Wow, these kids really know how to get it done. Check out these optimists in action:
Well it was certainly a better race on Sunday than the first one. BMW/Oracle (AKA Dogzilla) won the start by 24 seconds, but then the two boats split tacks. Allinghi went right and B/O went left. The Swiss guessed right and a huge right shift helped them to an early lead. That lead extended to about 6oo meters, and they held on to that almost all the way to the Windward mark. B/O hung on though, and helped by a late left shift caught up at the port side layline. The two boats crossed at the layline with Allinghi in front by a couple of boat lengths. However they had to overstand the mark a bit, and then had a really slow sloppy tack which let Dogzilla squeak out in front. B/O rounded the mark 28 seconds in front of Allinghi and turned on the afterburners. They took off like a rocket and never looked back. B/O won the race by almost 6 minutes to bring the Auld Cup back to America where it belongs.
One interesting side bar: Prior to the race, Bertarelli (Allinghi’s owner) decided he did not like the conditions and ordered his RC crew to refuse to start the race. At his instruction they “went on strike”. The ISAF PRO was ready for this kind of Shenanigans and pressed one observer and a rent-a-cop into service to help him raise flags and get the race going. The PRO counted down the time manually as the Bertarelli paid RC team looked on. POOR SHOW on the Swiss! Find the full story here:
Here is a video clip of the winners:
BMW Oracle Racing (BMO) won in two straight races — one on Wednesday, one yesterday (Sunday), in light-to-moderate winds, sailing far ahead of Alinghi in both races. Race 2 was an equilateral triangle, 13 NM on a side, with marks rounded to starboard. Here is a link to more information, where you can see streaming video replays of the racing. Race 2 reruns start every three hours today — at 0700; 1000; 1300; 1600; and 1900 ET. Here is the link for the video feed. Note the video rerun feeds are somewhat off the above schedule — at 0730 this morning for example we saw the A/P flag come down, which would be about 10 minutes before the start. You can see BMO achieving 33 kts on the reach leg. See boats round the gybe mark at 2:15 after the start.
Team Allinghi is licking their wounds tonight after getting absolutely thrashed by BMW/Oracle in the first race. I was able to watch today and both boats were incredibly fast – sometimes topping out at over 26 knots of boat speed in just 8 knots of wind! It seemed to me, however, that B/O’s Wing mainsail is a technological game changer like we have not seen since the winged keel of 1983, and the race almost as lopsided as the catamaran vs. the 90′ keelboat Cup races of 1988. The B/O boat has speed and pointing ability to spare. The commentators kept saying that once the boats came around the windward mark and turned down wind that Allinghi would catch up by being able to sail deeper and faster due to its lighter weight, but it sure did not turn out that way. If anything B/O was even faster, leaving Allinghi far astern and beating them by about 2 miles and almost 15 minutes! Allinghi had better find some mojo if they hope to compete with the Americans in the next race. Here is a video short from team Allinghi talking about the days racing. Enjoy:
We had a great Sunday sailing last week. Near perfect frostbite conditions… Temps were in the 30F’s, sun was shining and the wind was blowing (a little light though…). Fourteen people came out and we had seven races in the cove.
Robert took these videos from the RC boat.
OK, I know I’ve had a lot of Lightning stuff up here, so its time to share the wealth with our other classes. This week its the Hobies turn. There is some great Hobie Cat racing footage here. Check it out. Enjoy:
Found this on Youtube as usual. Some good footage from Lansing Michigan’s Tune Up Regatta. Check out the guy who hits the pin on a start and keeps on going! Winds reported as NW12-20 kts. Enjoy.
I found this pretty cool video of Sean Fidler sailing a race from 2008 @ Pontiac Yacht Club. The video picks up during the start sequence and continues as he sails the first windward leg. Like the Skip Dieball Vids, the camera is mounted to the tiller, so catches all the action from the back of the boat. I’m going to have to try this next season on my boat. Enjoy:
Sorry for the delay in getting this video footage put together. I got kind of slammed this week. I managed to get starts on races 2-4, and the leeward roundings on races 1 – 4 before running out of tape, not to mention feeling a little like a popsicle. Caught two racers hitting the leeward mark, one of whom took his turn, the other did not. In defence of the racer who did not, it is also clear in the video that he had no idea he had hit the mark, so I guess he gets a pass on that one. We report, you decide! Enjoy:
**Don’t forget to hit the “Full Screen” button, second one from the lower right in the player. Its HD!
A tentative 2010 PRSA racing calendar is available for your review. See http://www.potomacriversailing.org/results/2010/index.htm.