"Tantrum II", "Great White" and "Tantalus".
Thanks to the Massey twins for braving the cold, wet weather to take these photos.
Today was the Port Orchard Yacht Club Spring Shakedown Race. It is the second race of the seven race West Sound Sailing Association(WSSA) series. This race started at the Port Orchard Yacht Club. This is a 1-1/2 hour delivery from Brownsville. I was underway at 0822.
"Tantrum II" got underway at the same time and we ran together. This is the boat that I helped cut the transom out. See Feb 25, 2009 post. This is the first outing since the mods. He completed the stern rails and rigging yesterday.
All week the forecast was for strong winds from the S/SE. Yesterday the forecast changed to 10-15 knots from the SE and SW. Changing to NW to 25 knots in the evening. The day started out with 5-10 knots of wind from the SE and heavy RAIN!
The race started in light SE winds. We got a good start and lead to the first windward mark , set the spinaker and had a run/reach to the Waterman mark in 4-8 knots of wind. We rounded the Waterman Mark with "Schock Therapy" within a few minutes behind us. On the beat, we short tacked up the Manette shore and in towards the Bremerton Marina to get a boost from the ebb flowing out of Port Washington Narows. The winds stayed light to the start/finish line at Port Orchard. "Schock Therapy" was comfortably behind us with the rest of the fleet waaaay back. The race committee ended the race after the first race of about 8 miles. The race was suppose to include another lap of 4 miles. "Schock Therapy" finished about 3 minutes behind us. "Schock Therapy" did not get a finishing signal. Seems that they entered too late and ran their motor after the 5 minute horn at the start.
The winds died after we finished. The commitee's decision to shorten the race was probably a wise one. We were first to finish and easily saved our time for first in class and overall. "Dulcinea" should be 2nd, "Tantalus" 3rd and "Tantrum II" 4th.
Once again, I am very happy with our teamwork and the great job the crew did. Also the new sails looked great! It was a good day to be on the water even though it was cold, rainy and had light winds!
The winds did starting blowing from the north on the motor home making for a cold ride.
Log: 28.4 nautical miles
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