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Donzo WNR - 06/22/16

Wind: NW at 9 kts, average 8.8 (4 to 14 kts)
Temp: 80 F, Baro: 29.82
Current: last of ebb, flood North Hill 19:40
Course: sf-DM-W-s/f, Race Length: 3.6 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

I made two major mistakes, one was to choose the #1 heavy & leave #1 light genoa on the dock. Second was the sailing west of North Dumpling.

We had had frontal passage around 1530, and the winds picked up to 16 gusting to 20, which the Groton METAR continued reporting till 1656. Thinking we would have conditions similar to two weeks ago, I chose the hank on the heavy & left the #1 light on the dock. Shortly thereafter on the motor out, we realized, it was a mistake.

The RC selected a short windward leg to a drop-mark near Bluff Point & a long downwind to West Harbor.  We had a so-so start and bailed to port soon as we were assured of clearing the committee boat.  We rounded the mark in fourth behind Zallee, Jolly Mon & Cosmic, just ahead of Sans Souci.

I initially kept us high of the boats ahead compensating for the current rather than be set, then decided to sail west of North Dumpling.   Most of the fleet sailed east of ND through the Dumplings’ channel and west of South Dumpling.  We appeared to be doing very well till we came abreast ND, there the leaders pulled away round SD well ahead.

Meanwhile Sans Souci after trailing us for a few minutes bore off towards Flat Hammock, and as we rounded South Dumpling saw our mistake as Sans Souci began screaming up the east shore of Flat Hammock to round in third well of us. 

On the upwind back to the finish, most of the fleet tacked around the FH R2 to sail along the southern edge of Dumplings channel for their westing.

I chose to go straight across for the Connecticut shore thinking to take advantage of the new flood there, though overstood to do so.  There we found a tenth of a knot in our favor, yet far too late to be of an advantage. 


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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2016 09:45

Donzo WNR - 06/15/16

Wind: WSW at 5 to 10 kts, avg 8, gusts 12
Backing to SW throughout the race.
Temp: 77 F, Baro: 29.82
Current: flood North Hill 14:45
Course: sf-DM-s/f*4, 250 at 1.1 nm; Race Length: 4.2 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

We had a good start mid-line between Cosmic to leeward and Jolly Mon trailing slightly to windward. Eventually, Jolly Mon bailed out on port, as we continued out to more current following Cosmic.   Shortly after our tack to port, I had to bear off slightly to duck Jolly Mon now proceeding out on starboard.   Regardless of our tack for the layline short of 90 degrees, a significant overstand resulted in the swift current.  Would two more tacks closer in for a shorter layline have been any faster?

The rounding & bearaway spinnaker set was smooth as we began a long run trailing the port quarter of Cosmic by a hundred yards & Jolly Mon far ahead sailing dead downwind.  We covered Cosmic’s jibe to port and closed slightly as they reached up to fresher course for another jibe & starboard rights at the mark to round a handful of boatlengths ahead of us.

After recovering from a near shrimping event on the rounding, we found port favored as expected (on the downwind).   I believe Zallee, Jolly Mon & Cosmic all tacked offshore, while we remained on port for a good while as pressure offshore appeared to have diminished. 

Following another bearaway set and a headed starboard jibe we sailed down the rhumbline to the finish.  Cosmic’s fresher course & subsequent jibe did not help them and we crossed ahead, third boat for boat to correct over Zallee, yet 28 seconds short of correcting over Jolly Mon.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:41

Donzo WNR - 06/08/16

Wind: WNW at 12 to 16 kts
Current: ebb North Hill 14:20
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X” 
Course: sf-Vixen *2, Race Length: 5.9 nm
Crew: Brian, Dan & RW

It was just three of us, as Adam got stuck in a traffic jam.  We set the rig for mid-teens with the #1 heavy.  Our strategy was to initially tuck inside the current lee of Horseshoe and favor the shore to Vixen, then offshore on the runs with the current.

We got a starboard start down near the pin, with Jolly Mon a few boatlengths to windward.  Cosmic closer to the RC, tacked to windward shortly after clearing the committee boat while we continued out a couple minutes and tacked the same time as Jolly Mon.  We had the flattener on for the upwinds, yet in retrospect I should have followed the crews’ advice on a reef & made better use of the main.  Cosmic had five crew aboard which certainly made difference on the windward legs.

We had a good rounding of the leeward mark, bearaway sets on both roundings of Vixen, yet I jibed too soon on both runs.   We missed correcting over Jolly Mon by 30 seconds.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:41

Donzo WNR - 06/01/16

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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2016 15:13

Donzo WNR - 05/25/16

Wind: WSW at 6 to 10 kts, Gusts 12, 14
Temp: 75 F, Baro: 30.00; MTW 54 F
Current: ebb North Hill 14:00
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: sf-DM-s/f, 250 at 1.5 nm; Race Length: 4.5 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Dan & RW

The star was delayed 5-minutes due to the pin boat running late from setting the windward mark.  We chose to go west along Horseshoe & the Connecticut shore for current relief, so I set up an approach along the line from the pin thinking we had nearly two minutes to go. Halfway down the line, we discovered we had less than 30 seconds, so I tacked on Gimlet’s starboard hip to cross the line. 

Soon as we were assured of clearing the committee boat, we flopped to port a few seconds after Cosmic and followed them out safely south of Horseshoe.  Interestingly, we stayed with them for the longest time in winds of 9 to 11 kts.   Then we chose to tack offshore rather than chance overstanding, though we probably should have gone somewhat farther. 

Our spinnaker set was all fouled up (I crossed the sheets when hooking them up). Here we lost a better part of a minute at reduced speed.  Once up and pulling, we had a good downwind, though should have jibed a minute or so sooner.  

We had a timely douse at the leeward rounding as some increased pressure moved in. Had I cinched up the backstay more & had we put in the flattener, we may have kept her on her feet better & weathered Horseshore.  Eventually we made our way offshore west of Seaflower in two long starboard favored hitches & two shorter headed ports for the finish.

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2016 22:47

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