Wrap up for the 2022 race:
The 17 boats racing in the second annual ‘Round The Bay Race motored a short way from their home port to one of the four starting lines, which were close by. Everyone was expecting NW winds of 7-10 knots all day and shifty. Well, we got the shifty part with oscillations of 60 degrees, but the most fun and havoc was caused by velocity puffs to the low 20’s followed by lulls to the low teens. With the boats sailing beam reaches on much of the course, spinnaker gear and technique were put to the test. Two pictures from Mischief tell the tale. The first shows a ripped 11mm Vectran after guy with a rated strength of 17200 pounds which failed with a bang as the spinnaker collapsed then filled for what seemed like the umpteenth time. When it did, the spinnaker flew forward taking the lazy sheet with it as it whipped forward along the deck. The second picture shows one of the rope burns that resulted as the crew were sitting on the sheet. The crew is happy to report that everyone is healing just fine but standing up more rather than sitting on sore parts. Chris Brown on Luna reports, “We had a blast with our small crew of 3. With Samira on helm and me pulling in spinnaker and Rob trimming and dropping the spinnaker, the guy was so loaded it was jammed in the jaws of the pole. I was attempting to not fly away in a gust with most of the spinnaker in my arms.” Paul Raterron on Njorth Star is shown happy as a clam steering in what looks like pretty calm conditions. However, he says, “the wind was jumping from 12 to 25 knots in seconds, occasionally knocking down the boat. That made for interesting sailing: one hand on the tiller, the other on the main sheet, which reminded me of when I learned how to sail on a 14-foot dinghy. We finally decided we needed to reef. Putting two reefs in the main and the 110% foresail reduced to merely 90%, the boat became manageable. It was a great sail and we could not have asked for better weather conditions: challenging but so much fun! A big thanks to the organizing committee.” And finally, Andrew Besheer on Ghost chimes in saying we had the fractional code zero up and were having a rollicking ride down the West Passage. We just made it around Dutch but with the gusts heading us we figured we couldn’t make Beavertail so changed to a jib. Of course, immediately the wind went back astern! “Anyway…considering we set the rig up for 9-10 knots and had the light 1 up and had the wrong kite up when we changed out of the FR0, I think we survived pretty well and it was an absolutely spectacular day.”
Results on the three courses:
Round the Bay: Luna, Brigadoon and Salacia
Round Conanicut: Audacious, OOPS, Blue Moon
Round Prudence: Ghost and Njorth Star
NBYA presents a great new race with an innovative format! Why travel hours to get to and from the starting area for a race? You won’t have to if you come out for this one. There will be four different starting areas so one will be within 20 minutes of your home port. The race will start simultaneously near Barrington/Bristol, East Greenwich, Newport and Wickford. You finish where you started after sailing through all the starting areas so all boats sail the same course of 30 ish miles. If you prefer there are two 18 mile courses, one around Conanicut and one around Prudence for you to choose from. You can even change which course you want to sail based on expected wind conditions the day before the race. How convenient is that? Awards for boats at each starting line plus overall awards for each course.
For this regatta, NBYA salutes The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Working in this state for 50 years, The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island has helped to conserve 35,000 acres of land and to protect the quality of the waters we sail in. Learn more about what this great organization is doing for us and the planet: www.nature.org
Great Competition/Great Awards!
The NOR will give you all the details. We are thinking that this is the “next big thing” so come on out and be part of the fun.
This is a qualifier for the GMT Boat Of The Year series.
Also join us for the Yacht Club Challenge open to teams from all yacht clubs and sailing organizations on the bay.