This week’s race was unusual in that the wind at the committee boat was, with minor variations, steadily from 270°M for the whole race, while its velocity rose slowly from 11 – 12 kts. to 13 – 15 kts. Course SYTF (3.4 nm.) aligned perfectly for windward/leeward. At the start much of the fleet gathered at the pin end of the line (it was slightly favored) leaving plenty of maneuvering room and clear air for the rest. On the first leg the right side of the course proved the better. The downwind leg was reported as boring. The wind in the vicinity of the Tower was fairly steady but had backed enough that the final leg appeared to be a Port Tack fetch until close to the finish. The currents around the tower were reported as troublesome. As would be expected in steady conditions, racing was close with five boats crossing the line in 2 minutes. (more…)
It’s here – the start of the racing season! On Wednesday there will be two starts; one for Thunderbirds and one for PHRF boats. Friday is dedicated to the PHRF fleet – all boats are welcome, including Thunderbirds, but all boats will race according to their PHRF rating. If you don’t have a rating yet come on out anyway and the race committee will assign one for you.