As we ramp up for the coming racing season it might not be a bad idea to spend a little time thinking about safety. Here a link to an article in 48North recounting the experiences of several sailors who went overboard while racing and what they learned: What Overboard Survivors Want You To Know.
A little while after the start of the race. Photo by Chris Blasucci.
Four boats came out on a pretty nice day to enjoy a light but fairly steady breeze. A windward mark was set in the vicinity of Indian Point and the start/finish line was placed out in the middle of the bay in the direction of the green buoy. The course was start, windward, starting pin, windward, with a down wind finish. Falcon crossed the start line first with Owl close behind; Kuma San crossed third and to leeward; Raven was last across. The first three boats continued on starboard while Raven tacked right way and and got the benefit of a significant right shift and as a result got to the windward mark first, then Falcon, then Owl, then Kuma who seemed to find every wind hole on the first leg. Raven stayed ahead for the rest of the race. Owl eventually passed Falcon to take second. Falcon got third with Kuma last (but not least). It was another fun day of winter racing.
|PTSA Frostbite Series 2020|
|Series Position||Boat Name||Sail #||Skipper Name||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Points|
|2||Owl||642||Dale Dunning||DNC 7||1||1||2||11|
|3||Kuma San||542||Jim Heumann / John Lynes||2||6||DNF 5||4||17|
|4||Falcon||1177||Roland Nikles||3||4||DNC 7||3||17|
|5||Magic Bus||1069||Dunlap / Ginther /||4||3||DNC 7||DNC 7||21|
|6||Possum||1006||Hans Daubenberger||DNC 7||5||3||DNC 7||22|
Five boat came out on a sunny day. The wind was fairly light at the dock but increased as the afternoon went on such that it was gusting into the 20’s during the race. The big yellow mark was stationed near where “I” would normally be and a start line was set in the middle of the bay with the course being “Start, Yellow, Green bouy by the navy dock, Finish”.
Owl had a good start and lead the entire way having an especially strong downwind leg under spinnaker. Raven followed them also running their spinnaker in the strong breeze, but provided a little more excitement for the other boats to watch with a near broach. Kuma San and Possum choose not to run spinnakers. Kuma rounded the leeward mark in third but mistakenly headed for the yellow bouy instead of the finish line and thus did not finish. Possum, who joined the race late, finished third. Murrelet was also out sailing again proving that a small boat can have fun in a strong breeze.
After two weeks of no racing due to excess wind, we got lucky with warm weather, no rain, a bit of sun, and a decent breeze. The wind was from the SE so a course from Indian Point to the tower and back was a nice long windward/leeward race. The competition was close and all of the TBirds finished within around five minutes of each other. Bertram Levy, in the beautiful (but waterline length challenged) wooden boat Murrelet, came in seventh. It was a fun day out on the bay. Next race: this coming Saturday 2/1/2020 at 1pm (weather permitting).