Fleet Captain - Philip Swanton - email: email@example.com
Treasurer - Ellen Murphy - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - Jeffrey Goldfarb
Roy set up a Google Group for us to use for fleet related contact, like Monday and Wed. night crew finders: http://groups.google.com/group/j24-fleet-61
Wed. May 15, 2013 - Races 1 & 2 (Spring Series Begins)
Good evening to start a new year. A small but competitive turnout. Blondie wins both races with Panic Attack and Heat Wave taking turns challenging in each race.
See Race Results 2013 for finish results.
Spring Skippers Fleet Meeting: Tues., April 16, 2013, 7:00 PM at City Island YC
Fleet 61 Annual Dinner & Awards Presentation
Sun., Jan 27, 2013 @ 4:00pm - Stuyvesant YC - 10 Centre St.
Like last year we are having a pot luck dinner.
The party will be held at Stuyvesant Yacht Club and we thank them for agreeing to host us. http://www.stuyvesantyc.org/
Fleet 61 will provide wine, paper plates/plastic cutlery/napkins.
We'd like everyone to bring something: your favorite dish, an appetizer, entree, or dessert, junk food, soda, drinks.
SYC will provide the ability to heat food.
Robin Ricca and Ricca Autobody have very kindly sponsored beer for the party - Thank you Robin.
Please RSVP to Fleet Captain above.
Sun. October 7, 2012 - Fall Series Day 3 - Race 7, 8, 9
Shifty!!!!!! Congratulations Jeepers! Jeepers, Trinity, and Surcease go 1-2-3 for the day and finish 1-2-3 for the Series.
Special thanks to Roy, Ellen and Steve Lochner for coming out on a slightly wet and slightly cold day to provide excellent race committee.
See Race Results 2012 for finish results and link to final Fall Series standings.
Sun. September 30, 2012 - Fall Series Day 2 - Race 4, 5, 6
A tricky day on the water for Eben and the Race Committee team and for the sevn boats that took part. As we drifted out to the race area we wondered if we would get any races, let alone hope for three. Wind shifts of 40, 80, 120, 63 you name degrees, most of which took place between races and resulted in hold periods until the wind settled into something close to a steady direction. Oh and then there was the storm which made for a dramatic race 2 reaching sprint to and from the W mark in strong gusts. Jeepers caried the day with great starts and two wins and a second.
Sun. September 23, 2012 - Fall Series Day 1 - Race 1, 2, 3
10 boat turnout with plenty of wind and sun for first day of Fall Series.
Wed. September 5, 2012 - Race 11 (Summer Series Ends)
Light wind but filling in. 6 short legs with windward mark inflatible "W".
Panic Attack wins to clinch the Summer Series in style.
See Race Results 2012 for finish results and link to final Summer Series standings.
Wed. August 29, 2012 - Race 10 (Summer Series)
Light easterly going south, course B2, lucky to finish 2 legs. One more week and the season is over!
Wed. August 22, 2012 - Race 8 & 9 (Summer Series)
A nice, totally unexpected ~12 kt southerly, with Panic Attack, Blondie and Heat Wave taking top 3 in both races.
Nice job on their first time as RC by Wow.
Wed. August 15, 2012 - No Race
Wed. August 8, 2012 - Race 6 & 7 (Summer Series)
Wind - S-SW, 5-7 kts. Race 1 was course R4. Race 2 a shorter R2 with wind on the lighter side. Jeepers wins both races..
Wed. August 1, 2012 - Race 5 (Summer Series)
We only got one race off, in a light and fluky southwesterly. Course was R2, with a big right shift happening just before the start, leading to a pile-up at the boat end. Panic Attack, Heat Wave, Jeepers, and Force G4 headed left. Blondie and Ska dug in to the right side, looking for something which apparently didn't materialize. Panic Attack led around the windward mark, followed by Heat Wave and Blondie in port-tack close reach to the finish.
Wed. July 25, 2012 - Race 3 &4 (Summer Series)
A beautiful, sunny evening, but spotty wind. Heat Wave had no problems with two wins, finishing with strong downwind finishes and overtaking Force G4 in the 2nd race in the final few boat lengths.
Wed. July 18, 2012 - No Race
Wed. July 11, 2012 - Race 1 & 2 (Summer Series Begins)
Mother nature continues to serve up week after week of perfect sailing weather.
Wind was 10 kts, oscillating over about a 30 degree range centered on 180. We set up an inflatable about halfway between B and R, figuring we'd switch to
one of those if things moved too much. We chased shifts for a while then
decided the pin was as good as it was going to get and started a sequence.
Unfortunately, things went left and we ended up with a pileup at the boat end.
The good news is we finally figured out how to keep Trouble from camping out at
the port end of the line :-)
In the first race (Course W4), Trouble got out to an early lead and never looked
back, with Blondie following them around the racecourse.
We let out another 60 feet of anchor line before the 2nd start, which seemed to
give us a more square line. Either that, or we were just got lucky and got the
sequence going in phase with the shifts. This was one of the most aggressive
starts I've seen in a while, with Wow just inches from the line at the gun.
We called for course W6, but shorted it after 4 legs when it was obvious the
light wasn't going to hold out for another 2 legs. Once again, Trouble,
Blondie, and Surcease took the podium finishes.
Wed. June 27, 2012 - Race 13 & 14 (Spring Series Ends)
A breezy and sunny evening for the final races of the Spring Series. Trouble wins the night with two bullets, but Panic Attack holds on over Blondie for first overall in the final series standings.
See Race Results 2012 for finish results and link to Spring Series final standings.
Wed. June 20, 2012 - Race 11 & 12 (Spring Series)
The oven door opened and Summer arrived on a flukey NW wind of 4-10K. Happy Summer. After Jeep recovered the windward mark from the smokers, racing went off with out a hitch.
A nice move by Panic Attack on the downwind won them the first race.
Second race was Surcease going away all 4 legs.
Wed. June 13, 2012 - Race 9 & 10 (Spring Series)
Wind was blowing fairly steady from the E so RC set up a 4 leg course to C for Race 1 and the same again for Race 2.
Surcease and Panic Attack split the night going 1-2, then 2-1.
Wed. June 6, 2012 - Race 7 & 8 (Spring Series)
Jeeper and Blondie each win a race, but Panic Attackhas best overall evening.
Wed. May 30, 2012 - Race 5 & 6 (Spring Series)
9 boats with a fair 6 knots south wind.
Wed. May 23, 2012 - Race 3 & 4 (Spring Series)
Another great night, especially for Panic Attack with two wins. With the wind from the south, the first race was nice W4. Second race had shorter legs to C mark, but with a fifth leg upwind finish.
Again, thanks to Paul Beaudin for committee.
Wed. May 16, 2012 - Race 1 & 2 (Spring Series Begins)
Great participation (7 boats) for the first race of the season. The night belonged to Blondie, Panic Attack, and Heatwave, collectively taking all the podium finishes in both races. Wind was 8-12 kts out of the SSW.
The first race (R-4) saw Blondie leading at every mark. It was Blondie, Jeepers, Panic Attack in a close bunch at the first two mark roundings, but then Heat Wave came out of nowhere on the second upwind leg to grab and hold onto second place.
The second race (R-2) started out looking much the same as the first, except with Jeepers leading at the windward rounding, with Blondie second and Panic Attack again in third. Most of the fleet went left on the downwind, looking for a a shift along the shoreline. Panic Attack found a windline in the center of the course and rode it down to lead the pack at the finish.
Thanks for Paul Beaudin for bringing LouLou out to run the committee for us.
Spring Skippers Fleet Meeting was held Sat., April 14, 2012
2012 Fleet Membership/Dues Form, Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are posted (see left menu).
Highlights For 2012:
- Fleet Racing -
Racing Season again is split into 3 series:
Spring - 7 Wed. nights - May 16 to June 27
Summer - 9 Wed nights - July 11 to Sept 5
Fall - 3 Sundays - 3 races per day - Sept 23, 30 & Oct 7
- Fleet 61 Championship Regatta - Sat., Sept 8.
- Casual Mondays remain for June-August with a set course to start 7pm at "C" mark and announced on VHF 71 prior to racing. If you are late getting out you can jump in at any point.
Fleet 61 hosted the J24 Northeast Regionals on Sept. 17 & 18, 2011
Please see Regatta website for results: http://j24neregionals.com/Results.html
Photos on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.251310264911214.57122.176421949066713
Sun. October 16, 2011 - Races 5, 6 & 7 (Fall Series Ends)
Another beautiful October Sunday, except for the heavy wind from the west. All courses W4. Trinity wins 2 of 3 races, but Panic Attack finishes first overall to end the Fall Series.
Thanks again to Eban Hansmire and Tony Sklarew (and his boat Alviento) for great RC work with the help of Ellen Murphy and Kim.
See Race Results 2011 for finish results and link to final Fall Series standings.
Sun. October 9, 2011 - Race 4 (Fall Series)
Seven boats showed up for a hot October afternoon, but only enough wind to finish one race. Congratulations Surcease.
Sun. October 2, 2011 - Races 1, 2 & 3 (Fall Series Begins)
With all courses W4 in stronger than expected wind from the south, Ska wins 2 of 3 races to begin the Fall Series. A good turnout of seven boats enjoyed a beautiful October afternoon.
Thanks to Eban Hansmire, Al Rosenbloom and Mark Cetta (and his boat Deuce of Hearts) for great RC work.
Wed. September 7, 2011 - Race 15 (Summer Series Ends)
Force G4 wins the final Wed. night race. With a course of W4 and the wind from the east, Force G4 led at every mark and held off challenges from Ska and Blondie to win.
See Race Results 2011 for finish results and link to final Summer Series standings.
Wed. August 31, 2011 - Race 14 (Summer Series)
Race started at 19:06. Wind speed 6-7 knots. Course was W-4, 10 boats, clean start. Most boats started at the pin. Jeepers took an early lead, led at the first windward mark, and held on all the way. The breeze held on the first down wind leg at 6-7 knots, where Force G4 moved up slightly into 2nd place and stayed there the final two legs, holding off Blondie and Surcease at the finish.
Thanks to Robin Ricca, the short course expert, and Dana Lauria for doing race committee in place of Jeep.
Wed. August 24, 2011 - Race 13 (Summer Series)
After some issues with the RC boat having to return to its mooring after not being able to clear the mooring field, Paul stepped in and offered Lou Lou as RC boat. An unorthodox line was set with Lou Lou on her mooring. Course R 4 with each leg about 1.6 nm long. After about a 15 minute postponement, the first and only race got underway in strong southerly winds with 3 foot waves (Records appear to show gusts to 23 knots). 9 boats got a clean start. It took about 23 minutes for the first boat to reach the windward mark and another 12 minutes to get back to the leeward mark. As the boats set off up the second beat darkness set in. By now three boats had retired. The remaining 6 boats found and rounded the windward mark and found the RC and finished. Overall race time for the winner about 70 minutes, with 6th place less than 5 minutes behind. Good practice for the NE Regionals. We saw one broach under spinnaker and know that another boat shredded its spinnaker. Well done to Jeepers on a challenging night.
Thanks to Peter Trunfio for allowing us to use his boat and to Paul Beaudin for allowing us to use Lou Lou and for setting the Pin.
Wed. August 17, 2011 - Race 11 & 12 (Summer Series)
After much confusion at the start, Surcease easlily won the first race, but the battle was for 2nd place. Force G4 edged out Blondie and Panic Attack, all only seconds apart in the downwind finish.
Ska won the second race in lighter wind.
Wed. August 10, 2011 - Race 9 & 10 (Summer Series)
West winds prevailed for Races 9 & 10, so RC set a course to E for both races - once around, then twice around. Surcease wins the night with two 1sts, followed by Force G4 (2 & 5) and Heat Wave (3 & 4) with 7 pts. each.
RC apologizes for the floating pin in the Race 10 finish, looks like the pin lost it's anchor (maybe during those close roundings?)! By the time we collected it, it was in the CIYC mooring field!
Wed. August 3, 2011 - Race 7 & 8 (Summer Series)
Yes. Two races in the rain. See Race Results 2011 for finish results and link to Summer Series standings.
Wed. July 27, 2011 - Race 5 & 6 (Summer Series)
Wed. July 20, 2011 - Race 3 & 4 (Summer Series)
Wed. July 13, 2011 - Race 1 & 2 (Summer Series begins)
The first race was an adventure with winds gusting to 25. Panic Attack won the first race, but took a tumble (literally) in the second. Surcease finished second, then won the next race.
Wed. July 6, 2011 - Race 9 & 10 (Spring Series ends)
A significant backing wind shift before the start of the first race left the pin end heavily favored and put a port tack upwind and starboard tack downwind bias in the first two legs of the race. The wind veered and the next two legs were a bit more balanced. The second race had a more even start. Leeward mark roundings in both races had some close competition with boats working to get the inside overlap. Wind was moderate from the west and the fleet was treated to a beautiful sunset. Course was to E with the committee set up on the edge of the mooring field to maximize the race distance. Windshifts of up to 20 degrees (apart from the first start) were recorded. Surcease II won the night with a first and second. Trinity was RC. Thanks to Lloyd for the generous use of Grace as RC boar and to Dana, Brendan and Nancy for running the races.
Wed. June 29, 2011 - Race 7 & 8 (Spring Series)
Heat Wave! Heat Wave! With two wins they take over first place. Good wind from the NW held up. Both races course W4.
Wed. June 22, 2011 - No Race (Spring Series)
No Wind = No Racing
Wed. June 15, 2011 - No Race (Spring Series)
Wed. June 8, 2011 - Race 5 & 6 (Spring Series)
Surcease shoots two bullets! Ten boats showed up in the heat, but the light wind from the SW held up. First race course R4. Second R2.
In the first race Surcease stayed ahead of Blondie for the win. For the second race Kevin and crew had to slowly overtake Force G4 on the final downwind leg in a two boat finish to the wire. Wow had the second best overall showing of the night with a 3rd and 5th.
Wed. June 1, 2011 - Race 3 & 4 (Spring Series)
A threatening forecast may have limited the turnout to 7 boats, but gave way to a beautiful night of racing. Both races started from near Big Tom and headed to the R mark, twice around. The first start was almost perfect, with most of the boats lined up and charging the line. The lead changes several times. The top three finishers tangled together down the final downwind stretch with trouble surging ahead as the outside windward boat to finish first over Heat Wave and Panic Attack.
The second start was a little messier with a couple of boats over early. Panic Attack jumped out with a slight lead and held on all the way to the finish. Heat Wave took another 2nd.
Wed. May 25, 2011 - Race 1 & 2 (Spring Series)
Beautiful first night and a strong early season turnout with 7 boats. Standard SW wind at about 5-10 with a longer course of C to R. The first start got away clean with the new Panic Attack, ex Express, showing excellent speed and charging into the lead at the first mark. Giving it up by splitting on the downwind and taking a third. Trouble came out of the other corner to take it, followed by Heatwave.
The second race had everyone very eager with a general recall and then 3 boats called back in the subsequent I flag start. Force G4 took the win, followed by Blondie and Ska, to take top boat of the night. Both races had all the boats tightly grouped and looked like great racing.
Thanks to Lloyd Hardin for using Grace as RC boat and helping me out along with Dana and Brendon Lauria.
Paul Beaudin RC
Sat. April 9, 2011 @ 4:00pm - Harlem YC
Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 - Fall Series Day 4: Races 10, 11, 12 (Series Ends)
Surcease wins the first two races of the day, clinching first for the series, before helping out by setting a windward mark for the final race. Great finish for that third race, with Ska screaming in from the left on the downwind finish to pass three boats and take first. Force G4 did a slam starboard jibe on Don't Panic and Trinity to take second with all three boats overlapped almost evenly at the finish. A great way, on a great October day, to end a great season for Fleet 61.
See Fall 2010 Results for finish results and overall Fall Series final standings.
Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 - Fall Series Day 3: Races 7, 8, 9
Another wonderful fall day of sailing for Fleet 61. Wind started out from the
northeast at about 20 kts and gradually shifted to the east at about the same
speed. Thanks to Tony Sklarew for bringing out Alviento to run the committee
for us. We did three races, C4, D6, and D4. Everybody elected to go with the
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 - Fall Series Day 2: Races 4, 5, 6
Trouble, Trinity and Surcease each get a win on Day 2.
Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 - Fall Series Day 1: Races 1, 2, 3
Surcease the boat to beat in Fall Series after three firsts on Day 1.
Thanks to Eben for doing Race Committee.
Wed. September 8, 2010 - Race 16 (Summer Series Ends)
Really nice breeze tonight with north winds oscillating 15 degrees from the Hutch to CI bridge. Trinty did it just right winning the start and leading the way the whole race. Great job keeping the boat flat and really moving. Winds pretty steady at 18-20 knts. with occasional gusts to 25-30. We wanted to provide the longest race possible and still finish in day light. But never expected a 4 leg race from near Big to to the 2nd Cuban ledge mark to be completed in under 30 minutes. Great racing all. -Jeep
See Race Results 2010 for finish results and link to Final Summer Series standings.
Wed. September 1, 2010 - Race 15 (Summer Series)
Blondie holds off Force G4 down the final leg.
Wed. August 25, 2010 - Race 14 (Summer Series)
Surcease over Force G4, who held off Don't Panic at the finish for top three finishers of nine racers.
Wed. August 18, 2010 - Race 12 & 13 (Summer Series)
Jeepers, Trinity and J Puddleduck all had top 3 finishes in both races.
Thanks to Eric White and SUNY Maritme for a great RC and getting in 2 races before dark.
Wed. August 11, 2010 - Race 10 & 11 (Summer Series)
1st race Wind 180-185 @8K Course R4. 2nd race Course R2.
Don't Panic had the best night with a 1st and a 2nd.
Wed. August 4, 2010 - Race 8 & 9 (Summer Series)
Jeepers wins first race of the night. Force G4 wins the second race.
Wed. July 28, 2010 - Race 6 & 7 (Summer Series)
Fleet 61 completed two races, each 4 legs with “R” as the windward mark. Winds of about 8 to 15 knots, relatively steady in direction (15 degree oscillations were reported) from SW, with the stronger breeze in the first race. The fleet split in both races with some opting to head for shore on the right to get out of the current and others going left or more middle to get more breeze. Race one start saw boats holding back a little at the start, while for race two was a more competitive start with most boats within 2 feet of the line at the gun. The night belonged to Surcease, Blondie and Heatwave who filled the top three in both races. The most significant gain was by Blondie in Race 1 who went from 5th at the first leeward rounding to finish 3rd, otherwise most boats held their first rounding positions.
Many thanks to Mark Siega (and Herman Cardona) for coming over with his boat from College Point to be RC Boat for the Trinity race committee crew.
Wed. July 21, 2010 - Race 5 (Summer Series)
RC Blondie set out with Robin & Carl Ricca on Joe Blow V from HYC at 6:00 pm facing a SW breeze of 8 kts, dropped weather mark, pin and anchor for starting line south of C mark. By 6:30 breeze had clocked right to NW and postponement called. RC pulled up anchor and pin, contacted EBYRA RC to discuss NW courses, and both fleets set a course to the E mark. AP down at 7:15 pm with course E4 posted just in time for breeze to go NE 15-17 kts, and 2nd postponement called. RC pulled up anchor and pin again, and set a course to the C mark, as did EBYRA. AP down at 7:30 pm with course set for C6.
At the start Surcease and Force G4 were clearly OCS at the pin, while the rest of the fleet went right with Trouble in the lead followed by Wow and Trinity. By the leeward mark Trinity had taken the lead, with J Puddleduck, Wow and Trouble following behind. The fleet sailed the 2nd beat in a dying breeze that abruptly went SW 3/4 up the leg, with some boats rounding the windward mark with genoas reaching and Don't Panic quickly hoisting a chute. RC announced a shortened course to C4 with the fleet sailing the last downwind leg upwind with genoas, as RC watched increasing vertical lightening strikes. When SUNY called to retire due to the impending weather, it seemed the best call for the fleet, and racing was retired for the night.
Wed. July 14, 2010 - Race 3 & 4 (Summer Series)
What started out as a gloom-and-doom weather forecast in the early afternoon
turned into a nice evening for sailing. The clouds parted and we had a solid
6-8 kt NE breeze by the time the RC got set up. We originally set an inflatable
for the windward mark with a wind axis of about 040, but by the time the start
rolled around, the wind settled in to the right so we went with B4 and half mile
In the first race, Surcease got off to a clean start and never looked back.
They led at every mark rounding, but the pack stayed tight around the whole
course. There was one minor tussle as Force-G4 tried to smash Jeepers into the
transom of the RC boat. Words were exchanged and the red laundry came out, but
things got patched up in the clubhouse later that evening, so no protest
pending. It probably didn't help that the RC boat was favored.
By the second start, the wind was up to 10 kts, we got the line squared up a bit
more, and sent the fleet on another B4. Nobody was very aggressive at the
start. It looked like the people who went right early on made out better, due
to stronger wind on the right side of the course. The finish positions ended up
almost reverse order of the first race.
From the RC boat, it looked like the wind kept oscillating, with Big Tom being
exactly upwind in the righties, and the lefties being 10-15 degrees to the north
of that. It looked like there was stronger wind on the right side of the course
near the top of the beat all evening, as the wind came around Belden Point.
Thank you to Robin Ricca for use of Joe Blow B for the RC boat. Mario Careaga
was filming from RC boat. We'll get it up on YouTube and post a pointer to the
video when it's ready.
Wed. July 7, 2010 - Race 1 & 2 (Summer Series Begins)
Beautiful night. Light breeze. Southerly shifting to Southwesterly. +/- 10 knots. Course R4: 4 legs to Weir Creek and back, twice around. First time around completed in 30 minutes. Second time around the wind diminished a little. Time for second time around was 40 minutes. Winds diminishing a little then reviving.
Second race only 2 legs, to Weir Creek and back. Racers must not have accounted for the current at that time as most were over early, so committee hailed a general recall. Second start right on the line. Downwind leg wind lightened a little. All finishers comleted by about 8:55. Nice night of racing.
Wed. June 30, 2010 - Race 12 & 13 (Spring Series Ends)
Surcease again! And again!
See Race Results 2010 for finish results and link to Spring Series standings.
Wed. June 23, 2010 - Race 10 & 11 (Spring Series)
Another great night for Surcease with 2 wins!
Wed. June 16, 2010 - Race 8 & 9 (Spring Series)
Don't Panic roars in from the right to sneak in for the win over Force G4 in the first race. Surcease wins the second race, and a strong finish from the right by Watercolour this time takes 2nd over Force G4. However, Force G4 was the overall leader for the night and takes over first place in the Spring Series standings.
Wed. June 9, 2010 - Race 7 (Spring Series)
The real sailors on Jeepers, Trinity, Blondie and Force G4 showed up to race in the rain. Otherwise it was a great night for a race with a relatively steady wind from the south.
Force G4 started on port to get to the right, a decision that paid off with the early lead. A lead they held for over 3 1/2 legs until a bad decision not to cover a closing Jeepers, allowing both Jeepers and Trinity to take advantage of a beneficial downwind header and puff to finish ahead.
Thanks to the crew of Surcease to brave the weather and officiate an excellent race.
Wed. June 2, 2010 - Race 5 & 6 (Spring Series)
Courses were R4 and a shorter R4, winds out of the SW around 10 kts and easing during second race. RC: Force G4.
A full night of racing, finishing just before dark.
Great night for Trouble with 2 bullets!
Wed. May 26, 2010 - Race 3 & 4 (Spring Series)
Courses were E4 and E2, winds out of the WNW 4-6 kts and squirrely. RC: Wow.
Nice job Surcease on your first races of the season!
Wed. May 19, 2010 - Race 1 & 2 (Spring Series)
Just because we elected Blondie fleet capt. doesn't mean she gets to finish first all the time. Congrats on really good racing.
Wind varied 4-6 knts and gradually backed about 10 degrees. Current was really strong against VMG on the right side of the course. But I guess everyone figured that out. Least heading current was right down the middle of the course.
Race #1: Blondie, Force G4, Heatwave, Wow, Trouble
Race #2: Blondie, Heatwave, Force G4, Trouble, Wow
Thurs. May 6, 2010 @ 6:30pm - Harlem YC
Highlights For 2010:
Check available RC Dates and contact Ellen Murphy with your preference before you are assigned.
- Fleet Racing -
Racing Season is split into 3 series:
Spring - 7 Wed. nights - 14 races
Summer - 10 Wed nights - 16 races
Fall - 4 Sundays - 12 races
- 2010 Fleet Dues Form, Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are posted (see left menu).
- Casual Mondays remain for June-August with a set course to start 7pm at "C" mark and announced on VHF 71 prior to racing. If you are late getting out you can jump in at any point.
FALL SERIES ENDS - See: Final Overall Results (corrected 10/14/09)
We will have a Awards/Fall party/meeting in mid November - more to follow.
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 - Day 4 (Fall Series Ends)
A Great 2009 Season ends with a windy day.
True fall windy conditions provided great racing for the last Sunday of the season. Trouble won one with only a crew of 3 but Kevin Sailor's Surcease continued to sail well (3,1,1) to take the overall Fall Series, followed by Force G4, then Trouble.
We can't thank Eben Hansmire enough for being Race Committee and SUNY for bringing the whaler.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 - Day 3 (Fall Series)
Five boats showed up for week 3. Early morning rain and heavy overcast gave way to bright sunshine by noon, but no wind. The RC opted for an on-short postponement and finally got going around 2:00.
The first race (course D4) was raced in a light southeasterly. Surcease forced Force G4 over early and kept going left to build an early lead which they never gave up. Ska, Don't Panic, and Force G4,
rounded the first windward mark in that order, after trading places several times at they worked their way up the middle of the course. Ska and Don't Panic went out to the right corner, with Force G4 sailing deeper. When they all gybed over, Don't Panic ended up in front, and got to the zone clear ahead. Ska tried to duck inside at the last minute but without rights had to bail out and come around again. Don't Panic squandered the opportunity with some creative sail handling and Force G4 passed them both. Thing got really bizarre on the second downwind leg as the wind shifted south, north, and every which way. Everybody fought to keep their boats moving in the right direction and changed back to genoas for the finish.
The sailing conditions quickly improved as a 8 to 10 knot westerly settled in. The RC picked up and moved, setting E2 for the second race. Surcease and Ska quickly got out to a big lead on the windward leg, and it was a parade back to the finish.
Things got a bit interesting on the third race (also E2). For some unknown reason, Ska decided to go home after the second race. Don't Panic (on port) got a good pin-end start and just barely crossed Surcease (on starboard) about 10 boatlengths from the mark. Don't Panic misjudged the layline and overstood by about 5 boatlengths, while Surcese and Force G4 behind them got lifted to the mark, rounding 1 and 2, with Don't Panic 3. It started out looking like another parade, when Surcease gybed and headed left. Don't Panic followed, and when Surcease gybed back, Don't Panic kept going. This turned out to the right move, as they rode stronger pressure on the left side to their first win of the series with Force G4 edging out Surcease for second.
Thanks to Eben, Jeep, and Tina for excellent committee work.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 - Day 2 (Fall Series)
Surcease again! And again!
4 boats braved the rain and made it out to race. 2 races were sailed but as the weather lift so went the breeze. 1-4: Surcease, Jeepers, Trinity, Sea Hoss. Same both races.
Thanks to Eben for RC and SUNY for getting a boat out and loaning their Whaler.
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 - Day 1 (Fall Series Begins)
Surcease the boat to beat in Fall Series.
Word is Surcease was super fast sporting a new yellow genoa and looking to be the boat to beat in Fall 2009. 8 boats turned out for a light air afternoon. three races completed and no one could catch Kevin and crew.
Thanks to Eben and Hank for doing Race Committee.
Wed. Sept. 9, 2009 - Race 5 (Late-Summer Series Ends)
We had a great last night. the forecast improved, East wind, 6-8 knots, course D4, Force G4 Race Committee.
Nice conditions with small shifts to mix the fleet and keep racing tight. 1st upwind mark was Jeep leading followed by Express. At the leeward we had Wow followed by Trouble, but Trouble had a problem and let Express around 2nd. Wow covered Express for the first 1/2 of the leg but then let Express go on the power right side allowing Express to gain. Wow came back and attempted to cross, unsuccessfully. This lead to a penalty turn and allowed Jeep to get back into it. Express rounded first and after their set were hunted down by Wow, incurring a foul, but Express had plenty of lead at this point and quickly did a penalty circle and continued to the finish in the lead. Jeep and Wow fought down the leg with Jeepers taking the silver.
Nice job by the RC and congratulations on Force G4's second place in the series.
Wed. Sept. 2, 2009 - Race 4 (Late-Summer Series)
Francine and Watercolour crew did a great job of supplying a beautiful night for the second to last Wednesday night of the late summer series and the year.
Report from Express: We sailed the course a bit before the start. The wind was phasing back and forth about 15-20 degrees. Line was a bit boat favored and the phase was trending left. We started at the boat and after sailing on starboard for a few minutes got a bit more header and tacked onto the lifted board. We rode this out much further than I would have liked but the left phase just kept getting strong. It was getting a little hairy when we were closing in on the shoreline and still lifted with everyone inside of us. Finally, we started to get a small header and tacked. Blondie was the #2 boat and we crossed by a few lengths. We carried this almost to the mark and did a quick 2 tacks to get around. We sailed deep and were pretty much laying the mark. Blondie was next followed by Trouble and Don't panic. They started to reach up to defend and this allowed us to extend. On the following upwind we held a very loose cover on Blondie out to the right. Jeepers and Trouble hit the left corner. We were seeing 15-20 degree oscillations every few minutes and just tacked in phase up the beat. Blondie had a tougher time staying in phase and did not cover the left boats falling back to 5th. With no one else, seemingly, sailing the shifts we doubled our lead on this leg and easily held it to the finish. Next around was Trouble and Jeepers followed closely be the pack. Jeepers took Trouble on the run to move into 2nd..
The moon was full and it was a classic night of sailing. Thanks to all the competitors for a really fun season. PB
Wed. Aug. 26, 2009 - Race 3 (Late-Summer Series)
It is all Trouble! Course: E6 - RC: Don't Panic ( Roy Smith & Kevin Sailor)
This week brought perfect sailing weather, and 10 boats showed up to enjoy it. No rain, no storms, just a nice breeze and comfortable temperatures. With sunset at 7:39 PM, the RC set a single 6-leg course to the "E" mark. Wind at the start was 12 kts at 300M. The strongest wind seen at the RC was at the start of leg 5, when it hit an estimated 15-18 kts.
In the first leg, most boats headed hard right off the line and kept going. Force G4, and Watercolor headed left. Trouble started up the left side but then played the shifts up the middle to build an unbeatable lead by the first mark rounding. Of the boats that went right early, Jeepers was the first to tack back to the center, but couldn't catch Trouble.
At the first leeward mark, it was Trouble way out in front, followed by Ska, who had made out well going right downwind. J Puddleduck was in third, but decided to go shrimping with their spinnaker. Jeepers, Force G4 and Express were next in a tight pack; they had stayed together for most of the downwind, working their way to the left corner. When they gybed for the mark, Jeepers was inside and got ahead at the rounding.
By the second leeward mark rounding, Ska had fallen back, with the rounding order being Trouble, Jeepers, Force G4, Express, Ska, Wow. By this time, Jeepers had suffered a halyard failure and was doing bareheaded sail changes on their single remaining halyard. Force G4 gained a little ground on them during the change, but wasn't able to catch them.
Wed. Aug. 19, 2009 - Race 2 (Late-Summer Series)
Force G4 beats out Blondie for the win. Course: R4 - Wind: 5kts/150 - RC: Express.
Force G4 and Jeepers both started at a heavily favored pin end ( about 4 lengths) while the other 4 boats fought hard for the boat, I have no idea why. Force G4 started on port and never looked back leading into the next shift, which was, you guessed it, hard right. At the first turn it was Force G4, Blondie, & Trouble. Jeepers back in 5th was the first to gibe to the strong inside track, but the leaders covered and held their positions into the first downwind. Jeep did get past Wow. Serious tacking was taking place going into the 2nd windward mark. Force G4 rounds first with Blondie right on their tail. A bit of a gap to the pack behind led by Trouble. Trouble and Wow jibe to port on the inside leaving Jeep on Starboard. Jeep gains with a fresh left breeze, passing to move into the 3rd spot. Watercolour also gained on the right and, overlapped, almost nipped Wow at the finish.
Wed. Aug. 12, 2009 - Race 1 (Late-Summer Series begins)
Finally a Race after 2 weeks of 'no race sailed.'
Blondie did a nice job of setting a course, the rain held off. Surcease owned the pin and never looked back. Jeepers held off Force G4 for second. Wow's late charge fell just short of the top three.
Wed. July 22, 2009 - Race 8 (End of Early-Summer Series)
Fantastic sailing was the theme for the final race of the Early Summer Series. 12 Boats showed to find a nice 10 knot southerly.
Before the start the wind was right and I moved the pin up a bit to square the line. Right after the Sequence started the wind phased back left favoring the pin by quite a bit. Enough to get most of the boats down to that end. We, on Express, had no luck on our port approach, opted to duck a few boats, and found a hole to sneak through, although in Jeepers gas. Right behind us, Heatwave was working on the same plan, but they headed up only to be T-boned by starboard tack Blondie, leaving holes in boat boats, with Heatwave taking the worst of it. OUCH....
The wind was shifty and the lead changed several times on the first upwind with Wow leading the pack around. The downwind was also very technical. Wow rounded with Express on her transom and then a big group pinwheeling right behind, with a few choice words and some added boat kissing going on. The upwind again required strict attention to the shifts. Staying in phase moved several boats up through the fleet. Tight tacking moved Express and Force G4 ahead of Wow. Force G4 snuck out of the top right to almost take the lead but Express had just enough to lee bow them before the 3 boat length circle. Surcease also played the end well to pass Wow, rounding 3rd. On the final run Express covered Force G4 and Wow heading out to the port layline. Surcease tried a move inside, but the pressure gave up and this allowed Wow to move back to 3rd.
Thanks to the Wilders' Ska Team for providing race committee, next week Watercolour is RC.
Wed. July 15, 2009 - Race 6 & 7 (Early-Summer Series)
WOW - Express streak broken!
Wow and Blondie both break the Express winning streak by taking first and second respectively in Race 6. We had a nice but spotty 5-12 knot southerly. Blondie had a perfect pin start and lead the fleet with Express behind. Express tack to cross the rest and headed to the usually strong right which tonight shut down. Trouble, Wow and Blondie played the shifts well to lead around the first mark with Express back in the pack. Trouble had spinnaker problems that took them out of contention. Express was able to advance and overlap Blondie at the final turn but Blondie broke away on the run and Wow had at this point a comfortable lead. So, congratulations to both Leigh and Hank for excellent sailing.
The second race had the pack more tuned to the wind shifts and the pack was tight at the first turn. The wind got light right at the rounding. Express did not round first but quickly reached up and over the pack to jibe and cross the fleet at the starboard layline. They held this lead to the finish.
Surcease crew Mimi, Rob and Fadi did a great job of getting the races off.
Wed. July 8, 2009 - Race 4 & 5 (Early-Summer Series)
Trouble comes within inches of breaking the Express winning streak. Trouble got of to a great start in a shifty 10-15 knot Northerly. The course was short, keeping the racing very close and action packed. Trouble lead at the first mark with several boats right behind. Express rounded midpack but jibed quickly to take advantage of a strong inside lane moving to second at the bottom mark. Trouble held on, but was overlapped with Express on the the last turn and Express again gain the edge with a fast jibe to the boat end of the line.
The next race saw the shift go hard, the other way, to the right, turning the course one sided. Jeepers sporting some fancy new rags forced a pack of over early at the RC boat. Surcease and Heatwave restarted but Jeep elected to not restart and have 15 minutes of fame, out in front, even if it was just to score an OCS. Express got off clean to lead the official pack with a tight group behind. Jibe sets were key at the top mark and the pack behind Express stayed tight into the leeward mark, with a few of the finishes still to be determined, in the protest room. Trouble stayed out of trouble to take the number 2 spot with a great showing by Blondie for 3rd (protest pending), ouch..
All in all it was a stunning night of sailing, good breeze, comfortable temps, sunshine.....
Thanks to J-Puddleduck for providing the Race Committee. Surcease is up next week.
Wed. July 1, 2009 - Race 3 (Early-Summer Series)
Hank and the Wow team did a great job of dealing with an unsettled breeze to get a very good race in last night. Wind was ENE between 6-12 knots. The first start was a general recall. The next start went off clean but the wind shifted 40 degrees right before the gun and Hank did the right thing and call the fleet back rather than just sail 4 reaches. The RC was moved and we restarted right into another general. The following start got off with only an individual recall, I think, Blondie and Puddleduck.
The first beat had the wind fairly steady, a bit right and the boats pretty much went up the middle. Express lead with most of the fleet right on her tail. On the run the inside right paid big and Trouble was around first with Express caught on the outside of the pack. Express then caught a great left shift to move back into the front and rounded the last weather mark just inside Trouble to take the lead to the finish. Heatwave also made a comeback and took Trouble on the inside in the final run to take the silver.
Wed. June 24, 2009 - Race 1 & 2 (Early-Summer Series Begins)
What a surprise. At 5 PM I would have bet the races would be called for no wind but at 6:30 an northerly started and continued to build all evening.
First race was 4 legs sailing to Cuban ledge in 5 to 8 knts. The outgoing current played a significant roll in establishing finish positions. Kevin Sailor in Surcease II did it just right with WOW Buchanan right on his tail. J Puddleduck made a strong bid to take the lead at the finish but just fell short.
The wind continued to build, 8-10 knts., and clock and the second race required the RC to reset the starting line and change the windward mark to the Nun at Big Tom. The fleet really figured out the wind shifts and current for it was a close race all the way. After four legs of racing the time between first and fourth was only 8 seconds and all finished within 14 seconds. Sets and douses played major rolls in finish positions. Trouble was trouble right from the start and did a superb job of holding off the whole fleet and got the "gun". Heat Wave was two seconds back followed by WOW two seconds later. It just doesn't get any better.
Was that a Don't Panic crew that went for a swim between races?? Bet that was fun.
-Jeep for the RC
Wed. June 17, 2009 - Race 7 & 8 (Spring Series Ends)
Spring Series came to an end last night with 2 great races in a, not so typical, south/southeasterly, 8 knot breeze. 9 Boats showed up with Alias dropping out after the first race with a chainplate failure. Competition was tight with many boats focusing in on their close competitors for the series overall.
Wed. June 10, 2009 - Race 5 & 6 (Spring Series)
Fun shifty easterly keep 11 Js amused for 2 fun and tight races. Express is showing no letting up this spring, with a new set of wheels, to lead both races start to finish. Big battles were to be had close behind for the runner up spots. Wow posted the next best showing with a 2,3, followed by Surcease with a 2,5.
Thanks for Alias with help from Francine for RC. Heatwave is up for next week. Contact Ellen if you haven't picked a date yet to serve committee, please.
We look forward to see some of the many shots Steve took from the RC boat.
Wed. June 3, 2009 - No Races
No wind - No races
Wed. May 27, 2009 - Race 3 & 4 (Spring Series)
Express did RC last night and we had another great early turnout. 9 boats showed in damp and foggy conditions, but a nice 8-10 knot easterly. Course was set in the north bay, a slightly different area than usual. Wind phased between 80-100 degrees and velocity was up and down with the shifts. Race 1 had Wow in good form leading all the way around. Jeepers made a good comeback to second after trailing early on. Trouble was 3rd.
Race 2 had Wow out for an early lead again followed closely by Jeep. Surcease made great moves through the fleet to move in behind the leaders. Jeep then passed Wow and, while defending their position on the final run, gave Surcease an opening to take the lead. Wow fought hard but Jeepers held on to finish inches ahead for 2nd.
Wed. May 20, 2009 - Race 1 & 2 (Spring Series Begins)
We had great wind and a great turnout for the season opener. Robin Ricca, Francine Alheid and Jeff Goldfarb were a crack RC and set a very nice course sailed in a southerly 12-14 with gusts to 20 in the first race.
Express had a tight battle with Heatwave in race one with the lead changing up to a very close overlapped finish. In Race 2, Express caught a few good shifts to lead all the way around with Surcease and Heatwave in a tight fight for the number two spot.
Photos from last night up on our Google group: http://groups.google.com/group/j24-fleet-61