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.

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Sat, 04 Oct 2014
Islander 36 Nationals, Oct 4 2014
Cassiopia crew Islander 36 Nationals, Dan Primus, Jason 
Murray, Dave Barclay, Mara Guttman, Nathan Bossett
serenity islander 36 eric mueller serge zavarin
Islander 36 windward mark

Full size images at Smugmug.

Golden Gate Yacht Club hosted the 2014 Islander 36 Nationals. We had a pretty good turnout of 8 boats. I was on Kit Wiegman's Cassiopia. I've also sailed with Eric Mueller who brought his Serenity up from the South Bay looking sharp after her extended refit. We had an experienced crew of (besides Kit) Dan Primus, Mara Guttman, Jason Murray, Dave Barclay, and I. Though theoretically one design, the fleet does handicapping based on type of propeller and jib size. We were in the group with the fastest rating, owing many of the other boats time.

The wind was so light that we didn't even get our own postponement; we had to sit there watching the postponement that belonged to the event using the race deck before our committee. After lunch, the breeze picked up fairly suddenly to fun and warm light/medium conditions.

The first race was a triangular Central Bay tour: upwind from the GGYC to Blackaller on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge, then over to Hardingg Rock, down to Blossom Rock, and back up to finish. We had a slightly slow start and a bit of difficulty finding our upwind groove. Thereafter, we pulled out, were ahead by the windward mark after a nice layline call, and ultimately won by two minutes or so corrected.

The second race was a windward-leeward course between Blackaller and the Fort Mason buoy. In the event of a tied event, there would have been a third race. Solution: win the second race too.

Renaissance Islander 36 Steve Douglass islander 36
Wed, 03 Sep 2014
Oakland Yacht Club Sweet Sixteen 2014-09-03
Wyliecat 30 Green Onions, Oakland Yacht Club Sweet Sixteen

This Wednesday was the final race of the 2014 OYC Sweet Sixteen. On Cassiopia, Kit Wiegman's Islander 36, we were in the lead for the series by a few points. The principal competition (a pair of Wyliecats) were the main concern, but so long as we didn't lose to Green Onions by more than a few places we had the series in hand.

The conditions were great for a conclusion to the evening and series: warm and 7-10kts at peak. The course was a windward leeward with a subsequent jog in past the tip of Government Island, finishing back at OYC.

Our trim was good in spite of some sailhandling issues. The downwind was generally a broad to tight reach rather than a deep run and we were slightly faster than the Wylies boat for boat, more so downwind than upwind. We managed to keep our bow out in front even though they owe us significant time. Gun, series, dinner on a beatiful evening.

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)


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