Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013 Easter Frostbite

Sunday, March 31, 2013

AM Lasers & Vanguards - Wind 255 at 12-15 knots.

There were 5 racers for each fleet. Tim M was the RO.  There were 3 races for the lasers and 5 races for the Vanguards. The last race for each class was finished upwind successfully.

PM Sonar Races - Wind  265-275 at 18-22 knots.

Four boats raced in the PM session and four races were conducted. First warning was delayed 11 minutes due to no racers on the course. Today's race officer was Nick B.  There was a time during the 3rd race that the remaining races were almost abandoned due to sustained winds nearing 25 knots.  One of the sonars tipped during the final race but was able to regain control without race committee assistance.

Tom K is recognized for advising the RO on the proper race distances for the Sonars race.

Tuesday, March 26 - RO and Mark Setters Roundtable

Tuesday, March 26 - RO and Mark Setters Roundtable

16 people gathered for a two hour discussion of best practices and expectations for the coming season.  We had to use two round tables.

We heard reports from the NOOD at San Diego, Eastern Yacht Club in Massachusetts, Charleston Race Week and the Sailing World Cup in Miami.  Many details were discussed and ideas shared.  Several examples made it clear that it's important to know your fleet and to get input from the sailors.

Rick L. presented some details on the courses that will be used for the RYF series this summer.  There are many options and we will discuss some tools for Race officers at our next gathering, April 17.
     Janet B.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Icebreaker, Day 2 March 24

Racing started on time today.  The temps stayed about 32 and the wind got wind up to 18 from the northeast, creating a chop in the harbor.  The wind moved from side to side and there was no point chasing it, according to the Race Officer, Dick S.  Karen's feet were cold and John said he was fine, because his beard kept him warm.  There was only one capsize all day

Mike L is recognized for his work setting marks, particularly for anticipating the changes and getting them done quickly.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Icebreaker, March 23, 2013

Skippers' Meeting at 9:00 followed by postponement for Ice Breaking.  After trial and error, the most effective method proved to be doing donuts in the open water, making waves to break and move the ice out of the way.

Geese on Ice by JC Baxter 
 Argo the Ice Breaker by L Lynch
Argo by T. Shambrook
Bob J is recognized for his driving skills and for having fun ignoring the no wake rules for the harbor.

About 11 am ten teams began racing in the harbor.  Temps in the mid 30's, both water and air.  Winds were north, about 5 to 7 kts.  Each team has two divisions that alternate, so no one except the Race Committee and Safety Boats had to say out too long in the cold.  Spectating was excellent from the clubhouse.

They sailed until after 6pm when the sun went behind the buildings and it got colder.  The RC (Dick S PRO) moved the course when the breeze went easterly and after 18 races called it a day.

Sun, March 17, 2013 St Pat's Frostbite

Sunday, March 17, 2013
photo by C Nevel

AM Sonar- Winds NE, 18-22 kts, 4‘ seas
4 boats left the harbor.  The start was delay due to RC challenges.  3 boats started and finished the first race, then several of the boats chose to retire due to cold crew members and racing was wrapped up.  RC made note to try to ensure on time starting to avoid competitors getting tired and cold.
    Sam V

AM Laser- inside harbor

4 boats, 2 tipped over
   Tom K

Afternoon-Sonar and 420
Conditions on the lake were not friendly so the sonars sailed in the harbor with the 420s. This led to some interesting starts, roundings and finishes.  We also found that there are some shallow objects in the harbor near the docks on the southwest side of the harbor.  One of the sonars hit this and had to go back in, luckily for them, there was an extra boat to swap out with.  Overall the sonars got 5 races and the 420s got 3 races in.  It was a fun day on the water!
  John H

The sun came out in the afternoon.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Art K’s performance docking Argo was noted.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 Frostbite

Cancelled due to ice!