Tonight’s SYC Twilighter got off to a rough start with the race committee boat’s anchor windlass not working. We sailed around for an hour while they managed to fix it, get anchored, and start the race – late. It was breezy and lumpy – a little spray over the bow. And the wind was fluky. The course was a 2.8 nm “hot dog” between drop buoys at Yellow Bluff and Pt. Knox.
We got a good start at the committee boat, but had fouled the mainsheet around the tiller head so had to tack quickly the clear it and then back. With the strong ebb, we sailed out toward the middle before tacking for the Yellow Bluff mark. There were the normal fluky winds near Yellow Bluff and had to take several short tacks to clear the mark.
The downwind leg was interesting with Leslie sitting on the sail to hold it out after the beat where it blew in the high teens. Then the wind came back, but out of the NW instead of the SW – but before we completed the leg is had switched back to SW.
The short beat to the finish line was a one-tack affair with the ebb pushing us toward the committee end of the line. We corrected out 02:47 head of Jan’s “Sweet Pea” and more over the rest of Div. C boats.
It was a fun 27 minute romp around the course, but due due to the initial delay it was nearly dark when we finished and it was dark when we got back to the berth. We put the boat to bed, skipped the festivities down at the SYC clubhouse, and drove home.
Thanks to Leslie, Gail, and Dan for coming out for the race. I certainly had fun.
Gail has submitted these great photos