Weary At The Worlds - Day 2

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Our daily reports from the Melges Worlds will feature the work of the excellent Katie Burns as well as some words from Mr. Clean. Here's Day 1:

Clean Report:

The OTW Anarchy team delivered its first ever live streaming broadcast today from Day 1 of the 2009 Sheehy Lexus Melges 24 World Championship. While it was not without its glitches, it's an exciting new technology that we believe will change the way racing is broadcast forever. We're confident that, by the end of the week, you race fans will be on the edge of your chairs/couches/asses, especially if the action stays as up-and-down as it was today. For more on that, we'll go to Katie's Report.

Katie's Quips:

I hate to be cliche and talk about how inconsistent the conditions are on the Chesapeake Bay, but has anyone ever noticed how inconsistent the conditions are on the Chesapeake Bay? I guess I should have gone around and warned everyone before the regatta started. I probably should have informed the rest of the world that a race on the C-peake Bay rarely kicks off without a course change at the downwind mark. Hell, our second race today even included a course change at the first top mark, which was a little stunning, however necessary after the huge left shift that left a half-dozen boats short of the pin end of the line at the start.

Before I get into the specifics about the racing today, I just want to talk a little about working as an On-The-Water Anarchy correspondent. Sure, the attire from Point Loma Outfitting is pretty badass, but as I learned a long time ago, wardrobe alone doesn't make a production. We look great out on the race course, and it's certainly easy to spot us, but did our performance today on the water match our athletic gear? Many of you have asked that question, and I want to talk a little about what happened. 

Firstly, I feel that many people forgot that this is the first time Sailing Anarchy has attempted to go fully live covering races on the water itself. There are only six of us out on the water; one is our driver from LATIS Yachting Solutions, two are our video producers/shooters/editors/pimps/posters/prayer leaders Aaron Siegler and Petey Crawford, one is our photographer Meredith Block, and then there is Clean and myself for the commentary and tactical info. That being said, and apologetically so, it was a COMPLETE oversight on our part about updating the On-The-Water Anarchy thread in the forums on Sailing Anarchy. This oversight will be addressed tomorrow, and for those of you who cannot watch our coverage live, we will ensure that you can read current updates through the thread and see the racing action we recorded before the end of the day. We're bringing two more computers tomorrow and we do want you to stay tuned - it's too fun not to watch!

We will even bring extra computers to do this. Please stay tuned. 

Another oversight on our part was not giving the right credit to the true designer of the 2009 Melges 24 Worlds official cake, which is totally badass. Though Cat Evans played a major part in ensuring the sailboats were correctly represented on the magnificent and stunning cake, it was Heather Evans, Cat's sister, who put her heart and soul into baking it. She planned it out, taught us how to make and shape the sails, designed the boats, and overall created the final design for the giant dessert. I hope you guys watch the video of it and see how intricately the cake resembled a true race course. You can reach Heather Evans at [email protected]

Ok, I can FINALLY get to the racing aspect of today. Sorry it took me so long, but I bet your day didn't start with a flying leap through the first floor of a rented house in Annapolis on account of some very strong coffee, so shut it!

The five legged first race started off pretty one-sided, with the majority of the fleet stacked up on the pin-end and headed to the left side of the course. The boats that went right started strong because they had a clear path, but it didn't pay off at the top mark. Blu Moon, Quantum, and a few other strong programs who went left rounded the top mark first and headed for the gate, where the RC signaled for a left move to the next top mark. which proved for RC to call a course change to a more left upwind mark. Many of the boats continued what they did in the first upwind leg, however Quantum and some others went right and it paid off big, with Quantum sailing around Blu Moon and Kristen Lane on Brick House and opening up a 10 boatlength lead that they would extend to the finish. After all of the boats rounded the 2nd upwind marks, Mer and I went down to catch the finish, and I wish I had a video of what transpired next. You could say that Mer and I both have more than a little racing experience, so we were pretty damned embarrassed when neither of us could find the finish line after looking at EVERY RC boat in the area. Well, we finally realized that there was no finish-line because it was a course 5...suffice to say that I will be expecting the unexpected from now on!

The second race of today requires a bit more explaining, and I don't even know that I can adequately describe it, but I'll try, and you can watch the video to see if it makes any sense. So, the race course was set after a half hour of waiting around for a stable breeze. A big shift inside the sequence meant a hugely favored pin, right where all the spectators and press were, and everyone and their grandma just went for it. Both Millewa Milluna and WTF shot up to clear the pin, and both were called over early, with WTF tactician Steve Hunt screaming bloody murder at the T2P camera boat that completely blocked WTF off from their path back to the line. The press boats were yelling, the competitors were yelling, and only a last minute burst from our driver kept us clear while the cluster f&*k went on behind us.

With the left so favored, the boats in the middle and right were hosed from the beginning, and many teams at the top were ones that you just wouldn't expect up there. With boats like World Champ Uka Uka, Quantum, Brick House, and World Champ Celon on Fantasticaa well at the back. And by the end of the day, those boats, as well as top teams like Simplicity, Wild Child, the other Brick House, and Corinthian World Champ Gannet are all in the teens or twenties. You don't see that every day, but as one sailor said today, Annapolis may be the hardest place on Earth to race. Full results are here.

I'd love to keep going, but our internet is slow right meow and we have a lot to do to ensure tomorrow is FULLY covered and that no Anarchists are left without a current update on the latest Melges 24 Worlds news. Stick with us as we explore all of our resources and adapt to our environment. I promise you we will figure it out and have everything up and running for you shortly. Stay tuned, and please support our sponsors if you want to see more of this on your computer in the future. Most of them are offering big discounts on their products and services for the OTW Anarchy audience, and don't forget to watch tomorrow when they start giving away free swag! They are: Latis Yachting Solutions, Velocitek, Point Loma Outfitting, Ullman Sails Newport Beach, Saving Sailing, RBS Battens, Ocean Sailing Academy, Eastport Yachts, Charleston Harbor Access, and Justin.TV.

I heart Ronnie Simpson, by the way.

10/27/2009

 

MR.CLEAN

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So it looks like more cold, more under 10 knots, and more cold. I will tell you that the regatta site in downtown Nap is sweet, but the Chesapeake is still at the bottom of my "great places to race" list. Here's the WRAMS model from SailFlow.

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Now we'll get you all the videos from the post-race gathering. I'm going to leave my computer loading the rest tonight, there is some great stuff with junior sailors asking some funny-ass questions of T. Hutch, Kristen Lane, Chris Larson, and Genny Tulloch, but you'll have to wait until the morning. In the meantime, here's what I got.

Harbormaster Volunteer Bob Dunn (sp?)






George Peet, Quantum Racing:






Hank Stuart, IMCA Championship Coordinator, on the RC work for the day:






Jamie Lea from the Barbarians tiller:






Mike Wolfs from NE Ropes/West Marine:






Chris Larson, leading overall after two races:






 

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Dave, Russ, and Alana O'Reilly on racing with family and owning a boat together. The oldest is 26.






Peter Lane, owner of Brickhouse 539:






Top teams debrief in public in the tent - a great example of the openness here in the M24 fleet, and then some Morgan Reeser action.






 
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MR.CLEAN

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I can't believe I am still fucking awake. Don't forget to check out our live coverage at 1030 EST. Like 6 hours. Fuck. fuck.

 

MR.CLEAN

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And FINALLY I get to wrap up tonight's marathon with an excellent thing that the EYC did, gathering area junior sailors as diverse as can be (yes, that includes LOTS of African American sailor kids). Check it out.

Part 1:






Part 2:






Part 3:






Part 4:






And don't forget to pick up a copy of Saving Sailing with an SA discount today if you value the future of the sport.

 

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Cliip 4 is great - worth the 8+ minutes - good onya EYC - nice job.

And FINALLY I get to wrap up tonight's marathon with an excellent thing that the EYC did, gathering area junior sailors as diverse as can be (yes, that includes LOTS of African American sailor kids). Check it out.
And don't forget to pick up a copy of Saving Sailing with an SA discount today if you value the future of the sport.
 
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MR.CLEAN

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Thanks bosundog.

Katie and I just got back from the boat, smelling like gasoline after we tag teamed the fuel filters on the ancient but reliable little Whaler that's serving as our HQ.

Heading back down now with Petey, Mer, and Aaron, and hopefully the rain will stay the hell away from us.

News:

Blu Moon had to haul out to repair damage to their keel cutter sustained in a crab pot incident.

Uka Uka has swapped out the champion sailor Francesca Prina after she broke? her ankle for another Meredith, this one a very nice piece of kit. This is some major mojo for Uka - every member of the team selected specifically for their qualities and Prina is a star...

Advantage: Blu Moon and Quantum

 

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Conditions at TPLM2 as of

(9:00 am EDT)

1300 GMT on 10/27/2009:

Unit of Measure: Time Zone:

Wind Direction Wind Direction (WDIR): N ( 10 deg true )

Wind Speed Wind Speed (WSPD): 21 kts

Wind Gust Wind Gust (GST): 23 kts

Atmospheric Pressure Atmospheric Pressure (PRES): 30.09 in

Pressure Tendency Pressure Tendency (PTDY): -0.01 in ( Falling )

Air Temperature Air Temperature (ATMP): 54.5 °F

Water Temperature Water Temperature (WTMP): 58.1 °F

Dew Point Dew Point (DEWP): 54.5 °F

Continuous Winds TIME

(EDT) 5-day plot - Wind Direction WDIR 5-day plot - Wind Speed WSPD

9:00 am NNE ( 15 deg ) 20 kts

8:50 am NNE ( 18 deg ) 20 kts

8:40 am NNE ( 17 deg ) 19 kts

8:30 am NNE ( 16 deg ) 18 kts

8:20 am NNE ( 14 deg ) 18 kts

8:10 am N ( 8 deg ) 17 kts

 
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MR.CLEAN

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Holy crap we can't see a goddamned thing!

Unfortunately neither can the antenna...

long course, 12-15 knots with puffs to 18 and just nasty ass chop and rain and the kind of nightmare that Annapolis is all about.

 

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From IMCA site:
RC in sequence and has set up for a 4 leg course at 020 with a two nautical mile first beat.

so what is hp? we not gonne get live. also I can't seem to get the blog next to it to work correctly. it asks me to sign on but can only see part of the sign in area. so lost.

 
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