5 races in the mouth of the Piankatank River with the wind out of the south west.
We started a little slow having not learned our lesson about the current in this part of the Piankatank that we learned during the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship sailed in the same area last spring. And we were also figuring out the boat sailing 3-up with Dave and Andrew. But we got better as we went. The crew work came together and we were able to put the boat where we wanted it. The racing was close with Ron T and Clark/Drake and we wound up 2nd overall.
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It was another beautiful night for J/70 sailing and Brad, Dave and Ron were aboard for it. There were 3 other boats out and with the lightish wind we were finding our groove and actually holding our own against the other boats. And then the forestay came undone. The spinnaker halyard was quickly lashed to the bow and the sails brought down and we were done for the day. At least we got 3 1/2 races in and didn’t do any real damage.