February 8, 2014
...well, not for this race. Acting as the sole member on the RC today, this the 8th day of February, 2014, I thought I made a good course based on an iffy wind forecast. The shorter (and back-up plan) course composed of a simple drift a couple miles downstream at which we could call the race if it appeared that a return trip upstream looked impossible. One buoy rounding at which everyone was to take their time at before heading back upriver to the full length course finish line- it was the perfect plan. And it seemed that at the time the rear of the fleet approached the turning buoy, the shorter course option would be what we would end up going with. After all, once rounding the weather(?)mark the nearby waters had become nothing but a mooring field of boats, anchors set as not to drift off the horizon. This got me to thinking about not ever noticing anything in the rule books about right of way at an anchorage - I mean, what happens if a couple or more anchor lines get tangled up? That got me to thinking more about how I really didn't want to think about such a thing. A sailboat race is grueling enough already if one has to employ the use of ground tackle - we don't need any more rules in such a situation!
As I was one of the last boats to round the mark, I began hunting a spot to stake claim and drop anchor, figuring that we would call the race if we all sat here around 30 minutes or so, making our times rounding the mark the official finish. But before even stepping out of the cockpit, I realized that forward progress was being made against the current and that a southerly draft was now upon us. Anchors were weighed, spinnakers were rapidly hoisted, and the fleet inched forward. And with the sight of ripples on the water not far off, it seemed that the several models of 5 mph wind predictions for the day were about to come to fruition. And for awhile, it was... encouraging, I guess... for most of us. The wind did seem a bit biased as to whose spinnaker it chose to fill and for how long. By the time the wind really started getting fickle again and as boat speeds dropped from 2.5 knots, to 1.5, 0.5, and then not registering anything, we were pretty much committed to the long course. Maniac was nearing the finish and several others were not far off either. If only the wind/draft/whatever you want to call it would hold a bit longer...
It died a couple boat lengths before The Blue Pearl crossed the finish line, making for an excruciating and painful push to the finish line (for those of us who wished to continue on). Well at the time (at the so called weathermark), itseemed like a good idea to trudge on with the longer course. Oh, well. But on the one hand, sailing the longer course allowed us to witness a full spinnaker fleet for the first time ever in a Shackleton race! And (nothing to do with the course length) although it DID warm up throughout the day, there was a snowflake or two falling as we headed out to the course - so an extra cold point for everyone! Gotta focus on the positives - onwards to the Race 8, the deciding match that should be rather interesting in terms of determining who finishes 2nd, 3rd, and Chuck. See you there!
RACE 7 RESULTS
|SKIPPER||BOAT||NAME||PHRF||ELAPSED TIME||CORRECTED TIME||POINTS|
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||105 (S)||3:02:58||2:54:34||7|
|Olivia Barrow||Columbia 29||The Blue Pearl||219 (S)||3:25:56||3:08:24||6|
|Eric Davidson||SR 21||PDQ³||158 (S)||3:30:54||3:17:55||5|
|Eric Almlie||Catalina 27||Comfortably Numb||201 (S)||4:17:50||4:01:45||4|
|Mike Edge||Ranger 23||Smoke on the Water||231 (S)||4:35:00||4:16:31||3|
|Peter Lindeman||Cal 24||Respite||219 (S)||DNF||DNF||2|
|Tim Chambers||J 29||Maniac||47|
|Mike Edge||Ranger 23||Smoke on the Water||30|
|Eric Davidson||SR 21||PDQ³||29|
|Olivia Barrow||Columbia 29||The Blue Pearl||28|
|Andre Rijsdijk||Trintella 33||Dutchess||26|
|Eric Almlie||Catalina 27||Comfortably Numb||21|
|Peter Lindeman||Cal 24||Respite||19|
|Beth Cox||Pearson 26||Much Abides||3|
|Michelle Cash||Ericson 29||Lady Kiki||3|
|James Drozdek||Tayana 37||Tatiana||1|
|Shawn Douthat||Ranger 33||True Blue||1|