Saturday, February 28, 2009
We got underway from Brownsville at 0800 for the 1-1/2 hour motor to Pt Madison. It was cold and clear, 36 degrees when I left the house and some frost on the dock. Our start was scheduled for 1010. Our class consisted of an electic mix of boats: Mumm36, Schock35, 6meter, Sierra 26, Express 37, C&C43, another J35 and a few others.
This race is 16.5 nautical miles long. It starts at Pt Monroe near the south side of Port Madison. First mark is a club bouy near Presidents PT on the north shore of Port Madison. From there it goes across Puget Sound to a navigational bouy at West point, back across Puget Sound to a red nun at Wing Point at Eagle Harbor. Then back to the finish at Pt Monroe.
The winds were from the north at about 8 knots at the start. The weather mark was on the north side of Pt Madison near Presidents PT. We had a great start, stayed high and squeezed up on "Dos", the Sierra 26 forcing him to tack. The Mumm36 went low and fast, and overstood the mark. We were first around with the Mumm and the 6meter close behind.
Next was a 6 mile run across Puget Sound to the buoy off West Pt. The wind built to 14-16 knots and we had a nice fast broad reach. "Dos" started planning and past us before the mark. The very well sailed C&C43 started closing on us. The Mumm went way to the left and gave up a lot of distance. We gained a little on the Schock35.
We pulled off a good jibe and into another broad reach to the red nun bouy off Wing PT at Eagle Harbor. "Dos" went high, but we stayed lower. I had trouble picking up the mark. Also the current was ebbing from left to right forcing us higher. We should have gone lower and did as we approached the mark. We gained some on "Dos", but the C&C43 went low early in the run and gained some more. We still rounded second. During the run, we changed headsails from the Light No.1 to the Heavy No. 1
The beat to the finish was fun. The wind stayed in the 12knot range and for once, we got to play the middle of the sound instead of the edges looking for current relief. We gained on the Mumm, Schock 35, C&C43 and closed up some on "Dos". Near the finish at Pt Monroe, the wind started lifting and we cracked off some. As "Dos" got close to Pt Monroe at the finish, they had a big knock and had to tack. We stayed high and avoided the header and finished about a minute behind "Dos". There always seems to be a bit of a suprise with the finish of this race! We owed time to "Dos", so they corrected on us and probably corrected first. The Mumm finished a couple of minutes behind us(they owed us time) and the C&C43 finished about 3 minutes behind us. We owed them time, they may have corrected on us. The Schock35 finished close to the C&C43. We rate the same as them. There was a big gap to the rest of the fleet, so results are difficult to determine.
When results are posted, they can be found here: http://kitsapsailing.com/wssa.html
It was a great day to be on the water. The crew did a great job and everyone seemed to have a good time. My only regret, is I wish I could post some photos, but I am always too busy to get the camera out. The tactician might yell at me if I tried too!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
This little guy is for me, the neatest computer I have ever owned. It is only a 9 inch screen and ends up being about the size and weight of a medium sized hard back novel. Other features I like is that it has no hard drive. I did opt for 16 Gb of solid state memory. This is adequate for my needs as a computer to use when I travel. Includes WIFI. I have a 320 Gb external harddrive and an external CD/DVD/player/burner for larger files and the times when I want to load or unload files. Works great as a DVD player. It boots up quickly and operates fast. Will operate 4 hours on the battery. Without a hard drive I hope that it will be more durable.
Hp's and ACER's mini computers are similar(OK, Hp's is a 10 inch) but they also have 120 Gb hard drives. I would think that they would use more power as well as being more fragile. I followed a couple of cyclists last year that did cross country treks from Neah Bay to Florida. One started out with a 12 inch laptop only to have it break half way across country. He bought a mini and was happy with its size and light weight. The other cyclist had a mini laptop the whole time. I could invision using it when I bike tour, as well as car camping and sailing. Now I need to research solar panels to keep it charged when I am on the road. Many backpacking styles are available.
I still have my heavy duty desk top with all my big applications loaded for home and office use. But I often carry the Mini around the house with me. With wireless internet, I am never out of touch!
After years of lugging my huge Dell 15 inch laptop all over the world, I wished I would have had this little guy!
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Monday, February 16, 2009
The Narrows was ebbing at about 3knots and made for a fast trip except the wind was also blowing against the current at abou 25knots and created a nasty chop that really slowed the boat down. All the way up Colvos Pass it was really sloppy with lots of water coming over the boat. Fortunatly by the time I reached Brownsville, the winds had abated to about 7knots. That made docking easier. I arrived at the marina about 1425, not a slow passage.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Yesterday another snow storm blew thru. It snowed most of the day untill after dark, quite heavy at times. Accumulation was only about 2 inches, more west out by Hood Canal. I was working on the boat during the worst of it and got soaked. This morning the sun came out and most of the snow has melted.
Tommorow I am underway early with the boat. I need to top off the fuel tank and then get underway by 0930. Probably motor to Gig Harbor(4 hours) where I will spend the night. I have not been to Gig Harbor in a while and am looking forward to exploring some. Need to go to the used book store and Kelly's novelty if it still exists.
Friday, I plan on getting underway by 0600 and ride the flood through the Narrows. Should get to Olympia by 1100. May wander up to the State Capital to see my tax dollars at work!
Sounds like the winds are suppose to be light through the weekend. Typical Toliva Shoal race! And to make it better, there is still a chance of snow for the next three days.