Nathan's Sailing Blog/Notes
Nathan Bossett is a San Francisco area racer and now cruiser on a variety of boats.
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Mon, 28 Oct 2013
RYC Great Pumpkin 2013 on Marishanna, 28 Oct 2013
Sun, 27 Oct 2013
Elise - Richmond Yacht Club Great Pumpkin 2013 (Saturday)
Sun, 13 Oct 2013
Bay View Boat Club Champion of Champions Regatta 12 Oct 2013
Pictures of Breakout crew and the competition are up as usual.
The three boats which had done well in preceding series:
The rating spread was significant, 114 to 186. The courses were three quick windward leewards to three different leeward marks as the wind rotated over the course of the day. The course was the usual BVBC start/finish line with other fixed buoys as the leeward. The first race just took us up the shoreline. The second and third took us to NAS2 and SC respectively.
Breakout finished 3, 1, 2 for a 2nd place. We didn't have a #1 but the #2 was a reasonable size as the wind built. Being scratch boat by a large margin (needing to finish 5+ minutes ahead each race)tactics consisted mostly of trying to sail the fastest course.
In the first race, we had a poor start and took long enough to catch up on the shortest course we had very little chance of doing well even a few minutes into the race. The second and third races we pulled it together and had a longer leeward leg to gain through spinnaker work and windward leg to gain by playing current/wind. As always, the push back to the finish mark near the gray ships is a tough call in current and variable winds.Sat, 05 Oct 2013
Elise's Tiburon Yacht Club Shorthanded Races, Oct 5 2013
Pics are here including a shot of the woodie rounding the windward mark and a few great scenic shots (the "fire" on the Berkeley hills from reflections during a sunset and a nice shot of a schooner)
Tiburon Yacht Club hosts an annual shorthanded event consisting of two races, one doublehanded (or SH) and one singlehanded. I sailed both singlehanded.
Elise was "the sportboat" in a group of boats spanning a variety of performance characteristics including weight, waterline, etc. We had a larger, relatively old sloop, a couple of smaller sloops, and a beautiful cold-molded wood custom from the 70's.
The wind for both races was light but very sailable at the start and then dropped to drifter conditions. Having a spinnaker made all of the difference in the first race as I'd blown the start by misreading the course and preparing to start in the wrong direction. In either race, I was the only one who hoisted but the "downwind" in the second race was such a tight reach that hoisting was of marginal benefit if that.
Elise corrected out well ahead in the first race and by a minute and a half in the second. The first course was up to windward (ISO), then down the near edge of the channel (GRC) and back. It was shortened to end at the GRC mark rounding. The second race was ISO to the TYC mark and back, shortened to end at the TYC mark. Key to doing well was staying way left on the upwind, avoiding the steadily mounting ebb. Just judging from wind direction, I probably overstood by a quarter mile or more but by the time the current and decreasing wind were done with me it turned out to be only 30 yards- a price well worth paying. The boats which didn't go that far left stalled out in inferior wind trying to claw their way up against a bad current.
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