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Donzo WNR - 07/01/15

Wind: 235 at 12 kts, Temp: 73 F, Baro: 29.75
Current: flooding 10 minutes at the start. Flood North Hill 17:43
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.2 nm at 240, Race Length: 4.8 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Dan & RW

This evening was a prime example of what sets the Mudhead locale apart from other venues when it comes to windward/leeward racing.   A 235 degree rhumbline & numerous windchecks prior to the start of 230 to 235 indicated a slight port bias for the first tack.  Yet when the left to right flooding current was considered, a starboard was highly favored.  Interestingly, the windmill on North Dumpling at 200 degrees was pointed right at us, yet on the surface in the start area averaged 232.  Based on what the windmill was telling us, we expected a header nearing North Dumpling. Whether it was there or not, we don't as we tacked far short of ND.

We had a good start right on Jolly Mon’s stern and were able to maintain our strategy to hold starboard despite Gimlet passing to starboard about three-quarters out.  Our starboard HDM/COG was 202/206 most of the way out, followed by a port 265 HDM to the starboard layline. Tacking on 90 degrees to the mark led to a slight overstand in the flooding current, yet rounding just ahead of Gimlet approaching on port. A smooth deployment of the chute followed with and brisk starboard jibe run to the leeward mark.  Gimlet passed us just short of the mark. Rounding, we hardened up on port just long enough to check a heading of 285 prior to tacking back for a long starboard back out toward North Dumpling.

The second lap was similar to the first, though our average heading were backed approximately five degrees.  Our port tack to the windward mark was just short of an overstand giving us a buttonhook rounding again slightly ahead of Gimlet on a long starboard.  Our final downwind was now a fresh broadreach in the backed wind, with Gimlet again passing us short of the line.  

This makes for two weeks in a row that I haven’t a chart of our course to post.  I hope to remedy that for next week.

There may have been greater pressure on the left (east) side of the course, for those that went right did not fare well.  One would reason that a starboard jibe would indicate a favored port upwind, though not in last night’s conditions. 

It has been a long time since we’ve had a first in fleet.  :)

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Link to chart of course without track.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 12:54

Donzo WNR - 06/24/15

Wind: 235 at 12 kts, Temp: 80 F, Baro: 29.95
Current: ebb began 40 minutes prior to the start. Ebb North Hill 17:19
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-Vixen -s/f*2
Crew: Adam, Josh, Dan & Brian

RW was absent from the tiller this evening due to a Life Star 30th Anniversary Event at the New England Air Museum.  So my faithful crew managed the boat without me and pulled off  4th place ahead of Merganser and Avara.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 08:49

Donzo WNR - 06/17/15

Wind: SE at 6 to 3 kts, Temp: 62 F, Baro: 30.14
Current: 65 minutes of flood remaining at start. Flood North Hill 19:05
Start: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-IR-s/f-IR(f), shortened at 3 legs, Race Length: 2.33 nm
Crew: Brian, Adam, Josh & RW

The start was delayed ten minutes due to a backing windshift, moving the windward mark from ‘W’ in West Harbor to Intrepid.    We had a good start about a third of the way down the line, then tacked at first opportunity to a long port for offshore. Rounding Intrepid, we worked our way towards the Connecticut shore in a series of jibes to round the leeward mark. 

After hardening up on a short port to check heading & COG, we tacked for a long board along Groton Long Point as the wind began to wither in a building flood.  Sailing between the GLP Nuns 24 & 22, we made trees on Jolly Mon on a parallel course farther offshore, yet lost gauge.  Though I believe we would have fared far worse had we been farther offshore in greater current.   A glance at the chart of our port tack for offshore illustrates how strong the current was relative to our boatspeed & TWS. 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:13

Donzo WNR - 06/10/15

We went the wrong way on the first leg! 

Wind: 215 at  9 kts, Temp: 68 F, Baro: 29.85
Current: 5 minutes of flood remaining at start. Flood North Hill 18:05
Start/Finish: Offshore of “X”
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*2, 1.0 nm at 220, Race Length: 4.12 nm
Crew: Adam, Josh & RW

There are rules of thumb which we neglected to follow.
We missed third place by 1 second on corrected time.

link to chart

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2015 18:47

Shennecossett YC - Pre-Off Soundings 06/06/15

 Wind: NE 18 G20+, N 7, SE 8, average 10.5 kts, Temp: 72,74,68 F, Baro: 29.90
Current: 2 hours flood remaining at start. Ebb North Hill 14:19
Start/Finish: Vixen
Course: s/f-DM-s/f*4, 2.7nm at 230, starboard roundings (race shortened at 2 laps) 
Race Length: 10.5 nm
Crew: Adam, Brian, Josh & RW

With winds near start time kicking up into the high teens, gusting into the low 20’s we chose a heavy air setup and the Heavy #1 genoa, though did put in the reef as it was a downwind start to a drop-mark 2.7 nm southwest out near where to old Dumping Grounds’ buoy had been.

We were third off the line behind Balance & Arabesque. About 2/3s down the run the wind diminished and we were not see anything above 10 knots for the remainder of the race.
Following a smooth douse and hardening up on starboard for a short while, we tacked to port for most of the beat, except for a brief & mistaken starboard. The leeward mark was difficult to see, so we tacked comfortably short of the pin for the starboard rounding, yet found we had slightly overstood the mark as it came into view.

The second run commencing with a jibe-set was long and arduous in the light air & power boat chop. Less than five-minutes from the mark still on port-jibe, the wind suddenly died and a new breeze rose out of the southeast. We quickly hoisted the genoa, doused, rounded and re-set the spinnaker for a single reach all the way back to Vixen where the race was finished.

Link to chart
Corrected Time Results: Balance, SeTherin, Arabesque, Blind Monkeys, Bagatelle

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 June 2015 15:03

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