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q       Period

The racing is from mid-April to end of October, with three distinct phases, pre-BOR, BOR and post-BOR.

q       Type of racing

The central point to our racing this year is the 2004 Annapolis to Bermuda race (2004 BOR Official Site) and the return trip from June 11 to June 27.

More details on our own race at: 2004 BOR

Before the BOR we will focus on its preparation. After the BOR we will return our focus to distance racing in the Chesapeake Bay, however we will still be doing some W/L (windward / leeward to a drop mark) races, which in general are set near Annapolis at the mouth of the Severn River on a Saturday.

q       Skipper's rant

At my age I rely more on written words than on my memory. This web page is convenient to use for everybody and is updated at the same time I read an email bringing changes. Please use it and send me an email or a voice mail or a fax whenever you have a change. Also, please do not delay your comments or changes. I would rather have several timely changes in a row than one big one coming quite late.

March

 

Date Event Comments / Participants
Sun 7 NorthU Weather for Sailors Seminar: Jaffar, Larry.

The seminar was a good weather 101 course. However, I was expecting much more sailing-oriented stuff and practical rules. Some of this is in the training manual that was provided or may be in the training CD, that was not ready at the time of the seminar.

Sat 20 Spring fitting  
Sun 21 Spring fitting Santiago, Chad
Wed 24 Spring fitting Paul, Mike
Sat 27 Safety at Sea Seminar Mike
Sat 27 Spring fitting  
Sun 28 Safety at Sea Seminar Mike
Sun 28 Spring fitting Santiago
Wed 31 Spring fitting Paul

Details on Safety at sea and on the seminar at: Safety at Sea

The April BOR newsletter is at : BOR newsletter April. It mentions in particular that USA 3000 has $79 tickets (one way) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

April

 

Date Event Comments / Participants
Sat 3 Boat launch Amazing!.

John, the White Rocks Marina co-owner and manager, has delivered in his promise to me. He has launched (or moved) boats stacked behind us in a frenzy, even under the rain, and came to work on a Saturday to finish the job for us. Well done John, thank you.

After the launch, I had to change the impeller for the engine cooling system as there was not much water coming out of the exhaust. I had the part ready but I was hoping to delay the change until a few weeks before the BOR. Well, I have learned not to play with this annual maintenance. It is a must.

Sun 4 Delivery White Rocks - Annapolis Santiago, Mike, James, George.

We had a gale warning and Mike decided wisely to leave his two daughters at home. We used the Sharkskin main and this alone made the preparation longer because of the removal of the pre-feeder and the adding of the track plates.

We left at 11: 15 and arrived at 2: 16 pm for an amazingly fast 3h for the 20 nm trip. The instruments did not give us any wind information (although the masthead was turning fast) but the Thomas Point web site recorded a true wind speed of 24 to 33 kn for the period. We started with the #4 jib and a reef in the main and doused the #4 when we had to turn into a close reach after we reached the Bay. Maximum boat speed was 13.5 kn under reefed main alone. It was cold but enjoyable, except maybe the last couple of miles when we had to beat into the wind and tack a few times. The tacking angle is quite wide with such a sail plan, but we made it happily, except that I lost my lucky red polartec cap near the end. Also, I had forgotten my Gore-Tex gloves and hands were blue and numb at the end despite keeping them in the pockets quite often for the second half of the trip when Santiago and Mike drove. The boat feels good under these trying conditions, it is definitely a good heavy weather boat.

Sat 10 North Sails: J/105 Tune Up Details on North Sails J/105 tune up day :Speed Clinic

James, Mike, Tony B, George, Tim, Ginny.

We had a good day of fleet practice and drills, particularly starts. The wind was not cooperating at the beginning but fortunately filled in later up to 11+ kn. Mike took a long turn at the wheel and James helped us practice our MOB drill by doing an elaborate back flip into the water when we got the foot of the chute into the water when hoisting at the windward mark. I had never done the MOB drill before with the chute still up but there was some urgency in my quick turn maneuver as the water was cold and we had lots of boats behind us and the crowded place with drivers distracted by the tight hoisting and rounding situation was not a good place for a swim. Surprisingly the chute stayed quietly  inside the jib, like in a Mexican douse, and we were able to get back to James quite rapidly.

Wed 14 Mid-week technical discussion Crew communication. Please read and comment article on page 5 of the J/105 Spring Newsletter: Can We Talk
Fri 16 Late afternoon practice at 1600 Not done as Tim and Ginny were doing RC duties for NASS and the RC decided to add another race at the end of the day.
Sun 18 Practice at 1000 Paul, Mike, Tony B, George. We had a good practice but, due to communication problems, we could not talk to Tim and Ginny who were scheduled to join us at the end of their RC duties.
Wed 21 Mid-week technical discussion Sail trim. Please read and comment the North's tuning and trimming guide: North Complete J/105 Guide (pdf) or Tuning Guide (on the web). Remember that some of this stuff does not directly apply to us as we are using the 155% genoa most of the time.

Also, please check this discussion on Spinnaker Dousing

Sat 24 NASS Spring Race at 0800

Will leave dock at 0815

NASS Spring SIs

A1 is the second start at 1010

RC on Channel 77

W/L race / James, Tim, Ginny, Laura, George

We finished 8th of 10 boats, with two J35s behind us. Air Mail is first and we are 6 minutes behind, however we are also 3 minutes behind the 7th boat.

Race was 7.5 nm (5 x 2.5 nm). NASS Spring Results

 

 

May

 

Date Event Comments / Participants
Sat 01 Practice at 1000 Santiago, George, Ed, Eric
Mon 03 Dry dock at Muller Marine Refresh bottom paint, fair rudder, change propeller to the 15x11 Flex-O-Fold folding geared racing propeller. The new propeller has the lowest drag in its category and has a pitch more appropriate to Chantecler than the original Elice Radiche. So performance should be improved both under sail and motoring. The rudder blade has a flat spot on its starboard side. It took me a while to notice it, but once I did, it became so obvious! The rudder fairing should also give a performance boost, particularly when beating. Also, I will have the floatline marks added, so that we could balance the boat load properly.
Tue 04   Bobby found a hollow cavity in the rudder and has fixed it and faired the blade. The bottom has been lightly sanded and the first layer was being gun sprayed when I left. The Atlantic rigging crew is scheduled to open the boom tomorrow to fix the outhaul line purchase system and fix the headsail tack point. No rain in the forecast, so I am expecting the boat to be ready by Friday.
Sat 08 SSC:  St. Brendan Cup Race

Will leave dock at 0900

A1 is the second start at 11:10

312 SIs

We had a 14.5 nm Gov. Marks race (point to point).

312 RESULTS

Santiago, Paul, James, Jon, George

We have finished 7th of 13 boats. We have beaten three good boats in real time and compensated over three more. Last year, we had achieved mid-fleet or better only twice (in one of which we had Will Keyworth onboard), so this is a very encouraging and this time the boat felt much better upwind.

This is due above all to good sail trim and good crew work at tacks jibes and mark roundings.

However, we have also had the following hardware improvements:

- Balancing the boat in its designed float lines at the dock. I had asked Bobby Muller to add the official float lines and when I saw the boat on Friday I was amazed because the bow was floating 4-5 inches higher than the stern. So, on Friday, I have loaded the forepeak locker as much as I could, checking the float lines after each move, before the race I have added 4 x 2.5 gallons of water (83 lbs) in the anchor locker. This has made a big difference. The boat was stern-heavy from the beginning most likely due to the wheel (the boat was originally designed for a tiller - the wheel adds 80 lbs at the stern), the two batteries below the wheel (some J/105 have only one battery and in the cabin, a much more forward position) and the quarter-berth.

- The new more streamlined propeller, which by the way also gave us fantastic cruising speed (7.5 kn), due to its 11 pitch as opposed to the 9 pitch of the original propeller.

- The rudder fairing that fixed a serious flat spot on the Starboard side (the spot was due to a hole in the core material).

- The brand new, properly burnished, hard bottom paint.

Sat 08 BOR practice #1 to follow the race This was the first BOR practice. We did the St Brendan race until the finish, then we went back to Annapolis to purchase a new winch handle (having lost our second one this year) and continued upwind up the Bay where we practiced heaving-to with the parachute anchor. We succeeded, but the balance is difficult to achieve. We will have to try again with either the main reefed to its second reef or the storm trysail.

We have not used the new reacher during the race but used it extensively thereafter. The sail is in good shape and is tremendously efficient when reaching. We still have to define the cutoff points between the reacher and the spinnaker, but the sail will definitely be a unique assed for the BOR.

All this augurs well for our Bermuda race.

Sun 09 End of BOR practice We came back to the dock around 6 am Sunday.
Sat 15 Practice

Leave the dock at 1000

Return to the dock by 1700.

The practice was more focused on boat handling for the Bermuda trip (sail changes, heaving-to, MOB, etc.)

James, Mike, Ed, Eric, Tony B.

Sat 22 SCC:  Annual Regatta Spring Race

Leave the dock at 1000

Fleet RV at 1100

A1 is the second start at 1210

314_315 SIs

George, Michael L., Ed

Results: RESULTS 314 315.htm

We raced shorthanded with two persons racing for the first time with us. We finished 7th of 8 boats but we had a good race with no major problem, which was the objective.

Sat 29 MRYC:  Annapolis to Miles River

Leave the dock at 0845

316 SIs

Fleet RV at 0925

A1 is the 12th start at 1025

20.9 nm long course

RESULTS_2004/316

Santiago, Paul, Jon, Mike, James, Chad

We had a good race with good crew work but unfortunately I did a couple of tactical mistakes and we finished 17th of 27 boats, 3 minutes away from the 11th place boat. We were still in good position at the turning mark into Eastern Bay, but thereafter we stayed way too long in a position were we had bad air from Wildfire, a slower A2 boat that had started ahead of us, while our competitors gained and passed us with clear air.

 

Sat 29 BOR practice after the race We had our second BOR practice just following the race. We passed the finish line and turned around to continue at racing speed in Eastern Bay and then we did a couple of loops between Annapolis and Poplar Island with the genoa, the jib top and the spinnaker. We returned to St Michaels early on Sunday morning for a couple of hours or dock before the start of the return race. We had perfect weather for our practice afternoon and night of sailing. 
Sun 30 RRBC:  Miles River Race Back

at 1000

317 SIs

A1 is the second start at 1005

Length: 18.1 nm

Results: RESULTS 317

We have finished in the silver, fourth of 16 boats, only one minute and 7 seconds, corrected time, behind the second place boat, Promises, and 4 minutes and 18 seconds behind the first, Pamlico. Last year we had won the same race with good downwind trim and good strategic brains in light air after a tremendous start. This year we added wonderful teamwork and lots of muscle for constant tactical fights (tacks and jibes) within the lead pack after an average but good enough start.

Congratulations to Jon and Paul for teaming up quite well on tactics, to Mike and James for doing the same on foredeck work and inventing a much better way of tacking (we used and abused it right away and did a large number of tacks in Eastern Bay with minimum loss of speed at each tack - James was helping the genoa clew pass the mast and Mike was behind the shrouds making it pass in a flash that area where we had so much trouble in the past). Jon and Santiago trimmed the sails perfectly well and Chad managed to be helping everywhere when not filming. Santiago is the only person I know who can trim the spinnaker in waves and 15 kn wind standing up without leaning on the shrouds or grabbing anything.

Our epic sailing has been recorded and I am sure that Chad and Santiago will come up with a beautiful video. They even stayed on Chantecler after the return to the dock for cabling the link between the aft camera and the camcorder below. The rest of us were too exhausted to stay.

It was the most satisfying race.

On the hardware side, two problems surfaced and need to be fixed very quickly: the cutlass bearing on the propeller shaft is making noises and vibrations from time to time and the digital compass of the Nexus instrument system is misbehaving badly.

A view from the Race Committee:

 

    We have sailed from 9 am Saturday to a little before 3 pm Sunday with one stop of a couple of hours at the end of the raft in St Michael before the race back and these have been close to my most enjoyable sailing hours as a racing skipper. Thank you to all who were onboard and all who were not but made that possible by participating in the team activities.

 

June

 

Date Event Comments / Participants
Sun 6 EYC:  Short Tail

Leave the dock at 0830

Fleet RV at 0930.

Results: RESULTS_320

Point-to-point 20 nm race that is meant to be a preparation for the BOR.

Mike, George, Bill, Ed, Eric

Return to the dock expected around 1600.

Thu 10 BOR Briefings and Skippers' meeting at 1700 At the Annapolis Recreation Center (across the Marriott Waterfront Hotel)
Fri 11 Jenifer Clark BOR Seminar at 0800 at the Radisson Hotel, Annapolis  
Fri 11 Start. EYC:  Bermuda Ocean Leave the dock at 1245

Start at 1405

Santiago, Paul, Jon, James, Mike

Chad will film the start from a vintage Chris Craft. George will bring his motor boat to encourage the team.

Fri 11 Early evening

We abandon the race

After an average start, we had a good spinnaker broad reach where we moved from 11th position at the first mark to the fifth overall position. Then the wind moved forward and we changed to the reacher. As the bow felt heavy, we moved the second anchor from the anchor locker to the port cockpit locker. However, we were taking water through the sprit pole hole, which filled the anchor locker and then drained into the forepeak through the pole sleeve. We did not realize the situation until we had two tons of water inside the forepeak and overflowing into the main cabin and we had to seek shelter under a squall when we were off Point No Point.

When assessing the safety situation, I decided to abandon the race as the sea state and wind conditions at the Gulf Stream was expected to be challenging and the risk was simply too great to affront it with a leaky pole.

More details at: 2004 BOR

Sat 12   We spend the night at dock in a marina in a creek on the western side of Pt Lookout. We motored back and reached Annapolis in late afternoon.
Sat 12 J/105 Fleet #3 Chesapeake A fleet meeting has overwhelmingly decided to change keels in bulk from shoal draft to deep draft. Many boats have decided to change keels ASAP in order to be able to compete in the NAs in September. A circuit of major fleet races may be set up next year along the East Coast, from Key West in January to Block Island in June.

See the 14 Jun 2004 news at: J105.org

We will then be back to class racing in 2005, but still keeping a major focus on distance racing.

More details on the BOR at: 2004 BOR

We have only two major and two minor races in the summer schedule. Let's focus on taking our revenge against bad luck and acing at least one of the two major distance race, a silver result in either the Solomons race or the Governor's Cup will nicely do.

July

 

Date Event Comments / Participants
Fri 16 EYC:  Solomons Island Invitational at 1700

55 nm

NOR_334

2004solomonsletter

2004_solomons_SIs

RESULTS_2004/334

Major race for us. I am trying for a revenge with the Bermuda crew who are available and also go light at the same time.

Mike, Tim, Ginny, James, George

It did not work but will try again at the Gov's Cup. There was a major equipment failure, just below my hat, as I followed a flawed Western shore strategy, despite multiple failures of similar strategy in several previous races, with the exception of 2002. Somehow, I convinced myself again that this was the way to go and we were so hopelessly behind any class boat when the wind died a couple of miles from the finish that I did not have the patience to stay there more than a couple of hours, using our anchor from time to time to avoid negative SOG. We had nobody around us for the second half of the race and we understood why when we reached the turning mark and could identify the boats ahead of us and behind us, they were all from classes starting way behind us and they had all followed an Eastern shore strategy, which had better pressure and better wind direction and led them to the mark with basically no tacks while we had many to stay on our route.

 

Sat 17 Arrival in the morning  
Sat 17 Around noon Return delivery to arrive at the dock in Annapolis in the evening

 

August

 

Date Event Comments / Participants
Fri 6 SMCSA:  Governor's Cup

We will leave the dock at 1630

We are the second start at 1810

govcup SIs

70 nm

RESULTS_2004/341

Chad, Bill, George, Ed

We have finished 23 of 32 boats. We had a nice race in front and then lost big in a jibe to the Eastern shore followed by a 25 kn gust that made us broach. Then it took us too long to fix a mainsheet problem and to change to a heavier spinnaker. We are lucky we did not damage our light spinnaker in the gust. We are also lucky we were close to get a MOB but caught him by the ankle before he was completely overboard.

Sat 7 Arrival in the morning  
Sat 7 Around noon Return delivery to arrive at the dock in Annapolis in the evening
Sat 21 WRSC:  Twilight Race

We will leave dock at 1430

SIs 346

RESULTS_2004/WRSC_Twilight

Ed, Eric, George
Sat 28 GIYS:  Cedar Point Race

We will leave dock at 0815

35 nm race

Expect a return late in the evening

SIs 208

Ed, Tim, Ginny, George, Eric

We got a terrible start when Muskrat luffed on the line and pushed Air Mail and us into the CB. The tide was against the light South wind and thus the CB had its bow on the leeward side of the starting line and was in such position that we had no escape possibilities, once we committed to the gap between Air Mail and the CB, 10 to 15 seconds before the start. We may have been barging, but Muskrat had the obligation to avoid the collision. The CB then had three short signals that we interpreted for a short while as being a general recall so we tacked but soon discovered that there was no general recall. We then decided to protest Muskrat and tacked back to continue racing, but we had lost lots of ground to the A1 fleet.

We had a good first leg along the Eastern shore (but in deep water most of the time) in medium and steady Southern breeze and a couple of miles from the turning mark, we were ahead of a few class boats. Unfortunately, we lost some ground in the tacks for the final approach to the mark and turned it in last position, just behind Hot Pepper, a J/120.

From there on we stayed on the Eastern shore while the rest of the fleet one by one moved to the Western shore. We stayed at the same level but behind a pack of boats, until just South of Bloody Pt light, where a strong power shop and a diminishing pressure slowed us down while the Western shore boats kept going.

 

September

We are now going back to J/105 class racing as several boats have converted or are in the process of conversion to DD keel. Fleet #3 has decided in an email poll to let DD and SD boats start together in class events. This will start to apply with the NASS race to Oxford, it is official now.

On Saturday 9/4, Ed and I have measured the forestay, which is within class specs after all, about 3/8" short of the maximum permitted, remounted the roller-furler drum and cleaned the forestay from the remains of the teflon tape. We are almost ready for class racing. I am hoping to get a one year old sharkskin main ready in time for the NASS race (after I get it, I need to change number and the slides), otherwise, we will use our own sharkskin main that is a bit older and has done the 2002 BOR and back.

In terms of crew, local class racing permits only a total of five persons in most cases and six persons if at least two of them are women. 

Date Event Comments / Participants
Sat 11 SSC:  Hospice Cup

Be at the boat by 0845

Will leave dock at 0900

RV at 1000

A1 Start is the second at 1110

SIs_hospice/352.pdf

Results hospice2004

Tim, Eric, Bill, Laura

Be at the dock in time, as we need to practice using the roller-furler and dousing the chute when shorthanded. This should be our last PHRF race of the season.

That was a good race and we felt good about it despite the result. We had a 3-leg course. We had a good start, after averting a disaster when we were caught so far downwind at the 5 mn gun. We had clear air in the first leg and did well compared to the boats around, but unfortunately, the pressure was better on the other side and the shift to the right was in fact a permanent shift, so we lost some ground. We maintained our position downwind, and had a good leeward mark rounding but the short Starboard leg we did before tacking was a big mistake with the windward mark so out of position for the average wind direction we were getting at that time. Air Mail was behind us before the rounding but passed us upwind and beat us to the finish for the 8th place by only 6 seconds (corrected time). We finished 9th of 12 boats, but nevertheless had two good boats behind us. 

Sat 18 NASS: Race To Oxford

Be at the boat by 0745

Will leave dock at 0800

RV at 0900

Start at 0935

SIs_353.pdf

RESULTS_2004/353

Major race. This is the last distance race of the season and the wind is usually good. This will also be the first Chantecler race in the J/105 class.

Ed, Eric, Jim, Alexander

I had never before experienced force 8-9 conditions (and hopefully never will again), never before seen 48 knots on my True Wind Speed display, never before seen 18+knots on my boat speed display.

I am talking about Saturday’s race to Oxford (29 nautical miles), while a cold front combined with the remnants of hurricane Ivan passing South of us created exceptional weather conditions. The starting sequence was a big mess and many boats in all classes were as confused as us and started several minutes behind. We had reefed the main before the start and this made our gibes manageable when we did it at peak boat speed. The waves were short and steep. Foam and spray was everywhere and visibility was limited under the rain. I assume the key to success was for the top drivers to be able to sustain the surf in such difficult wave conditions. I buried my bow too often in the next wave. But what a feeling! The J/105 is a great heavy weather boat.

I have damaged my only class jib (stupid roller-furler mistake in the reaching leg) and damaged the top slide on my main (over-cranking the backstay), but it was the experience of a lifetime.

We have finished fifth of 16 boats of which only seven finished. Most of the others turned around at the start or before.

But this was not the end of the adventure, as the TAYC marina where we arrived was quite exposed to the Northern wind. Few of the finishers had decided to stay there and we should have tried some other places upriver that were more protected. But, we were exhausted and settled for staying along the main quay. We managed to borrow large fenders and to put two dock lines on nearby piles to avoid being tossed against the quay. Then somebody mentioned the draft and I checked that we were only a few inches from the bottom. Furthermore, the tide was scheduled to go down during the night. The tide table for the area from my navigation computer gave a weak high tide from 7 to 8 am the following day with about the same level as where we were then. I decided to stay. The wind kept blowing strong most of the night and from 11 pm to around 2 am we hit the bottom with each wave. Thereafter, it became much quieter when the keel stayed constantly on the bottom and the wind weakened and thus we got a few hours of sleep.

Sun 19 TAYC:  Hammond Memorial Race

DNC

Ed, Eric, Jim, Alexander

We have had dinner in a nice place nearby but the breakfast at TAYC was awful. We managed to leave the quay in time after a well-planned maneuver, only to find us grounded again in the middle of the small harbor with a long line across preventing us to go to the deeper side. We nevertheless managed to get under way and motored back at moderate rpm (because of the vibrations from the prop) with no sail up. When we reached the Bay, the fun began against still a strong NE wind and waves. Despite the low rpm, the engine temperature alarm set off and we had to shut the engine down and hoist a reefed main despite the lack of a top slug near the board. It worked without a hitch nevertheless and we slowly and painfully made our way tacking upwind without a jib. Later on, the wind and waves dropped a bit and the sail became more pleasant.

Later on, I found what the engine overheating was: the primary water filter was clogged with pin needles, several large pieces of rubber, a few leaves and five baby eels! We should have picked the stuff when we grounded the boat at TAYC and the temperature alarm sounded only when the engine strained against wind and waves.

Bobby Muller has promised to lift the boat soon to change the cutlass bearing (making this terrible grinding noise from time to time) and put my old propeller back. He needs a special tool from Vosbury and this is why the schedule is not yet firm. After that we should have again a decent cruising speed and no vibration.

Also, good news from North, as Jeff has been able to patch the class jib, contrarily to what I was expecting, and repaired the slug on the main. So, unless something unexpected happens, we are good to go for the AYC Fall series.

Sun 26 Practice with other J/105s

Be at the boat by 1130

Will leave dock at 1145

Be back around 1600

Eric, Jim, Suzonna, Bill, Ed

 

October

AYC has agreed to score DD boats separately from SD with both keels getting the same start.  We will miss the mid-race of the AYC series as I will be traveling to Europe. We will also be doing the J/105 championship, which will have separate DD and SD starts.

Date Event Comments / Participants
Sat 2 AYC Fall Series #1

Be at the boat by 0910

Will leave dock by 0925

RV at 1000

Warning at 1100

Class start at 1115

SIs 357_362.

Regatta Results Race 1

James, Ed, Eric, Bill

We did our first class W/L race with Chantecler and I am in serious disarray because of our stunning last place, beaten by all SD and DD boats that raced that day, a huge 8 minutes behind the nearest DD boat and 13 minutes behind the winner.

We had the 2001 3DL jib that was not used much since its purchase (something like ½ a season in total), the 89 m2 US spinnaker that I had purchased used in 2002 and has been used regularly since and the sharkskin main that Walt had loaned me after using it one season (the sail looks quite good to me). The wind was 8-15 TWS and the sea was choppy. The rig was on the base set up with lower tension on the intermediates to induce leeward mid-mast sag (we got a bit less than ½ inch; I had tried the base set up the Sunday before and had no sag in 4-10 TWS). The mast step was what it was for PHRF and I may need to move it one hole back to induce more forestay sag and more power with the class jib.

I messed up the start a bit in the middle of the line and tacked to avoid bad air. We had a few boat handling mistakes during the six-leg race but my estimate is that we did not lose more than a couple of minutes on that account. We did not take any big gamble; we stayed mostly in the center of the course and had clear air most of the time. Our trim and my steering had no glaring mistake as we kept the speed up in the short waves. We were staying with everybody around us downwind or gaining a little and most of the ground we lost was upwind.

I know that the boat is likely to be lighter than any DD boat here but is stern-heavy. I am trying to compensate by loading the forepeak, but I have not found the optimum, yet. I also know that my mast is larger and heavier and adding weight aloft with a second jib halyard, a second spin halyard and a masthead VHF antenna (all for better offshore racing) is not helping.

I knew that all that was too far from being perfect to make us a contender for that race, but the 8 minutes gap with the closest DD seems to confirm the bad PHRF racing results. I somehow doubt that new sails and a better rig tuning will make the boat 8 minutes faster on a 9 nm course.

The only J/105 behind us, a SD, decided to not finish the race because it was obvious they had picked up a piece of garbage on the rudder and could not get rid of it. We may have done something similar as I have ducked a couple of plastic bags when I could see them during the race, and we were low and slow, even compared to SD boats, but I did not feel anything unusual on the rudder.

Sat 16 AYC Fall Series #3

Be at the boat by 0915

Will leave dock by 0930

RV at 1000

Warning at 1100

Class start at 1115

James, Ed, Eric, Jim

Sat 23 J/105 Fleet 3 Championship Day 1 (3 races)

Be at the boat by 0900

Will leave dock by 0915

Warning at 1100

Start at

The J/105 championship has a DD start this year

Ed, Tim, Ginny, Eric, Suzonna?

Sun 24 J/105 Fleet 3 Championship Day 2 (2 races)

Be at the boat by 0845

Will leave dock by 0900

Warning at 1000

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