This week we finally managed to run two races. There was sunshine and a moderate, though unstable, breeze which eased and finally veered 50° as the afternoon progressed. Yet finishes were remarkably consistent. Owl finished the first race in 59¼ minutes and the second in 61½. (more…)
Nick Reid (in conjunction with Stig Osterberg) captured some great aerial video of last Saturdays race. There are three clips all of which can be seen below. Lots can be learned by studying them carefully. Thanks Nick and Stig!
It helps most if you remember the very light and shifty breeze and see how boats use it to advantage (or not). For a sense of scale (and speed?) the yellow tetrahedrons are less than 1/2 mile apart.
Once again the CB left the Boat Haven to find a glassy sea surface and a long frustrating wait for the wind to make its intentions clear. After a while there were occasional puffs, up to 3 kts. but from random directions. For a while the wind appeared to strengthen in the outer bay as a Northerly but, just as the CB was preparing to head over to set up between T and B, the breeze switched to SW and died. After a few puffs from the South the wind settled on NE (as forecast). The RC hurriedly set tets about a 1/2 mile apart in a SE/NE line in the middle of the bay, set the pin and anchored, setting course SWLF2 (2 nm.). Whereupon the wind veered about 20 deg. Apart from re-squaring the start line the other marks were not adjusted. (more…)
There was confusion over the start time for the first race of the series due to the calendar on the website, and the race reminder, showing a noon start, while the SI’s (and history) called for 13:00. In the event the wind was so wildly capricious in strength and direction that the race did not start until 12:48 so it appeared no boats were inadvertently left at the dock. The on-line calendar has been corrected to match the SI’s and an e-mail sent to all members to set the start time at 13:00 for the rest of the series. Maybe the wind will have stabilized by then. (more…)
After a not so restful break, and to greet the equinox, the Fall Nightcap Series begins this Saturday (Sept. 22). Jazz will be CB. Start at Noon.
The dates for the rest of the series are on the calendar (right hand column of this page, or click on calendar tab).
Steve, Stig, Simon, and John dominated the regatta with four firsts, three seconds, and one fourth place finish. And in late breaking news Magic Bus has been declared the third place winner. They tied with Invader in points and there was some confusion as to the tie breaking criteria, which as now been cleared up.
Here are the official, final, results:
It was an excellent two days of racing with better than predicted winds and good weather (after the fog burned off).
Nine boats came out to honor and celebrate Ted. Limfiord, Pacifica and Sparkle have participated in all three of these annual races.
As usual there was a variety of means of beach access. Pacemaker and Falkor improved their handicaps by swimming in. BetsyD (a CB Sharpie Cat Ketch) won points for dropping anchor, grounding her stern and stepping ashore. She lost them again for not furling her sails. Limfiord gained points for the extraordinary quality and scarcity of her entry fee.
Wind at the start was steady Northwesterly but not yet up to the 6 kts forecast. Course #2 (SMBTBGCBMBF 13.7 nm.) was announced. This kept the boats mainly outside the bay. A temporary mark M was set to provide a windward start. It was hoped that the wind would build in the bay by the time the fleet approached G, but instead the usual hole persisted all afternoon. Several boats retired from the race and went cruising to enjoy the afternoon rather than fight for air at G. The course was shortened to 10 nm. for Class B but only Ariel of Victoria persevered.
The follow-on BBQ and testing of the rum blend (to general approval) was as successful as usual.
The Tour-de-Bay was the fourth and final race of the Distance series.
The course set was SBHGIYTBF, 11.9 nm. The start, from City Dock, was delayed by half an hour for lack of wind. For the early part of the race there was good wind East of a line from Point Hudson to Indian Island Navy Pier but very little to the West.
Half the fleet persisted and finished just before the 5 hr time limit, the rest did not report a finish. (more…)
The TOUR-de-BAY Distance Race is this Sunday, July 29 th.
This race provides a challenging change from short W/L courses.
An approximately 15 nm. course, depending on wind, set inside the bay.
With multiple legs varying from .5 to 3 nm., using all points of sail, in and out of current.
Every sailboat welcome, with or without a PHRF rating.
Start from City Dock at noon.
When the CB reached the starting area the wind was a patchy 3 – 5 kts. from 330° M, making IG a good W/L course, but before the line could be set the wind veered to 360°. This made C a good windward mark but there was not a corresponding leeward mark as the spare tet carried by the CB was needed to substitute for a leaking pin buoy. While the RC were contemplating moving deeper into the bay and setting course SCF the wind strengthened and backed to 330°. The line was set for SIGF and the fleet started into 7 – 8 kts. of wind.
This did not last, when the fleet was passing the CB on the downwind leg the wind was down to 4 – 5 kts, then halfway down the leg a hole split the fleet, the first seven boats had a light and very variable breeze to carry them to the mark, the rest did not. The wind continued light and very variable to the point where the leading group heading for the finish passed the tailenders still heading for G with both groups sailing to windward. At the CB the wind maintained direction but continued to fade away to the point where the last boat needed 20 min. to cover the last few hundred yards.
This was the last race of the Cat’s Paw series. Congratulations to those who did well, at least to their own satisfaction, and a big thank you to all who came out and made it fun for everyone.
Wednesday evening races continue through August, in a self organizing manner, with the Dog Days series of single races.
The TOUR-de-BAY Distance Race is this Sunday, July 29 th. This provides a change from short W/L courses. A ~15 nm. course, inside the bay, of multiple .5 to 3 nm. legs, all points of sail, in and out of current. Start from City Dock at noon.