The forecast was pretty dismal for the 79th Annual Regatta at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and we were treated to a nice of weather as we could have gotten – I was expecting cloudy skies turning to rain by the afternoon and didn’t even take sunglasses or sunscreen out. We ended up sailing 4 races in 0-7 and the clouds broke up and gave us some sun before the end of the afternoon.
In the first the wind started out more to the west of south and the left side of the course was favored. David went left, while Charlie and I went right. I bailed out halfway up the leg and got somewhat left and managed to round just ahead of Brad. We held our positions downwind and on the second upwind David covered me to the left side of the course allowing Brad to catch a lane out to the right and sail around us. I would end up 3rd.
In the 2nd race I had a great start, this time also worked my way a little left and had to pick my way back right. Alain rounded just ahead of me and I followed him downwind. The two of us again went left on the second beat, this time the course was set 10 degrees more to the south. Charlie and Brad were able to sail around us and I finished 3rd again.
In the 3rd race the boat was heavily favored, I had a great start and punched out working the middle left of the course. Most of the fleet went way to the left and I found more pressure, less dirty air from the other fleets and a favorable shift at the top mark on the first beat. Charlie caught up to me downwind and we jockeyed at the downwind mark with me just ahead of him. Upwind Charlie split out to the left while I stayed middle right and Mike stayed far right. Mike caught up and crossed ahead and headed to the left while I stayed middle right and again found better pressure and shifts rounding 15 boat lengths ahead and held that to finish 1st. That put me 1 point ahead of Charlie, David and Brad who were all tied for 2nd.
For the 4th and final race the wind shifted way right as the race were getting started and it ended up as a parade lap. Those who went high and avoided the other fleet traffic had clearer air and got ahead. The wind for most of this was 0-3 and at one point I think we were making wind by riding the current. I picked up a spot on the final leg and finished 3rd again. Charlie had pulled ahead on the 3rd leg and David squeezed ahead of me. So after 4 races in a regatta with no drop races, Charlie is 2 points ahead of me and David who are tied.
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The RG65 season is underway at the Richmond Model Yacht Club on Lake Rooty and we had nice weather for the 2nd race day of the series. Unfortunately, No Quarter had radio problems and became uncontrollable after the first race. I still got to borrow a couple boats to sail – thanks Rob & Marc.
I’ve wanted to get a slightly bigger boat that would enable me to sail it in the choppier water in Deltaville. I haven’t decided what I want yet, but a new member came who was interested in getting into the RG65 class and I ended up selling him my boat on the spot. The RG65 was fun to sail and great for Lake Rooty and I’ll sure I’ll find another boat in the coming months.
Sunday saw the conditions lay down a bit from the winds we saw Saturday and we were back out on the ocean sailing under overcast skies and 10-15 knot winds in rather large and lumpy swells. I made it out to the race course, but felt absolutely awful out there as we waited to get racing started. After being so uncomfortable out there I left before the first race and would get an early start on the trip back home. I would later figure out that the breakfast bars I had been eating hadn’t been agreeing with me and had actually been making me feel bad all weekend. Make that a lesson for next time.
Even though I didn’t get as much sailing as I might have wanted, it was still nice to enjoy some warm weather, see some old friends and get away for a bit. I am looking forward to more sailing in a few months when it warms up in VA.
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After postponing on shore in what was looking to be some gnarly winds, the race committee took everyone out to the harbor for some short course racing in an alternate format. I made the decision to bail on the day and jump on the committee boat for a front row seat. The alternate format meant todays races only counted as one race in the regatta. In the end it wasn’t as bad as it felt on land or was predicted and I was a bit bummed to skip sailing it.
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The first day of the Florida Masters was a nice one with temps in the 70s, partly cloudy skies and 86 boats in two fleets. We sailed outside in the ocean. The wind started around 7 or 8 out of the WNW and shifted around to NNE and built to 11-13. We got in 3 races for both fleets with the radials starting under the prep flag and the standards starting under U-flag after general recalling twice each of the 3 races.
In the first race it was lighter and a little lumpier and I picked the wrong side of the course on the first beat and found myself pretty deep at the first mark. By the second leg the wind had shifted much more north making it a parade upwind and down. I topped it off by hitting the same leeward mark both times I went around it and settled for 21st place finish.
After moving the course west and orienting it with the wind out of the North we got our 2nd race started. I was mid-line and had a great start and legged out to the left. I got to the layline and sailed right in to the mark and found myself first around. I lost a couple boats on both downwind legs and settled for an 8.
For the 3rd race I started closer to the pin and had to pinch above a few boats barely laying it. I stayed to the left of the course and by now the wind was 11-13 – requiring some sitting out and occasional hiking. I was making the boat move well upwind and even started figuring out how to work the waves downwind so I didn’t loose boats. I finished 5th and after 3 races I’m first Apprentice Master and 14th overall in the Radial fleet.
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The trip to West Palm Beach went pretty smoothly for a 850mi journey with only 1 brief slowdown for construction traffic. I spent the night in Jacksonville Florida and finished the trip this morning arriving at Palm Beach Sailing Club around 12:30.
The forecast for this week is going to be for quite a bit of wind on two of the days. Having not sailed much in the last year and not at all since October, I’ve opted to join the radial fleet this weekend.
After unpacking I went out to practice in 10-11 knots out of the east, mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.
I got out into the bay and the wind current was ripping, so I sailed around the harbor and got used to the Radial again. In the distance I spotted Rambler 88 and sailed by it.
The boats were put away, I went for a run and ready to camp out at the club and go racing tomorrow in a 30+ boat Radial fleet.
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At the end of June I said goodbye to the J/70. It had been a ton of fun and I’m sorry I didn’t get to sail it more, but with school and all of the other commitments I have coming up it was best to downsize my fleet.
We had a nice afternoon for the first RG65 race at Richmond Model Yacht Club on Lake Rooty. I was a bit rusty and overpowered in the puffs and managed a 5th overall out of 9 boats in 8 races. It was fun getting back on the water and seeing what happens when I actually got the boat pointed the right way.
In an about face in weather from the rest of the week – wind is what we got on Wednesday with winds in the upper teens and gusts into the lower twenties. Slightly overcast skies with temperatures in the lower 70’s. Having sailed in light air all week and most of 2016 – I wasn’t well prepared for these conditions. My goal would be to just get around the course and salvage as much as I could.
In the first race I had an ok but not stellar start. I made my way out to the right of the course and I moved the boat ok, but was a few rows back. Towards the top it was clear the left was coming in better and I was in the back quarter around the top mark. On the reach to the offset I lost my hand hold on the mainsheet and ended up capsizing to windward as what remained of the fleet sailed by.
I continued the race sailing conservative downwind to keep the boat under me and managed to pick off a few boats on the next two legs. At the final jibe mark to the finish I messed up the timing of my duck and thwacked the boom on my head to add a little injury to insult. I’d have a bruise for the next several days.
At that point it was clear I wasn’t competing and I decided to get home and save some time-off for later in the year. And to finish it up – my dolly broke as I recovered the boat on the beach. Thankfully the ride home was uneventful including an overnight stop in Florence SC.
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Following an off day between sailing where I worked remotely from an airbnb I arrived at Sarasota Sailing Squadron late last night. Sarasota Sailing Squadron is on the point of an island jutting into a wide bay making it a great sailing venue. There is plenty of beach launching and the sailing area is less than a mile from the launch.
The day started with a bit of a haze and no wind. Temperatures in the low 70’s. Even before the skippers’ meeting we were postponed ashore where we would wait for 1 1/2 hours. The wind finally started to pick up, we went out and a race was started in 5-6 knots of breeze. That ended up being the best of the breeze as it got very light during. The wind was out of the South West and there was a little current from left to right at the bottom of the course.
I had a good start and focused on keeping a clear lane of wind and trying not to duck too many boats on port tack. I did well on that first beat and rounded the first mark in 5th. Downwind I lost one boat and on the 2nd upwind I didn’t stay in phase as well as I could have and lost a few more boats. The final 3 legs of the race were pretty brutal. It was a LONG race not moving very fast and the Radial fleet behind us wouldn’t finish in the time limited. I ended up with a 12 in the 49-boat fleet.
After waiting for a little another race was started in a little bit more wind. This time I started at the boat and had a good start on the front line. I would sail almost to the left layline and was only crossed ahead by two boats. At the top mark I was caught by a few boats on the right and was top 10 around the mark. I continued to focus on clear air both up and down wind and held my position around the course as the 13th boat over the line – I would be 11th after OCS boats were taken into account.
By the 3rd race the wind had picked up a little more – now 8 and sometimes just over 10. Where I could find pressure and make the boat go in light air – pretty much everyone could make the boat go in this wind and it would be a lot harder with the fleet clumped up a lot more around the course. I had a good start, but got pinned to the left side and missed some shifts coming back the other way. I was probably in the low 30s around the first mark. Downwind I stayed in the middle of the course and was playing the shifts better to keep the boat moving fast towards the mark. I picked off a few boats. On the 2nd upwind I played the shifts and tried to keep my air clear and picked up some more places. On the final run I gained a few and lost a few – again playing the middle of the course. I finished 19th.
That put me in 12th overall – which sounds familiar as that’s how I finished the last regatta. Back onshore we put boats away, cleaned up and there was a nice seafood dinner at the club.
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