Winds got fluky in the vicinity of point bonita so we moved toward the center of the channel, unfortunately getting hit by the ebb tide which slowed us down. We finished 4th very shortly after El Raton and Wetsu.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
While Nat enjoys lunch
On the way back to the gate
Last photo courtesy of Pressure Drop
Results, 2nd in division!
|01 - Express 27||Time on Distance|
|Start: 03/23/13 at 09:40:00||Fleet:||5|
|Course: 1 Distance: 25.00||Started:||4|
|Sail #||Boat Name||Place||Skipper||Rating||Finish Time||Elapsed Time||Corrected Time||Club||t|
|28050||EL RATON||1||Ray Lotto / Steve Carroll||129||15:13:39||05:33:39||04:39:54||st franc|
|101||ELISE||2||Nathaniel Bossett / Nathalie Criou||129||15:25:16||05:45:16||04:51:31||sss|
|8100||TAZ!!||3||George Lythcott / Steve Bayles||129||15:31:55||05:51:55||04:58:10||island y|
|0||DIANNE||4||Steve Katzman / Jarian Westfall||129||15:33:50||05:53:50||05:00:05||ltwyc|
|70||WETSU||7||Phil Krasner / Steve Mccarthy||129||DNC||richmond|
And if there was overall results, we would have beaten everyone in the first division (the fast boats) - we would have been 9 overall (El Raton would have been second, they are first in division) out of 29 entrants and 25 finishers.
Wind was very light at the start, mostly drifting - we caught a windline right under the gate and headed North of the channel. We could start feeling the ebb so it didn't make sense to stay close to shore, and as the wind veered North as forecast, we picked the long tack right past Point Bonita and kept it until very close to the lightship. On the upwind, the wind never went above 10 knots, so it was with a pretty powered up boat that we made it to the mark, averaging 5.7 knots in wave, and often around 6 knots. After we rounded the mark, we headed north of the channel on a tight reach, just as comfortable as the boat could sail without constant pumping and releasing of sails at every single wave. We didn't really catch any counter current but saw a lighter ebb closer to shore.
We sailed within sights of El Raton, Green Buffalo, Elan, California Condor, etc... the entire time. The fleet remained pretty compact most of the way.
Some nice albeit brief surfing as we sailed over the potato patch and wind speed increased right above 14 to 15 knots. Still power reaching. Highest wind speed was saw was about 19 under the bridge so pretty light air day - extremely warm (I did not wear my foulies at all) and sunny.