Up The Learning Curve

By TED BURT

The first race of the season is bound to turn up some rusty spots.  In this case, both the Race Committee and the racers found some areas of possible improvement to focus on as the season series continues. The Race Committee commits to using the course signals as specified in the regular QYC Sailing Instructions, rather than using the signals for H Class Regatta, which it will be hosting on the last weekend in July. Several of the racers will see their scores improve when they work on their starts, paying particular attention to favored ends and sudden wind shifts. One additional recommendation for improvement goes to the meteorologists, who predicted a wind shift into the southwest during the afternoon.  In fact, a distinct and sudden shift into the west-north-west just at the start of the second race provided cause for gnashing of teeth among those racers who had committed to starts at the buoy end of the line.

That said, the QYC is off and running for 2016.  As you can see on the results summary, it’s anybody’s game at this early point in the series.  Jon and Katy Burt in their newly purchased and refurbished Tag Along will provide close competition for some of the old timers like Tom First, Mort Saunders, Mike Garfield and Ted Grayson.  Everyone has their eyes on the national class regatta, so this is the time to work out the bugs in boat speed, tactics, and crew work.  It’s going to be a great season, so stay tuned! The committee boat’s able crew for July’s first series race consisted of Ted Burt, Wendy Martyna, Sarah Meigs, Noah Garfield, Ethan Burt, Mike Garfield, Sr..

July 2nd Saturday Series H Class Race #1

1 Swizzle Ted Grayson and Erik Eggleston 14:42
2 Sea Breeze Steve, Jancy and Jeremy Chalmers 14:45
3 Tag Along Jon and Katy Burt 15:04
4 Olivia Tom and Kristan First 15:07
5 Found It Mort Saunders, Mike Fenlon and Alden Burt 15:14
6 Phoenix Mike and Emma Garfield 15:38
7 Penguin Betsy Hunt and Halley Allen 17:52
8 Handoah Hannah Garfield and friends 17:55

 

July 2nd Saturday Series H Class Race #2

1 Phoenix Mike and Emma Garfield 17:09
2 Found It Mort Saunders, Mike Fenlon and Alden Burt 17:29
3 Olivia Tom and Kristan First 18:30
4 Penguin Betsy Evans and Halley Allen 18:47
5 Tag Along Jon and Katy Burt 18:53
6 Sea Breeze Steve, Jancy and Jeremy Chalmers 18:57
7 Swizzle Ted Grayson and Erik Eggleston 20:05
8 Handoah Hannah Garfield and friends 23:15