Sunday’s racing was challenging to say the least with wind shifts and pressure that was not consistent across the race coarse. In conditions like these you really have to keep your head out of the boat and monitor the other boats across the course. You need to be aware if you are on the favorable tack and on the proper side of the coarse. It seemed that the first few minutes after the start could make or break your place at the windward mark. I really was conscious of keeping myself positioned with boats that were in better wind(direction and strength) than others. Down wind huge gains or losses we’re made if you managed to be in the breeze the difficulty was the side it came from was inconsistent which meant to me constantly looking back.
I made a few big mistakes like being over early two times and capsizing to windward when the wind disappeared momentarily in race 4 but made back several places with boat speed. It seemed important to get clear air and work on finding the flat water groove. I was two-blocked whenever the wind was over 5 knots although this isn’t supposed to be fast with a Radial, and listening to the helm when the boat asked to inch up to windward a bit. Upwind I mostly followed shifts up the middle since you could be left out to dry on either side. Downwind, the north side of the course was almost always faster. Dorian went by me twice over there so later in the day I tried to be farthest left, sailing ridiculously far away from the rhumb line, duking it out for that position and it paid for me as it did for her. There were better puffs on the north side and maybe some swells from the Severn to ride downwind. For several races the finish line mark was way favored so the race was to that mark, definitely not to the boat end. The huge left shift in the middle of the day occurred before one of our starts and was very entertaining. Most of us got disoriented and were over early. Kudos to the RC for calling out numbers and allowing us to restart. May we be so lucky as to have a few more nice sailing days this frostbiting season!
Division: Laser (12 boats)
|1||183826||Tan, Robert J.||4||1||1||2||2||3||3||16.00||1|
|8||180536||Cold Feet||Cofer, Steven||9||8||8||3||11||8||9||56.00||8|
|11||152989 (3889)||Wanda||Futcher, JR||13/NoFin||13/NoFin||10||9||7||10||11||73.00||11|
Division: Laser Radial (7 boats)
|3||191513 (13)||Beiger, Read||4||3||4||5||2||2||3||23.00||3|
|5||153006||Flight Risk||Westphal, Sandy||6||4||5||1||4||6||6||32.00||5|
|(1)||Scoring System is ISAF Low Point 2009-2012|