2014 Annapolis NOOD

2014 Annapolis NOOD Regatta: Sunday

We had quite a day for the final day of the Annapolis NOOD Regatta – plenty of wind and plenty more excitement.  The forecast was for it to start into the low teens building with gusts into the 20s.  Only two races were planned.
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During the first downwind leg of the first race we had trouble with a gybe and broached.  Not fun seeing the cockpit coamings in the water and going sideways while the fleet sails by.

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I did learn a few things about J/22s this weekend – particularly how beat up a bow guy gets in a breeze!

Thanks again to Art Silcox for having me on his J/22.  It was a pleasure sailing with him and Mike Waters.

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2014 Annapolis NOOD Regatta: Saturday

Today started with a dismal forecast for wind.  After being postponed an hour ashore we were sent out where we floated around for another 1 1/2 hours before some wind made an appearance.

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The wind eventually filled in with 4-8 out of the south and we went racing.  We had a good start and had good position and lane out front 1/3 up the first beat, but we fouled a boat, did our turns and had to suck air in the back of the pack for the rest of the race.  The current ripping down the bay didn’t make things any easier for us to try and claw our way back into the fleet.

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One of the things that has really hit home for me sailing on the J/22 this weekend is how important it is to have clear air and stay away from other boats.

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2014 Annapolis NOOD Regatta: Friday

Today at the Annapolis NOOD regatta was my first time sailing on a J/22, and for a first time, it went pretty well.  I’m sailing on Art Silcox’s J/22 along with Mike Waters out of Severn Sailing Association.  My training for this event consisted of watching 15 minutes of YouTube videos last night on J/22s to have an idea what I was doing.  For the most part the boat was pretty easy to pick up and I had my footing and got comfortable moving about a boat that doesn’t have any lifelines.

We started pretty early to get out and practice before the race.  We did some of the maneuvers and were ready to go by the time the first gun sounded at 11.  The wind was out of the west and a bit fluky.  We’d have 8 knots for a bit followed by puffs of nearly 20.  Add to that a building current going across the course due to the big storms we’ve had in the prior couple days.  At times we were dodging logs like telephone poles floating through the course.

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The first two race were where we did our learning.  As we adjusted to the boat and figured out how to sail it together we started to get faster and faster.  We didn’t beat a lot of boats in the first two races, but we figured out what we were doing.

The 3rd and 4th race were very different for us.  We figured out how to make the boat go, could hold our own with the boats near us and we were able to make our own decisions on where to go.  We ended up 20-23-9-12 for 15th overall in the first day.

Two more days to go – lets hope we can stay in the top half of the fleet.

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