Congrats on your podium.Glad to have you out there - certainly looked nice seeing a great ketch going round our marks! Sorry I missed this thread til it was all over. I was out there with you on Cheers (Santana 30/30) and missed you at the party as I was chasing my little toddler dancing around the beach...
This was my second CRW and a great improvement vs last year where we didn't have any real shore events.
I'd agree your suggestions would be better for offshore, but I think they have to optimize for the four inshore circles with the majority of racers. They run so many races in a day they can't really time the tides. Not to mention they have to thread the dates every April between Easter, some other local event the name I forgot, etc and you're only left with so much. But when we do local offshore stints, they do try to time it so you at least get a friendly tide coming back in - though that can be hard when you have a mixed fleet with PHRF anywhere from -90 (trimaran) and -6 (Club Swan 42) all the way to the guys who finish bloody damn near a day later with full keels at 280+! Sooo - we end up having to dip into the channel with max ebb tide and you're barely making headway as you round the mark!! Still - makes for lively conversations at the back of the boat!
We had our challenges; Tired from delivery, misreading documents, "Mature" crew not familiar with boat/sails etc.
With the Pursuit format, its not that hard to figure out what the likely speeds ==> times for a course will be, and work out what the starting times should be for a median boat to be halfway done with the tide swaps. Given a few of our spectacular whoopsies, that may have not made a difference, but grinding along at a SOG which is a minor fraction of speed through the water is tedious.
I was more annoyed at being required to be in the channel... We had a fun encounter with the outbound Container ship on Day 3, that ended up turning a blown tack from spin halyard foul into a re-rounding of a large steel mark...
(FWIW: Lioness is a yawl... mizzen behind rudder post, and about 1/2 Main height)
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