At the dock, it was blowing 14+ knots with gusts to 20 from the south west all day.
This was on the 34 with the taller mast. On the 22, only seeing 10 knots.
Very lump sea state, so we want to go out with a #1 genoa for power through the waves.
Melissa would feather/rag the racing main in the gusts
Once we got out there, the boats was being overwelmed and we rounded up a couple of times.
Decided to put a reef in the racing main.
We hove to and Chris and I put it in.
|Racing main with reef|
|Clew of reefed main|
Would have liked more tension on the clew, as the draft of the sail was fairly deep.
However, we needed to get to the start line.
We did have to start the motor to get to the start line with 1 minute to spare.
Course was 4 short.
We came in on port tack and had to duck some starboard boats.
Not a great start, but considering getting out late as we did, not bad.
We were last around the windward mark, but not to far behind our competitors.
The reaching legs were both on the beam, and the wind was definately stronger above our mast, and the larger boats with taller masts pulled away further.
We finished last out of 4 boats in our class, but probably came 2nd or 3rd in corrected time.
Results have not yet been posted.
In the afternoon I used some spreader patch material to repair the hole in the genoa:
We definately came in 2nd in series 4 behind Bananas.
- Series 1: 2nd
- Series 2: 1st
- Series 3: 4th (we missed a bunch of races)
- Series 4: 2nd
Another great night on the water!
Trip Odometer: 5.51 miles
Moving Time: 01:16:18
Moving Avg: 4.3 knots
Max Speed: 7.8 knots
YELLOW is where we hove to for the reef
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