Winter Sail Days 2016

Duty Officer: Greg Keel

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Winter Sail Day 1

January 10

Greg Keel

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Winter Sail Day 2

January 24

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Winter Sail Day 3

February 7

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Race Results

Winter Sail Day 1 - January 10

The first Winter Sail Day was run on Sunday the 10th, with about 25 people and 7 boats.  This included new NYC members Kelsey & Jessie on their Catalina 25 Yahoo...and the Kelly clan on their Beneteau 36.7 Fin.  Great to see new interest in joining NYC racing!  The day began with a review of RRS Rules 10&11, and how they impact the Race pre-start (specifically barging).  After 11am a light breeze showed-up, and we went on the water to put this in action.  A bunch of Race starts were run back to back (abandoning after a few minutes of upwind sailing), and this was effective. By the end of the practice, most of the boats were on the front-row when the start gun was fired, and there was a big improvement in positioning of boats pre-start (e.g. not barging).  There were a few boats OCS (over-early at the start gun)...and this is expected in a fleet that is competing for good spots on the start line.  All part of learning...and all good!  Comments on the water were positive...some saying that they have never seen such good starts from an NYC fleet.
 
The next Winter Sail Day is Jan 24th, followed by the last on Feb 7th, 9:30am meeting at the club.  A suggestion for the next session was a focus on the upwind leg (sail trim / tactics / strategy) and mark rounding (Rule 18 etc).  Format would be similar, with an inside session followed by putting it in practice on the water. Other suggestions are welcome...please contact Greg Keel.

 

Winter Sail Day 1 Photos

Winter Sail Days 2016: Winter Sail Day 1

 

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Winter Sail Day 2 - January 24

The 2nd Winter Sail Day started with an excellent presentation from Tim Daniel on upwind sail trim.  This had a lot of detail, likely more than could be absorbed in a short time.  We plan to put the presentation online soon.  Next was a description of RRS Rule 18: Mark Room.  This is also a very detailed topic, being the most complex Rule of racing.  At around 11:30 the flags started fluttering, tempting us to get on the water, but this was just a tease as it was flat calm for the rest of the day.  The only thing useful we did on the water was to demonstrate what the "zone" looks like by laying a mark, and then holding the whaler at 30 metres off (approximating 3 boat lengths).  Most were surprised how small the "zone" was when viewed on the water.

 
The plan for next (last) Winter Sail Day on February 7th:
 
- Quick review of RRS that we have covered so-far, plus Rules 14-17
 
- Bill Jones will lead a discussion on NYC's Sailing Instructions, including any need for changes
 
- Courtney Simpson will promote the upcoming Spring Series of races at NYC
 
Then we go on the water and practice upwind sail trim (hopefully).

 

Winter Sail Day 2 Photos

Winter Sail Days 2016: Winter Sail Day 2

 

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Winter Sail Day 3 - February 7

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