Friday, July 07, 2006

Summer Series 2006 Race 1 Results

The data and analysis for the race is posted here for the Summer Series Race 1.

Overall a good race. Looking back at the data and analyzing the race things were good. Major issues were the start sequence. The wind was medium to heavy at times and unlike class races where the course is perpendicular to the wind the line was skewed to the mark and wind so it is difficult to reach back and forth down the line to keep an eye on signals and the committee boat.

I think we may try dropping the jib and mulling around near the committee boat for the first start and time our start sequence from the second start which should be a 15 minute window. Once the timer is set in clear view of the committee boat we should be able to focus on pre-race positioning.

The first 2 legs were great and most of the third leg. The killer was the current at mark 3. I cut it too close and did not allow room for current or error. The wind died or we were shadowed and lost power to steer. Ended up trying to launch the spinnaker from the wrong side and it got tangled. It took some time to recover. But the last leg we rallied and fought back. Ended up way back in pack but a good overall effort.

I will try to post on mark roundings. Wide and tight to the mark, a good tactical rounding. I need to review and burn it into my brain. I should review with the tactitian as well so we are both on the same page when approaching the mark..

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Local Knowlege Pays Off

Just working on the race data sheet for Summer series race 1. Great night overall except for the last mark! Our best race boat speed and trim wise overall yet but fell short at the windward mark #3 where I tried to take the mark too tight and ended up having to tack. This shortfall caused a whole series of events with the spinnaker, which ended up putting us at the back of the pack.

Telling our story at the bar after the race seemed to get the same reaction from most of the sailors. The conversations went pretty much like this:

RACERS: "So how did you do tonight?"

US: "everything was going great till we hit mark 3. misjudged the mark and ended up drifting too close and tacked in circles to avoid it"

EACH AND EVERY RACER: "yeah been there and done that. The current on 3 is killer when there is a North wind. You have to give yourself plenty of room then extra."

Seems asthough it is common knowledge for those who have sailed the course for years. I seem to recall a couple races last year and one this year that we did the same thing. Now I have that marked burned into my brain and know there is nasty nasty current there.

Lesson learned!! (Again!) WIll post the results as soon as I can. may not be till weekend.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Summer Series 2006 Race 1 preparation Stage 2

A quick check on shows that even though the wind is NW it is changing direction in between lakes and coming backup SSW. So this should be the trend for the race. Looks like at present 7 knot winds. Winds may be a bit less than forecast due to wind backing in. No hard data to support the theory yet but working on it.

Radar shows some showers and cells forming. Depending on winds we may get a bit of rain. Accuweather is calling for showers at 4:00 pm.

Summer Series 2006 Race 1 preparation Stage 1

Weather for the first race of the summer series looks good. Indications are oscillating breeze NW to NNW and back to NW. Winds seem really good at 25km/hr. Should be a nice sail.

Things to look for tonight will be where the leaders go on a North wind. My predictions are a 2:1:2:1 course with the windward mark being the toughest due to wind shadow.

Will take a look at (new site for weather). This site has some great features and is geared to sailors.