It was a mixed bag for Temerity on the last weekend of the Corinthian Midwinters (races 3 & 4). The forecast was for slight chance of showers on Saturday, clear on Sunday, and steady 10kt W winds for both days. After the first two races, we where in fifth place in our Division, but only one point behind the two boats tied for third place. So we had a good shot.
Our crew for this regatta was David, Char, Paul H., Linda, Fred, and Steve. Unfortunately, Steve came down with that horrible cold that everyone has been having Saturday, and could not join us Sunday. We missed him!
The story Saturday was cold, and rain, and more cold, and a good deal more rain, a heavy ebb, and not too much wind. Perfect! Thanks to a good tactical call by Paul, we managed to avoid the ebb/death trap outside the Elephant Rock mark, passing inside it rather than outside as a number of our competitors did, and thus avoided the attendant doom of tacking backwards to round the mark properly. We got a fourth place, with over half the original fleet not showing up, or DNF’ing due to the conditions.
Sunday dawned clear and cold, with ice crusting the docks at the CYC. The breeze was up out of the West, finally. Coming into the last race of the regatta we were tied for third place in our Division (PHRF 3). The race committee decided to mix it up with a WL course — Start – Yellow Bluff – Knox Buoy – Yellow Bluff – Elephant – Finish. Not a good choice for us, as it turned out — we DFL’d, and wound up 6/17 for the regatta. In the ultra-slow-motion final half mile of the race, Red Sky beat us by only a few boatlengths over the line (corrected to ~2 min). Full results are here.
In the virtual Olson 34 Division, here’s how it broke down (Razzberries did not compete in the last two races).
If we had beaten Red Sky in the last race, we would have tied for first. Next time!
You can also read NorCalSailing’s take on the racing here, scrolling down will reward (?) you with some pictures of our crew.