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!
Lighter winds and cooler temperatures for the final day of the Annapolis NOOD regatta. We gave it what we had, but just weren’t able to improve our score in the final two races. With winds up and down and forming lanes up and down the course, we just weren’t able to string enough pressure together to keep us moving. Despite the scores, it was still a fun weekend and I want to thank Craig & Susan Wright on Afterthought for having me along.
With winds up and down it was a tough day on the water today. We’re still 3rd on points, but ceded a few points and are tied with several boats very close behind us. We’ll need a few good results tomorrow to stay on the podium. All in all our maneuvers went much better than yesterday, but we did find ourselves on the wrong side of some shifts making it hard to stay in the top spots.
Racing today was in anywhere from 5 knots all the way up into the mid-teens in the last race of the day with mostly sunny skies and temperatures comfortable in the 60-70’s. I’d have more pictures today, but the camera with all of the shots on it was left in the boat for the night.
This seemed to be the story of my day… more overrides on the winch in a day of racing than I think I’ve had in years of racing.
Here is a Spinsheet photo of us approaching a mark during racing on Friday (I’m on the low side about to ease the jib):
We had as good of conditions as we could have asked for on the first day of racing at the Annapolis NOOD Regatta. Sailing in the J/109 fleet aboard Afterthought we had a pretty good day going 3-2-5 and ending up 3rd in the 7-boat fleet. We sailed on the southern-most course by Tolly Point and had winds building through the 10-17+ knot range.
In race one we had a tough start and had to tack out. We were DFL around the windward mark. We enjoyed watching that on the big screen at the race party knowing we made some smart moves on the rest of the race to claw our way up to a 3rd.
In the 2nd race we got a great start and picked the first upwind well and just extended the entire race. Rush was just ahead of us and while we could almost hang with them, we certainly weren’t closing on them.
For the 3rd race we had another good start and for this race the fleet stayed bunched on the first windward leg. We were 3 or 4 downwind and then on the 2nd upwind we ended up on the wrong side of a shift and dropped to 6th. Picked up on boat downwind to finish 5th putting us into 3rd overall – 3 points out of 2nd and 5 points ahead of 4th.
Tomorrow we’re expecting a little lighter winds and a chance to move up a bit.
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.