Last Week Was Abandon But This Week a Bullet

 

Sorellina race 4

Photo by Shelly Webster

Last week the winds were gusting to over 30k so I had decided to lay out but the race committee must have seen the light and Decided to abandon the race. We left Sunday for the CCV Spring Series but again the winds and chop caused the eight mile trip to take too long and we turn around when it was obvious that we were not going to make it in time for the start. But this Friday we were on task and pulled out a bullet.  Race committee chose Course 5 which I though was great for us.  We started by the RC side to stay in the pressure of the ENE winds but so did every one else and we were trapped.  After much maneuvering we finally broke free only to see that Valcore had taken advantage of the east side to stay in the clear and had a substantial leed but she ran into the fluky winds on the Norfolk side and we caught up very quickly and passed her by the mark.  Many boats in “B” fleet stayed bunched up in the downwind leg to the next mark so a the mark Valcore was the inside boat close to the mark Sorellina was outside of her and TomCat just outside of us. As Valcore pivoted to round the mark the wider turn allowed us to cut inside and round in first.  Valcore realised and tried to close the gap but pointed to much and went into irons the bow was falling on to our side so we had to push her off.  Sorellina slipped out of this mess with a good leed we sailed to mid river and tacked to the next mark.  This kept us in the leed as we rounded the mark and we continued to lead around the next mark the last mark was a bit of a botched effort as we did not comandante which tack we would be on after the mark rounding but cost only a little time.  Valcore caught up on this leg with her long water line length but we still had a chance at line honors as she sailed over into the cove by hospital point and had we gotten a lift we would have cleared the point by the race committee but we had to tack and finished just behind Valcore which ment we corrected about 2 min. ahead of her. Great win thanks to the crew Rodney, Kimannee, and our new guy Albert. Click for race results.

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First Completed Race Second Place

The second race of the spring series we were lucky to get away with a second place.  Race committee chose Course 6.  We decided to use the 155% jenny for the long down wind leg but switch to the new blade on the return leg. Down wind was a broad reach Valcore stuck to the west side of the river but we used the current as it was still going out But Valcore was still able to stay ahead at the first mark as the strong winds favored her. At the mark things got a bit messy the headsail change was difficult and when we rounded the mark we tacked too soon and couldn’t fetch the mark so we had to fall back off with the jib on the wrong side. After much loud talk and scurrying about we managed to correct our error and try to chase down the boats now well up wind of us. The new blade proved to be an excellent sail and we were able to out-point all the other boats. We tried a shortcut by cutting close to hospital point (a risky manuever) into the lighter winds but save so distance and allowed us to finnish without an other tack but at the end we were 10.7 seconds out of first. Oh well we will have to do better next time. Click for race results.

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Race two a Non-starter

While we couldn’t finish the last race the warm-up race for the spring series on the Hampton flats was a non-starter. At 11:00 there was no winds and by 12:00 the race was abandoned. We motored over to where we could see some wind (by the HRBT) and did a little practice sail then sailed home. The wind did fill in as we returned and was 15+ by the time we returned.  Thanks to Rodney Kimannee and Albert (new crew) for there early morning effort to the non-event.

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First Race is a Non-finisher

We started the first race of the session under light winds that only continued to diminish till there was no wind at all.  Earlier in the week Friday promised to be wet cold and windy which had the Race committee wondering if there would be a race but by Friday afternoon the winds were light the sun was bright only the temps were cool. I had thought that a short course would be chosen but to my surprise course 6 for “A” fleet and Course 5 for “B” were chosen not that 5 is not very long (3 nautical miles) but with two up and back manuevers I knew we would have a hard time to complete this course. We started on the Portsmouth side of the line so to get to the mark on one port tack if lucky but the winds headed us and we would have had a better start on the other windier side of the course. Valcore was going to crossed ahead of us so we tacked and we were able to push Valcore up till she had to tack. we reached the first mark first and from there we worked a larger and larger lead over the course. After passing the last mark heading back to the finish the winds died completely the remaining boats Valcore and No Problem caught up but sailed into the same hole we were in and that’s were the race ended a non-finish.  Rodney and Ralph did a great job of keeping Sorellina moving under difficult conditions.

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New Season 2013

A new season starts this week I have changed a few things about the boat lets see how it goes. I will register for the Barnacle series and the CCV spring series this week. Kimannee and Albert (Albert is a student at Hampton University and is from Istanbul Turkey so we will have a very international crew) are going to be there this Friday I haven’t heard from Rodney but I imagine he will come too unless he is sailing his boat.  There is a change to some of the courses this year. I will post the course of each race as a pdf. Click on the HERE  to see a map of race area.

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Second in the Last Race and the Series

Saturday was a beautiful day good winds if a bit gusty at times only problem it was mostly out of the southwest to west southwest so the race was for the most part a reach fest which of course makes it almost impossible for us to beat Heritage. We had a great start and kept up with Valcore for most of the outbound leg of the race. After rounding the mark we needed to sail very close to the wind to clear the piers at Norfolk Southern Lambert’s point. We manage to clear the point but then from there to the end was a reach and with Heritage about a minute or so behind we knew there was no chance for a bullet this day. We did a great job and our second allowed us to drop one of the fourths. Just Rodney and I were racing Rodney’s “secret weapon” was a great help. Oh I just figured out that we avaraged about 6 mile/hr or about or about 5.2 knots and for Sorellina that just about hull speed for 10.3 miles we couldn’t expect more than that!   Click for Fall Regatta results.

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A Second in the Last Friday Race

We tried but only came away with a second. We had a good start and a very good down wind leg we were actually in front of the fleet at the mark. Then on up wind leg on two tacks I just couldn’t get little sister to go and we fell behind. Wiki got ahead too far for us to catch on the other hand Wiki and Sorellina were well ahead of all the other boats so we must have done something correct just no win.  Click to see race results.

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After Disaster we get a Bullet

Well the Gods of yachting must know how to keep up one’s hopes after last weeks weak showing we returned with a vengeance taking first place. We had a good start in a very good position and soon were leading most of the boat in our fleet. The winds switch back and forth from dead down to a reach but we were quick to take advantage of all the shifts so that at the first mark only Wiki Wiki and No Problem (a new boat racing this boat abandon the race later as it had no lights) were a little ahead. We tried to stay out of the strongest current from the out going tide by keeping to the west shore this mostly put us on a port tack up the river.  We got ahead of Wiki and on the first tack we were able to force Wiki to tack as we crossed on starboard. The next crossing we were not so lucky and tack too late and ended up in Wiki’s bad air but we lost only a little time we tacked to clear and in the long run that actually helped us as we cleared the dreaded barge anchored in the course. We were a little behind at the next mark but close enough to most likely to correct over her at that time. After a short down wind to the Hague mark. it was a close hauled to the finnish.  We had to tack once but did a little better at avoiding needing to pinch at the end. Rodney and Kimannee (our newest crew) did an exemplary job of crew work thanks more than I can say. Oh I almost forgot a big thanks to Dave Washbourn skipper of Valcore towed us to the start as our engine (yes the almost new one) was acting up only for us to beat them in the race. Click to see race results.

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What can you Say

Well its now a race to get second or maybe third.  We no longer have a chance at first in the series.  I tried to cover Wiki and that was a mistake Wiki started badly but ended up wining on the other hand we lost we were last well not last but a boat that  just started was behind us.  We had a bad start but not as bad as Heritage but in no time she caught us up how can we compete with a boat that even when sailed bad can keep up and rates so much slower I guess i just don’t know what i am doing. After the first mark we tried to sail above the barge and that was an other mistake as we had to pinch to get around the barge and that slowed us down even more. We were forth out of five so we have no chance to win the championship now. We are now tied for second and the way things are going we will probably not get third. Click for disaster results.

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Third in the Third Race

This race turn out to be a “reach fest” which does not help us but not so good for Wiki wiki either when we started we did not set the barber hauler and fell behind. After we set the barber hauler we were doing much better but nowhere near as well as Heritage or Cannonball! but not to far of Wiki  we kept up on the trip back to mile marker 1 and then got a very helpful lift to the Hauge mark unfortunately we were not in a traffic jam with Valcore, the much slowed down Cannonball! and Heritage so our chance to pass Wiki on time evaporated or should I say smothered. Fortunately for us Heritage corrected over Wiki for first, Wiki second and we were third. Click for race results.

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