Appreciate the insight folks.
First off, I know the skipper of that boat, hell of a nice guy, and we probably wouldn’t have protested even if we were sure we were in the right. I don’t think there has been a single protest flag in either the spring or summer series. Some boats run a little closer to the edge than most, but even they play mostly by the rules. I’ll chalk this one up to an honest mistake and get my beer after the race tomorrow.
So many rules out there when it comes to rounding a mark, and this being our first year of racing, we’re still trying to learn them all. It’s nice to have video evidence rather than try to explain in text, you can clearly see the events unfold.
Looks like fun. What kind of boat was that?
Ours is a 1980 Irwin 39, and at 25,000 lbs, we employ the tonnage rule.
On the mainsheet, pull over your shoulders, not below. You'll get a greater range of motion i.e., faster and more sheet with each pull... but no really big deal. There wasn't all that much sheet out to begin with.
Will do, we’ll get that traveler centered prior, and I’ll keep my feet under me, too.
Whats to laugh at? If this was a race, looks like you guys were passing everyone up
I look for the humor in things, I’ve always been sort of the class clown.
We smoke on a reach or run, it’s the beat leg that kills us.
My wife keeps meticulous records of the race. She gets wind speeds from buoy data on the lake.
Winds were 12 gusting to 24 knots.
Leg 1 was a broad reach, almost a run, we averaged 7.2 knots.
Leg 2 was a beam reach, we averaged 7.3 knots.
Leg 3 was a beat, we averaged 5.6 knots and went 2 miles on a 1.2 mile leg.
Leg 4 was a beam reach again, we averaged 7.7 knots.
Top speed was 7.9 knots
Obviously, the beat did us in. We were the #2 boat around the second pin and closing fast on the #1 boat (who flew a spinnaker off the line). We finished 7th out of 8 in our class, but all 8 boats finished within a 5 minute window, 3 minutes corrected.
Our 2 biggest problems were that we didn’t have a genoa lead track inboard last week, so we had to sheet to the toe rail and therefore could only point about 45 degrees to wind, (That has been corrected, the tracks are now in place and ready for tomorrow) and we really needed to reef the main, we had it flat as we could and still had too much weather helm. Live and learn.
Wanna talk about heel?
Here ya go!