1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Saturday, September 29, 2012

C22 Whitby Frostbite Series Races 5&6

Beautiful, sunny and warm, with winds from the south 6-10 knots.
Full main and light #1.

I had taken my ailing autopilot apart and greased the internals, and it worked fine!

Race 1

Course was 6 short.

Got the boat going well, but so did everyone else.
Played around with barber hauling the genoa sheets inward when close hauled.
This would have the same effect as installing inward genoa tracks.
Still Time definately pointed higher in these lighter winds, as the sails were fuller.
It allowed me to move the cars forward, pulling the leach tight so the genoa matched the shape of the main.  Installing these tracks would cost a couple hundred dollars, for about a 3" difference in jib sheeting.  I think barber hauling is a good solution instead of cluttering the deck with jib tracks/cars and having to move the sheets to outboard/inboard cars.

Came in last about 5 mintues behind everyone else.  However, in corrected time, 2nd of four boats.  The Catalina 25 Iris was first and the two Tartans were behind us in corrected time.

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120930-1.kmz

Race 2

Couse was 6 short.

Got off to a great start, and beat the other three boats to the windward mark.
At the mark, I was concentrating on setting the sails for the next leg, and accidentally hit the mark.  Immediately did a 720 for a penalty (should have only done a 360!).

Winds were dying on the 2nd leg to less than 4 knots, so they shortened the course to a triangle.  On the 3rd leg, the winds were down to less than 2 knots, and I got knocked about 45 degrees away from the finish.

NOTE TO SELF: if you need to take a penalty turn, don't take it when the winds are up; take it later in the race when you absolutely have to.

Finished, but well behind all the other boat other than IRIS who finished after me.  Good enough for a 3rd.

The other racers were amazed that we persisted and finished!

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120929-2.kmz

Trip Odometer: 14.30 knots
Moving Avg: 3.5 knots
Moving Time: 04:03:00

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