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Race Night Report – June 23, 2017 (and Spring Results)

Spring Series Results at end of post.

Race Night Report

We had a good turnout for our final outing of the KSC Spring Series, with 13 racers!  In fact, all available Albacores were out on the water, along with a Tasar, a Laser, and 2(!) Hobie 16 catamarans, despite the lighter conditions.

A delay getting people on the water (and finding boats…) meant that race 1 was sailed by 3 double-handers and a Laser.  To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Steve and Carla blasted around the course in the Tasar, leaving a couple of Albacores to fight with a Laser for the remaining places.  Jean skippering her very first race (she just got her blue tag!) and Frank were able to win second, followed by Ray and Chunshu.  Tuan (our first rookie this season) was awarded an on-course-finish in a Laser.

The second race saw the racers joined by Tony/Annie in a Hobie 16 catamaran at the start.  A second, very overloaded,  H16 started later in the race (Norm, Tom N, Jason, and rookie Devin).  Carla/Steve took the win (again) followed by Jean/Frank (again).  This time Tuan took 3rd, with Ray/Chunshu following and Annie/Tony scoring the first cat finish of the season.  The 4-men-on-a-cat was awarded an OCF to allow the 3rd race to get underway.

And what a nuisance that 4-man cat made itself that 3rd race :).  Just before the gun, the overloaded cat decided on an aggressive start at the boat end, enforced it’s rights, and pushed the Tasar across the start line early.  Ha ha, take *that* Steve.  The move was just a couple of seconds too early though, the H16 had to bear off and and the Tasar was able to duck behind the cat, do a dip start, and led the whole way though the race.  Still, it was fun while it lasted.

After rounding windward in 3rd place (behind the Tasar and H16), Jean and Frank made use of the Albacores superior direct light-downwind performance on a wind shift on the second leg, and passed the overloaded cat, who had to head up to maintain any speed.  The overloaded boat made up distance on the second reaching leg (more of a beam reach than a broad reach) and were able to establish overlap just outside the zone and round the leeward mark on the inside.  Remember how I said she made herself a nuisance?  Jean and Frank tacked quickly to get out of the cat’s dirty air, and the cat made a big tactical mistake… she tried to tack to stay in front of the Albacore, and just got stuck in irons, and was passed by Frank/Jean as well as Chunshu/Ray (lesson learned — when sailing a cat, don’t get into a tacking duel).  At the windward mark the overloaded cat was passed AGAIN, this time by Tony/Annie’s H16, who came from behind.  End results, Carla/Steve 1st, Frank/Jean 2nd, Chunshu/Ray 3rd, Annie/Tony 4th, Jason/Norm/Tom/Devin OCF 5th.

Apres-sail was a blast, as always, and a huge shout-out to Ray for bringing the beer/burgers!  Thanks again goes out to our RC (Reese and Sydney) without whom the race would not have been possible.

Spring Series Results

We got in 8 official races over 3 nights, in addition to the 2 races run on the practice night when the water was still too high to keep the boats at the beach.  This means that we have 2 dropped races (1 drop per 4 races) to take into account for series results.

Going into the night Jason had placed first in the prior 5 races, but with two drops, it was anyone’s game if Jason dropped the ball and placed poorly (which he did).  Tony (with a few 1st places), Carla, and Norm (2nd and 3rd place finishes) were all in contention.  Basically, if Jason scored poorly, and either of them got a few firsts, then it would all come down to “how poorly did Jason score”.

And, as we know, Jason scored poorly in the 4-man-cat, while Carla won all 3 races on the final night…

So who won the series?  (drum roll please…) The net result, including dropped races is a TIE at between Jason and Carla at 10 points each!  We now have to go to the score excluding drops for the official series winner, and it looks like Jason wins with 22 points vs Carla’s 40.  Congrats Jason, bragging rights are yours for a few weeks.

We had two rookies come out this series, Tuan and Devin.  Between the two, Tuan takes the “Best Rookie Award” and bragging rights, at least for the next five weeks. (Note: a previous revision of this post said that Devin had won, because I didn’t realize Tuan was a rookie — the official scoring chart, below, will also be updated)

Complete Spring Series Results

Summer Series 1 Starts June 29

Come on out next week when we’ll all start with 0 points for Summer Series 1 (June 29-July 27).  I especially invite our Learn-to-Sail students to come on out and exercise those shiny new blue tags.  We have a “best rookie” award, and great food/company afterwards.  Even if you don’t want to race by yourself, let your humble* sailing director (Jason) know (sailing@kanatasailingclub.com) and we’ll make sure we get a skipper or crew for you.  “Nobody left ashore” policy is still in effect; if you want to sail, we’ll get you on the water regardless of circumstances.

*well, he may not be so humble for the next few weeks — if you want to take him down a few pegs, come on out and beat him around the course!

Race Night Report, June 15, 2017

Sit back and hear the tale of the amazing submersible Albacore.

Race night got off to a great start!  We had a good number of people show up, although most elected to take double handers which reduced the number of boats on the start line.  The wind showed up as well, with steady winds of about 12 knots and gusts in the 16-18 knot range, from the East.  A fairly short course set by Sydney and Reese let us get three races in.

Race 1 was all about figuring out the course.  A shift in the persistent wind meant that most people figured out that port tack would be favoured for most of the leg.  Tony and Jason (Tasar) decided to roll the dice and try a port tack start near the pin end.  With only about 5 seconds before the start, Norm and Carla (Albacore) were coming up to Tony/Jason on starboard, and it looked like Tony/Jason would have to cross early or tack (screwing their start), but Norm/Carla elected to tack onto port right as the gun went (giving Jason/Tony a repreve).  Chunshu and Tom (Albacore) decided to not repeat Tom’s OCS start last week, and gave the start line plenty of room.  The positions held through the race, with Jason/Tony winning, followed by Carla/Norm.  Tom/Chunshu ended up taking on some water and decided to abandon the race to bail their boat.

Race 2 found us joined by Ray (Laser).  By this time most of the sailors had figured out that the port tack start was the winner, but it seemed that Tony/Jason had the favoured pin end all to themselves.  They were able to make the windward mark first, but a battle between Ray and Carla/Norm meant it was neck-and-neck through for second.  Bad judgement on Jason’s part during a shift meant that both 2nd and 3rd place boats gained on Tony/Jason during the downwind leg, with Carla/Norm just a few feet away from establishing overlap around the mark.  Tony/Jason held on for 1st, while Carla/Norm took 2nd and Ray 3rd.

The final race, the game was on!  Norm/Carla won the start with Ray and Chunshu/Tom close behind.  Tony/Jason mistimed their start and had some catching up to do.  But what’s this?  Why is Carla/Norm on starboard tack?  A mistook mark and, the Carla/Norm Albacore was off the course, and had a lot of catching up to do.  Meanwhile, Tom/Chunshu had some trouble at the upwind mark!  Oh no, it looks like their tipping!  Capsize!  Jason/Tony went on to win the race, followed by Ray and Carla/Norm.

The amazing Albacore U-Boat

The real fun was at the upwind mark where Chunshu/Tom were still having trouble.  When the boat was righted, it was sitting rediculously low in the water and would capsize again immediately.  Three capsizes later, we find that their tiller has broken completely off from their rudder head.  They were towed to safety by our intrepid RC (thanks, Reese & Sydney!) with a special shout out to Tony who jumped in the power boat to lend a hand if needed as well.  When the boat got back to the shore, we found that not only was the rudder head busted, not only was the boat full of water, but 3 of the 4 bouyancy tanks were filled as well.  No wonder it was so hard to right!

Race 1 Results: 1st Tony/Jason (Tasar), 2nd Norm/Carla (Albacore), DNF Chunshu/Tom (Albacore), DNS Ray (Laser)

Race 2 Results: 1st Tony/Jason (Tasar), 2nd Norm/Carla (Albacore), 3rd Ray (Laser), DNS Chunshu/Tom (Albacore)

Race 3 Results: 1st Tony/Jason (Tasar), 2nd Ray (Laser), 3rd Norm/Carla (Albacore), DNF Chunshu/Tom (Albacore)

A thank you also goes to Jean and Frank who tended the BBQ and great beer/burgers were had by all.

 

Advanced Sailing Skills – May 27, 2017

Little in the way of new theory discussed.  Carla did show a nifty trick for stepping a Laser mast if you’re light:

  1. Make sure there’s a tire under front of boat
  2. Stand mast beside boat (point head of mast into the wind to have wind help lift it)
  3. Stand on deck of boat
  4. Can now lift mast vertically onto deck of boat and into mast step

Alternatively, just sail a Byte and you don’t have to worry about the mast.

Since there’s not much else to write about, I’ll mention log books.  If you don’t keep a log book, I recommend doing so.  Sometimes it’s fun to look back at past sails.  Sometimes you’ll remind yourself of a long-forgotten tip.  My typical log book entry looks something like this:

May 27, 2017 – KSC Advanced Skills
Forecast: 6 knots from the W, sunny, high of 24
Observed: About 4 knots with occasional gust of up to 6, coming from S.
Boat: Tasar (blue)
Plan: Sail into the gusts, if available.  Work on using heel to facilitate steering both tacks and gybes.  Since this is first time sailing with Frank in a couple of years, focus on communication between skipper & crew.  Tasar likes to be sailed flat (even more so than Laser) so work extra hard on keeping boat level when we’re not trying to turn.
Postmortem: Communication with Frank was excellent in both directions, regardless of who was skipper and who was crew.  Heel during turns was working out well, although occasionally heeled in the wrong direction (1/4 of the time, maybe).  Rounding leeward mark was easy regardless of whether we approached on starboard or port tack.  Had trouble picking starboard layline to windward mark, and often came at mark on beam reach.
Lessons learned: Tasar points higher than the Lasers I’m used to — take this into account when calling layline.  Don’t forget to rotate Tasar wing mast when crew.

Doug Peckover (world class Laser sailor and author of Improper Course blog) goes into much more detail in his log entries than I do (here are his logs from the 2016 Worlds in Mexico)

Race night report, Aug 1 and Aug 8

Well, apparently I didn’t write a report for Aug 1, so this one will have to serve for both

Aug 1

A big wind day saw lots of close racing.  Emily, Heidi and Stephanie set up a short course with a 20 minute target time, and we managed to get 4 races in (wow!)  A significant shift to the right meant that the later races were not quite square to the wind, but it made for great racing.  The cat (Tony/Annie) scored its first win of the season in Race 2, and the 29er showed what it could do with the spinnaker in the gusts, but the Albacores were the consistent winners.  Dominic/Jeremy took the night with 1/2/1/1 finishes, with Ken/Frank S (2/4/2/2) following.  Jean/Frank (Albacore) and Max (Laser) tied with 3/5/5/3 and 5/3/4/4 finishes respectively.

Aug 8

The first of 3 races saw big wind and waves, while the second and third were light-air races.  The course was much more square than the previous week (great job, RC) and good close racing followed.  Carla/Steve (Tasar) took the night with 3 1st place finishes, followed by Ken E/Norm with 3 2nd place finishes.  Jason (Laser) scored 3/3/4 to round out 3rd place for the night.

Standings so far

The Summer Series 2 standing have Ken E (12 points) in the lead with Frank and Jean tied for second (23 points).  Carla (26 points), Jason (28 points) are challenging Frank and Jean with a group of racers (Tony, Dominic, Jeremy) all at 35 points.

The Season has Ken E in a healthy lead (36 points) with Jason (63 points) and Dominic (83 points) the closest contenders.

Full results, as always, available on the racing page at http://kanatasailingclub.com/sailing/racing/

Race night report, July 18, 2016

What a night with the wind blowing like crazy, and the sailors moving like crazy to match!  Steady winds in excess of 15 knots and gusts to the upper-20s were the order of the night, and some sailors elected to stay ashore rather than fight the wind and waves.  Mario found an RC volunteer (many thanks, Norm) to run the race, which allowed Heidi and Emily to take the second boat out as a rescue boat.  Turned out to be a good call, as a catamaran capsize and tow in was needed before the first prep signal went up!

In an effort to make these posts shorter, I’ll try to limit myself to one or two paragraphs per race…  First race saw a boat-end favoured line, and a good clean start.  Steve/Carla (Tasar) pulled away from Dominic/Monica (Albacore), Luc (Laser) and Jason (Laser) early on.  Slightly late starts by Frank/Jean (Albacore) and Mike R (Byte) followed.  A sloppy tack to port by Jason meant that Dominic/Monica could tack and get above him.  Luc elected to stay on starboard, however the wind slightly calmed on the that side of the course, meaning he lost boat speed.  Not much change is position from there (great defending by Dominic/Monica to fend off Jason on the reaching legs).  Final results were Steve/Carla (Tasar, 1st, by a mile), Dominic/Monica (Albacore, 2nd), Jason (Laser, 3rd), Luc (Laser, 4th), Frank/Jean (Albacore 5th), Mike R (Byte, 6th) with an OCF 7th for Mike T/Jasper (29er).

The 2nd race saw Jennie/Andrew (Andrew’s 1st time sailing!) join the fleet in an Albacore, and the 29er was in the thick of it from the beginning.  A slightly favoured pin end of the line led to congestion on the start.  Steve/Carla, Dominic/Monica, Mike R , Luc and Jennie/Andrew all had good starts.  Frank/Jean came up from behind with the 29er bearing on.  Jason messed up the start (got tangled in the mainsheet) and was forced into a poor port tack start behind most of the others.  He was able to find a hole in front of Frank/Jean and the 29er to sneak through, but was well behind the rest of the fleet.  But surprise!  A capsize (and quick recovery) of the Dominic/Monica Albacore meant that we had tight race on our hands.  At the leeward mark (well, for most boats — Steve/Carla were already well on their upwind leg by the time the others reached leeward mark) something amazing happened…

The 29er was first to hit the mark and head upwind.  They weren’t making good headway, so they tried to foot on port tack… farther, and farther and farther.  The Albacores followed.  Luc and Jason recognized that a major shift to the right occurred, jumped immediately on starboard tack and pointed straight at the mark.  By the time the other realized their mistake, the Lasers were in 2nd and 3rd (and everyone waved to Steve and Carla crossing the finish line).  Jason was able to maintain 2nd place for the final downwind leg and finished without issue, but the real battle was between Luc and Jennie/Andrew’s quickly approaching Albacore.  The shift meant that the Albacore’s superior pointing ability didn’t come into play, and it was down to raw speed between the two on a close reach.  In the end, the Albacore took it by half a second (both boats had to check with RC to see who finished first between them).  Dominic/Monica (Albacore), Frank/Jean (Albacore), Mike T/Jasper (29er) and Mike R (Byte) rounded out the finishes.

We now quite a pack in the summer series standings — Dominic (1st place, 14 pts), Ken S (17 pts), Jason (19 pts) and Ken E (20 pts) are right in the thick of it, with one race night to go.  Also, note that we’re at 9 races currently, and one more drop comes into effect at 12.  If we somehow manage to get 3 races in next week then this will come into play.

Summer series 1 and complete season standings can be found on the racing page

Post race, Mike R (sailing the Byte) stayed on the water to help a Laser that was struggling to get back to shore in the strong winds.  The power boat whipped out with Luc, Jennie, Andrew and Jason aboard to assist, and Luc volunteered to to jump into the Laser to help the boat back.  A huge shout out to Mike R, Luc, Jennie and Andrew for keeping an eye on safety, and having fun in a safe environment is what KSC is all about!  Many thanks again to Mario for running a fantastic race, Norm for riding RC, Emily and Heidi for running mark-set/rescue boat!

Race night report, Monday July 11, 2016

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/