Friday, August 18, 2006

J/24 Polar Diagram

I manage to get my hands on a very old polar diagram noting VMG and optimum beat and run angles. I cleaned it up and posted it here for anyone who wants it. I have seen a number of searches and people on forums trying to find one.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Little Feel Good

So I have been feeling a bit tense about the whole few incidents lately. Thought I would check the web out for something that would make me feel a bit better. Found it. Compiled a few shots that made me smile and be thankful that we were not in them. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Shaken not Stirred

Need to get back on the horse so t speak. Two collisions in 10 day span....pretty nerve racking. I had tremendous hesitation on Sunday from shaken confidence. I know things happen in racing, and i need to get back in the saddle and find the edge again. The little part of you that takes the extra risk (albeit calculated).

I need to focus on the race. I had planned on going down later but will head out for the club now and spend some time tidying up the boat from the weekend to try and get my head in the right place.


Very tough weekend at CORK. Another collision (this time not my fault, although the boat as a whole needs to be more vigilant about where the competitors are at all times). Overall an amazing weekend. Tough in the sense of trailing the pack each time was difficult emotionally. The crew gave a huge effort all around.

The first race we did horribly. DFL! and DNF! Time limit restriction on the race scoring. The second race was a disaster as well. Primarily upwind we did not have the boat speed. The crew scrambled to analyze the other boats and try and find out the differences between the boats. What were we doing differently. We had tangled spinnaker issues again. It seems as though the takedown was the culprit again. To remedy this we re-flaked on the upwind.

The third race was even more of a disaster. We bailed after spinnaker issues again.

The fourth race of the day however, after re-grouping and analyzing saw us at the back of the pack but much closer to the fleet then ever before. We were having a really good race. The second upwind leg, mid course we tacked to starboard and checked the and planned our approach to the layline on the next tack. We were lifted and tried to get as much out of it as possible.

I heard a loud "Oh F_ck" and looked in my jib window. I saw a bow number about 15-20 feet out. I had to process which way they were going and try and make a split second decision. I chose to bear away and ended up t-boning another boat.

No serious bodily injuries (a good thing considering). My thanks go out to the organizers of CORK and to Boat Services Kingston and Ross Cameron for having Nillo (an amazing craftsman) work through the night to get us both back on the water for Sunday.

I am waiting on pictures now of the weekend and will post as I get them in.