We are very sad to have to announce the sudden, unexpected and untimely passing to Fiddler’s Green of fellow sailor Eric Anderson, Skipper of the Bystead 30 Andiamo Again and persistent competitor in the PHRF Fleet. Our condolences go to his Crew, Family and Friends. He will be missed. ( Fiddler’s Green )
Forty five second video of Raven taken from Magic Bus:
This week were again presented with steady firm winds and were able to run two races. As the fleet completed the three mile course in only about 40 minutes each time, a third start was offered but was declined (Some responses may have been impolite, but it was difficult to hear above the wind). (more…)
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…)