Ten boats came out to enjoy a beautiful warm, sunny and, initially, windless day. Thatuna had gone out early to set temporary marks off Fort Townsend and on Middle Bank. At race time the postponement flag went up as the RC was slow getting organized. By the time the RC was ready the wind had filled in. The all-around-the-bay course set was SADIYHGTCTZMF, for 13.2 nm. The return to C at 6.6 nm. allowed for changing or shortening the course.
It was a downwind start, which can be tricky, one boat was over early and but for an inch another would have been too.
The start was at 12:27 which should have given the 12:30 ferry time to get clear but the ferry was late leaving. As the fleet was approaching the ferry dock the ferry signaled it was leaving, everyone took evasive action which was difficult as they were running downwind, but the ferry immediately sounded five blasts while still mostly in its slip. The fleet was tightly clustered and it was impossible to tell which, if any, boats had precipitated the signal.
The next time the fleet was visible from the dock they were crawling almost imperceptibly towards H. The fleet was in this hole for about an hour and the tailenders managed to come up with the leaders. Soon after rounding H they found the wind and made a quick trip via G to T. During this leg the wind at the dock backed from 4 – 6 kts at 70º M to 6 – 8 at 280º and was soon gusting to 10+.
Because of the late start, the time taken to round H and the impending dock party it was decided to shorten the course. The second visit to T was dropped, going instead straight to Z, and we turned for home at B instead of going out to M. For a total course length of 10.1 nm. Actually by then the wind was strong and steady and it wouldn’t have taken much longer to go up to M.
All in all it was a satisfyingly challenging afternoon and covering 10 miles in flukey winds in about 3 ½ hours is pretty good. The only downer was when the ferry ran over the tet at Z tearing it loose from its anchor tackle, luckily the last boat had already rounded it. Thanks Second Wind for retrieving the tet.
Tour de Bay 2015
Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results saved: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 12:56:42 AM PDT
Division: PHRF (10 boats) (top)
|1||81||Sparkle||Hupy, Guy, McGinn, Brian||129||1||15:38:29.0||00:21:40.3||02:49:48.7||00:00:00.0||1.0|
|4||1144||Blew Bird||Ginther, Dan, Dunlap, Piper||198||4||16:05:46.0||00:33:15.8||03:05:30.2||00:15:41.5||4.0|
|5||1106||Kolus||Edwards, Ed & Sue||198||5||16:06:53.0||00:33:15.8||03:06:37.2||00:16:48.5||5.0|
|7||1248||Kuma San||Fisher, Larry||198||7||16:07:28.0||00:33:15.8||03:07:12.2||00:17:23.5||7.0|
|10||1||Second Wind||Nicholson, Dwight||231||10||17:03:23.0||00:38:48.5||03:57:34.5||01:07:45.8||10.0|
|(1)||Start Date/Time = Saturday, May 30, 2015 12:27:00.0, Length (nm) = 10.08|
Principal Race Officer: DAB