This will go down as the NOT REGATTA- or how not to race a regatta.
We were plagued by light winds again today- really light winds...variable 4-10knots and weeds- plenty of weeds. I could go on about all the things that went wrong but at the end of the day you can only blame yourself as everyone else had to deal with the same conditions.
The wind never really materialized and the 24 board fleet was marginally planning most of the races and by the 4th race, barely 1/2 the fleet finished.
It really takes a good race committee to know when there are "suitable conditions" adequate for formula racing. Our class rules are quite vague about what is suitable and leaves it to the discretion of the race director. Most race directors come from a sailing background and dont realize the formula class needs planning conditions to have fair racing. Today the last race started with the majority of the fleet sitting on the line not planning. In cases like that its best to abandon the race all together and wait for wind. If it never materializes then fine- we dont race, as its not fair and a tue test in the formula class to be shlogging around the course.
I truly believe its the racers job to educate the race director and we are all guilty of that.
One more thing- be nice to the race committee and mark boats. They are all volunteers. Thank them and even buy them a beer at the end of the day. They are making your fun!
As for some details on racing.
Race 1- I made myself a great hole to leeward on the starting line with 10 seconds to go but then couldn't accelerate and get planning and poof it was gone and so was the fleet as I waddled on the line struggling to get going.
In light air, getting clear air is king.
After that it was just catch up and backing down to get the weeds off my fin.
The leaders stayed to the left side in the breeze but somehow I managed to find myself on the right side wonderinng how I got there. When in doubt- keep an eye on the fleet and dont sperate too much.
Race 2- again struggling to get off the line. I couldnt quite find the groove up wind with the 2007 F2 board and was never on pace. Off the breeze though it flew and I was able to catch up some and finsih around 7th- 4 or 5 places where i should have been.
Race 3- After a quick lunch, it was evident port tack was working well off the line but with such a short starting line it was risky to start on port. Nonetheless I went for it getting a great start just below Micah but the abandoned the race 5 seconds after starting as most of the fleet was over early. After a quick restart I was back in the game rounding in 4th but lost the battle with Fernando and ended up 5th. He had the 2008 F2 board which seemed to have better angle upwind.
Finally after a bit of a break we stated race 4 in 6 knots of breeze. By the middle of the first leg I stopped planning and never regained my composure and sailed in frustrated knowing that I wouldnt be able to learn much on this race.
More photos I promise as they become available....
Sunday looks windy and a chance at redemption.