Fall Nightcap Series – 2017. Races 6-A & 6-B Results and Standings (Corrected)

There was little wind when the CB left the Boat Haven but in the Bay, away from shore, there was a light Northeasterly. This is normally an unstable wind direction so course SCFLF (2 nm. – “L” was 1/4 mi SW of the Boat Haven entrance) was set to allow shortening course if the wind died. The wind died during the start sequence and the race was Postponed.

A 5 kt. Southeasterly arose and the course realigned to SILF with “L” set on the edge of the wind line in the direction of “G”. As the course was so short (1 nm.) it was announced that there may be two races if the wind allowed. The fleet had a good windward leg but the wind shut down around Indian Point after the first two boats squeaked round the mark. After about 15 minutes the wind started to return but from the Northeast again, giving two reaching legs to the finish.

For the second race the course was realigned to SCF (1.5 nm.). The wind at the start was 5 – 6 kts from 30°M. When the fleet was rounding the windward mark the wind back at the CB was 8 – 9 kts, gusting 12, but now from 345°M. As the Thunderbirds reached home on this wind, the PHRF fleet was trapped in a big hole at the windward mark until they could creep home on a very light Southeasterly.

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Fall Nightcap Series – 2017. Race 5 Results and Series Standings

There were gale warnings in the strait and the forecasts for the bay all said winds in the 20’s with gusts in the 30’s.  So, although the wind in the Boat Haven was only 12 – 14 kts., the mandated consensus meeting at the CB attracted representatives from six boats.  It was eventually decided to do a dock start and run course SITIF (which turned out to be 45° off of a W/L course).

The wind at the start was quite variable in speed, 15 -17 kts. with frequent sags to 12 and gusts to 20+, wind direction was fairly steady at 150ºM ±5º.  The usual soft spot around the tower appeared to be absent.  While the fleet was rounding the tower the wind back at the dock had built to 17 – 19 kts with fewer lulls and gusts.  The fleet was reasonably bunched together at the tower but  the distance between boats stretched rapidly on the broad reach to Indian Point.  The close reach to the finish was quite a romp as the ever increasing wind was 19 -22 kts.  After the last boat finished, a 28+ kt gust was recorded.

Of interest was the cross sea of a lower frequency from the local wind waves that became evident approaching the finish.  Boats sailing parallel to the local wind waves would pitch up, with the forefoot clear of the water to about halfway to the keel, and slow noticeably, about every 30 seconds.  It is possible this phenomenon is due to waves in Admiralty Inlet being refracted as they pass Marrowstone Point.
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Fall Nightcap Series – 2017. Race 4 Results

After three less than stellar showings by the wind, this week the conditions were almost ideal.  Wind was 14 – 15 kts. from 140 degM with small gusts and lulls of long duration from the same direction.  As the wind improved, so did the turnout, fourteen boats hit the line this week. Course SGYF was set (W/L – 3.1 nm).

The Thunderbird start was textbook spectacular, seven boats almost perfectly aligned, the first less than a foot from OCS at the signal.  The wind held for the first windward leg but reportedly softened and shifted a little at G in the lee of the bluffs on Indian Island.  During the downwind leg the wind softened to 10 kts. but picked up again during the return from Y and finishes were generally close.

Conditions were similar for class B but finishes were much more spread out due to the disparity of boats in the PHRF fleet.

This week we welcomed Etap to our PHRF fleet.  She is an ETAP 21 I.
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Fall Nightcap Series – Race 3 Results

With the temporary indisposition of the regular PRO, Joe Daubenberger generously volunteered to run this week’s race by setting up the course from the CB then running a “Barcott” start from the water.

The 20 – 25 kt. winds of the previous night died rapidly during the morning until, by race time the only stable, though light, wind was in the Southeast corner of the bay and course STF (W/L ~1.5 nm.) was set in that area.  After the start, the wind held until the first Class rounded the Tower when the wind lightened further and began shifting by large angles.  It took  about an hour and a half for the fleet to complete the very short course.

Note: The finish times and distances in the results below are fictitious.  They are not necessary for reporting results correctly but are called for by the reporting application.
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Fall Nightcap Series – Race 2

Last week Race 1 was abandoned after a false start and an hour and a half delay waiting for the intermittent light breeze to stabilize while slowly shifting from SE to NW.  This week the forecast was for conditions to be similar for Race 2.  In defiance of the forecast, the wind before the start was around 4.5 kts. steadily from 130 deg.M, so course STIF (W/L – 3.1 nm.) was set.  After the start the wind built to 7.5 kts and held direction until the A fleet was well into the downwind leg where a rain shower knocked the wind down again and it started to veer.  The A fleet managed to complete the course as the wind was dying, the B fleet was not so fortunate.
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