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.

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Sun, 03 Nov 2013
IYC Jack and Jill Plus One Regatta 2013
Lucie and Ben Mewes on Georgia
Faster Faster! and Nice Turn

Full size pictures from Georgia of the IYC Jack and Jill Plus One Race 2013 are at the usual place.

Once a year, Island Yacht Club holds a regatta with the requirement of a female skipper, a male crew, and another crew of optional gender. It's a good-natured race up and down the Alameda estuary.

Ben and Lucie Mewes, about to take their Van de Stadt 41 to Mexico, offered me the third slot. I was walking wounded, having very little use of my right hand after a really bad ropeburn from the previous day. So, tactics and main trimming it was.

We sailed non-spinnaker division but did pole the jib out for a while. Georgia is a hard-chine wooden racer and she performs surprisingly well upwind even when loaded down for cruising. We were the scratch boat (fastest in the group, owing in the neighborhood of 100 seconds per mile to the rest).

Our start was excellent with good position and great speed off the line, coming in at the pin end on starboard tack. We then had clear air and set about trying to earn our handicap against the others, with David Ross's Merit 25 Faster Faster!, skippered by Kathy Williamson, close behind.

The wind was light to medium with port tack being the long one each hop back and forth: starboard tack was essentially across the estuary rather than down it so we'd move toward the mark on port and than tack over to starboard when the Oakland shore was too close.

We were quick but not quick enough to get the 4 minute lead we would have needed to stop Faster Faster! from correcting out in front of us. First over the line and second corrected, not bad for Lucie and Ben's house.


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