A Mixed Bag of Wind

by CAPT. JOHN 14. June 2010 15:37
Here is this week's update. Last Wednesday after a weather front moved past leaving us with winds 18-25kts. We got a clean start and did fairly well up the first leg, wind continued to build and we had a bit of a wild ride. We decided to error on the side of caution and did not raise a spinnaker as did a good chunk of the fleet. We sailed past one of our competition that was having lots of problems with their spinn. Fun to watch but I would not have wanted to be on that boat, lots of yelling. We ended up taking 11th and that places us in 8th for this series. Thanks to Brendon, Marcin, Michelle, NancyS, Nora and newbie Jonathon.


Race Results

Cyclone Update

by CAPT. JOHN 9. June 2010 16:32
Saturday was a great day, weather was threatening but storms held off, wind was a nice 8-15kts and the team work was great. It all came together and we were the second boat across the line very close to Y-Not and after the handicapping was done we corrected to first, our first win of the season. Thanks to Navbob, Brendon, NancyS, Mancin and Wally.

Sunday was another story threatening weather with lots of puffy storms, worst case we got drizzled on while 1-2 miles away they got drenched. Wind was highly variable ranging from 0- 20kts. We ended up sailing into and around the boats in the Colors regatta. After rounding SE2 the wind died leaving us sitting on the water, it filled in but only after forty five frustrating minutes of watching the front three boats sail away. Once the wind filled in and we got going we managed to finish after 4PM Arrg! Despite some good team work with lots of spinnaker hoists and douses we came in 5th.

Thanks to Brendon, Michelle and Marcin. We are now in 3rd place for the weekend series.


Race Results

An Almost Dark and Stormy Night

by CAPT. JOHN 3. June 2010 16:28
Sunday 5/23  Nice day.  course was around the cribs, A slow start but a good upwind leg, not a bad down wind leg but we blew the spinnaker takedown, our first one of the year.  Overall we ended up in 5th place. Thanks to Nora, NancyS, Jordan, Dan, Marcin, and Mark.

Wednesday 5/26  Nice night.  Very aggressive start got fouled but no contact (but it was this close).  Slow upwind leg good down wind legs and a slow upwind leg put in us 10th place.  Thanks to Nora, NavBob, and Marcin.

Wednesday 6/2  Not so nice night. earlier in the day storms moved past and when we started there was a line of storms stretching from the Quad Cities to Green Bay and heading our way.  During the pre-start sequence we got to watch a collision between two bigger boats, wiping out stantions tearing sails and trashing bow pulpits, fortunately no one was injured and we were not involved.  The wind was light till the last leg when the approaching storm caused the wind to build.  We again ended up 10th. On the ride in wind gusted up to 22kts but we got the boat docked, put away and beers open before the rain started coming down. Thanks to Nora, NavBob, Brendon and Michelle.

This weekend we have racing on Saturday and Sunday.  I think we are good for crew on Saturday but could use a body on Sunday, see crew signup for details.