Our first day of frostbite racing in the new year was a great one - 24 boats on the line, sunshine, brisk but not bone-chilling, and 6 races completed despite two postponements! The breeze was heavier than expected, gusting over 20 knots at times. Without reefs in, the R-19's were screaming around the racecourse. Saturday's conditions were on the edge of [Courageous Sailing's] reefing territory, so the Rhodes were about as loaded up as we'll let them get before shortening sail. Results will show Mark Lindsay and Jim Watson handily taking first for the day with 11 points, followed by Bryan Lee and Rob Breslin (26 pts), Chris Palmieri (28 pts), and Marston Brand at 31.2 pts.
This coming Saturday is forecast to be mid to high 40's, cloudy, and light at 5 kts S. Be prepared to obsess over the being on the line with speed at go and having perfect light-wind keelboat tacks.
>Here's a quick article on tacking keelboats.
Heres a video of a Thistle doing a sweet roll tack, and by video I mean a set of slides with a ridiculous soundtrack - but the Boomshakalaka crew does a masterful job of snapping their boat through a tack. The three crew members are impressively synced up.
Internal view of thistle tacking.
Here is a Melges 20 gently finessing their hull through some light breeze, with the utmost attention paid to crew weight in the boat. The team delicately transfers their weight, fully aware that the smallest roll to windward at the wrong moment could kill their momentum.
In each of these clips, check out the skipper's tiller position through each point of the tack. Watch it over and over and over again. Then practice using two chairs and baseball bat. Then come down on Saturday and practice in the boat on the way out to the course. We'll try to get some video of tacks and throw the clips online.
Last week Albert brought some very tasty vegetarian chili. Unfortunately our meat chili suffered a mishap, so we were low on food. Please sign up for this coming weekend!
bowls (perhaps something like this to help prevent spillage?)
bread / rolls
(Or whatever you feel like making/buying/bringing!)
As always, please give a heads up in advance you won't be able to make it and do not have anyone to fill in, or if you need a crew/skipper.