Ken and Eric Marshack. In the NW, mostly Canada.
Late 2011. First regatta was Nationals.
In the Pacific Northwest most regattas are sailed at Jericho in Vancouver BC. Most of the fleet is there and they have mast up storage. 6 hour trip each way for us.
No. We did 2 regattas this summer.
Unfortunately, we do not get a chance to train or practice.
We had good starts. As a heavy team, we usually do well in the heavier wind.
Did not manage the lighter wind races well. Did very well in the higher wind races.
We did not push it very hard in the big stuff the first day. We felt it would be better to get past buy one boat than to flip and get a high score. Having a strong 190 pounder on the back foot straps helps to keep the bows up also.
We were launched in the first race. Video of the start shows us double trapped and full speed several boat lengths in front of the fleet that was just getting off the line.
We had some problems with the new boom fittings. In the first race our boom fitting broke and we decided to keep sailing with no boom. Slowed us down, but we still won the race.
On the second day we broke the gooseneck on the way to the start. We decided to tie up the boom and treat it very gingerly rather return to the beach (and miss races).
Race 2 last day we were heading to the starboard lay line. We were just about to tack short of several boats ( in a right shift) when we thought we saw pressure to weather of the line of boats. We ducked boats and then had to go past the lay line to get clear air. When we finally got there the pressure was not what we had thought.
Had we tacked short we would have been in clear air and a lift. Possibly would have had to tack twice to lay the mark, but would have been in better position at A.
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