Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Division 7 Chapionship

Twenty one Hobie 16's on the line.Great fleet included guest expert Wally Myers.Six races total.Satuurday the wind was up and down very shifty,poor start line's(two races the start was so port favored you had to cross on port).First race,poor start did a nice job of recovering to 4th.Wally started way back and came from nowhere to pass us at the line.Top four boats crossed the line within 20 seconds.Third race of the day had a great start looked like we where going to blow every one away but slowly lost ground(got outside on a few lifts)and settled for 4th.Last race was delayed with some shifty winds.Race commitee decided to run a really short course(weather mark was only about 500m out.Made for a very tight pack.Had a good race going but ended up double tacking at A mark the second time around and lost about 4 boats,lost another boat at the finish(went to wrong end)ended up 9th our worst result.Sunday the wind was a little steadier.First race we got rolled at the start,hit the back of a boat that had stalled,did a 360 then worked up the middle and started picking off boats.Recovered to a very satisfying 4th.Last race had a great start went out about 500m got a nice header and port tacked the fleet(sweet).We where getting a nice lift up to A mark then the wind started to die a head us a little.We hung on to round second right behind Wally.We had a great downwind duel,we let him off the hook on one port starboard crossing.Wally used a real questionable tactic at the gate where he had to jibe and left a nice opening for us to go inside.He jammed his rudders over to stall his boat head to wind,we had to do a quick stop to avoid hitting him.We ended up bearing off and getting even and to leeward as the two of us raced off to the port lay line.When we both tacked over we sailed into light winds and a header.Slim came from the right and crossed us.On the last weather leg we all went right we tacked off a little early up the middle and passed Wally.Slim held on to first we held Wally off to finish 3rd.6th place overall not real happy with the result as I felt we had the best boat speed in the fleet(considering I was sailing with my son so our total weight was 330lbs.My Daughter finished 3rd with Slim.Sohn won and Wally second.
A bonus to the Regatta was I got a Wed. night Laser race in with the local fleet.I sailed a 1976 old vintage boat to first for the night over 15 other local Laser guys.

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