|the 2018 Midwinters/US Nationals
Lake Eustis SC * February 2-4
a work in progress - updated: 6 March 2018 at 1011 hrs..
|Our Fabulous Four-Race
(180306) Saturday's second race (race 5 overall) is the last for which we have extensive photographic coverage as duty called away John Cole, our resident pro, to the other race course and its 40+ MC Scows. After that, the pixels were left in the hands of Anne Pugh and her broken arm on the RC boat.
Tony Krauss and Marc Losh kill time before race 5.
Fifth race notes from W3854:
Relatively steady winds and another perfect opportunity to test boat speed.
the race 5 start - larger image here
According to our pre-start checks, the line was pretty much square to the wind, but as can be seen above, boats at the boat end wound up with a nice lift which permitted Doug and Andrew (11137) to move into a nice little lead when what we thought would be an oscillation, never did come back to let the boats who had started nearer the pin end, tack across in a knock. larger image here
As we began the first run after a nice test of our hiking muscles up a fairly shiftless (so to speak) beat, a couple of healthy gusts spiced things up. Doug (blue/white spi) and Dave (yellow spi) rounded 1-2 while Al (red spi, extreme right above) recovered nicely from a "safe" start about 1/3 up from the pin end to round in or near 3rd. larger image here
Tony and Marc hoist their chute after safely passing and checking on
the welfare of the first race 5 casualties, Sue and Steph.
Close call for Frank and Al who sailed too high while Dave and Arial (yellow) did things perfectly.
(l to r) Doug, Dave and Al make fine use of a great gust.
Nearer the bottom mark, Doug makes the decisive move of the race
as he takes Dave's wind and the lead - which he will hold to the finish.
(l to r) Ian and Jake, Richard Johnson and Michele, Tony and Marc, Uwe Heine and Nancy
All have wisely doused spinnakers in plenty of time for their rounding onto beat #2 in pursuit of ...
... 4th-place Marc Bennett and Julie (11221). larger image here
The second run: Doug and Dave (yellow spi) continue their close battle.
It's still anybody's race as the leaders round onto their final beat of race 5.
larger image here
Not much has changed from the start of the previous beat.
Dave McCreedy and Dave Wilpula needed assistance to extract their mast tip
from the lake bottom and the safety boat was happy to oblige.
Dave Wilpula finds a fine leaning post while awaiting further developments. more here
Doug and Andrew now have a nice lead over ...
... Dave and Arial who in turn are safely ahead of ...
Al and Frank (3rd), Marc and Julie (4th) and the rest of the fleet. larger image here
A stiff gust keeps crew-less Phil Leonard on his toes.
Ian Pouliot and Jake Wolny. Life is more relaxing once you are up and out of death-roll country.
The finer points of the "scoop"
The "scoop" method of self-rescue consists of having the sailor on the centreboard scooping the other crew member up into the boat as it comes upright. What the "scoopee" needs to do is to
1. grip the thwart where it meets the CB box, and
2. make sure that (s)he ends up inside the hull preferably on the thwart where it meets the box
At this point, the scoopee wants to make sure (s)he ends up inside the boat as the mast comes to vertical. I have yet to find a graceful way to do this. As I recall, I grabbed the thwart where it meets the box and made sure at least one of my feet was under the side deck aft of the thwart.
Above, the crew in the water might do well to put a foot on the inside of the hull aft of the thwart and then quickly straighten up along the thwart. From this position, he can move weight to windward to help the board man fight against the effects of the windblown spinnaker they are dealing with here. Better yet, the inside guy can uncleat the spi and remove it as an obstacle to successful righting.
The nastier the conditions, the more valuable saved seconds become. If the crew ends up inside the boat on the thwart, he is in perfect position to do "jobs one": get the dangerous spi down and completely raise the board as soon as the boat is more or less upright, after making sure that the main and jib sheets are free to run out so that neither sail can fill. Once the boat is stabilized in the R&R position: dead in the water and sideways to the wind with no steering needed, Mr. Inboard can safely move to windward until Mr. Outboard can easily slide back aboard over a side deck that is partially submerged.
Life goes on.
At the finish, it was Doug and Andrew comfortably winning ahead of Dave and Arial
while Al and Frank took 3rd, yet again one back of the Yellow Marvels from LESC.
A private amusing moment with Scott Bogue and his crew aboard
Scott's contribution to our Midwinters' safety boat flotilla.
part 2b of Al's report