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Wild race on Saturday during November storm

Our local club had a 26 mile race on Saturday. Out of 15+ boats, only 4 finished. I put my footage together in case anyone is interested-we had a full crew so taking a few shots here and there was better than the fear I was feeling. The storms are often better than expected but not on Saturday-the gusts were 45+, seas 3-5 ft and angry!

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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

Nice. We wanted to go out to James Island for one last weekend before they take the float out but the wife vetoed going out Deception Pass.
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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

That is some serious speed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

We had a race like that a while back. Started out as a 35 mile beat, however, into a 35 knot easterly. It had been blowing like that all day, so the waves had built to about 4-6'. Ripped our main at the second batten from the luff to the leach, but it got us there and back, finishing second to a J/109. Couldn't make a movie since it starts after sundown. Finished before breakfast, though. Twelve boats started, three finished.
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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

Oh hell yeah!!

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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

Nice!

Our race a few miles north in Seattle was cancelled (which was the right call by the organizers for this particular race). We didn't get out, but I was down on the docks working on my boat and wondering what it was like out there.

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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

Yes, we heard all the races north of us were cancelled only after we all had started. I've heard about the boat carnage all week--torn mains, jibs, etc. We were lucky. This weekend the forecast is for rain and 3 knot winds so it's feast or famine...
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Irresponsible?

Not directed at the OP or his decision to race, but if the Race Committee knows that the weather is going to deteriorate to a point where there is a potential for property damage or compromised personal safety, should they cancel the race?

A couple of years ago, winds were in the 30 kt range with gusts to 40+ and waves 4 to 6 feet in pouring rain and 45 deg F (8 deg C) temps. The J105 group collectively decided to not race and told the committee. Once the committee heard this, then they canceled the rest of the fleet.

What's everyone's take on when is it irresponsible for the Race Committee to hold a race?

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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

We seemed to have two types of conditions for racing this summer in Scotland - no wind or a lot of wind. We didn't wallow to well but when the wind piped up we got out the no. 3 (our best sail) and flew. In three races we saw winds up to 40-45kts and in another we had a peak of 50kts. Our highest boat speed was 14.9kts. Not bad for a 34 footer. Heading to NZ soon and hope the winds will be consistently as good for racing as they were last year.
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Re: Wild race on Saturday during November storm

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What's everyone's take on when is it irresponsible for the Race Committee to hold a race?
First I would say the ultimate responsibility lies with the captain for their boat and crew.

In the conditions you describe I think it depends. If the races were for one design light boats then maybe but again I think the decision should be up to the captain. If it's a handicap race then no because those conditions aid the heavier boats whereas in light conditions the lighter boats have an advantage. If canceled I think the racing would always favour the light boats so would be patently unfair.

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