The wind turned out to be great last Sunday, with easy-but-not-light wind with manageable-but-still-fun puffs. Thank you to the Race Committee, their windward-leeward courses work nicely and the line was plenty long. Today was my first new day with the Intensity version of the MKII sail. It likely helped but boat speed but like others I think it will take some getting used to..
My first and last race were my worst and this was all related to the starts. The first race I was over early then in the last race i got burred at the start. I’ve always found starts to be critical. More important to be on the starting line with clear air than at the favored end. If you can work out being on the favored end with clear air this is awesome, and I think this lead to one of my few bullets this season.
Downwind there was a great deal of bunching up leading to intense mark roundings. After racing there was discussion that this is caused when the wind is medium with some gusts. The boats behind can catch up with the gusts, then the boats in front are blocked and can’t pull away. Being bunched at the mark can lead to lots of confusion and rule arguing. If I’m outside with a large group I like to give extra room (more than required) to get separation both going around the mark and after. Sometimes boats inside at these rounds will come off worse given the clump of boats they are now in after the mark.
Upwind it was mildly shifty so working the shifts and puffs was important, but so is pointing which is where I was trying to focus. Keeping the boat on the wind seemed to work
for me today. I also work hard to keep the boat flat in the puffs. Getting more than ~10 degrees of heel will really slow the boat down. I managed to pass someone when I kept the boat flat in a puff.
Lastly I want to remind everyone we are planning on racing this weekend. We’ve got RC but we are still looking for a helper.