Fall Nightcap Series 2018 – Races 5A,B & C, Results and Standings

Raven leads the pack

Falcon tries to catch Raven

Magic Bus tries to catch Falcon


The weather forecast indicated that conditions this week would be similar to last Saturday but with cool, heavy clouds. The pictures above show otherwise. We, long ago, lost our faith in forecasting accuracy in our local micro climate. It was a beautiful day and we were able to run three races in less than three hours. (more…)

By |2018-10-22T18:26:52-07:00October 20th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Fall Night Cap Series 2018 – Race 4A &4B Results and Standings

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:

Raven tries to catch Magic Bus in race 2.













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…)

By |2018-10-15T14:50:41-07:00October 13th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Fall Nightcap Series 2018 – Race 2 Results and Series Standings.

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…)

By |2018-10-01T01:37:46-07:00September 30th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Fall Nightcap Series 2018 – Race 1 Results

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…)

By |2018-09-23T13:18:34-07:00September 23rd, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Ted Pike Memorial Regatta 2018 – Results

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.


By |2018-08-20T20:49:28-07:00August 20th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Tour-de-Bay Race Results and Distance Series Final Standings

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…)

By |2019-01-21T20:10:01-07:00July 31st, 2018|PHRF, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Summer Cat’s Paw Series 2018 – Race Seven Results and Final Standings

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.


By |2018-07-26T16:04:43-07:00July 26th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Summer Cat’s Paw Series 2018 – Race 6 Results & Standings

Strong winds and a building chop provided excitement and challenge. The wind was varying around Westerly and climbing from 12 kts. when the CB left the Boat Haven.  SYTF was set as a good windward/leeward course, with the first leg kept short so the starting area was in smoother water. The wind continued to climb and shifted to the point that resetting the line  was considered a couple of times but at the start it was back to being square.

At the start the wind was W 24 – 26 kts with occasional gusts over 30 kts. Two boats prudently retired around the Windward Mark.

Next Wednesday (25 th.) is the final race of the series and the following Saturday (29 th) the Tour-de-Bay Distance race starts at Noon.


By |2018-07-20T00:00:55-07:00July 20th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments