Sunday, September 24, 2006

Wild Turkey Regatta - OSYC, Lake Sinclair, GA

Elliot on the dock with Dare, the breeze is starting to fill in a little in the distance. 15 Thistles were racing which was the best turn out for a number of years.

We removed Dare's red stripe which was faded to a light pink so now she looks like new with her freshly polished hull. The fact that we are now indistinguishable from 70% of the rest of the fleet did not stop us from being spotted over the start line early in race 3!

She looks good for 40 years old, we are proud of the old girl!

A shot of the "old-school" spinnaker pole that Elliot and I made out of spanish cedar. It works great but the lacing for the uphaul D-ring came undone at a critical hoist. We re-laced it and sewed it all together which should avoid a repeat disaster.....hopefully!

Although there was no wind at the dock, there was perhaps 8 to 10 mph out on the main body of the lake.

Good friends, Robert and Paul Mitchell who sailed well in their first regatta together.

I think we should have been hiking a little harder in this shot.

Elliot is trimming the spinnaker nicely...we seems to have pretty good downwind speed but were not so good at spotting the puffs and gybing in the right places.

Harry Reich is closing in on us to take our wind, we had a lot of close racing with his boat which made it a lot of fun.

I have trying to take big handfulls of mainsheet, as coached by Bryce, but still seem slow at trimming the main, especially at the leeward mark. Elliot was getting very upset with me when we let boats by on the inside a few times!

This is after racing was over on Sunday, we ended up paddling in as the dock was protected from the wind by a line of trees.

Garry Smillie and Sean Murphy, with Scott Harris in the background.

Dad always seems to end up with the paddle.....

We were really pleased with how we sailed with fewer than usual mistakes. Our spinnaker pole came unlaced during one race which was a big problem....a quick knot or two got us back up a running allowing a better fix before racing on Sunday. Our spinnaker halyard cleat also would not hold which nearly resulted in dropping it under the boat, so Elliot dismantled and fixed it later in the day.

Our starts were far better than usual as we followed a very simple plan.....stick with the fast boats! We also tried hard to sail to the favoured end of the line....if the wind shifts left...go to the pin, if right stay at the committee boat. The allowed us to sail with some of the best least for bit, on the correct side of the course, on the lifted tack. We also tried hard to keep the boat flat by hiking and playing the mainsail, letting it flog if necessary. Another thing we focused on was to steer by balancing the boat to keep pressure off the tiller, especially going downwind. We practiced sailing without the rudder the previous weekend with a very experienced Thistler from our club (Jim Smither), and I think this really helped raise our awareness of the affect of sail and hull trim on steering. A book I am reading by Dave Perry (thanks to Chris for the loan) makes a really big point about staying on the lifted tack, so we were working hard to spot headers and also watch other boats to determine what the next puff might do. Elliot is great at helping by reading the compass and has a good feel for telling if a header is real or not. The few times when I have failed to take his advice have not been a good experience!

We learnt a little about the racing rules at several points. We were on port with Jim Roberts and Bryce to leeward and ahead as we overstood the windward mark. We were gently asked by Bryce to tack and I thought we perhaps had broken the rules but we were in the right and could have sailed them to the opposite shore! We tacked together for the mark and somehow Jim got inside us! During one start were were probably too timid and backwinded our main to avoid going over early. Paul Abdullah was to leeward and slightly ahead and pinched us off beautifully....I wonder how he does that?? The over early incident was at the pin, I think in race 2. Greg Griffin (who won the regatta), was just to leeward and he ducked back over the line but we forged ahead. I was pretty sure I was over the line, but was hoping that our white hull had saved us from being spotted! I think there was a judge at the pin end that saw us....serves me right for cheating!

The closest Elliot gets to a smile :)

Congratulations to Greg for taking the regatta! It was really nice to see Jim Roberts do so well with Bryce as crew.

Rank Sail No Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Nett Notes
1st 3976 Greg Griffin 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 9.0
2nd 3980 Michael Lenkeit 5.0 8.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 19.0
3rd 3997 Scott Griffin 6.0 2.0 4.0 1.0 7.0 20.0
4th 3998 Jim Roberts 3.0 5.0 3.0 8.0 4.0 23.0
5th 1167 Bob McCormack 4.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 23.0
6th 3985 Paul Abdullah 1.0 4.0 WD 4.0 2.0 28.0
7th 3746 John Fewell 8.0 6.0 8.0 6.0 5.0 33.0
8th 3951 Sean Murphy 7.0 7.0 6.0 10.0 8.0 38.0
9th 3974 Scott Harris 9.0 11.0 7.0 7.0 9.0 43.0
10th 3783 Harry Reich 12.0 13.0 9.0 12.0 10.0 56.0
11th 3444 Maureen Bresnahan 13.0 9.0 10.0 14.0 12.0 58.0
12th 2177 Dale Newnham 11.0 12.0 OCS 9.0 11.0 60.0
13th 3335 Tim Chambers 10.0 10.0 DSQ 11.0 13.0 61.0
14th 2918 Robert Mitchell 14.0 15.0 12.0 13.0 14.0 68.0
15th 2450 Don Read DNF 14.0 11.0 15.0 15.0 72.0
16th 3029 Kat Mahaney 15.0 16.0 DNS DNC DNC 82.0


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