The third race night of Summer Series 1 was another well attended event, with at 8 boats racing (and a couple of more out on the water). The wind was light, favouring those with good tactical abilities.
The first race was postponed a few minutes due the need for the RC boat to assist a boat on the water (thanks Mario & Ken!) but the delayed start did not help those boats who left shore quite late and did not make the start. Mario’s trick of rigging the anchor with a fender float meant he could quickly unhook the anchor, perform the rescue, and pick up where he left off. Of the racers who did start, Ken S took the race in a Laser, followed by Dominic/Norm in an Albacore (with nice bright and stiff sails) and Kevin/Sammy (Albacore). Several boats (including Steve/Corrine in the Tasar who actually would have scored 1st…) crossed the start line after the start time elapsed and were not counted as part of the race.
The second race was quite well attended with 8 (14 people) boats on the start line. A shift to the left meant that port tack would be favoured, and a lopsided line was identified by several of the veterans. Steve/Corinne (Tasar), Ken S (Laser), Jason/Jasper (29er) and Dominic/Norm (Albacore) all were fighting for the pin end, and got great port-tack starts. Kevin/Sammy, Valerie/Monica (Albacore), Jennie (Byte) and Tony/Annie (Hobie 16) rounded out the start line, and we had a race!
The first “beat” saw some people (like Jason/Jasper) try to point right at the mark, while others (like Steve/Corinne) went to the left side of the course where the wind was stronger. 99.9% of the time Steve is right, but it didn’t quite pay off this time, and the 29er rounded the top mark first. The first reaching leg was closer to the wind than most had expected, and several boats (Steve/Corinne, Kevin/Sammy) made up distance over those who had their sails out too far. The second reach was almost dead downwind, and saw a tactical blunder by Jason/Jasper, as they elected to head up to get some boat speed. A lull was moving in and those on a dead run made up time on those who tried to reach, with Steve/Corinne rounding the mark first, Jason/Jasper 2nd and Dominic/Norm right behind them.
A shortened course meant the final upwind leg would determine the winner. Steve/Corrine and Dominic/Norm elected to tack immediately and head to the left of the course where it still appeared windy. Jason/Jasper stayed pointing to the mark and attempted to reproduce their success off the start line. Steve/Corinne took first place, and the 29er and Albacore battled it out for second. A beautiful tack right in front of Jason/Jasper gave Dominic/Norm a push and they were able to take 2nd place, with the 29er stuck in turbulent air, and Jennie in her Byte roaring in from the left. Jason/Jasper managed to get the boat moving again, and secured 3rd, just in front of Jennie (Byte). Ken S (Laser) took 4th over Kevin/Sammy (Albacore), Valerie/Monica (Albacore) and Annie/Tony (Hobie 16) were left with an OCF 8th place.
The dead wind meant a paddle in for several boats, but the food and drinks (thanks Tony!) felt well earned. Many thanks to Ken E for performing RC (and rescue) duties with Mario!
As always, race results for the entire series (and season!) can be found at http://kanatasailingclub.com/sailing/racing/