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J/22 Team Putnam - Midwinters 2008 Day 3 (final)
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J/22 Team Putnam - Midwinters 2008 day 2
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March 14, 2008
By: Steven Roth
After forecasts in upwards of 20knots the day started off rather calm at around 5 knts.  Each race has consisted of 3 upwind legs and two downwind. Heavy cloud cover moved in for the first race and the breeze began to go right. We had a good start with clear air but a bad spinnaker set and going to the wrong side downind lost us around 15 boats. We mangaged to make it back upwind to finish towards the back. As the second race began the clouds began to lift and the breeze began to build to around 12 knots. After lining up a great whole to leward, and being to leeward of the Vice President of the J/22 class association and Commodore of RCYC Kelsom Elam, there was a general recall. On the second start we failed to properly defend our whole to Leeward and got shot out the back, but that's OK because it was another general recall. The second race went slightly better, the lake sailing has really been throwing us off. We had good downwind speed but lacked tactically upwind and improved a few places. The breeze continued to go right and die to around 10 knots. At this point the temperature hit about 82 degrees (ya I bet your jealous). We tried an incredibly aggressive start at the boat and were about 5 seconds early causing us to be OCS. We went out on port tack and found ourselves laying the pin as most of  the fleet went right. The RC moved the mark and the breeze began to oscillate. We managed to hold down a 16th. It was a very interesting first day. Our boat speed has been excellent as we have payed very good attention to detail but we have found out the hard way that our Bay style tactics need serious updating to the lake. We played the middle way too much and need to focus on winning a side. Tomorrow is forecast to be a little colder with winds from the North which apparently makes the lake pretty choppy. We finished the day in a preliminary 30th place. Not so hot but we are getting the lake thing down and tommorows another day. The good news is that there is a midfleet raffle for a new rudder. We'll shoot another update out tomorrow. Thanks for watching.
 
-Steve