Archive for July, 2007

Series II Action Commences

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Fleet 43 had 13 boats out this week for the (delayed) start of Wednesday Series II.  The day’s hot, clear weather generated a fairly steady 6-8 knots seabreeze that held in until after sundown, a marked improvement after last Wednesday’s windless, foggy weather.  Kudos to Matt Blakeman and the Kinda Blue crew for setting up such a nice course (3/4 mile windward leg,  square line just the right length for a tight start), for getting off two races and for good work on the signals.)

An incoming tide favored the Falmouth shore, but the left side had more consistent breeze and a nice left-hand shift in the corner and the fleet split on all three windward legs without either side gaining a major advantage. Flying Chicken won the evening with a 1-2.  They key to victory?  Ed Rowe was at the helm for the first time this year. (No offense to rookie driver, Rich Carlson, who has been getting better every week and wasn’t really rookie-like anyway.) Mr. Hankey (that’s Hankey with an “e”) took second with a 3-1 and Mark Klein finally returned from vacation to log an overall third sailing a 4-3, with Carter White at the helm in at least the second race.

Fleet 43 is expecting 6 boats for the Handy Boat Regatta this Saturday. Some of the boats may need crew, if anyone whose boat is not sailing wants a ride, give me a buzz.

–Howard

Handy Boat Regatta

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

The annual Handy Boat Regatta is this Saturday (the 28th).  Registration is at Handy’s.  Skipper’s meeting at 1115 and first gun at 1300.  We’ll have our own start. We’ll run “round the buoys”, rather than drop-mark, courses. As per our scoring rules, a minimum of five Fleet 43 participants are required to score the race in the Tonini and Weekend Series.

 As of Wednesday at 1450, Second Chance, Kinda Blue and Mr Hanky were registered.

 –Howard

Woodfords Family Services

Friday, July 20th, 2007

For any of you interested in supporting the Woodfords Family Serivices Therapeutic Foster Care Program, Sandra Hayward (who sails on Second Chance), has asked me to let you know that from 4:00-8:00 on Tuesday August 28th 10% of O’Naturals Falmouth sales will go directly to Woodfords.  While you’re there you can purchase a raffle ticket to win an authentic designer COACH bag.

I think Jeffa would look just smashing toting one of those around.  Don’t you?

 –Howard

Fleet 43 Wednesday Series I Wraps Up

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Fleet 43 finished the first 7-week 2007 Wednesday Night Series on a fabulous night for sailing.  With the wind blowing 12-16 knots and fog pouring in the Hussey, Denali’s RC crew lead 12 boats over to the western end of the anchorage an set up a long WL using C11 (The Brothers’ can) as a windward mark.  Two races were held; the first WL2 and the second WL.  The legs were fairly long and even with the strong, steady breeze, the first race took an hour to complete.  The course was also set up perfectly to split the fleet – square line, more wind on the left, but less tide on the right.  It seemed like crew work and keeping the boats flat and moving forward were the keys to success. 

Al, with Carter White at the helm, dominated the evening with two bullets.  He was consistently flatter and pointing higher than everyone else.  When I asked him after the race how his rig was tuned, he replied, “For about 8 knots”.  So how did he keep the boat so flat and high? (He is willing to share his secrets if you ask.) 

Results:1st Race: Al, Flying Circus, Second Chance2nd Race: Al, Mr Hankey, Second ChanceFor the Evening: Al, Flying Circus, Second Chance 

Not long after the fleet got to the anchorage, the fog engulfed everything . . . perfect timing. 

 

Series Wrap-upWe sailed 6 of the seven weeks of the series with only one week featuring a total lack of wind.  We sailed 12 races and had 12 or 13 boats on the line every week. 

For the 2007 Wednesday Night Series I, the final results were as follows: 

Place Boat Skipper Points
1 Second Chance Jeff Smith 11.43
2 Al Mark Klein 14.66
3 Flying Circus Howard Coon 19.00
4 Mr. Hanky Andrew Carey 24.00
5 Denali Tony Jessen 29.34
6 Bad Apple Bruce Morse 31.00
7 Flying Chicken Rich Carlson 33.00
8 Bouncing Betty Chris Kuhn 53.00
9 Pit Party S. Fernald/R. Ketchum 55.00
10 Kinda Blue Matt Blakeman 61.00
11 Impetuous S. Neal/S. Gill 65.00
12 Draco Gretchen Kinsey 65.60
13 Belafonte Nick Dambrie 76.00
14 Jazazzi Jim Dodd 78.00
15 Insecurity Dan Holt 78.66

 Wednesday the 18th starts the second 7-week series. 

Howard