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In Topic: Otra Vez Wins!!!

19 June 2014 - 05:19 AM

After observing Otra Vez and the J 122 at Heineken I leaned a whole new way of properly taking care of your boat. Those two team do it right.


In Topic: Otra Vez Wins!!!

17 June 2014 - 02:46 PM

Gotta love these guys: Our owners rep, we chartered a Ben 40 for Heineken this year, was pushing the bridge to get out first. The captain of Otra Vez felt we where getting to close to him and yells at us " GET THAT PLASTIC PIECE OF SHIT AWAY FROM MY BOAT!" classic. We called our boat the plastic piece of shit for the rest of the regatta.  Good Times!


In Topic: N2E 2014 Weather- The official thread

29 April 2014 - 06:33 PM

Just thought I would post my final comments on this years Ensenada race. The J 109 Linstar placed 3rd in class and about 25th overall.

 

I read the forecast incorrectly and the winds stayed south longer than I had thought they would. We took the bottom third of the starting and sailed for the harbor entrance, then tacked onto port. While on port we where lifted and held an advantage over all the boats that tacked before us.

 

We held port tack for about an hour and a half and kept an eye on the angles of the boats going back on to starboard and heading for the beach. I kept thinking that I had most of my competition to leeward and would just wait for them to tack and lead them back to the right.

 

I was also struggling with my original game plan and when I noticed Amante on starboard and sailing within ten degrees of course we also tacked to starboard. What ended up happing was the boats that continued heading out to sea stayed in more wind when things got light at about five and six pm that night.

 

We blew up our 3A spinnaker just off Point Loma and went back to our jib. We only had the 3 A up for maybe about twenty minutes when it was becoming obvious the wind was building and shifting forward. 

 

As we approached the bay we were hit by a rather big squall of rain and wind and reefed the main. When I went below to change to some dry clothing the rain stopped,  built in strength and shifted behind us. While I was decideding if we should set our spinnaker the wind built to 32 knots and the sea begin to get bigger and bigger. 

 

Not knowing were the wind would stop at, I decided we would ride this out with our reefed main and jib. Finally the rain stopped and when the wind went down to about 22 knots we set our spinnaker and shook out the reef in our main. At this time we were about thirty miles from the finish and were hauling the mail. As we approached the finish the wind picked back up to thirty knots and rather than do two more jybes I called for the spinnaker to be taken down and we would fly the jib and full main to the finish.

 

This worked out well for us because we noticed a couple of boats around us crashing and burning. We also missed the finish line and had to circle back around which only ended up costing us about thirty seconds. We finished at about 5:30 AM.

 

We are happy with our third and figured the best we could have done was second in our class. For us to win we would have needed the wind to have lifted us at the Coronado Islands by about another twenty degrees and stayed at about 15 knots until we got into the bay. This way we would have had our 3A spinnaker up and sailed to our rating better.

 

 

Good times, well be back next year.


In Topic: N2E 2014 Weather- The official thread

23 April 2014 - 08:46 PM

I am just a seat of the pants sailor who has done this race now thirty times. I am gathering as much weather information as I can and will continue to post my thoughts and observations for getting a thirty-five foot J 109 down the course. You can read my thoughts at http://lenboseyachts.blogspot.com  for free.


In Topic: N2E 2014 Weather- The official thread

21 April 2014 - 04:31 PM

This is starting to look rather epic! I'm thinking rhumb line and let the breeze fill in? Thirty-five foot boat with 69 rating.

Our class appears to have a very strong fleet with Dr. Laura and her J 88 and Steve Trigger and his Ben 40. Pushing hard will be Jerry Montgomery Patriot J/N 40 and D.R. aboard Problem Child the B32. Other than Dr. Laura I feel we will be the best prepared and ready for the conditions. For us to win, we will have to beat Steve Trigger.