1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

C22 Last Wednesday Race

The season is winding down, last Wednesday night race of the season.

Hot and humid all day, so hot I went out for a paddle board:

0.7 miles paddling
Went over to the sailing school and saw our club Ontario Place swan looking very dirty.  I jump in her and drove her back to my slip where I power washed her.

It was soo hot, my shirt was drenched!

Melissa and Chris were out to race.  Forecast was for light winds 2-3 knots from the south and then switch to NE later in the night.  There was a thunderstorm warning in Toronto.

We went out with a full main and #1 genoa.  Not much wind as we motored out to the race course through the leftover sloppy waves from the day's breeze from the south.    At the race course, no wind to speak of, and the race committee postponed for half an hour before the wind filled in from the East.  There were two large thunderstorm systems: one south of Toronto, and the other SE of Oshawa, yet there were blue skies above us!  The wind was being generated from the thunderstorms.

Course was 7 short.

We had a great mid line start in clear air, avoiding the congestion near the committee boat.

It was raining hard.

We were beating towards the windward mark, and had Bananas in the lee bow position as we were preparing to tack to make the mark.  We told them that we want to tack soon, so they ducked us, so we had to tack, and we couldn't make the mark.  We shouldn't have tacked so soon.

Shortly after this, the wind died, and we bounced around in the waves and had to throw several more tacks to get around the mark.

We gained some ground on the off wind legs, as the wind picked up and shifted  Actual on the 3rd leg, which should have been deep downwind, was actually a quick beam reach.

Winds died on the last upwind leg as we struggled to finish in the waves.  We had to duck three starboard boats from another division near the finish.

It was dark by then, on the the navigation lights, and we could see lightning to the SE and SW as we motored into the harbour.

Trip Odometer: 10.26 miles
Avg Speed: 3.4 knots
Moving Time; 02:58:00

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