Second in the Series

The last race was a reach fest in gusty conditions we used the blade which is not great for reaching but the gust were 19k so I did not wish to do damage. Unfortunately the steady winds were only about 9 knots too light for the blade. Had we had more crew we would have switched to a jenny on the last broad reach and would have stayed in front of Tom Cat but we ended up 3 seconds behind for a forth which we could not through out as we had a DNF for the chine-plate breakage.  The Harbor 20 blew away all the competition won “B” fleet and the race a and b.

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No Race Bad Weather

The race was canceled as we were experiencing a nor-easter.

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Race Three and Bullet Number Two

The race committee chose course 4 again. This race we were first over the line (there is a award for that) but were baulked a bit by an  “A” fleet boat. I tried to keep from sailing dead downwind which took me to the Norfolk side a little too close where the winds were light where Valcore the only other “B” boat out tonight stuck to the Portsmouth side where the winds were better and she slipped ahead.  Lucky for me the tide helped on my side so I didn’t get too far behind by the mark. As the tide was now against us we tried to stay on the Portsmouth side. We decided to carry this well up into Scots Creek where we actually were helped by a eddy or so it showed on the interments. We made up some time on Valcore but we were not sure we had enough in the bank but on the last tack before laying the finish line I carried it a bit longer than Valcore and this helped us as Valcore had to pinch hard to get across the line on that tack where we placed it just right of course if you pinch Sorellina she just stops. Valcore crossed the line first but we corrected over them. You can click here for the results.

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First Place in the Second Race

Race committee chose course 4 for the race which proved to be a long 3.3 knots. We had very light winds out of the direction we were headed along with the tide so it was a long slog upwind into the tide. At times we were ahead of a boat that rates 99 so we were doing quit well (all that sanding appears to have helped). When we rounded the mark the winds did too now from the southeast so we had a return trip hard on the wind but few tacks we barely came in under the time limit of 8:00pm and were the only boat in “B” fleet to finish in time.  Click here for results.

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Return from the dead

Its been a long time since I last posted we won the fall series in 2014 but the boat blew off the trailer before the spring series so we did not race. It’s now back on its feet. I have moved to a condo downtown right across from the race course and we can keep the boat at the condo marina! As sometimes I will keep the boat in the water I painted the bottom with VC Offshore and wet sanded all the bottom and refaired the keel I should have took photos as this was a lot of work.  The first race the lowers on the starboard side chine plate broke bet we did not lose the mast but we withdrew.

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A Great Turnabout

Talk about a reversal of fortunes I would have though that a second would have been a great result but come Saterday we should walk away with first.  The last race we pulled out a decive bullet.   We raced course 6 and we got off to a good start, second over the line, but about half way up the first leg the wind died and everyond just collected togather.  We kept trying to keep moving and that paid off as we were ahead of all the “B” boats when the winds retuned.  We rounded the first mark keeping Valcore behind. We had a good run to the next mark but had to decide whether to thread the needle between the barge and the ships or duck.  Spanky made it but we chose to duck and that was the best move Valcore didn’t make it and that cost her second. From there we had a nice sail back to the finish well ahead of the rest of the “B” fleet.

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Two in a Row

We are finally sailing as we should sail with two bullets in a row.  Only Ralph and the “Hammer” were on the boat tonight but as the winds were mostly light with some puffs it worked out great. Both fleets raced course 5 which is bound to have an up wind leg as a posed to a reach fest.  We had a great start second across the line and kept up with Chop Chop to the first mark. Spanky rounded just in front of us and when we rounded we got stuck in her bad air and were a bit trapped it looked as if we were going to need to tack to keep from colliding with the bulkhead at the Pier Condos and as the rest of the fleet got a lift that would have cost some time but we got some speed and a lift which allowed us to clear Spanky.  We were well in the lead of the “B” fleet with only Slice and Chop Chop ahead so it really paid off to just keep our cool as sail the course. We had little trouble after that we stayed clear of hospital point to stay in the wind which had lightened there and the rest of the fleet cough up a bit but the rest of the race was all ours. We may have beat the fleet had it not been for the slowdown on the second leg but a great race all the same. Click here for the results  and here for the series standings.

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Third Race a Charm

First Race Photo courtesy of Nadine Yares

First Race Photo courtesy of Nadine Yares

Well the first two races were not worth writing about race one we sailed well but were latefor the start so only a fourth.  The second race well it went well till we needed the keel which was up say no more.  Race number three was great course 6 was chosen for both fleets. We had a great start but Chop Chop in the “A” fleet caught the wind and skirted well ahead of everyone.  We somehow didn’t get that wind but were doing well Valcore was close enough to cause a bit of wind disturbance and took a slight lead but we went above her and skirted right by.  We lead the “B” fleet at the first mark and stayed ahead for the next leg although we were followed closely by Valcore.  We rounded first and sailed to hospital point. We tacked earlier then most of the rest of the boats most of the rest of the fleet were hoping to fetch the point but I though that was unwise.  Valcore did manage to be in front when we crossed but as she was on starboard that worked out ok for us as we did not need to duck and when Valcore tacked we took over the lead.  Tom Cat tried to slip by the point and did not make it and ran aground.  The rest of the fleet caught up somewhat but they stayed to far to leeward and had to struggle to fetch the finish line.  We were the first boat in “B” to cross a nice comeback  We were ahead on corrected time on all but Chop Chop with the magic wind she was in at the start.  Rodney and the “Hammer” did a great job as crew.  Click here for the results.

 

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Clean Sweep of the Fall Series

We made a clean sweep of wins to take the Fall Series. There is another race but no mater ti will just be thrown out as there is one throw-out in the series. We let Hammer do the pit and jib trim which he did very well.  The race was course 4 made short as most were to attend a memoral service back at the merina or rather in the water just out from the marina.  We kept more or less even with Valcore through the race and Tomcat slipped ahead but not by far enough to correct over us.

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Middle Ground Desaster

Here is a short take on the Middle Ground Regatta. We started out great most likely at the light we would have corrected over most of the fleet but the long down wind leg killed us. Our short mast and small chute just can’t keep up Insolvent was well behind and just sailed by. Hammer did a great job as fore deck and we sailed the boats fine we just can’t compete with boats that rate so much faster so much for PHRF rating system.

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