The 3rd and final day of Southen Bay Race Week was 3 windward-leeward courses sailed to the south off of Ocean View. We had warmer conditions than past days and wind that hovered around 14 in the first race and went down to 8-10 by the last race.
Our first race didn’t start well- we fouled a boat before the start and after doing circles we were almost a minute late at the start. Upwind in the first part of the beat we made some good moves and caught back up with the fleet. The rest of the race went well and we were able to pull off a 5th.
The 2nd race of the day was a bit tougher on us and we had to settle for an 8th. In the final race of the day we had a great start, and got around the course, but couldn’t quite hang with the bigger boats that pulled away and put a few places between us.
In the end Sea Star and Voodoo 2 got just enough points on us in the final races to tie for 4th place, leaving us just one point behind in 6th. We came close and had a good race and definitely a fun time. Thanks Sam Mitchener for having me along. It was great sailing with you, Mark, Mayo, Bonnie, Melissa, Chris, Mike, Marie, & Jerry.
Today was distance race day at Southern Bay Race Week. It over an hour of pounding into waves under motor to reach the starting area just North up the bay from the mouth of the James River.
The first leg was a beat out and up into the bay. We picked a pretty good layline from 5 miles out and rounded with the leaders. Downwind some of the longer boats with bigger downwind sails were able to grind past us and we had to settle for a 7th.
After racing I wore my best pirate costume and spent a couple hours walking through the Blackbeard Festival going on in Hampton this weekend. Some of the costumes were pretty amazing and they kept firing cannons all afternoon.
Southern Bay Race Week started with triangle courses in the James River just outside the Hampton harbor. We had some good starts and stayed in the fleet and had a good day putting up 4-5-4 in 3 races and were sitting in 4 at the end of the day.
This weekend is Southern Bay Race Week in Hampton VA and today I was helping Sam Mitchener deliver Double Eagle to Hampton for us to race on. We had a cool overcast day with winds out of the Northeast ranging from 10-16. The 43nm trip in lumpy conditions was otherwise uneventful and we made it in just over 7 hours motoring the entire way. Tomorrow the rest of the crew joins us for 3 days of racing and hopefully some warmer weather. I’m looking forward to my first time at Southern Bay Race Week!
This was the 2nd day of the Spring Series at Fishing Bay Yacht Club and I got to helm the J109 Double Eagle to two 2nd place finishes in the 6-boat fleet. With winds in the low 20’s the fleet was racing a 1.04 mile leg in the Piankatank up into Fishing Bay. Anytime the wind is out of the North in there it’s very shifty which made driving challenging.
In the first race we trailed Afterthought all the way around the course. They were shorthanded and sailed downwind without a shoot, but made good enough VMG that we had to stay in good pressure with a kite up to make up on them. On the 2nd downwind we picked it right and were able to nip them at the line. Unfortunately Nanuq was too close behind and was able to correct over us.
In the 2nd race we were a bit late at the start and were just never able to really make up the deficit to challenge Afterthought and wound up with another 2nd.
I just want to thank Sam Mitchener for the opportunity to drive Double Eagle and wish his family the best and am sorry he wasn’t able to sail with us today.
Not much racing on the first day of the Annapolis NOOD regatta. The J109 fleet went went out to the course in fog and sat around postponed. The fog lifted when a thunderstorm came through just south of the racing area. There was a little wind after the storm and we got to do some sailing, but the race committee never had steady enough wind to set a course and blew off the day by 3:30.
We did get a little video from the top of the mast:
Stopped by the party and caught up with some of the other Fishing Bay Yacht Club members at the regatta this weekend.
This photo is from the 2010 Moonlight Regatta at FBYC last Saturday night. It shows the sun setting on the Rappahannock River as the PHRF A fleet sails east to our second mark. It was taken from aboard the lead boat Double Eagle.