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November 18, 2006
By: Riaz Lattifullah

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Coach Pete, Peter Carrico, Joe Morris, Sepp and Riaz

 

Race 1

5-10 knots, wind from the WNW coming straight down the Severn.

Temperature was about 50°

Course A3 – S, B, 7

Rig at base setting of 35 and 10.

15 boats

 

We arrived at Triton starting area about ten minutes before the starting sequence and barely had enough time to do a few practice tacks. We had a poor start and were slow off the line. While our jib trimmers, young Pete and Sepp, used the first leg to hone their tacking technique, the senior brain trusts did their best to stay in phase in the light and shifty breeze. Unfortunately, we ended up on the wrong side of a large port-tack lift near the weather mark and rounded deep in the pack. On the downwind leg we learned that it did not make sense to sail wing-and-wing unless we had a puff of at least 7-8 knots. On the final leg into the harbor, we elected to sail to windward of the Laser fleet (25+ boats) rather than through their lee. The ensuing great-circle route cost three positions and we ended up 11th. Hopefully, this will be our throw out race!

 

Race 2

About the same conditions as Race 1

Course A2 – S, B, 9

Rig at base setting.

15 boats

 

We started in the left third of the line with clear air and speed, and raced toward the seawall. After ducking a few starboard-tack transoms, we found clear air for the rest of the first leg. Joe and Coach Pete kept us in phase with the wind shifts and in the micro puffs as much as possible. Pete and Sepp worked very well tacking the jib and helping us to accelerate quickly out of every tack. Pete, Sepp and Joe learned how critical it is in light wind to trim and ease the jib and main with every change in wind direction or wind speed. We felt good rounding the weather mark in the top five. Joe and Coach Pete again kept us in the best breeze and on the favored tack. We jibed quite a bit and managed to pick up three positions before rounding the leeward mark in second. The sail into the harbor was a parade. We were able to extend on the fleet behind us and finished second.