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Re: Crew wanted for Gov Cup Ches Bay MD
Really gotta see the replay on this one. I was there and have no idea what happened. lol
Thought we were looking good from what we could tell with the dang tracker, but in the results, the boat we thought we were chasing all night (and that spanked me last year) ended up behind us and two boats that we never knew were ahead of us based on the tracker info, finished ahead of us.
I really want to see the tracking on this one to see what, if anything, we could have done better. I thought I'd put the boat in a pretty good place and don't think I could expect much more boat speed than we got. I was only minutes behind the 2nd place boat this year and the 1st place boat was a Catalina nearly 10' longer than mine with a nearly identical rating. I probably let myself get complacent thinking we were comfortably in 2nd (based on the apparently flawed tacking data) and would earn a pickle dish. If we knew we were third, we maybe could have found a way to make up those few minutes, but maybe not.
Edited to add.
OK I've watched the replay and understand what happened now and why we were misled by the tracker. Several of the boats that finished ahead of and near me had tracker issues. It looks like one didn't transmit until almost half way through the race and the other stopped transmitting at some point and one had a gap for during the time they rounded Pt Look out.
It looks like the finish order among the 1st 4 boats in Founders Cruising class was pretty much established fairly early in the race. It looked like Promise(Not transmitting at the start) and Midnight Breeze took the lead early with Full Tilt a bit behind them and us neck and neck with Arriba. Over the course of the race Promise began transmitting and Midnight Breeze quit. Full Tilt had a navigational issue at Point No Point and Arriba and us got ahead of them, so going into St. Marys River the actual order was Promise, Midnight Breeze, Arriba then us. However, the tracker at that point would be showing Promise leading, Midnight Breeze and Arriba weren't transmitting at that point so the tracker showed Promise first, us second and Full Tilt behind us - which is what we saw Sat Am when I got the whole crew back on deck just prior to the gybe into the Potomac.
The tracker convinces me we sailed about as good a race as we could have. We hung right with boats owing us time from the start through out the night. Perhaps we could have shaved a bit off on the tacks going up the St. Marys, but no one was at their sharpest at that point.
If Full Tilt hadn't blundered at Pt. No Point, I almost certainly would be another place down and if we'd had blundered I could have been 5th. I think to do any better against these boats, I'd have to have a race where there was more of a chance to make a mistake and have everyone but me make some.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Last edited by PalmettoSailor; 08-05-2014 at 02:40 PM.