Winter Admin

Hey guys, First, as I write this, the season’s first race is 114 days away.  It’ll be here before we know it! So I’ve got just a bunch of miscellaneous items here  First, congratulations to Jane on picking up a more active position in the sailing instructor cadre at the Naval Station.  I can’t think …

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The End Is In Sight

Hard to believe that we are approaching the end.  This coming Sunday is our final race, the last JYC of the fall series.  We’ve been fairly consistent and I think we’ll land on about a 4th.  Coincidentally, we also found a 4th in a super breezy Sail For Hope and a 4th in the Twenty …

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Catching Up

We’ve had quite the run the last couple of weeks.  After Ida we had the Prince Henry race — the navigator’s race for the Twenty Hundred Club Saturday before last.  Very ably directed by birthday boy Marky B we racked up 36nm of distance in a mostly light air event.  We managed to get all …

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Ida

After a couple of missed years we finally brought the pieces together for an amazing race.  Conditions were pleasant, with moderate breeze out of the SE most of the entire race.  The angle and pressure helped us get the most from Spirit as we were the smallest/lightest boat of the fleet.  : )  We also …

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J/Fest — A time to learn

A good regatta in terms of learning.  Carter really brought a focus on the details.  Breeze for Day One added some excitement and once we got into a groove we were closer in the hunt on Day Two.  Racing was perhaps a bit frustrating given the format and inherent PHRF shortcomings between boats, somewhat magnified …

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Cuttyhunk!

Another great Cuttyhunk event.  Perfect reaching conditions for us and it showed.  Had a good start while exiting the harbor and the A0 was working for us until things got funky by Fort Wetherill.  We found a great current outflow (please all: remember what that looks like!) and in the light air it really kept …

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EGYC

Once again we won the weekend!  hahaha  The actual race, not so much, with a 9/14.  BUT, I think we were literally just a minute or two out of THIRD — we saw Dark Star finish right in front of us and they were 4th.  We had a pretty tight wrap going on the downwind …

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Catching Up: JYC

We are getting into a nice groove with the start of the summer series.  New found windward AND leeward speed is helping us get in front (and gain clear air) and then hold it in the downwind.  “White Lightning” is a pleasure to sail and is delivering in both lighter air and in a breeze.  …

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NYYC Done; Around Aquidneck Up Next

A quick update here as we have done a few more races since my last update.  Spirit continues to show excellent upwind performance as I mentioned in my last update.  This was particularly tested last weekend during the three-day NYYC Annual in winds ranging from about 12-25.  The helm is far better balanced and with …

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First couple of races . . .

So we’ve had a couple of races now under our belt and I think I can report that our speed and point appear good.  In the LLS regatta we saw good upwind performance, and had an ability to hang with our closest competitors (Hawk, Samba and Zephyros) and I think actually gain some ground uphill.  …

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