Sunday, February 28, 2016


When you're not sure if the boat you're on can keep floating, add a board between you and the water...

BYC Midwinters February

Morning wasn't very promising - no wind and heavy fog so much so that we needed compass and GPS to navigate to the start line.

That race saw the debut of Kevin!

Yeah! A French Flag!

Rum and Ginger Ale on the way back after the race.

hehe - more cat stuff

As usual, a lot of good food and drinks made up the day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Three Bridge Fiasco - The Finish

At the Finish, I had about 18 to 20 knots of wind after the Bay Bridge - unfortunately changing head sail with hanks is a very slow proposition so I decided to suck it up. Also unfortunately I had to short tack my way up the city front to not be killed by current (and initially right after the Bay Bridge I was in positive current for a while Vs not as bad). Tacking a large jib single handed is tough...

Photo: Serge Zavarin
 On my way to the finish. Photo: Serge

Finishing: photo - Serge

Buddies - photo: Serge

Elise and the SuperBowl - photo: Nathan Bossett

 What a great view! Elise and one of the San Francisco landmarks. Photo: Nathan Bossett

Heading back up - photo: Nathan Bossett

Elise was parked next to this giant - for a short while I looked at her and she felt tiny and old...but that lasted about one second...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


3-bridge fiasco - Middle

Photos courtesy of Serge - closer to the finish.

The wind dies near Red Rock but we could still move forward with positive current. The wind picked up again around 12 knots on the way over to the city front. I went all the way in to catch late ebb in there which I got and I was catching up on the boats that tacked earlier and into the main channel.

The wind continued to increased up to 18 or so knots.

Getting back up to the finish line.

 In the hole after Red Rock

Heading into Red Rock in really light air.

What a view...

Having fun - 

The kites didn't last long...but I left it set up just in case...

Monday, February 15, 2016

3 bridge fiasco - the start

This is one of my favorites events on the Bay. Single Handed Farallones is one of my favorite ocean events and the Delta Ditch Run is one of my favorite inland events. One day I might even try it single handed although that would be very tiring as there would be no respite as no real sea room.

Above, getting out of the harbor - there was enough wind to just sail to the start - another perk of a small boat that I like. Unless there is no wind, Elise does not see her engine - everywhere she goes and everything she does, she does it under sail - and that would include anchoring and docking.

The race counts over 350 starters and is the largest race in North Amerca. Boats of all sizes will meet. Sailors of all kinds, all levels of experience will take the start. It is a short-handed race so only two types of crew will be there: double-handed or single-handed. Since my recently developed love for single-handed sailing, this is the category that I choose to compete in.

The Moore 24 fleet is a highly compettive one and many boats showed up for the race. You can cross the start/finish line in any direction. You can go around the course in any order and in any direction so long as you hit each of the marks which you can round any which way you want.

This makes this race a very tough one as strategy plays a large role.

There were 4 Express 27s single handed on the line which was great for me. Archimedes was among them?

Tough decision. The ebb made me want to to Blackaller first but then ruled out TI as the second mark given the extra distance so I went off to Red Rock - it turns out that TI was a pretty good bet as the first mark despite the ebb. A lot more downwind as basically my race ended up being Upwind, then reachy then immediately back to upwind, then upwind then reach immediately back to upwind, then upwind (loose beat) then upwind to the finish...I did have favorable currents though all the way up to the final leg - and still managed to stay in ebb along the city front for about a 1/3 of that. Really tough choice.

Going up and down the start area... and trying various sail trim to figure out a good one to take me to my first mark

I sail with a #2 when I am short-handed. I found that I go mostly as fast as with the #1 up even in light air and it is much easier to tack the sail. It also allows me to keep it up for higher wind speeds than wth a #1 given that I have no weight on the rail.

I go upwind and another Express (in the double handed decision) decided to go downwind to TI first clearly.

Leaving the dock on a beautiful morning.

At the start, an asym boat kept trying to force me down (an open 570). I shouted 'leeward' and wanted to force them to take my stern as I knew that they wouldn't go up wth their kite up. They shouted back 'we have started' and I shouted back 'I am starting in 30 seconds and right now I can't get to the line because of you - basically we were both racing and I had rights. They ultimately let me go but that made me late to the start by about 40 min.

Trim looks ok, I opened up the sail a bit to power the boat a bit more as the breeze to strat with was pretty steady after the first mark. At the mark, a boat much bigger than Elise just blasted through on starboard tack. The only problem? I made it to the three boat mark way before they did so starboard or not, they had absolutely no right to cut between me and the mark (I was one boat length or less from the mark by that time). I had to emergency tack away from them, they tack way past the mark since they couldn't tack into me. I didn't protest much like I didn't protest at the start. Too many boats to go by. Otherwise I would protest. This race has a lot of less experienced racers so rules of the road are less known to them.

I raced Wetsu to Red Rock then lost track of them. The wind lightened up A LOT after Raccoon Straits and I was struggling to even round the island. I took the most outside circle to get clean air and searoom as I was single handed (Vs the double handers). I put the kite up at Red Rock for about 5 min as it forced me down and I would not have been able to sail up high enough to avoid the restricted area at the fuel dock. So I took it down and headed up.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Elise Crew Dinner

The annual crew dinner on crêpes day! Pumpkin helped out with the crêpes.

Caitlin, Nathan and Chris!

Homemade choucroute with Riesling

and crêpes!

Samantha joined us toward the end - how I like the friendships I have made through sailing.

Elise Work

Team Beethovens hasn't sat still and did some work to get ready for the season or SHTP.

AP Covers

Organization of ZYC Sail Loft. Photo, idea and realization by Elise Caretaker - Serge

Helped with race committee (last year) - and memory

Looking good!

Repairing a hole in the spinnaker

Rinsing Frog

Drying Frog

Tagging sail bags

Rinsing, greasing and cleaning up hanks

Getting new spinnaker sheets

Cleaning up Elise

Packing Frog, getting it ready for the next race

Rinsing lines

Making sure she is perfect

Screwing some board back on

Finishing the organization of the ZYC sail loft