Originally Posted by PalmettoSailor
I was all into technology last year trying to anticipate the tides and winds and favoring this side or that. This year my plan is to forget all that crap and make sure the boat is pointed south and the sails aren't overtrimmed into a wrinkled mess. If the tracker is up I'll keep and eye on the boats that kicked my butt last year and try to keep up.
Couldn't see the forest for the trees? I hear you.
I have loose, general rules for these races:
- Favor the Eastern Shore. There is no current protection and you end up sailing extra miles by following the Western shore.
- Print out the current predictions from CBOFS. Deeper water when favorable, shallow water when foul. Don't get sucked up into the river mouths.
- Trim, trim, trim.
I save my GPS tracks from these races and compare them year after year. I've been using pretty crappy genoas. This year, I have a much better sail.
I'm doing the EYC to Solomon's race tomorrow night. I'm positively itching with curiosity to see how we do.