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Thanks to everyone coming out this past Saturday, and helping us get 23 boats on the line in some very chilly conditions! Throughout the day, we had steady wind around 8-10 knots. Current was sweeping across the course, going out of the harbor, and seeming to slack through the afternoon. In the first few races, you simply had to sail course left to take advantage of a mixture of current relief and geographic shifts. The course become more even, as we brought the pin down, the right gate up, and the current slacked. During race four, the wind came down as the snow fall increased, leading to slower races and reduced visibility. Fortunately, we were able to get 6 races and finish around 3pm!

Overall, starts were very good. We had a general recall in which nearly everyone in the front row was over, which is a sign of a quality fleet. Watching races, I was impressed by how much better starts and mark roundings looked throughout the fleet, compared to the first weeks of the series. The fleet tends to stay close together, racing is tight, and boats are often switching places through the last moments of the finish! We had 6 races, and 5 different boats get a 1st place finish. Pretty exciting for Rhodes 19s!

This Saturday is the Valentine's Day Regatta, which I hope you will all join us for. Results don't count for the regular series, and I know we will have lot's of extra boats, so let me know if you wan't a boat and don't normally sail, or if you do normally sail but won't be joining in the fun this Saturday. Prizes will be chocolate hearts. The Winter Series awards will be given out after racing the following Saturday. Congratulations to Mark Lindsay and Jim Watson on 1st Place, Matt Marston and Cheney Brand on 2nd, and Bryan Lee, Annemarije Veenland, and FJ Ritt on 3rd!


 I hope you are all staying warm and dry today. It is one of those days that you don't have to walk far before you look like you've fallen off the dock or been swept overboard. The good news is that this weekend should be warm (high of 45) and dry, with NW winds around 10 knots. I am taking a short vacation next week, but will leave you in the trusty hands of Nate and the rest of our regular staff.

I would like to quickly address the finishing situation in race 5 last week. When running an odd-numbered course, where we will be finishing upwind, our finish line is normally between an anchored RC boat (where the windward mark was) and the offset mark, now the finish pin. Due to the current and the wind conditions, our fleet became very spread after only one lap of race 5. The last boats to round the windward mark were only 10 boat lengths or so in front of the leaders approaching the finish. As RC, I could not anchor in the way of the boats yet to get to lay line, and did not have enough time to set anchor once they had cleared the line, as the boats coming to the finish were already nearing the end of their beat Our solution was to motor just to starboard of the windward mark, and sight down the marks, between which would be the finish line. I think this worked as well as anything I could have done in that situation, and apologize to any boats we failed to hail on approach. It did not seem to me that anyone lost a finish place because of this action, which is a rel

Today I was forwarded an email thread addressing mark roundings from our fleet captains Cole, Pat, and Mark. The discussion is straightforward, and me, being ever the opportunist, decided to rip it off for this week's blog. As I understand it, this situation was not unique given the foul current and light wind we experienced last week.

The problem relates to those situations where starboard boats shoot the windward mark.

Here is a description of a situation involving two boats (named A and B). There is also an animation attached:

Initial Position

Boat A, on starboard, outside the zone, approaches the windward mark, slightly under the layline, clear ahead of boat B by at least two boat lengths.
Boat B, also on starboard, approaches the windward mark, above the layline, not overlapped with boat A.

Development

Boat A is ahead, but she is slow because she is pinching, trying to fetch the windward mark. On the other hand, Boat B overstood the layline, and is sailing faster than Boat A.

Entering the Zone

Boat A enters the zone, still under the layline, still pinching, still clear ahead of boat B.
Boat B, sailing faster, reaches the zone and prepare to round the mark.
Boat A shoots the mark, luffing the jib, but not tacking... Just shooting the mark.
Boat B approaches Boat A, but has to avoid Boat A and heads up. Then Boat B protests Boat A, under the grounds "she had to go above closed hauled course, to avoid Boat A."

So, What's the answer?

From Cole:

Provided boat A is clear ahead at the zone, they need mark room, which potentially includes room to shoot the mark. Boat B needs to give them mark room, even if it involves going above close hauled (or even tacking away). That said, boat A needs to be VERY careful not to cross head to wind, because if they do, they no longer have any rights, and they are now the keep clear boat. Also, like you said, they do need to give boat B room to keep clear. Often times if I'm boat A, entering the zone first, barely fetching the mark, I'll tell boat B that I'm going to need room and that I'm planning on shooting the mark--this way things usually go cleaner for me (and for them)...

From Pat:

I can think of a few situations where Boat A would be wrong:
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