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#1 TigerinCT

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:24 AM

Well, things have been a bit quiet here - a few boats for sale, a bit of behind the scenes planning for winter 2012/13 from the East Coast crew, but still, quiet here.

So, here's a quick recap of a great distance race on #71 - The Stamford Yacht Club Vineyard Race is a 235 mile race from Stamford CT out of Long Island Sound to the Western end of the Elizabeth Islands - almost to Martha's Vineyard and back. There are some epic years, where it blows 40 on the nose and 3 boats finish (remember the video of Blue Yankee at 20+ knots?), lots of years with no wind, and very very few like this year.

We had 15-25 knots at 160TWA for the first half of the race, passed a slew of bigger boats, had a beautiful ride with no humidity, great breeze, and a full moon. We had dolphins swimming in our wake, top speed of 16 knots, good stuff.

Got to the turning mark, the wind shifted, and we came home mostly with the A3 kite. In all we had the jib up for <3 hours and finished in 32:33 - making it home for last call at the local pub. (un)fortunately we wind up in a split fleet, half in IRC and half in PHRF - so we only had 5 finishers in our group. Would be nice if we could fix IRC to be fair and inclusive, but that's another topic for another day.

The boat was good, the only real gripe being the OEM cassette slopping around a bit in the lumpy waves leftover during the wind transition. We sailed with 6 guys including the new owner of 81. Everyone is ready to do another.

A few quickie shots below, and some nice professionals here.

Congratulations and thanks to the PRO and Stamford Yacht Club for putting on a great event and ordering the perfect weather.

We're about to put the boat away for the year after one more mini-distance race, so the rest of you should start posting more so I can be jealous.

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#2 Kmag

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:40 PM

Great job,

I have taken the Tiger on almost every coastal race in So Cal and it can be a real killer! It is fun finishing with the SC 50's after 10o miles. Keep the stories coming and check out out "Around catalina Island Race" where we saw 20kts of boatspeed... just hit 23kts on the SB-KH with the esteemed Editor of this place.



#3 StayinStrewn

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:51 PM

i'll take that, thank you very much!

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:39 AM

Well, things have been a bit quiet here - a few boats for sale, a bit of behind the scenes planning for winter 2012/13 from the East Coast crew, but still, quiet here.

So, here's a quick recap of a great distance race on #71 - The Stamford Yacht Club Vineyard Race is a 235 mile race from Stamford CT out of Long Island Sound to the Western end of the Elizabeth Islands - almost to Martha's Vineyard and back. There are some epic years, where it blows 40 on the nose and 3 boats finish (remember the video of Blue Yankee at 20+ knots?), lots of years with no wind, and very very few like this year.

We had 15-25 knots at 160TWA for the first half of the race, passed a slew of bigger boats, had a beautiful ride with no humidity, great breeze, and a full moon. We had dolphins swimming in our wake, top speed of 16 knots, good stuff.

Got to the turning mark, the wind shifted, and we came home mostly with the A3 kite. In all we had the jib up for <3 hours and finished in 32:33 - making it home for last call at the local pub. (un)fortunately we wind up in a split fleet, half in IRC and half in PHRF - so we only had 5 finishers in our group. Would be nice if we could fix IRC to be fair and inclusive, but that's another topic for another day.

The boat was good, the only real gripe being the OEM cassette slopping around a bit in the lumpy waves leftover during the wind transition. We sailed with 6 guys including the new owner of 81. Everyone is ready to do another.

A few quickie shots below, and some nice professionals here.

Congratulations and thanks to the PRO and Stamford Yacht Club for putting on a great event and ordering the perfect weather.

We're about to put the boat away for the year after one more mini-distance race, so the rest of you should start posting more so I can be jealous.

Attached File  red stripe vr 2012 start.JPG   74.6K   72 downloadsAttached File  post-4587-0-61908800-1346722140_thumb.jpg   4.61K   71 downloads


Do more fall sailing!!!! American Fall Series, Manhassett Bay, Gearbuster... there's lots more going on!!

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:56 PM

Nicely done. Great conditions and pics. Still hoping to get down to race with you sometime and check out the boat.

Agree with LH, should consider doing the Gearbuster. If you want to make it interesting, do it doublehanded if they offer the division.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:01 PM

Thanks LH and Redboat.

Redstripe is out and mast is down, I'm on to OPB (fall series), mtn biking and opti coaching. Next summer will be here soon.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:37 AM

Thanks LH and Redboat.

Redstripe is out and mast is down, I'm on to OPB (fall series), mtn biking and opti coaching. Next summer will be here soon.


Boooooooo!!!!

IF we wind up short for the Gearbuster I'll give you a shout.




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