District 1  Regatta Report

Sat May 27th, 2006 through Mon May 29th, 2006

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2006 Memorial Day Series


Sailed at Milford Yacht Club, Connecticut. Report by David Bolles

Saturday dawn with a heavy fog and a light wind. However, by noon the fog began to burn off and the fleet drifted out to the starting line. Five of the 10 boats were still quite a ways off by 1:30 and it was decided to run a quick practice race while waiting for the rest of the boats to arrive. By the time those who were racing got back to the starting line it was already late in the day so another short practice race was held. Neither race counted towards the series.

On Sunday two races were held. The wind was a bit stronger, about 5 knots. Race 1 got off well and the course was completed in about 1 hour. Race 2 was rather confusing. Before the race one course was posted and then just at the warning sound the course was changed. One of the boats did not notice the change of course and sailed to the wrong windward mark. It is unknown why the other DNF's sailed off with this boat, because after the race they all said that they saw the change of course. Anyway, only three boats went to the right mark to start with, and the most of others tried to finish the race by also sailing off to the correct windward mark after seeing that they had sailed to the wrong mark. However, by the time they got down to the leeward mark the wind had died completely and only the first three boats made it around the mark and were able to finish the race. The rest drifted away from the leward mark carried by the tide and never could get around it. The one uninformed boat, after having rounded the wrong mark, didn't even try to round the correct windward mark and just sailed in after sailing by the committee boat to ask them what was the correct course, since they could see that all the other boats, including the ones who were out with them, sailed off to round the other mark. When they were told about the change of course they said to themselves "oh well" and sailed in. On Monday the final race of the series was held. The winds again were very light, so it took 2 hours to cover the 5 mile course. The upwind leg was run in slack tide so there was no problem getting to the windward mark. However, by the time the boats made it to the leeward mark there was a substantial amount of current as was the case the day before. Only one boat decided to approach the mark from the up-tide side while the rest found themselves fighting the tide to try to round the mark. Also, again the wind shut down for a while. This strung out the fleet, since as soon as a boat could round the mark they were able to take off beating against what little wind there was. The three lead boats did round fairly close to each other and kept in a tight group to the finish line, which made for interesting racing for them during the last beat.

Jack Button with Pat Valleau as crew won the weekend.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: 1 2 3 Total
1 Telluride   Jack Button   Pat Valleau   7565   2.0 1.0 1.0 4
2 Maria II   Don Gray   Jessica Kirchoff   8152   3.0 2.0 4.0 9
3 Klaudina   Thierry De La Villehuchet   Brian Fatih   8068   1.0 11.0 [DNF] 2.0 14
4 Trojka   Emil Karlovsky   Ed Linke   7554   6.0 3.0 7.0 16
5 Impromptu   David Bolles   Chris Field   8035   4.0 11.0 [DNF] 3.0 18
6 6728   Jason Naylor     6728   5.0 11.0 [DNF] 5.0 21
7 Robbie Two   Charles Correll   Don Cronan   7474   11.0 [DNS] 11.0 [DNF] 6.0 28
8 Bittersweet   Joe Giunti     7724   7.0 11.0 [DNF] 11.0 [DNS] 29
9 7248   Gerry Cayne     7248   8.0 11.0 [DNF] 11.0 [DNS] 30
10 Hayaku   John Lombard   Dean   7728   11.0 [DNS] 11.0 [DNS] 11.0 [DNF] 33

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