The second running of this tribute to Ted proved even more popular than the first with eleven boats anchored in the kelp off the Southeast corner of Fort Warden in bright sunshine. Only three were competing for the second time. Two others were registered but were probably unable to leave their undesirable moorage on the minus tide.
Access to the beach was by an odd collection of, mostly small, dingys, kayaks, floats and paddle boards, none exhibiting a tendency for speed. On the return most tenders were hoisted aboard but a few of the smaller boats apparently towed them round the course. On the beach the registration fees were poured into the keg, PHRF ratings assigned, or modified for cause such as early sign-up and appropriate costume, and the courses were announced.
For Class A the course was SBTBCGIYTCF (12.7 nm), and for Class B, SBGTCGCF (9.25 nm). These courses, intended to be a test of sailing skills, had been designed with the normal NW wind in mind to be a challenging mix of W/L legs, in and out of strong current, and long and short reaching legs which may have been marginal for deploying a spinnaker (and one that risked hitting Rat Island).
However, on the day, the wind on the beach under the bluffs was a 10 – 11 kt. Southerly. From the angle the boats lay to anchor the wind appeared to be SW away from the land. This meant the ~2 kt. flood current increased the apparent wind and brought it forward as the fleet beat into the bay and allowed them to run a straight line going out again.
About an hour and a half into the race the wind became light and variable in direction. The usual soft spots developed at T and more so at G. After about thirty minutes the wind filled in from the NW but very variable, 5 – 10 kts. with gusts to 15 and shifts at high frequency by ±30°. This became a test of sailing skills different from the intent but definitely a test.
Except for the first two and last two boats, everyone from both fleets finished close together and the waters off the finish area became quite congested. It appears that the course lengths were a little ambitious for the prevailing conditions but the RC quite forgot about the time limit.
Following the race, the barbecue and potluck feast at Martha’s workshop at Pt. Hudson was exceptional. The race entry fees had to be sampled many times to ensure everyone approved.
Comments from participants for several days after the race uniformly implied that this was an excellent and enjoyable event and a great workout. Ted would have been very pleased.
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