When I saw Robs mast go down, I knew we would be in for a rough ride.
Traveler out two to three inches to help absorb the shifts.
The boat was set. Now to keep
Myself from blowing it.
I had a good start. Second good start for me this season.
I liked the middle and right side of the course. T Half way up I felt a shift coming. You can see my mistake in raceqs. I said to myself not again today. Ride it out. I was third around the first mark.
Like Ben, I too like a little more wind. Last week was devastating for me.
I followed Ben on the second beat because he rounded the windward mark first. later I decided to stay on the right side for the final upwind. . I felt I had performed better on leg one minus my mistake.
It was a tight race. Ben, glenn, ray and I seemed to be in a dog fight for the top three spots. I think ray rounded the final leeward mark first. As Glenn and I approached, we both made a line for the mark on the south side of the Gate. With twenty feet left I broke away for the north side and thought I wouldn’t see Glenn again. The north side of the course felt right. Ray had rounded in first and I had chosen the same side. Ray was four boat ahead most of the way up. I seemed to be able to point higher making my distance shorter. I crossed over ray about 100 -150 feet away from the committee boat. . One quick tack to make the finish line. And YIKES!!!! there is Glenn. Ray shouts out something. I knew Glenn had first n the bag. Glenn had Great speed and a direct line for the middle of the finish line. Congratulations Glenn. Great race.
Even with gloves my hands are tender blisters and bloodied. Iced my shoulders elbow and right hand when I got home. That helps.
I was First through the channel. What a wild ride. Power boats everywhere. Wind seemingly from every direction. Once through the channel, the boat took off like a bat out of ——. A quick and fun ride back to the lift. RaceQs says close to 10 knots. That was fun. But I had had enough for the day.
I prefer to have something to work with compared to last week which offered little (I've forgotten about that race as instructed).
Unfortunately I'm going to have to forget this one as well - it turns out i have mistakenly started at -2min. for the last 2 races when i should have started at -5min. My mistake, i simply didn't put it together.
In any case i suggest to forfeit my positions for these races moving everyone behind me up one position.
Back to the day- it started with my forgetting my gloves - hands are stinging as i type.
I gained the (illegal) lead on the first and second upwind leg by going south. Pressure was higher there i found due to the slight westerly flow. Unfortunately i tried again on the final leg but the wind had shifted decidedly south and the north shore gained the upper hand. Mike, Ray and Glenn chose the proper course and tied the race up with a bow.
Returning through the channel was tortuous Not just strong but whipping with major direction shifts. I smacked my head by the boom and am nursing that wound as well.
Nevertheless- despite several competitive sailing catastrophes for me, i had a great day and am looking forward to next week. And starting -5min.
Wind, buoy did we have wind. But actually we got lucky and finished this race before the real wind hit. That wind coming through the channel is the worst wind I have ever encountered on Lauderdale. After the race I picked up a grandnephew (10 yo) to ride home. As soon as I got to the channel from Bill’s place I could see that was not the place to tale a 10 yo on his first sail. Dropped him back off on the pontoon and headed home. Go to the channel and it was worse. 20 plus mph and shifting like crazy. The boat went totally out of control. I fought it while and gave up, sailed to Bruces and walked home. I would like to hear from the guys who made it through.
As for the race, it appeared that the Winner, Glenn lead from the start. I never got close enough to see him but I knew he was up there with Ray and Mike Fuller. Glenn won, then Mike and then Ray. Those guys lead this thing comfortably the whole way. Well done. The wind was strong but the gusts were manageable. The shifts were there and if you made the right choices there was a lift on the other tack.
Speaking of choices. I have to tell you about Mike Jaeger and me. He hit the line just leeward of me but going faster. I was able to stay above and behind for several minutes but then he made some good moves and was clear ahead, probably two boat lenghts. But with this wind his boat was not disturbing my wind very much and I liked where he was going so I just hung there thinking I’ll have to pass him later but right now he’s in the grove and I like the grove he’s in, so I followed. Then he tacked. Don’t ask me why, he just took himself out of that groove and headed north. We talked after the race, He said, he made only one mistake today and we both knew which one it was. He must have sensed a shift and went, sometime we do that and the shift never materializes. It can hurt. Maybe he’ll give us his version of the story.
Before the race Rob was tooling around like the rest of us and the stay broke and the mast fell. End of Race for Rob. I’d like to know where it broke. That’s the newest boat in the Fleet, things should not be breaking. Speaking of which, Bob completed one lap or almost one lap. He was about to reach the mark and he looked up an his forestay was swinging right in front of his eyes. He tells me said right out loud, “well his can’t be good”. As he began the turn, down it came. Talked to him after and he says maybe the pin broke. I have never seen or heard of a pin breaking. Well maybe it was the little wire holding the pin, BINGO. Bob had tipped before the race, got back up and raced. But if any of the sheets or lines get dragged past that little round wire it will catch and pull it out. Then the pin eventually wiggles free on a downwind when there is no load on it. Word to the wise, those pin with the little round wires need to be taped so the sheets and lines can’t catch them and pull them out.
I thought the wind was just right today, plenty of it, lots of shifts, plenty of opportunities to make gains.
So after ten races and two drops: peter 30, Jack 43, Doug 45 and Michael Ingel 46. Still within striking distance is the other two Mikes, Ray, Joe, Dave, Chris. See the score sheet for details on the web page. John should have them posted by Mondaysometime.
Now that we have completed two of the three Regatta races here are the standings: Mike Fuller and Glenn with 6, Ben with 7 and peter with 10. Chris, Ray and Bob are close enough to make it to the podium as well. That final will be Race 12 in two weeks.