Today was a gorgeous day for the last day of the season. We had a nice southerly ranging from 8-12. The breeze was relatively steady. We were able to get off 4 races each around 40 min log.
2015 Fall Series 8 – Albacores
2015 Fall Series 8 – Buccaneers
2015 Fall Series 8 – I20s
2015 Fall Series 8 – Lightnings
2015 Fall Series 8 – Multihulls
Sunday was a tough day sailing. The sail out to the course was nice with the exception of the super low tide. Just prior to the first race starting, the wind shut off and gave a drifting race where we sailed the various wind lines that would come through the course. After the first race, we drifted for a bit and it looked like the wind was going to fill in. The wind only held for the first leg of the race. Then it was a battle of finding the micro puffs that could not be seen on the water and fighting the incoming tide. It was probably the most tidal current going up the river I have seen. Thanks to Jeff for managing to get off 2 races.
2015 Fall Series 7 – Albacores
2015 Fall Series 7 – Lightnings
2015 Fall Series 7 – Multihulls
Today was an interesting day on the water. The first race was light air out of the west and the breeze ended up doing a 180 in the last bit of the race providing an additional windward rounding for us. After drifting for a bit, the wind finally filled in with 5-10 from the north. We were able to get 2/3 more races off for the classes. These were quite nice. And the wind picked up even more to about 15 on the sail home providing some fun planing conditions!
A brief thought on the sailing today was that the races were about 30 minutes long and in my opinion that makes having a good start worth about 30% of the race (which leads to being able to do what you want on the first upwind leg). The starts today all had a pin favor that I believe proved to provide a good head start in all my races.
Kudos goes out to Frank and his team on RC for getting off races with the tricky conditions at the beginning of the day!
2015 Fall Series 5 – Albacores
2015 Fall Series 5 – Buccaneers
2015 Fall Series 5 – Lightnings
2015 Fall Series 5 – Multihulls