Tonight we were able to welcome Erica to our regatta. Erica is fairly new to racing but shows great promise.
In the first race Moon and Amy started side by side and fought for the lead until near the first mark where Amy took the lead. She was able to move ahead some but then Moon closed the gap and caught her at the end of the first lap. They again fought but again Amy was able to gain the lead and then lengthen it and hold it until the end. Moon was approaching the last mark, the buoy in Atlantic behind the line when he moored and told me in IM he was done and logged.
At that point Gemma arrived and ordered (well she is the Commodore) me to rez a boat she was taking over RD duties. Thank you Boss for giving me the opportunity to race. There isn’t much to report after that as I was busy racing and out front not able to watch the others.
The wind setting was from 220 degrees at 18 knots with variation of 2 and gusts 4.
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This Saturday we have the following skippers on our course
Bianca – The Fox
Justin – The Greyhound
Ester – The Monster Claw
Moon – Tell tales basic
Amy – Hawaiian mask
Some photos at Start Line:
From left to right. Moon – Justin – Ester – Amy – Bianca
Bianca – Amy – Ester – Justin – Moon
The course of this Saturday are:
First race is > B919 Second race is > B922 Third race is > B923
The wind come from South – 180° – 18 Knots – V2 in first two races Wind come from South West – 225° – 18 Knots – V2 in third course
South – 180° – 18 Knots – V2
Bianca and Justin take the lead followed a bit distance for Ester, Moon and Amy. In the green gate Bianca and Justin go fast and take the way for the purple striped buoy. Amy catch at Moon in the green gate and pass. Ester is close of Moon and both sail together the next buoys, Bianca and Justin can ear the sound of water breaking under the hull of Amy’s Laser One. a Spyglass Island the distance is minimum between this three skippers, Moon lost some distance from the group lead. Bianca go a bit more to south to turn in best position to heading blue buoy, Justin and Amy take the more iron sail position to reach this buoy, and again together turn the buoy, the drama come at Mainbrace, one boat house and warship moored at the way of the green striped buoy, Bianca and Justin go south rom warship, and Amy lost time and direction to return the boathouse and warship. When Laser One of Amy enter at mainbrace lost control and get forced to logout. Bianca and Justin enter in the same position of the startline. Ester catch Moon and pass close the finish line.
South – 180° – 18 Knots – V2
South – 180° – 18 Knots – V2
In this second race Ester have a problem with a griefer and miss the start line by over earlier. Amy, Moon, Bianca and Justin go to south very close each of others, only Amy sail a bit away to south east, in the yellow buoy all of us turn well and go to the green at Windlass, Bianca go in solo followed at 30 meters for Justin, Amy and Moon. Amy catch Justin and pass her before turn the green buoy, and go away with the firm intencion to catch Bianca. after turn yellow buoy at Murat, Amy take strategy to go “by the lee” in diagonal to North West getting more push on her sail, and Justin and Moon take “by the lee” in vertical more slow but more short betwwen buoys. And in the yellow buoy at Azimuth Justin catch and pass Amy, and Moon shadowing her. together turn fast and go to Half hitch turning fast and go to green gate, Bianca go away in solo for a segure win, Justin fight Amy shadowing Justin in the way to the green striped buoy. turning together and Justin take “by the lee” to northeast and Amy make the same but to Northwest, in the finish line Justin cross earlier of Amy, and Moon a bit later.
South West – 225° – 18 Knots – V2
The start of third course is similar to the last course, with alls skippers in a compact group sailing to south, only Amy sailed again a bit more to south east, in the buoy Bianca Justin and Moon catch Amy lossing her the lead, Bianca and Justin go together to the red gate and Moon go a bit more to south meanwhile Amy recoverd one position momentaly, in the red gate Moon catch again Amy. Bianca raised her Laser One dagger, and fly at 14 knots betweeen red gate and red buoy at Beaufort followed in certanly distance by justin, Moon and Amy who recovered some distance with her more high speed 14.2 Knots, Amy catch at justin and Moon in the red buoy, ansd the three skipers go fast to heading the last gate, In the gate Amy have the option to pass Moon but make a mistake entering on the shadowind of Moon, and the race finish with Bianca in firts position followed by Justin, Moon and Amy.
Thank you for coming and make laser One races fun every week.
Congratulations to Bianca for the her alls win courses. Thank you all for coming.
Lap Times: TgBianca Resident IDBSEB40 — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:13:13 moonglownight Resident IDBSBF2E — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:14:10 Montserrat Naidoo IDBSCE61 — Start: 00:00:01 — Last lap: 00:14:21 SteveLL Resident IDBS7263 — Start: 00:14:11 — Last lap: not finished
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This trophy is for Laser One lovers. It consists of 36 races spread over 18 weeks. At the end of the trophy, the top three finishers will receive a prize. This is the third round for the Laser One, we start at 18th September and finish at 30th January.
Only your best 2 races of each Saturday can be scored for the trophy. Instead if the 3rd race can be scored, if one of the first two has been impossible to compete** or you crash in the preview courses.
I apologize for the delay in posting this, RL has been keeping me very busy. I won’t give details of the individual races themselves or post the videos taken for us by Noe because Bianca has already posted those on Orca’s blog and sent out the URL in a previous notice. I will post the URL to great videos by Lucy taken from the cockpit of her boat while she raced. These are truly amazing.
The Francois Jacques Memorial Regatta is an annual event that Nantucket Yacht Club has been holding for several years in honor of our first Commodore. The boats and courses have changed year to year and we strive to make it challenging and worthy of Fran and the honor of winning the trophy and having the winner’s name added to the board of honor in Nantucket’s club house. I believe it is the longest running series in SL now surpassing even the prestigious Fizz Cup which unfortunately is no longer being held.
This year we ran four races in the regatta and used Appendix A low point scoring to determine the rank of the competitors. This is the RL standard and also used by other clubs here in SL. Here are the results of the individual races and then the Appendix A scoring.
The wind used varied from race to race and along the course, building throughout the day. The first race started with a 16 kts wind and the final race saw winds as high as 22 kts plus gusts. The Blake Sea conditions were excellent and there were no issues with tourists sailing into the race or mooring and blocking the course. It was a great day and enjoyed by all.
I want to add a special thank you to my staff, Nantucket Yacht Club Commodore Gemma Vuckovic, NYC Race Director August West, NYC Race Director Mike Uallas and Photographer Palani Allen. Thank you also to the spectators who came to watch and of course the skippers who came to challenge this course and each other.
There was a small turn out for tonight’s regatta, perhaps the skippers are resting after Saturday’s Francois Jacques regatta. Moon, Bianca and Lalia were in the first race after which Moon said he was too tired and withdrew.
Bianca lead off the first race with better position on the start. Moon was able to close the distance on the way to Mark 2 but couldn’t catch her. After the turn at Mark 3 Bianca extended the lead more and eventually pushed out to a one region lead easily winning.
Course 904 started with just Bianca and Lalia after Moon’s departure. The start was even between the pair with Bianca taking a small lead of about one length. At Mark 1 Lalia took the inside on the turn and passed Bianca taking a small lead. Bianca caught up and passed her on the leeward side but couldn’t hold it so they continued on side by side. Rounding Mark 3 Bianca was able to etch out a small lead and hold it until Mark 3. Leaving Mark three Bianca chose to sail at a more downwind angle with the spinnaker while Lalia chose a more direct path allowing Bianca with more speed to gain a lead and hold it to the finish.
The third race started with Lalia taking a small lead off the line. She was able to extend it going around Mark 1 but from there as in the previous race chose a direct route to Mark 2 while Bianca sailed closer to the wind until the angle to the mark permitted use of the spinnaker. This allowed her to close much of the distance between the two. After clearing the mark Bianca slowly gained on Lalia until finally passing her on Lalia’s leeward side. From there she extended the lead and held it until the finish.
The wind was 19 kts from 170 degrees with variations 2 and gusts 4.
It was a day to practice starts as we sailed 5 short courses: 911, 912, 913, 914 and 909. Breeze was on the lighter side with wind initially from the South-SE (155) blowing at 12 knots with Var 2 and Gusts 4. The wind later shifted to a more southerly 175. Amy, Moon and Palani joined the regatta in so-so conditions, a bit rough at first, but improving over time.
In Race 1, Moon and Viv got the better start, initiating a duel that lasted all session. Palani and Amy followed in the distance after some issues in pre-start. Palani couldn’t finish the race. Viv prevailed ahead of Moon in a tight race.
Race 1 – Course NYC 911 – Wind 12 @155: 1: vivipezz Resident IDBS42D3 — 00:06:01 — Start: 00:00:07 — Last lap: 00:05:54 2: moonglownight Resident IDBSBF2E — 00:06:17— Start: 00:00:08 — Last lap: 00:06:09 3: Montserrat Naidoo IDBSCE61 — 00:08:11— Start: 00:00:41 — Last lap: 00:07:30 4: Palani Allen IDBS5103 — DNF— Start: 00:00:27 — Last lap: not finished
The wind shifted a bit for Race 2 on 912, to a more southerly 175. Still a mild breeze at 12 knots. Again all racers took part, and it was another intense start, with Amy crossing first. Yet, Viv took the early lead. Palani again was in technical troubles and couldn’t finished the race in an increasingly frustrating regatta for him. Meanwhile, Moon, after a slow start had caught up with Viv and Amy and managed to get ahead at mark #3. The race ended in a tight duel with Amy, a few seconds separating the two sailors.
Race 2 – Course NYC 912 – Wind 12 @175: 1: moonglownight Resident IDBSBF2E –– 00:06:00— Start: 00:00:23 — Last lap: 00:05:37 2: Montserrat Naidoo IDBSCE61 — 00:06:07— Start: 00:00:02 — Last lap: 00:06:05 3: vivipezz Resident IDBS42D3 — 00:06:33— Start: 00:00:06 — Last lap: 00:06:27 4: Palani Allen IDBS5103 — DNF— Start: 00:00:35 — Last lap: not finished
Amy had to go before race 3, so a reduced fleet of 3 took the start. This time, no issue for Palani who took the best of a tightly packed start, all 3 racers starting within a second of each other. Palani had the early lead, yet Moon, inside, could control the first tack and broke away from Palani. Viv followed at a distance after being shadowed in the start. Boats converged at mark #1 with Moon in the lead. Viv passed Palani but couldn’t move further up and positions remained unchanged as Moon finished fast with no mistake.
Palani had enough issues for one day and decided to retire his boat. With only 2 racers left, races 4 and 5 thus became an impromptu match race between Moon and Viv. NYC 914 is a very short course where the start is essential. Viv managed to cross 2 seconds ahead of Moon and that gap remained the same most of the tightly sailed race. Despite a gamble through Crow’s Nest to shorten his way, Moon didn’t catch up as Viv finished without any mistake.
In the final race for the day, on the longest course of the regatta, Moon started ahead. Viv split early to the West, to sail the long beat in clean air. The tactic paid off and she rounded mark #1 first. Not making any mistake, she controlled the race, slightly increasing her lead after each mark.
Final regatta of September as we meet with the same 3 racers for our friendly weekly races.
Wind was again a fresh breeze from the South (21SSV3G1D00). The course mix consisted of 926, 920-reversed and 918. Conditions on the Blake Sea were mostly calm, with few tourists and just one DNF in race 1.
1/ Course NYC 926: 926 is a bit special with a gate cutting the long upwind and downwind legs, which usually re-shuffled the cards, bringing the boats together. Palani took the better start, with Moon close behind. Viv lagged a bit but started with good speed, keeping in touch with the others on the technical first part of the course. Moon managed to take the lead at mark #1, taking advantage of his starboard position vs. Palani on port. Palani then encountered issues from #2 and had to retire after rounding #3. Meanwhile, Viv closed the gap with Moon and both sailed a tight match race until the end. Moon managed to keep Viv at bay until they both passed the final gate nearly on the same plane. There, Viv took a more direct line to the finish line while Moon gambled on better speed. The run turned out in Viv’s favour as she crossed the finish line first by just a few seconds . Woot!
2/ Course NYC 920 Reversed: All three racers crossed the start line at once, at 3 seconds! Viv gambled on a port start, while the other 2 started on starboard. A bit of a luffing match between them probably helped Viv in the beat to mark #1 as she crossed clear ahead of the duo when they converged at Binnacle. Positions remained unchanged until the end, Palani experiencing some more script issues which slowed him down a bit. Moon nearly caught up with Viv by the last mark but fell a little short, not managing to get her in his wind shadow on the final run.
3/ Course NYC 918: The final race was another intense one. Palani got a fast start even if not ahead, and challenged Moon all along the beat. Viv, having started behind the pair, suffered in their wind shadow at first so tacked away. Converging with Moon into Beaufort, Palani made an aggressive cover tack from port. However, he lacked the speed to keep his position and Moon managed to round #1 first. This proved a turning point in the race: Moon took a solid lead and Viv caught up with Palani. Making no mistake, Moon sailed to a well-deserved win despite Viv’s efforts to put pressure on him. Well done!
Slow day as conditions on the Blake Sea were not so good and the regatta had to be cut short. The usual suspects were again on the start line, ready to battle on courses A20R “Juggernaut reversed”, A17 “Tribute2Hay” and A19 “HourglassCurvy”. Wind was from the South (177) blowing at 16 knots with Var 1 and Gusts 6.
In race 1, Palani took the better start, followed by Moon. Yet, at mark #1, Moon was ahead after a better tack. Viv then passed Palani and caught up with Moon at Lanyard (#2). Tacking first on the quick beat, she shortened her lines to #3 and took the lead. However, Moon had to retire shortly afterwards as he was running into technical issues, then withdrawing from the regatta altogether. Viv prevailed with a comfortable lead over Palani in an eventless finish.
With only 2 racers left, race 2 thus became an impromptu match race. Palani took the better start sailing a fast beat. However, Viv soon let her better speed talk and caught up, passing Palani before mark #2. Positions remained unchanged to the finish with no major issue.
The same 3 racers came to race at Nantucket this week, and conditions were pretty good on the Blake Sea, which led to some intense racing and close results.
Wind was a fresh breeze at 21 knots from the South, (21SSV4G1D+1). The choice of courses was a mix of 2-lap and straight races, starting with 912 2-lap, then 916 and 904 to close the regatta.
1/ Course NYC 912 – 2 Laps: 912 is a short CCW lap, with a fast start on port tack. Viv took the early lead, with Moon and Palani in tight formation behind her. Her fast start allowed Viv to build a solid lead over the first lap while Moon and Palani were duelling. This proved to be enough of a safety net to help her resist Moon come-back in the second lap, after he sailed clear ahead of Palani.
2/ Course NYC 916: Race 2 was a bit of the same: Viv starting ahead, with Moon and Palani close behind, in that order. Unfortunately for him, Palani ran into some issues and got dropped from the fight for the lead. Meanwhile, Viv and Moon sailed a tight duel all along with some very intense and close match racing between the 2. They finished on the exact same time, Viv getting the win only thanks to her better start.
3/ Course NYC 904: The final race was another intense one, marred with some incidents. Viv mistimed her start this time, and ended up in the leeward buoy, bouncing back in Moon’s way. This allowed Palani to take the early lead. As Viv struggled to resume her race, Moon quickly caught up with Palani and making no mistake, took the lead after mark #1. Viv closed much of the gap in the running leg from #3 to #4, passing Palani and putting some pressure on Moon. Yet, positions remained unchanged as all sailed well to the finish. Moon experienced a final scare just before the end as he slept from his boat on the last cross, recovering just in time to close his race victoriously. Well done!
Very exciting races today as Ruggero, Moon, Justin, Erin and Lord Mystere came to sail. Three 2-lap courses were used today for some exciting and fast sailing. The wind was a fresh breeze from the South. Courses: 2021-A16, NYC913 and NYC911b.
Ruggero ran into issues in pre-start and retired from the regatta.
In Race 1, Erin and Moon got an even start, sailing much of the first leg close to each other. Rounding mark 1, Erin, a bit rusty, messed up her spin set and dropped to the back. Meanwhile, Moon quickly forged a large lead ahead of the fleet and never looked back, winning with a solid margin. Behind, the race was tight between Erin, Justin and Lord. Actually, Erin managed a nice comeback in the second lap to finish just before Lord.
Race 2, was a bit of a repeat as sailors finished in the same order. Yet, it was a totally different race as we witnessed 2 close duels: Moon vs Justin for the lead, and Erin vs Lord for the podium spot. And in the end, it was the quality of each sailor’s start that made the difference as speed was very similar in both duo.
Erin had to leave prior to Race 3, so I joined the pack. Moon and Justin were first to go, with Lord and Viv in the hunt. The race most significant turns happened between marks 2 and 4. Viv passed Lord at mark 2, shortly behind Justin and Moon. Justin was in the lead but Moon got to his windward and edged past him. Viv took advantage of the situation to close the gap, passing Justin as well. Rounding inside at mark 3, she took the lead, with Moon hot on her stern. Justin, not far behind, forgot mark 4, putting himself out of the race. The duel between Moon and Viv went along the whole second lap, with never more than 1-2 boat lengths between them. Viv managed to resist Moon’s attacks with no mistake to claim a well-fought win. After a difficult first lap, Lord finished strong, while Justin retired before the end knowing he had missed a mark.
Thanks to all for coming to sail and providing such an exciting show. I hope to see more of you next week. Cheers !
4 boats to compete in today’s races as Moon, Palani, Amy and Ester joined me for some exciting races around new courses: 2021-A17, A18 and A18b.
The weather on the Blake was so-so with several DNFs in the regatta. Wind was a soft breeze at 16 knots, from the S-SE.
Race 1 saw Moon take the better start ahead of Viv. Yet, Amy with Ester as crew soon rushed forward with more speed upwind. She took the lead but crashed somewhere in the southern Blake regions. Palani was no more lucky, retiring in the 1st leg. Meanwhile, Moon had built a comfortable lead over Viv, thanks to his better start, but she slowly got closer as the race proceeded. A rare Moon mistake around Travertine Island (clipping the shore a tad too close) opened the door for Viv: she surged on his “6” on the upwind leg to mark 9. Tacking first, she used her better speed to position herself with the starboard edge and rounded the mark first. Swiftly setting the spin, she made it first to the finish.
In race 2, Moon led the way from the start, with Amy and Palani shortly behind. Viv took a delayed start and erred a while before getting back on track. Meanwhile, Moon and Amy were battling in front. Moon managed to stay ahead and resist Amy’s better speed upwind. Behind, Viv managed to catch up with Palani who never got up to speed in this fickle Blake weather.
Amy and Ester had to leave before Race 3. This time, Viv took the better start ahead of Palani, Moon closing the pack. Again, poor Palani encountered issues and had to retire early. Viv was leading the way at mark 2 with Moon fast on her tail. Then, Viv hit a 4-region cross as she was checking her position. Taking advantage of Viv’s nav issue, Moon passed her and even managed to build a 50-to-100m lead. Soon, however, Viv was catching up again and both converged to the last mark at once. There was not enough room for the 2 boats though and Viv hit the mark trying to take the inside (Viv being astern couldn’t call for mark room), and Moon took the win.
Well done to all who came to race today. Hoping to see more of you next week. Meanwhile, keep safe and fair winds to all!
Race 1 – Course 2021-A17 “Tribute2Hay”: 1: vivipezz Resident IDBS42D3 — 00:15:39 — Start: 00:00:20 — Last lap: 00:15:19 2: moonglownight Resident IDBSBF2E— 00:15:47 — Start: 00:00:04 — Last lap: 00:15:43 3: Montserrat Naidoo IDBSCE61 — DNF — Start: 00:00:22 — Last lap: not finished 4: Palani Allen IDBS5103 — DNF — Start: 00:07:08 — Last lap: not finished