D-12 Race #5 LNYC Board Bash Roundup.
By Rob Bowden
LNYC is a great regatta host and the venue is nearly unbeaten for the camping, launching and bath facilities, (I have yet to enjoy the recently re-done facilities at CSC in Columbia). As a lake venue it didn’t disappoint with expected lighter air conditions than we see on the coast, but when there’s no current it’s amazing how little it takes to get the boats moving.
Attendance was light with only 7 full rig boats racing. There were some other regional events like the Lightning Nationals that pulled from our fleet, but it would appear LNYC does not have an active Laser fleet at this time.
However, Raleigh, NC is home growing a nice Laser fleet with reported 18 boat showings in their frostbite series! We had two of those guys, (Ray and Dean) come race with us for their first D12 outing. They sailed quite well and we’re expecting to see them in Columbia. Come on Raleigh!
Before the skippers meeting on Saturday we had a nice open forum “Laser talk” about 30 minutes before the skippers meeting and we repeated this Sunday afternoon for “post sailing debrief” about 30 minutes before awards. We made the most of our intimate group.
The racing Saturday started on time. The wind however had other plans. As painful as it was we did get in 1 race on Saturday. It was a heavily pin favored start followed by sailing a couple of hundred yards out on Starboard before hitting the port layline to the weather mark and trying to make the 15 minute “first boat to the first mark” time limit. That was followed by a downwind drift to the leeward mark for the shortened course finish.
The finish was actually pretty exciting as 3 of us found ourselves packed tightly together. Secretary Hassinger went for a quick jibe where he tapped the boat just in front of him which required a turn about 20 yards before the finish. He managed to come out of his turn with enough momentum to pass Dean, (the boat he’d tapped) and grab 2nd by a foot or so. I managed to get the win and it took 30 minutes for the cramping to go away from the “warrior” pose I’d been holding on the 20 minute DW leg!
That did if for Saturday. A NNE breeze flirted with filling in between 1:00 and 3:00, but the heavy motor boat chop made it very difficult to make progress. While we all went back out to sail/practice for a couple of hours, (my boat got a great fresh water soak and I had some nice swimming time) the RC decided to call it a day around 3:00. At 4:00 the NNE breeze filled in nicely, (of course) which felt great on the club porch at dinner.
The NNE breeze stayed all night and was with us for our 9:25 warning time on Sunday. It stayed with us for 4 more short W/L twice around races that averaged under 20 minutes per race. Pressure seemed to constantly fill in from the left so tactics were similar to the Saturday race. Start near the pin, favor the left going upwind, play the shifts and deploy your best yoga pose for the DW leg to keep the boat moving!
Results for the weekend were: Rob, Stanley, Ray, Dean, (go Raleigh guys!) Alan followed by two local guys.
Looking ahead to our year ender in Columbia! I think we’re going to shoot for some interesting discussion topics at the District meeting which may include the following:
1- We have many boats in many garages in our district. How do we get them out for the best tactical single handed racing in the region?
2- Opportunity for the Raleigh guys to talk about their grass roots success.
3- Events for next year. Should we change things around a little? Maybe have some new hosts?
4- Masters ACC, (or something similar) for 2018.
Until then, now is the time to bring up things you’d like to discuss of feel is important to the district. If you haven’t signed up for the new District website and e-mail group do it now!
Final event November 4/5th Columbia Sailing Club. District meeting will be held there.
Feel free to pass this along to anyone who may have interest in D12.