March 16, 2008
J/22 Team Putnam - Midwinters 2008 Day 3 (final)
We go two races off today because lun...more »

March 15, 2008
J/22 Team Putnam - Midwinters 2008 day 2
One hell of a day. The breeze blew fr...more »


March 16, 2008
By: Steven Roth
We go two races off today because lunch and awards were planned early. We managed to patch up our hole and fix all of our other equipment. Nothing broke today, partly because the only other thing to break was the mast. It was forecast to be from the east at 5 knots but it was more like 16 knots. So far we have seen wind directions from the North, South and East. Because the lake is long and narrow running north to south it was ridiculously shifty. Since the two time we have been OCS have been our best finishes we decided to go for clear air. Most of the fleet went right but we went left and sailed an amazing lift in  to the windward mark where we met the entire fleet on starboard. Forty boats rounded in a span of 30 seconds and it was total chaos coming in on port. We had to duck about 10 boats before we found a hole. Not the best call. We worked the sides because we found the middle really does not pay off on the lake. We had to sail some bad headers due to boat position and finished in our usual midfleet spot, a 31st. The second race we decided that we didn't do so hot by going left and felt that since it was the last race of the event we should go for the boat with basically the entire fleet. We just about won the start, rolling the regatta leader to windward. We made the mistake of playing the middle and tacked way too much trying to mimic the leaders moves but we found ourselves taking more and more transoms. We fell back to mid-fleet. We were very fast downwind, always catching up and we banged the corners back upwind the next two times and caught about 5 boats. finishing in 26th.  We managed a 28th overall. It turns out there were two college sloop national teams here. They were sailed by all college seniors. The were from College of Charleston and U. of Rhode Island, both two extremely strong college sailing programs. We beat both of them with room to spare which I think is a testament to a solid performance. There was some great action and completion. We had an excellent time, sailed very fast, got a handle on lake sailing and were hands down the best juniors on the race course. We made it into the raffle for the rudder but lady luck was not on our side. Although I will be sailing for the Coast Guard offshore team (hopefully in sloop nationals) the team is already talking about East Coasts and Worlds. We want to thanks all of our sponsors and supporters, we would not have been able to do this without you. I think we represented you well and I hope that you will be able to help my team as they continue to campaign the J/22 as I move on to the next chapter in my life. Thanks again and I'll see you in Annapolis.  
 Skipper, USA 1078