3 days Before the 1/19 Races John Breuer had said: ’3 races and then it will blowout’. During the start sequence to the 4th race his forecast (from 3 days ahead) turned out to be spot on to the minute and we abandoned the race and went in. Dan Williams on race committee asked me: “Is John psychic?” After sailing with John for 35 plus years I can attest that when it comes to the wind the answer is obvious.
3 days ago, on Valentines Day, On the other side of a 15 degree night, John promised us the following:
“There’s excellent frostbiting conditions coming.
Forecasts call for sun, SW 10 to 15 and temps in the 40’s”
John Breuer 3 days before the races.
John was wrong. The wind was WSW 5-15, but he kept his promise about the frostbiting. It may have been the best regatta all season!
John’s forecasts are ROCK SOLID. To find his secret methodology look at our ‘weather/charts’ section
We started out with 6 boats, which I was happy but a little disappointed about, but as the minutes ticked on more drizzled out, one or two at a time, and by the time we were racing 13 boats showed up for some serious competition and more serious fun. Did I tell you we start the first sequence AT NOON?
Apparent Lessons Learned:
Question: are ‘apparent lessons’ like ‘apparent wind’?
The race committee takes suggestions from the fleet seriously. While I am committed to NEVER set a perfectly square line, In wind that at one point shifted 40 degrees, we were sufficiently diligent enough to set courses that didn’t even generate complaints from Jim Ryan!
Well, that’s not true, after the last race Jim Registered his protest against the race committee by turning hard right, going under our anchor line (thereby testing his theory that we tend to drag anchor and my assertion that we do not drag anchor). The anchor line stayed fast to the bottom and Jim hit the committee boat and came to a dead stop. The race committee takes that as an affirmation of a job (setting the anchor) well done!
We did the first General Recall of the season (and my first general recall as race committee in a lifetime). Everyone knew they were way over way early, and we called you all on it.
We did the first Crew race of the season – and it was a blast to watch the start. Fascinating but the fleet sailed tighter and closer with the crews at the helm. Maybe we’re onto something.
We sailed the first course 5, JB suggested we do a course 7.
7 races in, 13 boats on the water and a crew race.
When the sun came out at 2 sharp, we called it a day!
It’s a real pleasure serving as race committee for you all! Fun, competitive, great sportsmanship all around. I can’t wait till March 1st!
Sunday gave us some of the best conditions we had in awhile. We had 12 boats, 7 committee/chase boat volunteers and a few spectators totaling 35. SW winds up to 15 contributed to a full day of racing. SW winds up to 15 contributed to a full day of racing. A slightly pin favored line spread the fleet out with a few individual recalls. The competitive starts produced fun upwind legs a season first general recall. We also enjoyed a mellow crew race that Marissa owned. Ryan, Rob, and Emma soon followed. Jim and Marissa ran away with the day and 3 bullets grabbing the top season position for themselves. Kevin and Keelyn were welcomed back with a bullet and second overall. Rick and John podiumed with a bullet and a great day. I saw safe, competitive racing with very few fouls. Those who were protested did their turns and we once again thank everyone for playing fairly.
Once again the weather forecast was spot-on. Fridays gale force winds and Saturdays snow storm turned to rain and warmer temperatures overnight.
Once again we got a stellar window of, perfect sailing weather, sunshine, 40 degrees and NNW wind at 8-12. We got three races in for the first race of the year and the decade before the winds kicked way up!
10 boats showed up.
Lesson of the Day:
John Breuer is right (about somethings). We saw a change in clouds in the distance and JB kept saying 3 races and we’re done. We finished the 3rd race and the conditions were still great, so we decided to go for more. As the clouds overhead drove in the wind kicked up to about 22-24 and we abandoned the fourth race before the start. Dan Williams, on race committee said to me regarding John: “Is he psychic?”. I simply replied: “Yes”.
When it comes to wind JB can usually tell you with certainty what is about to happen.
The last 4 Races we had a tiny window of sailable weather that fortuitously passed over our club during race time. This weekend looks like what we all dream about!
WSW 11 mph
Then food and drink at the Warf.
Say Farewell to the 10’s, Welcome in the 20’s
The weather forecast was spot on. WSE 11mph. The wind clocked a little south and then started slowly switching the north. Sunny Spectacular Day.
14 boats showed up, the sailing and competition was fantastic.
Lesson of the Day.
JY’s and committe boats make loud crunchy noises when sailing over ICE and acting as ICE-Breakers. The boats go faster through water than through Ice flows. It’s a good tactic to sail around ice flows coming down the river.
Horrific weather forecast. Heavy rain, then heavy wind.
But wait, what do John, Jim and Dan see amidst the map but a possible hole. A veritable window to sail in, right at our regularly scheduled race time.
Pouring rain an hour before, but the RACE is on!
6 boats braved the less than optimistic forecast!
Todays Lesson (and extension of last weeks):
There is no guarantee for the wind the waves and the weather. Sometimes you get the unexpected and you CAN RACE!
Prompt Noon Start, N/NW wind, 10-20 predictable, though unusual gentle shifts up to 80 degrees. Dreary looking a little drizzly infrequently, getting colder and cautiously watching for a heavy Northerly front to blow in.
1st Race, the fleet followed Jim Ryan rounding the marks to starboard. John Breuer did the course correctly, but hooked and moved the leeward mark. Did John do his turn?
3rd Race, the Stoneybrook University Sailors switched crew as they have one more crew than boat.
We welcome the Stonybrook University Sailing Club and their coach (who took matters into his own hands for the last race).
3 races, then the wind and rain blew in and we called it a day.
It was so nice to get out on the water, no matter how brief!
Wind was N/NE 7-20mph. temperature around 40. The water is still warm. Outstanding sailing!
Thanks to Dan C and his crew Brendon C, for assisting with the wayward JY!
A Warm welcome to our new sailors from Stonybrook University Sailing Club!
Life and Safety are THE first and foremost priority in Sailing/boating/Racing.
The race rules explicitly state so.
Life and safety comes first. Property and racing follow that. It is incumbent on EACH of us to STOP and render assistance when it’s needed. Dan and Brendon did exactly that and we all thank them.
The rules of racing provide for Redress from the race committee. Accordingly Dan and Brendon were awarded a finishing position equal to their position in the race at the time they stopped to render assistance.
The question to ask is “What should I do”.
If you see a boat in distress or a person or people in the water:
Ask if they require assistance
If they do then prioritize, ask if any life is at risk.
If you see people in the water separated from the boat rescue them first, not the boat.
If you see people in the water and they are separated from each other, rescue the ones closest to you first and keep an eye on the other(s).