Saturday was absolutely gorgeous at Coyote Point. I slept on the boat overnight and woke to a cold crisp morning, not a cloud in the sky. By 9:00 the air started warming and by 10:00 the air temperature was climbing into the seventies. It almost hurt to go sailing, almost.
Interclub Race 2 was held in the Berkley Circle area. At one time it must have been a relaxing place to set up for the start but mix in a dozen mooring balls for ocean going barges, 20 knots of breeze and 50 crazed racers and things were a little exciting at the start. Vitta Bella and Jet Lag were spotted. Zingara made herself known by a radio call to the race committee.
The course selected by the race committee was from the old Berkley pier, around Alcatraz to starboard, head towards Sausalito then at the buoy head towards South Hampton Shoals, down to a temporary mark by the new Bay Bridge, then finish at the entrance to Clipper Cove on Treasure Island.
Things appeared to be well in hand as Sweet Grapes started on a port tack and managed to get across the line for a great start. It was disconcerting that the entire rest of the fleet chose a starboard tack which left us feeling a little silly. After double checking the course chart, “Wrong Way” ( so named at our last interclub race ), with help from our foredeck crew determined that even though we were headed for the wrong mark, the course we were on still worked, sigh. Not a good way to start a race.
Channel 16 chatter to the Coast Guard reported a section of dock in the water by South Hampton Shoals. It would take us an hour to get there so we hoped it would be gone by the time we arrived. The initial upwind leg to Alcatraz was fun with 3 feet of chop, 20 knots gusting to 25 and strong currents pushing us in several different directions on the leg. As we approached the island we were passed by a trimaran and both of us were riding the headers to try to make it around the island while the current was pushing us down. In the end it required two short tacks to get an extra 100 yards to make it around.
The buoy marking the starboard rounding to go towards South Hampton Shoals came up quickly and after a gybe we were on a deep reach making over 7 knots. Then the crew got the bright idea to try to fly the new asymmetric spinnaker I brought aboard. All the while our house chair, Tom Fedya, was shaking his head that we were all crazy. Turns out that Tom was right. Chuck would not have been proud of us, after two failed attempts we abandoned the effort. All I can say is that we only tore one hole in a new sail and didn’t even broach ( almost does not count in sailing! ). I must conclude that 20 knots of wind is not conducive to learning to fly a new spinnaker.
The leg down towards the Bay Bridge was uneventful except for the radio chatter from the two boats who preceded us trying to find the final temporary C mark. For the next 30 minutes the question was repeated multiple times. Seems that the race committee took liberties with the placement of the mark and NO ONE could find the bloody thing since it was 1/2 mile off from where it was supposed to be set. So a frustrating day of racing in perfect conditions: plenty of wind, clear skies and relatively warm.
Unlike the prior race which had the fleet passing each other we lost track of the other Coyote Point racers. Here are the posted results:
Monohull Spinnaker < 165 Time on Distance
Start Time: 12:30:00 Finish Elapsed Corrected Sweet Grapes 14:49:17 02:19:17 01:56:15
Start Time: 12:35:00
Jet Lag 14:55:12 02:20:12 01:46:55
Monohull Non-Spinnaker < 170
Start Time: 12:40:00
Zingara 15:11:59 02:31:58 01:58:41 1/3
Vita Bella 15:06:59 02:26:59 02:04:35 3/3
– Jim Manishin, Regatta Chair