1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Thursday, July 28, 2011

2011.07.27 Whitby Race Night

Was caught in traffic in Toronto, and didn't get to the dock until a little after 6pm.
Rita and I motored as fast as we could to get the start.

Wind forcast 3 knots from the NW, course was 3 short.

Since the #1 is ripped from luff to leach, could not use it, full main and 110.

The preferred start was a starboard tack near the committee boat, and all the boats were piled up there.
There were some wind lines on the other end, so we decided to start on a port tack there, to avoid the traffic. Wind lines disappeared, and we were bobbing in waves, having to tack to avoid starboard tack boats coming in.  No wind, waves, and a 1-2 knot current were driving us away from the startline.

Didn't think we would ever cross, so I got out the 155 and sailtape.  Used it all to "fix" the #1.  We were able to cross the line at about 0.8 knots.  Got almost to the first mark (everyone else was at or past the 2nd) before the race was called.  The GPS was reading 0.0 for the last 15 mintues.

Dropped the genoa, and hoisted the spinnaker to head home.
Not even enough wind to fill it.

Trip Odometer: 5.45 knots
Moving Avg: 2.2 knots (includes 6+ knot motor out!)
Moving Time: 02:27:00

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110727.kmz

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2011.07.26 Newcastle on Santeria

Went to Nats Marine and picked up the other winch.
Got some 3/16 line for spinnaker up/down haul.
Got a Harken block to mount near the spreaders for the uphaul.
Going to use the jib halyard to hoist the spinnaker.

Got to Newcastle a little late as the traffic was TERRIBLE through Oshawa.

Winds were from the NW 15 knots, with leftover waves from today's SW wind.
We had the #1 (170%) on deck.  However, once we got out there, we were seeing 25 knots sustained, so we switched to the #3 before the race.

We had a good start, but the boat was sluggish, and didn't have any power to punch through the waves, so we had to fall off the wind.  The top of the sail was doing nothing. Wind Dancer and Cajun pointed directly at the mark, we were 20-30 degrees off and had to tack twice.  When we past the windward first mark, the wind was dropping, so we doused the #3 and hoisted the #1.  Much better!

We came in third accross the line behind Wind Dancer and Cajun.

After race analysis determined that we used the wrong jib tracks for the #3.  No wonder we didn't have any power!

Friggin GPS batteries died again on the first leg, so no track.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011.07.25 Still Tim

Picked up a new winch for Still Tim from Nat's marine in Pickering.

Also went to Newcastle to pickup a hank on genoa sail from a Chrysler 26 to try out. Turns out the sail was WAY TO BIG.  Lots of stains on it, and very bagged out, so it is not worth my while to have it re-cut.

The old ARCO 6 winch has not been made in many years.
The replacement aluminum Lewmar 6 is about half the weight.
The mounting holes lined up perfectly!

Went to RONA and got some plumbing flat washers to seal where the bolts go through the deck. Felt this was necessary because the new winches are open where the winch handle goes in, so drainage would be required under the winch.  The flat washers are snug on the 1/4" mounting bolts leave about 1/8" of drainage space under the winch.  Also used some marine sealant around the bolts just in case.  Overall it was a dead easy install.

Hoised the spinaker with the jib halyard and spinnaker sheets; looks great.  Still need to measure the sail.

When to pop rivet the mast eye for the spinnaker pole to the mast.  When in the cabin to get a tape measure, and my battery drill went overboard.  Borrowed a fishing net to get it back.  To my amazement, it still works, however, the trigger is jammed with mud.

2011.07.24 Youngstown Sunday

Raft broke again at 8:30am, headed out to the race course.

Winds were 25 knots sustained with gusts in the 30s on the nose to get to the course. Full main and heavy #3, kept us beating the the start.  We were occasionally splashed by waves of warm water.

About a half mile in front of us we saw an 8 meter boat lose its main; it just ripped to pieces.  It was interesting to see this boat competing later with just their jib and spinnaker.

First race started just as we were approaching the committee boat. The wind stated dying on the first leg, so we hoised the heavy #1 after the first downwind leg.

In the second race, we has hoisted the light #1 for the start.

We had gotten pretty good at hoists/douses/gybes.

I learned how to prepare the spinnaker for the next hoist, and did the rest of them.

In the end we placed close to last in every race, but we were please with our improments as the day went on.  We were racing against a lot of newer race rockets with higher tech equipement and brand new sails.

Results: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=450

My GPS batteries were dying, so I really didn't get any tracks.

Here is a Google Earth sample of where the course is:

After the third race, we had did some swimming, dropped Mike, Mark, and Wendy/Mike on a competitor's boat to take them back to Youngstown.

The sail back was wonderful: constant 10 knots on a close reach to CBYC doing 7.5 knots most of the time.

We got back into ABYC at about 7:30pm.

My first big boat weekend regatta was done.  I was tired, sore, bruised, and happy all at the same time.

The crew of Coug are truely great people.

2011.07.23 Youngtown Saturday

Woke up at 7am, showered, had breakfast.

Raft broke up at 8:30am, off to the race course which was about 5 miles offshore.

Mike (helm)
Kris (bow)
Cos (pit)
Me (mast)
John (spin trim)
Kerri (jib break)
Jenny (runners)
Wendy (runners)
Mike (main)

We did three races in 30+ degree sun.  I had brought my Tilly Hat, but found I had brought Rita's smaller one that didn't fit my head.  We all were very exhausted after three races, and swam around a while afterwards.

When we got back to the dock, the case that I had my phone in was wet, and my phone was soaked.  It is done.  Oh Well!

Saturday night live band was kinda lame, but entertaining.
One dollar beers.
Rain Gutter Regatta.
Flip Cup.
Chatted with all kinds of people

We had diner up the road in the town.  Was excellent.

Slept again on Inpromptu, but it was VERY hot, so I slept in the cockpit.  At about 2am, it started raining, so I closed the hatch the took the quarter berth again.

2011.07.22 ABYC to Youngstown

Mike had asked me to do mast on Coug after the 300.  I had always wanted to goto the Youngstown Regetta, so I jumped on the opportunity.

Left work at noon, and was at ABYC for 1pm, we left shortly after that.

Cos (co-owner)
Kris (co-owner)
Kerri (Cos' wife)
Jenny (Kerri's friend)

Mike and Wendy took Impromptu.

Had wind making about 6.5 knots of speed for the first half of the trip.
Wind completely died, so we swam for a while, and motored the rest of the way in.

About 10 miles off shore, the motor started sputtering, and Cos went below to look.  The lake water intake hose clamp had come loose was letting water and steam past the connection.  We let the motor cool and bit, and re-attached the clamp, motor worked fine after that.

Rafted up 2nd boat in with a good view of the stage.
What a party!

View from Coug

Mark and Christine drove

Had a wonderful diner in the yacht club dining room.

Trip Odometer: 30.06 miles
Moving Avg:  6.0 knots
Moving Time: 06:06:01

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110722.kmz

Slept on Impromptu.

2011.07.20 Whitby Race Night

Went out with Rita, and her brother's girlfriend Nikki.

About 10 knots of wind from the SW.
Full main and 110.

We had a good start, but noticed that as we hardened up, the jib halyard needed to be tensioned.  There were really bad scallops in the headsail.  Tried tensioning during a tack, but couldn't do it.  Ran the halyard to the starboard (windward) winch and tied to grind it in.

The winch broke off its mount!

This winch was on its last legs.  It was getting difficult to grind in.  I had never serviced my winches.

We withdrew from the race.  A DNF is better than a DNC!

We went out for a nice sail with main alone.

Trip Odometer: 6.7 miles
Moving Avg: 4.8 knots
Moving Time: 01:23:52

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110720.kmz

2011.0719 LO300 Flags

Instead of taking French Vanilla back on Tuesday, Harvey decided to stay in Port Credit for the presentations of the Flags.

Diner was great, the presentations were quick, and all were proud!

The band was also excellent!

Harvey and I left Port Credit for Whitby a little after 9pm, motoring the entire way.

Trip Odometer: 34.11 miles
Moving Avg: 6.3 knots
Moving Time: 05:25:44

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110719.kmz

We got into the dock @WYC at 3:30am.
Sherry Lynn met us there.

2011.07.18 Monday LO300

As we beated to the Niagara Mark, the winds were from the SW between 15 and 20 knots.  The waves were also getting bigger.  It was tough make any headway.

We came within a half mile of shore near Twelve Mile Creek.  Just as we were tacking a gust of wind hung the genoa on the spreaders as I was sheeting it in, poking a hole in the sail where the UV strip is.  The damage wasn't much, so we continued on with the ripped sail.

About a mile from the mark, a small squawl came through and pelted us with a litte rain.  The 2nd one came through, but was short lived.  The wind died completely.  Us and Prosseco were left to bounce around remant waves a little while.  The wind started filling in on the beam as we headed slowly NW to the mark.

6-8 knots of wind on the beam was not enough to overcome the movement of the boat in the waves.  I put big twists for power in the main and jib, and sheeted the headsail to the toe rail with snatchblocks.  This got us moving through the waves between 4 and 5 knots of speed.

We did a quick check on YellowBrick, and Kalona was stuck inland near the mark, and Wind Dancer was about 2 miles behind us.

The waves stated to die and wind picked up to over 12 knots on a close reach to the finish.

Very confortable sailing (could do this all day!)

As we got closer to shore, our speed increased:

Thats 7.11 knots bearing 300!
As we approached the finish, the wind was dying yet again.  We had the turning mark in our GPS, but we could not see it.  As the the wind further died, we got knocked east of the turning mark, and we sailed right into a hole.  In the meantime, Wind Dancer is calling on the radio that they are 5 miles out.

We could see a wind line about 100 yards north of us.  It took us a while to get to this wind, and we had to tack to the west to make the mark.  The wind hole we had once been in was now closing and Wind Dancer was getting bigger behind us.

THAT TURNING MARK IS A PAIN IN THE BUTT  - you can't see it until you are about 100 yards from it!

The wind filled in the from the North and we finished in FIRST!!!

Wind Dancer was 15 minutes behind us.

Kalona finshed 3rd a half hour behind them.

Full results:

Trip Odometer: 235 miles
Moving Avg: 4.7 knots
Moving Time: 02:03:50:10

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110716.kmz

2011.07.17 Sunday LO300

As we roared toward the south shore at close to 7 knots with the 15 knot W wind, we wanted to try going NW, but we found the waves pounded us too much, so we tack back after about 5 miles. 

French Vanilla (dark) and Wind Dancer (light)
Really need to click to full size to see this!
About 15 miles out we noticed that the wind was starting to shift W to SW (as forecast).  We tacked and were able to head 285 West.  We wanted to continue on this tack to Niagara, but the boat and crew were being pounded by waves.  We tacked south until about 6 miles out until the waves died down a little.

Lots of freighter traffic out there!

This port tack at around 5.5 knots due west was the game changer for us.  We were about to head due west for almost 40 miles and our VMG was approaching our speed through the water.  We started getting beat up again by the waves 8 miles North of Wilson, so we tack and went fairly close to shore.

Yet another beautiful sunset with a freighter on the horizon!

2011.07.16 LO300 Race Start

Got up fairly early, showered, had a wonderful breakfast provided free by Sperry.

Then did my race morning ritual: pre race dump in the PCYC clubhouse.
Like previously years, lined up out the door 10 people deep.
Dooty done, paperwork completed, lets race!

We hauled Harvey up the mast to staighten the windex:

We did not have time to perform a pump out, and boats were also rafted up in the pump out area.

BagPipe leaving the channel
Our start was great, we decided to stay away from the windward crowd at the committe boat, in clear air.

Wind from from the SE, about 8-10 knots.

All the way to the first mark of Toronto Island, were were trailing close behind Galaxsea and Wind Dancer

Wind Dancer in our sites!
We went inland towards Ontario Place, and tacked when the wind started getting blanketed by Toronto Island. We were first around Gibraltar mark.

We went out close hauled port tack at 6 knots out into the lake, while the rest of the fleet (Wind Dancer, Galaxsea, Impromptu, and MacIntosh) went inland to pickup shore breezes.  We liked the point of sail, and really couldn't go any faster on the opposite tack.  This move payed off as we saw the fleet slowing down as they went towards shore.

Did a quick internet check on YellowBrick and were were in the lead!  We were about 8 miles offshore, and could only see a couple of larger sailboats ahead of us. YellowBrick tracking was awesome!

Nice sundown

Did another check on YellowBrick at around 10pm, and we were still in the lead with Kalona from Whitby about a mile behind us.  Off to bed.

Woke up just after sunrise, and checked YellowBrick.
Kalona had passed us, and was about 1/2 mile in front.

Dave and Dave said they sailed into a hole in the night, and flogged around for a couple of hours.
Kalona stayed farther out and missed the wind hole.

Wind had swung around to the west, as forcasted and droped down to about 6 knots.  Wing on Wing with poled genoa was very unfortable because of the waves coming from a different direction.  We tried falling off and coming up to a reach, but could not keep pace with Kalona.

Wind picked up to 15 knots as we rounded Scotch Bonnett about a 2 miles behind Kalona.  Waves were 3-5 ft, pounding closed hauled to the south shore.  We were pointing higher than Kalona and slowly gaining ground on them.

2011.07.15 PCYC

Very hot sunny day.

Boats from Newcastle and Whitby were arriving all day.

Spent some time in the pool cooling off.

French Vanilla got her logo installed:

Masons delivered the waste fitting at noon.
Only took about half an hour to install.
Can't have a pump out until the 4200 sets.

I went to Masons with Dave Rogers.
Picked up some Gill sailing boots, and a mast ring for my newly acquired spinnaker pole.
Helped Dave pickout the part required to rig Zig Zag for a backstay adjuster.
Dave and I have lunch at a pub in Port Credit.

Got a ride back from Masons from a powerboater from PCYC.

Skippers meeting at 7pm
Ron Bianchi predicted light winds, and will build to 15 knots in the east of the lake.
Potential thunder storms on Monday during the day.

We ordered pizza for 20 people from Newcastle and Whitby.

2011.07.14 WYC to PCYC

Havey, Dave, and I took French Vanilla to Port Credit for the Lake Ontario 300.

Leaving Whitby

Motored the first third (no wind)
Sailed the 2nd third.
Motor sailed with main the last third (wind on nose).

This year we got assigned a slip and don't have to raft!

Dave and Harvey

Gotta Luv PCYC clubhouse

Trip Odometer: 34.13 miles
Moving Avg: 5.5 knots
Moving Time: 06:10:07

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110714.kmz

When we got to PCYC, we pulled into the fuel dock for some diesel and pump out.
Went to crack the pump out with the winch handle and it separated from the deck:

The fitting is seized; will have to be fixed before we leave for the race.

We talked with Mason's Chandlery, and they will bring us one tomorrow.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

2011.07.13 WYC Race Night

Rita and I went out in north wind 10 knots with gust over 20, reefed main and 110.
Perfect a mount of sail.  Course was 1M.

Very busy at the start, so we tacked fairly early to get out of the crowd.

We had great race, nice night on the water.  Wish all race nights were like this.

Trip Odometer: 10.91 nm
Moving Avg: 4.4 knots
Moving Time: 02:28:58

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110713.kmz

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2011.07.12 Newcastle on Santeria

Neil, Peter, and me.
Winds from the NW 12 knots with gusts over 20.
Full main and #1.

Had to feather the main in the gusts, and have two guys on the rail.

Great start, great upwind work.

Second accross the line, just behind Wind Dancer.

Trip Odometer: 12.66 nm
Moving Avg: 4.9 knots
Moving Time: 02:34:23

Google Maps track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110712.kmz

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tall Ship in Whitby Harbour

Last night around dusk, a tall ship came into the Whitby Harbour:

Click for a bigger version

Slept on the boat last night, and they left a little at 6am.

Harvey and Sherry Lynn's daughter Ash Lynn sailed on this ship for a couple of weeks in Halifax in 2000.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

2011.07.09 PCYC Regatta on Coug

Mike Cullen asked a bunch of Newcastle folks to crew on Coug, a custom Peterson 41.
Mike, Peter, and Andy sailed her from CBYC to PCYC on Friday night

Mike layed down some expectations: we will be racing against many well crewed boats, so experience big boat racing, learn something, and have fun!

Mike (helm)
Tim (grinder)
Mark (grinder)
Bart (mid deck, and spinnaker trim)
Peter (bow)
Andy (Peter's Dad over from Scotland - running backs)
Kevin (main)
Denis (pit)
Harvey (mast)

We had a great time, got the boat moving well.
Going upwind, I wondered how fast we were going: 7 knots! 
We were also doing over that downwind with spinnaker.

We were competing against about a dozen other boats, including several C&C 115s, who all give us time.

Trip odometer:  46.30 nm
Moving Avg: 5.9 knots
Moving Time: 07:49:30

Google Earth tracks:

Race 1: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110709-r1.kmz
Race 2: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110709-r2.kmz
Race 3: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110709-r3.kmz

After the race, we were all hot, baked in the sun, and tired.

Thanks Mike of having us out!

2011.0706 WYC Race Night

Went out with Rita, no wind really.

30 boats bobbed around by the start line for over an hour before the race was called.

About 5 minutes after the race was called, the wind filled in from the north.

We had already had the our sails down and put away, and motored to TRY and catch up with Sumac. Peter's Mom and Dad from Scotland were on board, and Rita wanted to take some pictures of them on the boat.  We could not catch them doing 6.4 knots!

Trip Odometer: 8.13 nm
Moving Avg: 3.4 knots
Moving Time: 02:05:13

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110706.kmz

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011.07.05 Newcastle on Santeria

Wind was forcast to be 7 knots from the SW with gusts to 20.

Not much wind when we got out on the water.
We didn't see more than 4 knots of wind the entire night.
The waves were 1-2 ft, making it difficult to get the boat moving, very uncomfartable.

Race called as none of the 7 boats made it to the first mark in 45 minutes.

The funniest comment of the night was by Dave Ackerman on the VHF just before the race was called: "This is Silhouette, approaching the line"

We continued to near the first mark, then set the spinnaker for the 4 knot ride home.

Trip Odometer: 4.77 nm
Moving Avg: 2.1 knots
Moving Time: 02:16:17

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110705.kmz

Sunday, July 3, 2011

2011.07.03 AYC, NYC, and FBYC

Jumped in the land yacht (the Miata) with Rita, and headed to AYC in Toronto to look at an Elite 30R that has been for sale for almost a year.  The outside of the boat was beautiful; nice lines.  The hull and topsides had been awlgripped and looked great. 

The mast is a double spreader bendy straw with running backstays.

It was a race rocket with all the sail controls you could imagine.
Dual racing foil
Adjustable under load jib cars
Adjustable baby stay
Spinnaker Tweakers
Rod Rigging.
6 ft draft lead keel
New Tiller Pilot.
New Electric Windlass
New Refrigeration.
Sails were a little tired (18+ years old).

However, the inside was terrible, much of the wood would need refinishing.
Open V-Birth (or AFTER BIRTH)
Aft cabin is small.
Head is small.
Headliner would all have to be replaced, as well as ALL the cushions.
Not much storage.
Admiral did not like the insides.

Cockpit is VERY small.
No wind instrument

Kinda wierd, a raceboat with an electric windlass, fridge, and TV antenna?

I think the boat is overpriced at $35k for the amount of work it needs.
In the spring, he was asking $40k!

Went for lunch at NYC; very nice.
Tons of boats going thru the western gap.
Saw a tall ship come sailing by:

Got back around 4pm, and headed right out for a sail.
Winds were from the NW around 12 knots.
Full main and 110, but quickly reefed the main.

What a great sail!  Six knots the entire way to Frenchman's Bay.
Tied up and went to grab a quick bite at the Waterfront restaurant there, but the lineup was too big.  Went to the chip truck and got some fries. Drooled on the new Catalina 355s that Swans Yacht Sales had, as well as the C&C 99.

Also saw a family of swans:

Left a little after 8pm, wind dying a little.
When our speed got below 2.5 knots, we dropped the jib and motorsailed the rest of the way, arriving @WYC a little after 10pm

Trip Odometer: 19.88 nm
Moving Avg: 5.1 knots!
Moving Time: 03:55:51

Saturday, July 2, 2011

2011.07.01 Canada Day Fireworks in the Shwa

We left from WYC a little after 1pm with Galaxsea.
8 knots wind from the SW.
Sailing was great!

About 1.5 miles from Oshawa harbour, the wind died, had to motor, but it gave us a chance to put the sails away before docking.  We rafted up beside Idyl Ours (us Catalinas stick together!)

Wind Dancer
Idyl Ours

Great time was had by all!

Shortly after the fireworks ended, Still Time motored back to Whitby with Serenity.
No wind, no waves, no moon: BEAUTIFUL

Arrived shortly after midnight (Happy Birthday Rita!)

Trip Odometer: 15:69 nm
Moving Avg: 4.5 knots
Moving Time: 03:27:13

Google Earth track: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/20110701.kmz