Not the Duxship

Last Saturday we had an OYRA race that was not the Duxship.   Following the Low Speed Chase accident, US Coast Guard Sector San Francisco has issued a ‘stand down’ on ocean racing originating in San Francisco (Santa Cruz, Princeton Harbor, and other west coast ports are not affected.)  The OYRA did a great job at the last minute scheduling a replacement course that did not go outside the COLREGS demarcation line.

We had a great start, once again in a heavy ebb and light winds.    We stayed clear of the pin and observed several boats piling up on in it in  a highly reminiscent fashion.  “That was us about 4 weeks ago,” I told Andreas and Andrew, who were once again crewing this race.     Our upwind leg was fast and fun; as you can see from the tacking angles above.  Even with so little weight on the rail we were in a good position rounding the mark, the Pt. Bonita buoy.   And there I blew it.   I knew that the current inside Bonita Cove would be much less than out in the main channel, and we had arrived at the mark a lot sooner than I had reckoned, so that the ebb was still in full force.    But with only 3 aboard and still a little jittery so soon after LSC, I decided not to go close to shore under spin for the current relief.    After we set the spin I had my hands full steering, and it wasn’t for a while that I realized how the ebb was setting our ground track to a net southerly heading.   So we lost a lot of ground on the run to the North Tower.  We made some of it up though with some good calls putting us near Angel, and anticipating the strong current still setting out of the channel to the north;  we make the next mark, YRA 8 without needing to douse and tack back up.  We doused before reaching the mark and went back up with the #1 for  a reach south.

The call to go behind TI also proved to be a good one.   There was a big wind hole just past the bridge, but apparently there was an even bigger one on the west side of the island and the course that way was longer.  A nice spin run down the Estuary got us to the finish, and only a few minutes from our slip, a very welcome change from the usual situation.    In all, a great day out with A&A, and a good party at EYC afterwards.

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