It’s been a long winter but PTSA’s 2013 racing season starts tomorrow when the gun goes off around 6 PM for the first Spring Whitecap Series race of the year.
Where The Friday, April 5th start will be a dock start off City Dock.
Starts At Friday’s race there will be one start [...]
A post from Sailing World by Ken Read on rating the boat and the crew rather than just the boat.
Another day on the greens gives the author time to ponder the subject of handicapping the PHRF stalwarts. Photo by IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race
Handicap racing needs a jolt. We’ve got systems like [...]
A good race tip from Sailing World
1. As he approaches the leeward mark, Lindberg intentionally slows in order to exit the mark in the high lane—a textbook wide-then-tight rounding. Presti, meanwhile, knowing he wants to tack around the mark, doesn’t worry about having his bow below the transom of Lindberg. Presti’s crew drops the spinnaker early enough so that everyone is in their positions and able to trim the sails during the rounding. Presti and his team enter the rounding with a powerful setup: the genoa is eased, the main is coming in early to help turn the boat, and they trim the sails for maximum speed as they round. Keeping the main slightly over trimmed in respect to the boat’s angle, and keeping the genoa slightly undertrimmed, helps the boat turn without too much rudder movement, which will slow the boat.
continue reading » Passing at the Leeward Mark
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Battles on the ocean are hard. Especially in super light air like what we have had out here the last few days. The chess match is long and painful and very often has stops and starts that stretch out the agony.
We are amongst it with CAMPER at this stage and there is a lot of runway left and tons of potholes along the way.
First of all, this could not be more unlike every other leg we have had in this race. Dry, cool nights and warm days. T-shirts and shorts always. No hint of a need for foul weather gear. A huge full moon making it closer to needing sunglasses at night rather than headlamps.
This game of chess probably has been a bit more like a tug-of-war if you are watching at home. We stretch out to what seems like a “comfortable” lead only to hit the next light air patch and watch the troops coming reeling us in. CAMPER is within sight almost always, making things a bit more tense with constant bearing checks with the handheld compass.
continue reading » Ken Read, VOR Leg 6, Day 16
After watching their fleet for a number of years the author finds 22 ways that the “good guys” always seem to finish in the top of their fleet. From the September, 20001 issue of Sailing World.
There were always other guys, a few years older and a bit more serious, who consistently finished at [...]