2006 Optimist Selections - Day 3 @ South African Optimist Sailing News - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Welcome to Sailnet > News Feeds
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Article Tools
 
Old
2006 Optimist Selections - Day 3 @ South African Optimist Sailing News
by NewsReader 04-08-2006

Today dawned blustery and wet. We tried to beat the shipping by launching and towing our fleet of Optimists, but, were pipped at the post by shipping movements. Result; we were only able to exit the harbour at 11:00 a.m. with our little ducklings in tow. The wind was a very light south west, flat seas and overcast after our early morning and welcome rain showers. A little debate about the course and the marks were down with the weather mark inshore opposite Bayworld, the start off of Kings Beach, the reach mark out to sea with the gate straight downwind just past the start. The first race was started in very light conditions, port bias and the left was the favoured side. A few boats opted for an inshore course. Just at the weather mark, a major wind shift resulted in the race being abandoned. At the restart of the second race the entire trapezoidal course had been shifted around 55 degrees to the south east, we had a slowly building east, and increase in swell, port end was favoured and the wind stayed light for the duration. This definitely favoured the lighter sailors (revenge for the strong winds in the first race) and Alex Lehtinen showed the fleet a clean pair of heels, followed by Byron Gray and Scott Stephens. Race no. 3 and the second of today was raced on a new course after another wind shift forced the shifting of the entire course another 15 degrees or so. By this time my arms, back and legs were taking a pounding as Gavin Stephens and I, as the designated "young strong ones", were responsible for gate and pin marks and also picked up the weather mark. With the wind building steadily and swell increasing we again witnessed the inside of the course seeming to pay and the bigger sailors starting to make their mark; 1st was Brevan Thompson, followed by Claire Walker and 3rd Mathew Shaw. Race no. 4 and the third race of today started after minor adjustments to the reach mark and gate with the wind strength touching the 10 to 12 knot south east, ideal and challenging conditions. Local knowledge says go inshore, which one or two of the back markers did. Most others played the shifts and marched up left of the middle. From my position the jury is still out on which side really paid as we lost sight of the inshore boats as they appeared to catch up with the rest of the fleet close to the weather mark. 1st was Mathew Shaw, 2nd Michael Crossland and 3rd Claire Walker. Race no. 5 and the fourth and final race for the day saw many tired and cold faces on the start line, building breeze, swells increasing to the 2 metre mark. Port bias on the line and most sailors again playing the shifts left of middle. Saw a few getting confused as a result of having to sail over waves and ... Direct Link

Comments



Link To Original Article
Reply With Quote
Share with Facebook
Views 614 Comments 0
Total Comments 0

Comments

Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Article: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Article Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Articles
Article Author Forum Replies Last Post
sailing south from the puget sound sailguy2001 Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 10-09-2006 12:25 AM
Sailing arcipelagus of Songo Songo in south Tanzania Teti Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 0 04-02-2006 09:40 AM
Sailing the coast of south Tanzania, just beautifull! Teti General Discussion (sailing related) 0 04-02-2006 09:23 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:24 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.