The 2019 CMR was lightly attended, but eventful. 4 “A class” boats and 7 “B class” boats signed up.
The winds for the first race on Saturday were light and VERY variable. Minutes before the start, there was an almost 180 degree shift. After a 25 minute postponement, there was a gentle twice around, with a long delay for the “B’s” to finish. After accommodating another wind shift the second race started with better wind, but a very short start/finish line (RC error). Unfortunately, with tide and wind effects the line was even shorter for the finish. This was not noticed until the first finish, so the line could not be changed. For the second race “A’s” sailed twice around and “B’s” sailed once around. Much better racing!
The wind gods were more favorable for Sunday’s long race. The tide/current gods didn’t seem too happy with that. One of the marks, set earlier in the morning, aspired to a new home in the direction of Port Ludlow. After another 30 minute postponement, the wayward mark was reset and the race started in a nice northerly. Of course the minus one to plus 8 tidal shift had begun to flow harder and made the Ft. Worden leg more difficult. Sir Isaac and Pacifica worked it out well, and Pacifica corected to win race 3. (more…)