This was a tough night to set a course, there are a few wind directions that make it hard to set a “true” windward-leeward course and the southerly wind is one of them. Thanks to Race Committee, Chris Jackson, Warren Collier, Leigh Ann Collier, Connor Flanagan, Will Brown, Chris Lewis, Greg Manning and Kyle and Liz Stadele for all their effort.
With 2 races under our belt and one pseudo hurricane/tornado on the books, this has been an exciting season so far. With the many different weather patterns that are popping up it feels like a carnival ride from one race day to the next.
The High PHRF fleet had an upset last week with High Voltage and She-Devil putting the moves on the Red Baron (Breeze), giving son Jonathan some breathing room with one point separating the top 2 boats and a tie for third place. Sotally Tober has got that Pearson flying while Chris and Linda (both on J-27’s) now tied for 2nd place in the Mid PHRF fleet.
The hurricane Iniki made it to the top spot in the Low PHRF fleet, which puts him in 1st place and WaveByeSR in 2nd place overall. Uncle!Uncle! has taken the top spot because he has been the most consistent in his fleet while Lamorak and Fellowship are tied for 2ndin the Melges 24 fleet. The Cruisers continued to be dominated by Tween’r and Beau Gust in the top 2 spots.
Racing requires two very different sets of skills. The obvious first skill is to be able to make your boat “go fast” in the required direction but the second is the ability to determine what tactics you want to use in any given situation and usually you have to make quick decisions that may affect you and other boats. Starting line and mark roundings are excellent examples of situations that require important decisions to be made quickly and knowledge of the CURRENT racing rules. The most important would be “what can I do to avoid hitting another boat”, often difficult to do on the starting line.
I am a silver lining girl but when I heard there was some drama on the racecourse I was so happy it wasn’t me and it wasn’t in Fleet 4 (the troublemakers). This time there were harsh words and rule quotes being flung around at the start of Fleet 2 and 3. I believe “Mast-abeam” was thrown around to the dismay of several sailors.
I am going to pose some race rule questions at the end of each of my race review. At some point the answers will be posted to either the website or facebook. So here goes:
Question 1: Mast-abeam was once a very popular race rule, what was it’s purpose and when was it deleted from our current set of rules?
Look forward to seeing everyone on the race course, Dana
PS If your boat is undamaged, but you are unable to get to it by land but you can by water, please contact some of your friends or other sailors and we can certainly try to give you a lift to your boat. Reach out to your friends and fleet members for help. We are a very close community and want to help.
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Dana Stewart | She Devil