Monday, June 6, 2017
6 Ensigns participated in the Niantic Bay Early Bird regatta which had a very Norse theme meaning helmets with horns, Scandinavian beer and glass trophies in the shape of horns to drink the beer from.
The Race committee got the on the water action started on time with Ensigns being the first class off on a windward Leeward twice around course. With the wind initially out of the south south west and an ebb tide the smart money was on taking a port tack hitch to the western shoreline of the bay and riding a righty shift to the inflatable mark. Rick Conley in Friendly Spirit executed this strategy more cleanly than the other 5 Ensigns in the first two races. With Tailgunner and Magic trading 2nd and 3rds at the finish line in those races. Magic was later disqualified from race two for an infraction in tight pre starting line maneuvers.
The third race of the day was a short windward and leeward to finish course to get us in before the predicted rain, as well as before the PHRF'ers drank all the beer! This race featured Ken Shluger in Summer Breeze with his best upwind speed and pointing of the year and who, as a result, was first at the windward mark. At the finish line four boats all finished within just a few seconds of each other with Magic out dueling Friendly Spirit for first and Tailgunner just getting by Summer Breeze.
We all got in in time for the party and awards. When the scoring was done places 4 - 6 were decided by tie breaker which just goes to show that no matter where you are on the course every boat length matters in every race.
1. Friendly Spirit, 2. Tailgunner, 3. Magic, 4. Summer Breeze, 5. Firebird, 6. Bonanza
Next Racing for Fleet 34 is the Cal Brower Race hosted by Thames YC on June 24th. Fleet 73 will be racing on Sunday June 25.
A continuing reminder to send in your entries for the regionals in July.
See you out on the water