Date: 13th October
Venue : ESC
Race : Handicap race, 1 hour
Conditions: WSW, F1-3, very patchy and shifty
: 45 Mins after start
Result : 2nd overall
Good start, lots of space on the line, was able to climb up to the
main fleet and nudge in front whilst climbing over Andy and Vicky.
- Good boat speed upwind, reasonable boatspeed downwind.
- Enjoyed the race.
Point for reflection :
- Ditto on broad reaching speed from previous two races (getting rather tedious, but improved on Sunday!)
Pointing. A&V pointing significantly higher in their ISO. That
said, I was more interested in speed than pointing (trying to train
myself to have two modes of footing/pointing, as the natural inclination
is to point).
Date: 14th October
Venue : ESC
Race : Pursuit race, 1 hour
Conditions: N F1-4, very patchy and shifty
: 15 Mins after start, 4.9m, made for an interesting race as the usual tidal rules didn't apply
Result : 1st of 13 boats
Good boat speed on all points of sail. Had a bit of an epiphany moment
with broad reaching speed when I accidentally kept outhaul on after a
windward rounding. The flatter sail seemed quicker, despite the
received wisdom on a looser foot offwind. I wonder whether a very full
sail encourages separation. The logical extension of this is more vang
aswell. So definitely a move in the right direction, I can see a way
forward with a bunch of tuning on outhaul/vang.
start. Focused a bit too much on starting ahead of the Merlin, ended up
starting 3-4 seconds after the gun but at full speed.
good upwind compass work. Rounded Tye with the Merlin close behind,
playing shifts gave me a lead of 40-60m by Shepherd. Put it all down to
- Pleased with boat handling.
- Very relaxed. Had another epiphany moment after
racing yesterday, where I realised that all handicap racing should just
be considered as fun sailing (unless there are other 300s involved of
- Shook a shocking hangover.
Points for reflection:
- Being relaxed makes you faster I think.
Upwind from Northney to the club was fully powered. It was interesting
to note that tweaking on a little more vang resulted in better speed
and less hiking - must be something to do with reducing drag of the rig.
- Could use a hour of mark roundings, not as sharp as they were a few months back.
Things to work on:
- Need to get out and confirm the outhaul findings for a broad reach.
- Need to replace outhaul controls, rope is on its last legs.
Starting to get more consistent in these winds, need to get out in stronger winds - can't wait!