Short Race Recap - SailNet Community
  • 1 Post By BarryL
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 08-22-2011 Thread Starter
Senior Member
BarryL's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 1,839
Thanks: 4
Thanked 52 Times in 47 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Short Race Recap


Yesterday I crewed on my usual race ride - a mid 80's C&C 34, in the Mount Sinai Sailing Association American Cancer Society Regatta (Mount Sinai, NY Long Island Sound).

For a nice change we had WIND, more than enough wind, lots of wind. We got out early to do a little tuning, and the wind was 10-12. We raised the #1 and soon after the wind went to 15-20. So down with the #1 and up with the #2. Since the wind stayed below 20 true, we didn't reef the main but put on full outhaul, cunningham, backstay, etc.

I'll skip most of the usual stuff and list a few 'interesting' moments:
*About 200 yards from the first mark we tacked onto the layline, right in front of one of our competitors. There were a tense moments as both boats sailed alongside each other, about a foot or two apart. I did not enjoy that very much.
*After we rounded the mark and started heading downwind, the skipper called for the spinnaker to be raised. This was a surprise to me as we normally don't fly the chute when the wind is above 15 kts. It worked out great as we went flying downwind. The true wind was 18 - 20 and we were moving through the water at 8 kts most of the time, with a peak of 9.25! This was the most fun I've had sailing in a long time. I jokingly told the crew we should drop out of the race and sail to Block Island.
*The sight of 30+ boats flying downwind, with many colorful spinnakers flying, was very impressive
*Due to a communication mix up, we screwed up the spinnaker drop and sailed for a few minutes with the chute flying around like a crazy kite.
*The last leg was upwind, wet, and rough. Apparent wind was 22-25 kts most of the time. At one point the skipper called for the jib sheet to be tightened a little more. I was on the winch and cranked in about 1" when the sheet exploded with a loud bang. That really scared me. We immediately tacked over, tied on another sheet, tacked back, and sailed on. That probably cost us one position.
*We got off the water BEFORE some giant thunderstorms came through the area.

Even though we didn't place very well it was a lot of fun and a great experience.

WanderingStar likes this.

Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
BarryL is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 08-23-2011
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Long Island
Posts: 2,139
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Great story Barry!
I brought WS home from Greenwich (Ct., not England) on Sunday. The day started calm, but a gentle south sprang up after an hour underway. At the same time dark clouds and thunder threatened astern, but noaa said it would go away east (it did). The wind continued to rise until it was pretty fresh when we were off Crane Neck. I took in the staysail and rolled on. We were touching 8 knots over the bottom against the flood, foam boiling along the lee side. It was a great end to a great weekend aboard. Nothing parted, and I was on the mooring at 3pm.
WanderingStar is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BVI Charter Recap maccauley123 Chartering 10 07-17-2011 08:06 PM
Bermuda Rally Recap danielgoldberg Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 01-31-2010 02:12 PM
The Amazing Race Recap 3 - NewsReader News Feeds 0 03-26-2007 07:15 AM
Recap ? The Amazing Race - NewsReader News Feeds 0 03-26-2007 03:15 AM
Brothers fall just short of winning race - Port Huron Times Herald NewsReader News Feeds 0 07-17-2006 09:15 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome