Fifteen boats came out to enjoy a warm sunny evening, unusual in that ten were not Thunderbirds. The wind had been steady from the north, 4 – 6 kts., all afternoon but this turned out to be an April Fool joke.
The course was set for SXGF, nicely aligned for a long downwind leg followed by a near perfect upwind leg to the finish. Just before the start sequence the wind shifted to NW thus making T a better turning mark than G, but it was decided not to make a change at that late stage and the sequence went ahead. The wind died with the Alert signal but the sequence was allowed to run on in the hope of the wind’s return. However, the Postponement flag went up before the Preparatory flag came down.
The next 35 minutes were frustrating, there was wind just north of the Maritime Center Pier, and also a few hundred yards east of City Dock, but no way to get to it and it wasn’t coming closer. In the starting area kitten’s paws appeared to be moving in circles, the patches of wind on the water were about ten feet in diameter. The delay did provide opportunities to retrieve the windward mark which was drifting away, and to shorten the course to SXTF.
Finally, the wind seemed to steady in direction and, although the boats barely had steerage-way, and reportedly there was a bit of fending off, both fleets got started. Once they reached the wind off the Maritime Center we had a boat race. There was a good spinnaker run to the Tower, there was even wind in the vicinity of the Tower. The wind never returned to the starting area, dying a few hundred yards east of the pin. It was interesting watching finishing boats, most of which had apparently tacked too soon, trying to round F to starboard while the current carried them north. Following boats caught up with the leaders and benefited from observing the leader’s difficulties.
Due to the late start, darkness fell before the last boats finished and for the final two boats the mark was invisible to the RC. The times taken are for when the boats completed their final turn. Next week we will pack a flashlight.
NOTE:- Next week (April 08) we will have a dock start again as the committee boat skipper had to go to Cabo San Lucas.
Spring Whitecap Series
Information is provisional and subject to modification
Regatta results saved: Saturday, April 2, 2016 12:12:15 AM PDT
Division: PHRF (10 boats) (top)
|1||81||Sparkle||Hupy, Guy/, McGinn.Brian||129||1||19:50:15.0||00:06:23.1||01:03:51.9||00:00:00.0||1.0|
|3||226||Martha||Schoona Martha, Foundation||111||3||20:05:52.0||00:05:29.7||01:20:22.3||00:16:30.5||3.0|
|4||60794||Lady Eileen||Crabtree, Barrett||249||4||20:13:20.0||00:12:19.5||01:21:00.5||00:17:08.6||4.0|
|5||36||Norma Mae||Arsulich, James||147||5||20:17:35.0||00:07:16.6||01:30:18.4||00:26:26.5||5.0|
|7T||T||Second Wind||Nicholson, Dwight||231||7||No Time||00:11:26.1||-00:11:26.1||-01:15:17.9||RET||11.0T|
|7T||l||Limfjord||Leach, Peter||230||8||No Time||00:11:23.1||-00:11:23.1||-01:15:15.0||RET||11.0T|
|DNS||8868||Desperado||120||DNS||No Time||00:05:56.4||No Time||No Time||DNS||11.0T|
|DNS||8871||505||120||DNS||No Time||00:05:56.4||No Time||No Time||DNS||11.0T|
|(1)||Start Date/Time = Friday, April 1, 2016 18:40:00.0, Length (nm) = 2.97|
Division: Thunderbird (5 boats) (top)
|1||1248||Kuma San||Yarbrough, Satch||Thunderbird||1||19:57:57.0||1.0|
|2||542||Thatuna||Lynes, John, Heumann, Jim||Thunderbird||2||20:03:42.0||2.0|
|3||1190||Raven||Blackbird , Associates||Thunderbird||3||20:04:35.0||3.0|
|(1)||Start Date/Time = Friday, April 1, 2016 18:45:00.0, Length (nm) = 2.97|