Saturday, December 22, 2012

8 weeks out

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Registered for the CRASH-B Sprints.
Working for a sub 7:00.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

31: A beautiful Laser Sunday on the river. Temps over 60F and a nice south west wind at about ten knots. Lots of current going upwind so it was down wind most of the way around. Won the day.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

30: Laser Frostbiting at FBYC. It's been a while. Won the day.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Prepping a new to me Cape Dory 10 for the 2012 Archipelago Rally next weekend.
I won the first event in 2006 sailing a Hobie 14 and have not been back since. It finally works in my schedule this year.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

27: HPDO
A long day, up at 4:00am to get to Rye NY by 6:15 so we could put the boat together after the trip back from Long Beach. We had good wind 10-18 knots and four races. We managed a 1,1,2,2 with some luck at times. Bad luck the fifth race of the day was abandoned as we got to the windward mark in first, starting at the pin on port and almost laying.

Monday, September 17, 2012

26: F18 Worlds are over we finished 28th overall, not terrible but not great. We had good speed in the light and medium stuff but were off the pace downwind in breeze. The good news is we learned a bunch about sailing upwind in breeze.
Race Replays

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

22: Day 1 We had two good starts in the first two races with good upwind speed and OK down wind. Conditions where single trapping +/- all day. In the third race we had a horrendous start and only got back to a 24. We are 24 overall at the moment.

Monday, September 10, 2012

 21: Practice race was typically chaotic today and with very light wind. First two starts were general recalls. On the third recall a big group just continued on racing. We went back bu then decided to join in on the second mark because this was clearly going to be the only racing for the day. We sailed a run and 3/4 of a beat when the race committee pulled the marks and we went in.
Racing starts for real tomorrow.
There will be live tracking on Kattack.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

No sailing today, just a little boat work and a bit of a rest. Practice race tomorrow.
20: We had a good sail yesterday doing some more trapezoid work with Brooks and Jeff. The reach legs are going to be tricky. Monday is a practice race so we will have a good chance to check it out before teh scores count.

Friday, September 07, 2012

19: We practiced by ourselves today, working on some boat handling around a trapezoid course (same four channel buoys we went around yesterday.  The bonus for the day was unexpectedly getting through measurement in the afternoon.
18: Another day of practice races on a short course yesterday. The track was a bit small for the number of boats so not crashing was the priority for the day. The emphasis on boat-handling has caused us to want to change some of our systems so we will do that today. Measurement is this weekend.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

17: We were the first boat off the beach today and had a little trapezoid practice by ourselves until other boats got out.  The Omani coach set up a windward leeward so we got a little racing practice in with about ten boats till we ripped our spinnaker on the main sail batten (not bearing off enough for the set). It's fixable and it's not our best spinnaker (we have 3 here) so we should be OK without it.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

16: F18 Worlds
The boat is together and on he beach. We went for a quick sail yesterday and tuned up with whoever was out there. The boat feels good and everything went together without any problems. We'll do another short sail today.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The boat is on it's way to Long Beach for the worlds where we plan to join it on on September 2nd. That will give us plenty of sailing time to warm up before the event starts on the 11th.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

15: NE100
I crewed with Robert Todd last weekend on the Capricorn. We lost a port cover on Saturday and took on a bunch of water in a pitch-pole (see where the GPS track ends on Sat) but we did make it back to Quonset to finish. Sunday was a bit better, rounded Jamestown to port and Prudence to starboard. A fun time. I think we finished 6 or 7 overall. Got the crew card back and feeling good except that my hands were all cut up.

Fig1: Saturday

Fig 2: Sunday

PS: Yes when you sail with a PHD you get GPS plots generated with MATLAB.

Monday, July 30, 2012

13: Hyannis Regatta
Still learning. Our light and medium air sailing has improved enough to be winning Hyannis after two days in this condition. Unfortunately we are a bit off the pace in the heavy stuff. We got better throughout the day on Sunday. Found we were too slow to add diamond tension. That combined with some navigational errors that   destroyed our first two races on Sunday dropped us to second AGAIN. Still we beat some good teams so we are happy with that.

Monday, July 16, 2012

10: Newport Regatta
We had an up and down weekend, deadly slow at times. We did work some speed issues out particularly upwind in a bit of breeze (depowering earlier) and in the medium stuff (holding height better through the lulls).
We won four of 10 races so we are getting more able to take some wins from Tripp and Mike but the rest of the fleet is getting closer at the same time.

Monday, July 02, 2012

8: ACWS Demonstration Event
We spent the weekend racing F18's on the AC45 course in Newport before they raced in the afternoons. It was a great chance to show off our class in front of a few thousand sailors.

Monday, June 25, 2012

6: Fun practice day in Newport on Sunday. All the AC 45's were in town trying to practice outside Fort Adams but swarmed by tourists, including us on the F18.
We will have a mini-regatta on Sat and Sunday (June 30-July 1) off of the fort before the 45's start racing next weekend. We will race from 10:00 to 1:30.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Mast up in Newport.

Monday, June 04, 2012

5: JMOR The short story is we managed to win the last three races of the regatta so I think we are improving, or Mike was getting bored. Hard to know for sure.

Regatta Report

Monday, May 28, 2012

Proper numbers

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

3: Wickford Regatta
Tyler and I finally got the new boat on the water and were off to a great start in Wickford winning the first two races in light conditions. As the breeze got into the marginal double trappezing conditions Mike Easton, with substitute crew Parker Shinn, has consistently been faster than us in this condition but we’re nipping at their heels. We learned some new things in this condition and getting faster.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

1: Sea trial
Not such a great shake down. There was a big bang two minutes into our first upwind and the rig went soft. Somehow the mast base got out of position and ended up inside the mast.

Friday, May 11, 2012

0: Getting a late start this year. Picking up the new F18 tomorrow. Hope to have it set up in Newport and go for a sail on Sunday.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

0: I'm not doing much sailing this winter, too busy with school for a few more weeks. I'll do a few weekends on the Laser before the new F18 arrives in April. Tyler Burd and I are teaming up this year with a focus on the F18 Worlds in Long Beach CA in September.