Nic Bogren got some great photos of PRSA frostbiting on the 15th.
January 1, 2017
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|22||TBD||Robert Young||Harpers Ferry||23/DNS||23/DNC||23/DNC||23/DNC||92|
We had a successful inaugural Corsica River Yacht Club Spring Regatta this past Sunday. The only thing that did not work out as planned was the wind. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day but we had a steadily dying Easterly that after two races fighting the building thermal became too unstable to run a decent race. Unlike the annual regatta where we race in the Chester, we ran this event in the Corsica itself going back to the roots of the club in the 1930’s. The two races we were able to run were a nice 30 minute length windward/leeward course with the leeward mark in Middle Quarter Cove and the windward mark up near Ship Point giving us about a .75 NM windward leg. Easterly is a strange, and luckily uncommon, breeze on the Corsica. On Saturday night we also had the closest full moon to the earth of 2012 which created a decent current in the Corsica which in turn impacted people’s tactical decisions. The Corsica rarely sees currents strong enough to significantly influence sailing.
We had great attendance with 14 sailors from six different clubs, 2 Laser Districts (10 and 11), and four states. Mike Schmidt of MRSA and Jacques Kerrest of PRSA both sailed fast and alternated first and second in both races with Mike winning the tie-breaker to take the regatta. Full results along with some great pictures (taken by a veritable paparazzi of photographers) will be posted soon on www.CRYC.org.
After the sailing everyone headed in for plenty of food and drinks and enjoyed a lovely Spring day. Thank you very much to all who attended and supported our regatta. The inaugural Spring Regatta exceeded my expectations thanks to your support and hopefully we can make this an annual event (so please put it on your calendar). Thanks to the CRYC membership for putting on a great show with plenty of support people and boats and much appreciated food and drink, including cupcakes particularly appreciated by Jane Schmidt and Rich Parolski, amongst others.
Hopefully see you all at the CRYC Annual Regatta July 28th-29th, when we expect to be sailing out in the open water of the Chester River.
Photo by Kelly Snavely
Lasers near the Regan Aiport with the Washington Monument in the background by Eric Petersen
The day started out cloudy but by the last race the sun was out. The wind was from the north as predicted but the velocity was more than predicted. The was some hiking involved and surfing of waves downwind due to the current. Tim Zimmerman and Eric Petersen set up a triangle and ran all different races like last week. The course was set towards the Virginia side of the river with the jibe mark set inline with the end of the runway. Only thirteen boats came out to sail, our lowest turnout of the season.
The little bro dominated the day throwing out a second place on the day. That makes me the first loser for the second straight week and Len was in third for a second straight week. See scores below.
Thanks to Eric Petersen for blowing the whistles, I forgot the ollie at home.
We sail again this Sunday. See you then.
Eric Petersen has posted some photos here.
PRO Tim Zimmerman has posted a playlist of start videos.
Last Saturday the PRSA Laser fleet was out sailing their spring regatta. Aaron Boesenecker has posted a gallery of photos which can be seen here.
Photographer Stephen Boling was at the District 11 Championship Regatta at FBYC a couple weeks ago and has posted his photos from Sunday. Check them out and if you see any you like, please make a purchase.
Special thanks to Robert and his father for running the races and providing the scores quickly. I did the scores by hand so there will be some races where you might have had a DNS or DNF that I have supplanted that notation with a number. Looked like a great day on the water and I am sorry I missed it but there is next week. It was very close at the top with Tim Zimmerman taking the honors for the second time this year with Dave Teale only two tenths back. We had one sort of new comer in a familiar boat which was Mike Heinsdorf in Jen Parrow’s boat.
Here is a synopsis for Robert:
It was a fun day. I chatted on shore with a few skippers about whether they’d like to sail in the river or in the cove, and the majority voted for the cove. With the winds SSW and in an attempt to make the largest course possible, dad and I set a triangle course in the cove with the windward mark close to the restaurant. We set the leeward mark as close to the airport as the depth of the water would allow and then anchored midway between these marks. Winds were consistent and we did not adjust the marks throughout the day. With winds 13-20mph, it took only two minutes for the first boat to round the windward mark after a start, which is fairly brief but no one openly complained to us. We ran Olympic courses and windward/leeward twice around. In one race, one boat was over the start line but corrected himself. In another race, 3 boats were over early and all corrected themselves. There were no general recalls. We observed several flipped boats throughout the day but no one needed assistance. After seven races, the first skipper asked if we were finished for the day but it was then observed that if we sailed 8 races, it would be a record (I don’t know if this is true) so we sailed one more. I believe all the boats were back on shore around 2:45p, well within the 3:30p NOR deadline. No protests were filed with us, but we saw several boats doing circles. The 16ft boat ran smoothly. It shouldn’t need gas for the next few weeks as I topped off the gas canister before racing.
And the Winner’s Write-Up from Tim Zimmerman:
Sunday was a fantastic frostbiting day, with a decent sailing breeze and a nice mix of courses from the RC. It could hardly have been shiftier, so it was the kind of day where you could be over early, restart, and somehow find yourself back at the front a few legs later. That means there was a lot of luck involved, so I can’t claim to have very much wisdom about what worked since I’m still scratching my head. Here are a few observations, though, which may or may not square with others’ impressions.
1) It was a short beat, so anyone who got off the start well, sailing in clean air, was going to be in a decent spot at the windward mark.
2) On the beat, there seemed to be good pressure coming out of the marina channel on the right, though waves of pressure would sometimes roll in on the left, coming up the channel from the river. On balance, though, right seemed to pay more often. That meant starting near the boat (which was slightly favored, I think), was a triple advantage: favored end, ability to tack out to the right. starboard tack advantage on a short beat. The left could work if you were lucky enough to sail into one of those waves of pressure rolling in from the river.
3) The windward mark was up under the shoreline of the marina, which meant that it was VERY shifty on the approach, and often the wind went light at the mark. So on the final approach it seemed important to tack frequently, if necessary, to stay on the favored tack. And picking the starboard layline was a challenge, and with each race I got more and more conservative, tacking when I seemed well overstood (and even then sometimes finding I had to shoot the mark).
4) On the Olympic course reaches it paid to stay high, rather than try to get down inside the fleet, because the high boats would catch any pressure rolling in from the river first.
5) On the runs for the W/L courses I often gybed immediately after rounding the windward mark to get inside and stay left (looking downwind) on the top part of the run to benefit from the steadier pressure coming out of the marina channel. Down the run though, I would start to work back to the right as much as I could while staying inside the fleet, because past the start line the pressure came more often from that side (the river side) of the course.
Photo above by Nabeel Alsalam and more can be seen here.
Nabeel Alsalam posted this video of one of the starts:
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