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

Fri, 17 Oct 2014
Richmond Yacht Club (RYC) Interclub Oct 11, 2014

Richmond hosted this iteration of the Interclub series. Wysiwyg the Olson 30 was out with a bunch of regulars and me as pickup crew.

We won the start with perfect timing at the Committee boat end. Unfortunately, we popped the spinnaker on the second downwind and, on handicap, didn't do well for the race.

Still, some great crew work by the group in puffy conditions. Thanks to Hendrik for hosting.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Richmond Yacht Club Wednesday Night
Richmond Yacht Club Wednesday Night fleet
Hendrik Bruhns and David on Olson 30 Wysiwyg
Terry White on Olson 30 Wysiwyg

In spring/summer, Richmond Yacht Club hosts a series of Wednesday evening races. They're informally conducted and mainly a chance to unwind followed by dinner.

We took Hendrik and Colin's Olson 30 Wysiwyg out and had several Express 27's and a few heavier boats to compete against in our group. The course was from the RYC breakwater out to Southampton Shoal and back.

We flew a #3 the whole way but would have been better off with a #1 for the first 15 minutes or so along the Richmond shore. The #3 was the appropriate choice for most of the upwind, though. Compared to the other boats nearby, we had a much better handle on trimming the boat up versus last time. We also had a clean spinnaker set and gybes.

I'm not sure what the scoring system was but we were one of the first few boats back. Nice evening!

Wysiwyg, Olson 30, finishing
RYC Wednesday Night races at sunset
Sat, 05 Apr 2014
Richmond Yacht Club Interclub Series #1
fire in Marin
henrik bruhns, Linda, and Ethan on Olson 30 Wysiwyg
Janne Bruhns

Hendrik took us out for the first RYC interclub of the season on his and Colin Moore's Olson 30 Wysiwyg. We had a fresh bottom job and a mixed PHRF fleet which included another Olson 30 to play with.

The event started out with a blaze (on the horizon, over near Marin) but our final result was less exciting. We had trouble pointing and with boatspeed upwind. Downwind, we were only a little faster than the Hawkfarm in our division- not enough to earn our handicap.

Light to medium air and a mostly out of the current course should have made it easy to get together. We should take a serious look at mast rake and tune. This was the boat's first race other than casual weeknight events in several years so it may take a little while to shake off the dust.

Linda and Ethan


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