Great conditions greeted sailors this past Sunday, March 4th, in the shadow of the one large construction site that our little corner of Eastport has become. San Fransisco sailors would have called it 12-14 with flat water. Most east coast sailors would have called it 16 with puffs to 20 and some chop. Life-long Annapolitans would say it was 30 with waves…
A couple of quick things:
1. Regardless of the breeze, it was flat water, so if your outhaul wasn’t pegged, you made life hard on yourself. When I watch OCR footage or study the habits of the top sailors in other classes, I find that they are always sailing with flatter foots in their main, especially when it is windy. I’m starting to think that it should be a default setting for most flat water conditions like those that we sail in.
2. Upwind technique in breeze: I know what it looks like… I can even do it for 10-12 second bursts. However, I gave up on ease-hike-trim on the first beat and replaced it with ease-sit-pinch-sit-trim-sit. Now you’re thinking, “Yeah, he’s 205 lbs… mostly in that big head!” and you’re right. The truth is that no matter how hard you hiked, you still needed to find a comfortable medium between ease and pinch so that you could keep the boat semi-flat and moving forward. If your boom was consistently hitting the water upwind or you were really slow and high all day, you need to find this compromise.
3. The vang needs to come off before the windward mark. It was so obvious when you didn’t do it, to the point where people would yell at you because you were jamming up the works. I did it once, and I think I’m pretty lucky not to have broken anything. Luke said that if there had been waves, I would have.
4. The cunningham needs to come off down wind! This moves the draft forward and stabilizes the boat for reaches and runs. You want the deepest part of the sail as close to the mast as possible.
5. Weight back off the breeze, especially on the reaches. On the second reach, I was essentially holding the tiller and sitting on the stern.
6. When the boat starts rocking on the runs, TRIM IN THE MAIN!
7. You could pass people by sailing high on the second reach. Especially, if you timed it correctly with a puff and create enough separation to windward that you couldn’t be challenged without causing a capsize. I found that I could always get back down to the mark, so I never had any fear of adding another jibe to the leg.
8. This brings us to leeward mark roundings… Each one I participated in was terrible. Most of my competitors were equally as bad. Three basic trends developed. Jibe right at the mark and flip. Round up around the mark and flip. Round up around the mark with the main all the way out, go into a death roll, and try to save it with desperate main sheet trim. I got nothing for you here folks, I was the worst.. Ease a little vang before the rounding? Wide turns? Better planning?
9. My board was up six-eight inches off the breeze, mainly because it is loose in the trunk and drives the boat too much when its all the way down. Someone smarter than I would know if it was one of the days where it could have helped to be a couple of inches up going upwind. My inclination is to say no, because these boats don’t plane upwind.
Big thanks to the RC! Great races! Big thanks to Ashley Love for chartering me the boat! (Ashley, stop reading the email…) – Chris Brady
Division: Laser (14 boats)
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|3||157905 A||Field, Jack||1||1||6||4||6||1||19||3|
|6||183826||Tan, Robert J.||5||7||5||5||5||6||33||6|
|7||200405 /184472||Parramore, Michael||10||4||7||6||7||7||41||7|
|8||180536||Cold Feet||Cofer, Steven||6||9||9||7||10||8||49||8|
|10||194547||Liana Laser||Caruso, Jeffrey||15/DNS||11||10||10||8||9||63||10|
|11||178857||Second Life||Glass, Adam W||9||8||13||11||15/DNS||15/DNS||71||11|
Division: Laser Radial (2 boats)
|1||191513 (13)||Beigel, Reid||1||1||2||2||2||1||9||1|