20 September 2008

fun for this weekend....

Can anyone pick our own Sabina out of the photo??

a glass of rum to whoever guesses first....

04 September 2008


Hi Gang!!

Well end of the season is upon us... and... I still haven't had enough. I'm out on Free Radical racing this week, but I wanted to put some pictures up from this past weekend. We had a great time, and overall... well... we beat Paradigm Shift and Sorcerer pretty soundly. Not bad! In addition, we added Sabu and Doc Holiday as our crew, although Dave had sailed with us before on the NOODs. Sabu, more water!
Team in St. Joe
Dr. Gillespie and the Whale
Have you met my fine nephew, Doctor Gillespie?
Dave and Andrew on the rail
To MI CitySabu
Sabu, More Water!!
Back at Burnham

PTP Boat of the Year

Hi Gang!!

Well, I have been out on Free Radical sailing in the 36.7 North Americans, but the weather was a bit TOO rough today, so I got to spend some time crunching numbers after they abandoned the race.

For Boat of the Year, Port-to-Port, the way they score the races are like this: There are 8 eligible races (all were run this year,) but they only take the 4 BEST finishes. So, if you are finishing in the upper part of the fleet regularly, you can drop out of a race or two and STILL come in first place! (This is why dropped races for scores stinks so badly...)

So I built a spreadsheet, and added things up, and here is what I have. The only fly in the ointment is; I am not sure if being DSQ counts as a throwout or not. Regardless has 1 DSQ. The rules are a bit vague, and there is no guidance with regards to that. If you CANNOT throw out your DSQ, then here are the results for the top 10 boats as of the end of the season:

1) Certainly 9
2) Spitfire 12
3) Regardless 13
4) Sorcerer 15
5) Maskwa 19
6) Michela 23
7) Scheherazade 37
8) Retriever 40
9) Wanda 41

Appendix "A" of the RRS does not state that a DSQ cannot be one of the throwouts, but if the SI says that is has to stay, then we are in 4th, not 5th. Since I cannot find that anywhere, we must assume that a DSQ can be a throwout race. The fun thing, is that with 21 entries, they will award 'brag flags' down to 5th place. :)

Our 'brag flag' for 2nd in Michican City - Chicago will be awarded at the CYA Yachting Ball (see upcoming events on the right.) Hopefully we will also be coming home with a 4th or 5th place flag for Boat of the Year. The truly sad part, is that there are so many throwouts! We have done very port-to-port this year, but Certainly was DNF or DNS on TWO races, but still had fewer points than us. If there were NO throwouts, we would be in SECOND place, three points behind Sorcerer, one point ahead of Regardless, and 13 points ahead of Certainly. But, thems be the rules, apparently!

Pics, etc, to come in a bit.....



02 September 2008


wish I could have been there for the fun

Tri-State Results

I know Scott will post a full story on the Tri-State this weekend, along with photos no doubt. In the meanwhile, here are the results.
Friday (Chicago to St. Joe): 11/21 (8 DNFs)
Sunday (St. Joe to Mi City): 11/21 (Thanks to the magical wind shift)
Monday (Mi City to Chicago): I think LMSRF put it best...

1751909FandangoLuken III, M.D.,Martin G.72CYCJ/10914:53:3905:18:3904:44:27
31642252SpitfireHellquist/Warter63WYCFranklin 4015:14:1505:39:1505:09:20
41752337RunawayGorey,Tom66CCYCElan 4015:20:5305:45:5305:14:32
52640625RegardlessTeam Regardless60CYCN/M 4015:28:2605:53:2605:24:56
628521Dos AguilasGignac,Jim87CCYCJ/10515:46:0706:11:0705:29:48
74041625SorcererD. Draper & G. Fyksen72COLSchock16:19:2906:44:2906:10:17
84342747ScheherezadeAlwattar,Jamal84CYCLexcen 3416:28:5806:53:5806:14:04
94642234SerenityHirsch/Marks81CYCBeneteau 4216:42:2007:07:2006:28:52
DNF2024TallgrassLowry,Miles78MORFBeneteau 10R Fractional Sloop
DNF2425578Paradigm ShiftDickerson,Dave72CYCC&C 115
DNF2336CertainlyDonald Meyer72COLJ/109
DNF51249Full TiltPriede/Stewart72COLJ-109

On top of that, I did a bit of calculating with the posted results and see how it would affect our standing in the BOY PTP series. Unfortunately, the St. Joe to Mi City results are not yet posted but, I'm 95% sure Don will be leaving the CYA ball with a BOY PTP flag. The only question is which one...

- Splash

Leukemia Cup

Hi Gang!!

Well, the Cup started easily enough. I checked in for Maskwa with the R/C at the fundraiser dinner on Friday, the night before the race. I told them, checking, PHRF 3, yadda yadda yadda. I was told that they had changed the section bands to make things more competitive, and that we were in PHRF 2. I looked at their breakdown sheet for the section, and I said "Well, we rate 72, and the section break is at 67. That would make is Section 3." I was told that we were Section 2, as they had changed the section breaks, and they gave me a grey flag to fly for our section. I checked the list, and, well, they had grey for Section 2, and Blue for Section 3; guess that makes us Section 2!

We went out on the racecourse on Saturday, and we saw some of our normal competition, who are faster than we are, with Section 3 flags. Uh oh... that's a bad sign. However, the Race Committee GAVE us that flag, and we were gosh darned well going to start whenever it was flying.

We had a really good start, and as we were working our way up the course on leg #1, we noticed that as we tacked, the wind would shift in our favor. We crossed Jahazi about a boat length ahead, and as we tacked to lay the turning mark, we were at least 10 lengths ahead. Good sailing!

We worked our way "downhill" under spinnaker, and no one seemed to be around us. We moved nicely up into the section that started ahead of us, and as we turned up to start leg #3, we started passing our section coming down on leg #2. Very interesting place to be!

We were first boat to round every mark, and as we finished, we were barely caught by Jahazi at the finish. ONE second! However, they owed us at LEAST 3 minutes under handicap, so we were the clear winners of the section!

I think this photo sums up everything nicely: