31 May 2012
Well, we came out of our first beercan with a 2nd place (at BPYC.) We had perfect weather, great winds, all we needed was a little more experience on board, and we would have had the spin up and raced down that 2nd leg.
We had a good time, the new peeps are coming together well. David took some heroic waves working on the foredeck, and was ably assisted by Mary Ellen and Ryan. Made some sail changes look easy; the boat sailed well, even though we were rigged for light air as far as rig tension goes.
I'm of 2 minds about the new format for the beercan races. I like the trapezoidal course, except for one thing. I think it does give a slight advantage to the sprit boats. They sail off the wind a little more efficiently than we do, so we lose the advantage of a leg that goes close to straight downwind. On the other hand, we found how well we can sail upwind with our jib top reacher!
The season is coming along well... We are gelling nicely, now all we have to do is put it all together.
Looking forward to practice Sunday!!
27 May 2012
Have you ever wondered about the use of the word 'perfect' in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution?
"We The People, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect [emphasis mine] Union, ..."
"More perfect?" How can you get 'more' from 'perfect?'
Actually, at the time, linguistically, perfect meant something along the lines of 'as good as it is going to get, for now, but it can, of course, be made better or get better.'
So you can improve upon perfection.
So our practice on Saturday was perfect. We did great getting sails up and down, got the 'chute flying nicely, jibed, doused, set the jibtop, all kinds of good stuff. Was like we had been sailing quite a bit of the season. Gives me the warm fuzzies. Let's see how we do on race day now. (first race is the NOODs, even though they lied and said they would have PHRF sections, which are now ORR, so that will be fun.)
We'll just have to go out and sail fast.
While we're having fun, a big huzzah! goes out to our friends on Turning Point and Skidmarks for their 1st place finishes in today's Olympic Cup Regattas. Unofficial finishes at this point, but Skidmarks with a 1st and a 3rd, and Turning Point with three 1st Place finishes...
More to come, and see you at the Wednesday night beercan!!
24 May 2012
Talk about a lovely day on the water!
Except for the wind shutting off. But at least we made up for that but finishing. I think that was the name of the game Wednesday night; being far enough ahead to finish the race. And we were not ahead by any stretch of the imagination.
We gave up quite a bit of lake to Paradigm Shift at the starting line, and we would not get that back until we were bobbing around at the mark, trying to make the turn for home. Of course, since they were slightly ahead, they were able to pick up that little wind shift and disappear on us. Awesome.
But it was a lovely sail, we had a great time, got some newer peeps out on the water, and started breaking off the rust.
22 May 2012
20 May 2012
Well, we got out and got a little sailing in yesterday (and boy, are my arms tired!)
I know I am not the only one with a good case of sunburn. Owie. Nothing like a little high overcast to let you burn. And no sunscreen. And sailing upwind so you don't feel the heat.
Got the rig stretchd out, put some sails up, tacked and did some pole-less kite flying to boot.
So there are a few errors in the schedule that I need to fix, I'll be emailing about that within a few days. As of right now the plan is to not race the Spring Opener and to practice that weekend, and get ready for the NOOD. Once we are past that, it looks like all distance races until Harbor Springs.
So, more to come....