Nathan's Sailing Blog/Notes


Sailing and related topics, SF Bay and beyond.



Nathan Bossett is a San Francisco area racer and now cruiser on a variety of boats.

This blog will evolve in form over time. It's intended to preserve a blog format while keeping subjects/tags intact for sort/search. For now, the minimalist cms bloxsom is an excellent fit.

  • CSS instead of tables
  • links by month
  • cleaner spacing on pics/text

Wed, 27 Aug 2014
Oakland Yacht Club Sweet Sixteen 2014-08-27
Wyliecat 30 Green Onions, Oakland Yacht Club Sweet Sixteen
Kit Wiegman, Steve Douglass, Oakland Yacht Club Sweet Sixteen
J124 Spirit of Freedom Oakland Sweet Sixteen

The second-to-last race in the Oakland Yacht Club Sweet 16 for 2014 featured lighter but steady breeze and an early sunset. Back on Cassiopia after a week hiatus sailing nonspinnaker on sistership Renaissance, we raced slightly shorthanded against a mixed group.

The boat we had to do well against was Wyliecat 30 Green Onions, which handed us a few defeats earlier in the series. The other Wyliecat, Whirlwind, missed a few races and suffered in the standings for that. We had managed to finish consistently ahead of the Santana 34 Choices which also owed us time.

On a spinnaker-carrying sloop, we were glad to see that the conditions favored the use of our spinnaker downwind. Some of the previous races had been reach parades in which the extra sail area we're handicapped for didn't come into meaningful play.

Given the shorter days in the later part of the season, the race was only a single windward-leeward lap. Choices and Green Onions managed an early lead but we were able to hold our own up the windward leg, passing Choices 2/3 of the way up to the windward mark mainly on trim and boathandling. We've been carrying our boom slightly higher and leech slightly looser than in the past after a tuning session with Sylvain of UK sails.

The downwind was deep enough that we were able to run beneath Green Onions and pass her boat for boat. After that, we stretched out on everyone and finished minutes ahead boat for boat even though we were owed significant time.

A great evening on the water in the waning part of summer: gentle breeze and warm air.

(Pic of Spirit of Freedom inlcuded because of the sunset- they were racing in a different division)

Wed, 20 Aug 2014
Oakland Yacht Club Sweet Sixteen 2014-08-20
Islander 36 Renaissance Steve Douglass Mara Guttman
OYC Sweet 16 Sunset from Islander 36 Renaissance

OYC's Sweet Sixteen evening series is a great way to unwind mid-week. Our normal ride, Kit Wiegman's Islander 36 Cassiopia, was taking the week off while Kit was away. Rather than spend the evening dry, we took out sister ship Renaissance (aka "The House").

Rather than sail spinnaker division against dissimilar boats such as Wyliecats, we elected to sail non-spinnaker against another Islander 36, Sabre 34, and some similar things.

We started mid-line with good speed and position. We stretched out boat for boat out on everyone, including the Jenneau 409 which owed us almost a minute per mile. On the last windward leg he eventually caught us boat for boat, but we still won by a minute on corrected time.

Sat, 16 Aug 2014
Drake's Bay Cruise (same weekend as YRA race there) 2014-08-18
Steve Douglass after anchoring Islander 36 Renaissance
ID 35 Dark and Stormy and Express 37 Elan finishing YRA Drake's Bay Race 2014

San Francisco YRA runs an annual race to Drake's Bay. This year, instead of racing, Steve Douglass and I cruised his Islander 36 Renaissance up to Drake's Bay and camped. The race on Saturday is from Corinthian Yacht Club to Drake's Bay, honoring the Duxbury Reef marker. From Duxbury Reef on, the breeze was very light and we motored the last 16 miles or so. Pictured are a few of the earlier finishers (ID 35 Dark and Stormy and Express 27 Elan in extremely light air approaching the finish.

We rafted up with some friends from an Express 37 (Elan) and a Dogpatch 26 (Moonshine). Good fun and food.

At night, the USCG had authorized the group to fire off flares as a practice. We didn't have any but just watched the show. Unfortunately, one landed in the dry grass of the hillside and burned a big ring of grass. No serious damage though.

We got some good views of wildlife- but too far out for cellphone pictures. Harbor dolphins, a very close-up view of a sunfish, a dogfish, and on Sunday a whale that just kept breeching every 10 or 20 seconds for minutes.

Red Phosphorous Sun


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