Annual Red Jacket Regatta
July 22nd, 2017
Saturday, August 5th
Dinner at the Red Jacket Yacht Club
The Red Jacket Yacht Club once again hosts festivities and dinner overlooking Cayuga lake, followed by the awards ceremony, lawn games and casino night. Dinner reservations should be made with Red Jacket's Trevor Erb:
Please make reservations by July 26th.
Race up the Lake
The race will be a pursuit start with the first boat starting at 8:00AM. All sailboats are invited to join. There will be a skipper's meeting at 7:30AM at the IYC south pavilion.
The weather for this years night demanded plenty of attention. We probably changed sails about every two hours and would tack from reach to reach as the wind shifted abruptly through the night. However the night air was quite warm and the moon quite bright until it was masked by clouds in the early morning. Three boats competed, with the best corrected time going to the last boat to finish - a good night for the tortoise. Congratulations to Penny Rover and crew for a long race well sailed!
From on board Trevelyan:
18:00 - Started under screecher; wind light and variable
19:26 - A spinnaker reach in three knots from the west
22:00 - Switch back to screecher after reaching down the East shore. Wind on the water from the East, steam from Milliken betrays wind up high from the West.
00:00 - A south breeze has come up - boat speed up to 5 knots, a beautiful moon illuminates the sails and boat. Lightning visible to the North - the weather radar suggests a storm is over Rochester.
02:15 - Moving well under spinnaker - 1 mile from the turning mark. Radar says rain coming soon.
02:23 - Rounded the mark - upwind under jib and main in a nice South breeze. Boat speed 6-7 knots.
03:10 - Put a double reef in the main in anticipation of approaching thunder storms
03:15 - Rain starts
03:24 - Wind shifts to the West. Dropped the jib, now under double reefed main only. Lightning show keeps us entertained, but no strong winds materialize.
04:00 - Storm threat passed - back to full main and jib. Passed Quetzal heading North near Long Point.
04:45 - Wind lighter, back to screecher. Time for a nap.
08:00 - Almost to Taughannock - had switched from screecher back to jib earlier to try and get better tacking angles in the shifting breeze even though the wind strength is borderline. Wind now shifts from South to Southwest and frees us enough to use the screecher again effectively.
08:45 - Spinnaker back up, held until Crowbar point at which point the wind becomes very gusty and shifting through about 40 degrees. Boat charges from 4 knots to 10 knots in each gust. Grinding full time to keep the screecher trimmed in the shifts and gusts.
09:51 - Finished!
03:40 - Weta sailing in a beautiful 15-20 knot Northerly! Where was this breeze hiding for the previous 24 hours?
The spring season finished as it began with a beautiful day and a strong south breeze. Snitch and Trevelyan went into the last day of racing tied for points - see the results for the outcome! After the racing we had the usual BBQ in the sun by the south pavilion.
Next weekend (25th) is the Sheldrake Cup and the Sailstice Regatta. We will do a new format this year - a rally to Sheldrake followed by a raft-up and picnic lunch off of the Sheldrake Winery docks.
The rules are simple:
- Start any time between 8:00 and 11:00 AM
- Finish before 1:00 PM
- Record your start and finish time
- Bring a picnic lunch
Our racing season has started with a blast of southern breeze that kept all of us on our toes - fortunately the occasional dousing kept us alert. In the first race there seemed to be good consistent pressure on the eastern third of the lake. Snitch made some ground there on the second half of the first leg - given the limited upwind speed of a keelboat they probably found both pressure and a favorable wind angle. It is always hard to find a good path around the pile cluster in a south wind as the shifts and lulls get larger and harder to predict.
Race 2 saw Ayla's Ride do well tacking inshore heading to Sycamore - both Trevelyan and Snitch lost distance by overstanding. I guess it will take a few races to re-learn the landmarks.
Website Weather Page
I have added a weather page with some links to weather stations on the lake and forecasts for the next event. As always feedback and suggestions are welcomed!
Welcome Back Sailors!
April 18th, 2017 (Happy tax day!)
Our spring meeting was well attended (but not well enough to conquer the plentiful food on offer) and we covered all the usual subjects. Our new fleet secretary, Liz Clark, has the write up in the first pennant of 2017!
I have spent some time over the winter updating the website with the goal of providing a sort of dashboard that makes it quick and easy to keep up with CLCF news. I've also tried to simplify the site and make it easier to get to the information you need. As always it is a work in progress, so if you find any problems or have suggestions, let me know!
The registration form has been updated and is available in the documents section, so get your skipper and regular crew registrations in!