We had 5 boats
- Still Time (Catalina 22)
- Mickey (Sharrk)
- Once Around (Aloha 34)
- Firebird II (C&C Redwing 30)
- Paradise (Catalina 34)
Winds were forecast for 11-14 from the east all day, so we set a course to Oshawa and back.
Melissa and I went out with full racing main and #2 genoa.
On the race course there was less wind; we thought about switching to the #1, but didn't want to go bare headed for the switch. The boat was balanced upwind and could do between 4 and 5 knots.
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We found that if we flattened the boat out with the two of us on the windward side, our boat speed went up by a knot!
We wanted to go inshore and short tack up the coast, but found that the wind was dying, so we stayed offshore.
We also found that when I went forward to rig the spinnaker, our speed dropped over a knot!
On the other side of Oshawa harbour, the winds kept up, so we sailed to within 30 ft of the shore and tacked in less than 6 ft of water! We rounded the mark, got on course, dropped and stowed the headsail, and popped the spinnaker. Got the boat going between 3 and 4 knots.
After beating to Oshawa, it was a little chilly, but when we turned the corner and our boat speed was approaching the speed of the wind, it was apparently VERY HOT!
Melissa did a great job on the helm
The winds died off the Oshawa harbour, and Mickey the Shark, who got screwed beating up the coast, had popped his chute and was gaining on us. We reached up to go offshore and get some breeze.
For our efforts, we were third to finish, and won the race on corrected time!
Trip Odometer: 21.87 miles
Avg Speed: 4.1 knots
Max Speed: 6.9 knots
Moving Time: 05:28:00
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