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Donzo WNR - 07/09/14

Wind: SW 6 to 10, G12; Baro 29.89" Temp 74 to 72 F
Current: flood 1520 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Course: s/f-V-s/f
Race Length: 3.3 nm
Crew: Brian, Kimberly, Adam & RW

It was another semi-light air night.  With most of the boats farther down the line, I chose to start near the committee boat, crossing the stern standoff buoy at the gun, with Watercolors coming up on our rear.  She finally bailed to leeward after spending three to four minutes in an effort to roll us to windward.  The conditions were reminiscent of June 25th, yet this time we passed North Dumpling to the east as a clearing tack was not necessary.  Somewhat ahead, Gimlet had pointed so high as to force their selves into a tack for the west side as happened to us two weeks ago.

We continued to across the channel to South Dumpling prior to tacking for a proper layline.  The rounding and set went off without a hitch. Sans Souci was well ahead at this point and it was unlikely we would catch them.  So again as two weeks ago with most of the fleet sailing back through the Dumplings, we chose the west side for current avoidance in spite of observing less wind there.  Exiting North Dumpling, I doubt we had gained on them, yet had not lost either.   

Shortly thereafter, San Souci jibed and crossed ahead of us, as we chose to continue to near the layline  For a while following our jibe to port for the finish and San Souci’s jibe to starboard we made trees on them.  Had I chose to a minute or two later to jibe, our fresher angle in the dying wind near the finish may have allowed us to cross ahead.  As it was, Sans Souci crossed less than a boatlength ahead.

1-      1 -    We lost time in start with Watercolors.
 2 -     A fresher course on the long starboard upwind may have helped.
 3 -      We would have had better current tacking to port mid-channel through the Dumplings.
 4 -     Sailing downwind near North Dumpling’s windward shore may have been a better choice, as would been the timing of our final jibe.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2014 14:45

Day Sail - 07/06/12

Spent the day sailing with Cousin Rolf Pope, a nearly cloudless one, winds 8 to 12.  North Dumpling to Eastern Point, to Stonington and back to Noank.  Need to get a cruising mainsail as the boltrope is a pain for day sailing.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:27

Donzo WNR - 07/02/14

Crew: Brian & RW

After loitering in the starting area for better part of a half hour the RC abandoned the race due to lack of wind.  

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 20:54

Donzo WNR - 06/25/14

Wind: SSW at 6; Baro 29.91" Temp 70 F
Current: flood 1610 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Course: s/f-N-Lmk/f
Race Length: 3.3 nm
Crew: Brian, Dan & RW

The afternoon had been mostly overcast with little to no wind.  Occasionally, when the sun would poke through a breeze of 6 to 8 would build then subside as the cloud cover came back in.  Late in the afternoon the ceiling cleared and a steady six knot breeze built out of the south. 

The RC set up a two lapper to North Hill and back.  We led the class along the line towards the pin, yet at the gun Merganser with a bit more speed slowly rolled us to windward.  We bailed out for a short port then continued on starboard.  Nearing North Dumpling it became evident we were being lifted to the west side.  We would have preferred the east side for the current shove between the islands and where there appeared to be more wind, though felt it too late to bear off for the east side.

As previous experience has shown in these conditions, the west side has adverse current and less wind, so we lost a good bit to the leaders here.   I believe Cosmic was the first boat in class to round.

For the return downwind, they and nearly the whole fleet chose to sail through the Dumpling against the current for the greater wind, as did Loony Tunes, though very close to the southern shore of North Dumping. We chose the west shore for current avoidance in spite of less wind there and gained some on the class.  Half way down the run the wind nearly died and the fleet began to compress.  We were able to read the ‘tea leaves’ ahead and a final starboard jibe took us across the line.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 11:31

Donzo WNR - 06/18/14

Wind: WNW 8 to 12, G14; Baro 29.89" Temp 84 to 80 F
Current: ebb 1600 North Hill
Start: West of GLP
Course: s/f-V-N-I-s/f
Race Length: 5.5 nm
Crew: Brian, Kimberly & RW

It was a somewhat suspenseful day with winds in the mid-teens, gusting to low twenties and knowing we were short handed for the evening’s race.  At five o’clock Ledge Light was still showing 16 with gusts of 22, though the forecast was for was the wind to abate early in the evening.  On the motor out, thankfully it did, so we stowed the #3 and hoisted the genoa.

With an assist from the big breeze all day the ebb was nearly as strong as last week’s flood.  I again failed to keep us up near the line and was twenty yards or so short at the gun, as was Breaking Wind.  Rolling over Breaking Wind near the committee boat I decided to continue on starboard till windward of most of the boats already on starboard tack.  Our deep port tacks, first in the lee of Horseshow and two more into Bluff Point as far as we dared, helped immensely; followed by a long starboard to near the port layline.  Here we pulled ahead of Sans Souci as they took another port hitch in (towards the airport).

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:58

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