All summer the best wind of the day has been early in the morning, so I was up early to take advantage of it Saturday morning in the Laser. After sailing for a couple hours I headed across the club to sail on Mayo’s Farr-Dickinson 37 Excitation.
Sailing went well and we had a good time against some good competition in the PHRF-A fleet. We wound up 4th in the 7 boat fleet with 4 races over 2 days.
For the 2nd year in a row I’ve sail the J/70 in the Southern Chesapeake Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta. We had mostly sunny skies and winds in the 8-12 range with 7 J/70s on the course. Early in the day we really had a groove going and were able to make good boat speed putting up 2-2 in the first two races. A 4th in the 3rd race put us in 2nd overall just one point out of first going into day 2.
Sunday started out with a close race where we finished 3rd. The wind got lighter and we struggled putting up a 6th to hang onto 3rd overall. Thanks Carrie, Brad & Louis for a great weekend of sailing!
The 2015 Southern Chesapeake Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta was another opportunity to have the J/70 out for some racing. Saturday was a 1 race day with thunderstorms approaching and Sunday we got 3 more races in. It was definitely a learning weekend as John, Stuart and Ron got more coordinated in all of the maneuvers – and I had my share of goofs driving. All in all it was a good learning weekend and glad we got some more time in the boat. Here are a few pictures of us in action by Andrea Winner and Ann Gray.
What the wind left us wanting for on Saturday was delivered on Sunday. Perfect sailing conditions with 10-14 knot breezes out of the south west and comfortable temperatures and partly cloudy skies.
Three more races were sailed. We did as well as we could and didn’t make too many mistakes. We still couldn’t hang with the faster boats and found ourselves 5-6-5 on the day. All in all it was a fun regatta and nice to sail with Rob Whittet, Steve Utley and the rest of the Wavelength Crew as we helped raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The first day of the Leukemia Cup Regatta got off to a bit of a slow start when racing was postponed on the water for almost 3 hours. We had a couple teases where it looked to fill and thankfully we didn’t have triple-digit heat while we sat around.
We finally started a race and we had a good start at the boat with only Double Eagle between us and the boat. Below us were a couple J/105s.
We worked our way out to the left as we went up the course. All in all we sailed well, didn’t make any mistakes and got around the course cleanly. Unfortunately, we still couldn’t catch the 2 j109s or Voodoo 2 and settled for 4th.
Two of the j105s didn’t have such a hot first downwind leg. They were just behind us when one of them tried to gybe behind the other and wound up colliding. One boat put their spinnaker pole right into the cockpit behind the driver and as the boats tangled it sheared off the rear pulpit before the boats came to a stop and were untangled. There were no injuries but the damaged boat won’t be racing tomorrow.
With one race complete it was too late for another one and we headed in.
Following racing we boated over to the Deltaville Maritime Museum for a great dinner and entertainment.
This weekend I sailed aboard Wavelength in the the Southern Bay Leukemia Cup Regatta. On Saturday we started with a postponement while few storms moved through the area. An hour later it cleared up and the wind continued to build throughout the day. We started out with a new No 1 Genoa and we liked the way it was working and how we were able to point. We did well in the first race, had good crew work and maneuvers and finished 4th. While we were beating a couple faster boats on the water, we were just not able to reel in Afterthought, Double Eagle and Voodoo to be able to correct over them.
By the 2nd race of the day the wind picked up and we switched down to the 2. Just after starting the wind dropped down for a short time before the sea breeze really started to crank. By the 2nd downwind we were seeing winds in the low to mid 20’s and along with a few other boats – we elected not to fly a spinnaker. We had a 4 & 5 on the day to keep us in 4th.
The party was fun and the live charity auction featured one of my prints that raised some money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
On Sunday we pretty much just had light air all day. We did two races and sailed well, but still weren’t really able to reel in the 3 boats at the head of the pack. All in all it was a another fun weekend of sailing with the Wavelength team! Thanks Rob & Steve for having me and if anyone would like to donate to our fundraising effort this link can be used. Results.
Last weekend was the Leukemia Cup Regatta at Stingray Point Harbor Marina with racing put on by Fishing Bay Yacht Club. I sailed on Wavelength in the PHRF-A division. We sailed 2 races on Saturday in pretty light air. We got in one more race Sunday morning in a dying breeze. I had to go up the mast Sunday morning to get the sail up. All in all it was a fun time and thanks to mostly Rob’s efforts our boat raised over $13,000 for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society making our boat the 2nd place fundraiser. Included in that was a photo of mine that sold for $375 in the live auction.