Saturday, January 30, 2010

Moth PCC's Day one

Races 1-3 of the Moth PCC's were held on South Bay in a dying westerly. The breeze was up (for San Diego) when we left the dock, we were able to foil out to the course in about 15 minutes on a great reaching angle in 12 knots or so. About a half hour thereafter the breeze was slowly dying but the race committee made a great call and sent us on a one lap windward leeward course. The short length of the race allowed everyone to foil the entire time. Bora and Dalton were1,2 and well ahead of the fleet. Matt Pistay, the McKee brothers and George Peet grouped tightly together but a fair bit behind. Race 2 was a slightly different story. The breeze continued to die, and really only allowed the leaders the foil the entire way around the track. Bora again won by a convincing margin even after rounding the weather mark 7 minutes after the leaders, while Dalton, George, and Jonathon McKee were grouped tightly for 2-4. Race 3 began as a foiling race for most, but the wind died quickly and most of the fleet if they foiled at all were off the foil by the weather mark. Bora again showed some great skill and was able to get on the foil again after the weather mark and won by a convincing margin. Dalton was again second and George third. 4th -8th were all very tight and had to low-ride to the finish with Lindsay Bergan edging out Matt Pistay and Doogie for 4th.
George Peet

Bora 1-1-1
Dalton 2-2-2
Bear 6-3-3
Matt 7-5-5
Johnathan Mckee
Charlie Mckee

sorry results are from memory

Monday, September 28, 2009

Top 3 things that make a difference

Michael asked me to write about the Top 3 things that make a difference. My gut is to answer like this:
1. Time in the boat
2. Time in the boat
3. Time in the boat

Though I am sure that is not the answer most people are looking for, but it is the truth in my mind. I asked Nathan the same questions and his responses were as follows, I will give my take on them since I agree fully.

1. Comfort in the boat eg. handling/Speed skills: One has to be able to execute when the time is right versus when you are comfortable. Being able to tack or gybe in the lull or right on the leading edge of a stinky puff, then add a sea state. Very import skills to have.

2. Fast decision making is key as the boats go so fast there is not enough time to think too much so, planning ahead is vital: Having a basic plan is good, a couple times at worlds I knew I wanted to own the port tack layline going into the top mark. I ended up tacking 20 boat lengths shy thinking if I got lifted it would be better. I was wrong, Nathan was there when it was right and he would make the most of it. The Race 7 video was a classic example.

3.Knowledge of equipment. Being able to make it go faster everyday: We race in a development class, every change should either make the boat more reliable or go faster. Sailing the boat a lot gives you the sixth sense, you know when something works or does not.

So there you have it. If people have certain questions for future post please put them up otherwise I wont have any motivation to write but just keep sailing. I will post a some info about one of my days of sailing and it looks like I can prove I broke 30 knots. The thing I am proud of though is that I sailed 25 miles each time I went out and I went sailing 4 out of the last 6 days so you can do the math.

Speed Results

Name : Lake pewaukee

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Total Duration : 02:09:32
Total Distance : 40.746 Km
Total Avg. Speed : 10.19 Knots

Duration over 20 Knots : 00:15:41
Distance over 20 Knots : 11.690 Km
Average over 20 Knots : 24.15 Knots
Date : 2009-09-27T18:21:51Z
Location : latitude=43.076794 longitude=-88.273851
Wind direction : 214
Min sats : Off
Max HDoP : Off
Doppler : Off
Integration Method : Rectangular
One per run : On
Alpha Proximity : 50.0 meters
Software Name=GpsarPro Version=4.12

5 best 1 second (at least) average = 54.35km/h [29.35Knots]

1 second run n°1 = 56.13km/h [30.31Knots] (31.2 m. in 2.000 s.) -
1 second run n°2 = 54.90km/h [29.65Knots] (30.5 m. in 2.000 s.) -
1 second run n°3 = 53.89km/h [29.10Knots] (29.9 m. in 2.000 s.) -
1 second run n°4 = 53.64km/h [28.96Knots] (29.8 m. in 2.000 s.) -
1 second run n°5 = 53.20km/h [28.73Knots] (29.6 m. in 2.000 s.) -

5 best 2 second (at least) average = 54.35km/h [29.35Knots]

2 second run n°1 = 56.13km/h [30.31Knots] (31.2 m. in 2.000 s.) -
2 second run n°2 = 54.90km/h [29.65Knots] (30.5 m. in 2.000 s.) -
2 second run n°3 = 53.89km/h [29.10Knots] (29.9 m. in 2.000 s.) -
2 second run n°4 = 53.64km/h [28.96Knots] (29.8 m. in 2.000 s.) -
2 second run n°5 = 53.20km/h [28.73Knots] (29.6 m. in 2.000 s.) -

5 best 10 second (at least) average = 47.87km/h [25.85Knots]

10 second run n°1 = 48.77km/h [26.34Knots] (149.0 m. in 11.000 s.) -
10 second run n°2 = 48.57km/h [26.22Knots] (148.4 m. in 11.000 s.) -
10 second run n°3 = 48.54km/h [26.21Knots] (148.3 m. in 11.000 s.) -
10 second run n°4 = 47.11km/h [25.44Knots] (144.0 m. in 11.000 s.) -
10 second run n°5 = 46.35km/h [25.03Knots] (141.6 m. in 11.000 s.) -

5 best 100 meter (at least) average = 48.87km/h [26.39Knots]

100 meter run n°1 = 52.63km/h [28.42Knots] (117.0 m. in 8.000 s.) -
100 meter run n°2 = 48.49km/h [26.18Knots] (107.8 m. in 8.000 s.) -
100 meter run n°3 = 48.07km/h [25.95Knots] (106.8 m. in 8.000 s.) -
100 meter run n°4 = 47.60km/h [25.70Knots] (105.8 m. in 8.000 s.) -
100 meter run n°5 = 47.53km/h [25.67Knots] (118.8 m. in 9.000 s.) -

5 best 250 meter (at least) average = 46.00km/h [24.84Knots]

250 meter run n°1 = 47.85km/h [25.84Knots] (265.8 m. in 20.000 s.) -
250 meter run n°2 = 45.97km/h [24.82Knots] (255.4 m. in 20.000 s.) -
250 meter run n°3 = 45.89km/h [24.78Knots] (255.0 m. in 20.000 s.) -
250 meter run n°4 = 45.14km/h [24.37Knots] (275.8 m. in 22.000 s.) -
250 meter run n°5 = 45.13km/h [24.37Knots] (263.3 m. in 21.000 s.) -

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sad day for foilers

I know I have not posted in a long time sorry.

but check out Rohan's site, does not feel right.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Aus Nationals Day 1

So the first day of Australian moth nationals has come and gone (Let me apologize for the USA biased view for any internationals that read this). It started with the invitation race and finished with the first race of the series. For the start of the invitation race it was blowing around 25 knots I was set up to win the boat but pulled the trigger a little too early and ended up rounding up into a near capsize. Came off the line in around 10th, after about 2 min of starboard tacked out with Nathan (49er world champion) and charged off to the right. By the time Nathan and I got to starboard tack layline we were comfortably in the lead. Nathan led around the top mark with myself in second. The offset leg was in the "death zone" and I capsized trying to avoid the offset mark, dropping me back to around 7th. Had a decent run and a good beat, I tacked up the middle to round in third at the second windward mark, with Dave Lister and Nathan in front of me. At the bottom mark most of the others and I opted to save energy and not do the last lap leaving Nathan to win comfortably with Dave in second followed by Andrew Brown from New Zealand.

Race 1:

I opted for a pin end start being able to put the bow down and let the boat rip, after about a minute the rest of the fleet started to sheer off in a righty and I tacked taking four sterns. After about 1 minute on port I found and even bigger right shift and tacked back crossing all the boats that had gone straight. After I had crossed most of the bows of the boats that had gone left the righty had started to diminish so I led the fleet back to the right looking for more shift and pressure. The same right pressure came in again and Nathan and I tacked back to consolidate with the boats that were coming in strong out of the left. Simon Payne and John Harris being the two lead boats from that side of the course. After crossing the two leaders from the left I tacked again and lead when we all tacked back onto starboard on layline (this is the first time I tacked 6 times up a beat on a moth and was still in the lead), having a comfortable lead. With a couple hundred-yard lead going down the run I opted to gybe out before hitting a lull trying to avoid a hole. This was a mistake allowing Simon Payne to catch up in his new Mach 2, on my final gybe to leeward mark two camber inducers came off the mast (SH*T!@!!,curse of Charlie) rounding simultainously with Simon around the left gate heading to the right side. I tacked off early hoping the right shift that we rounded in would come back up the beat. Partly due to two cams that had come off the mast and partly due to a persistent shift Simon and the other boats that went further right were gaining. After a little lefty I tried to come back and crossed Simon then tacked again to cover. Unfortunately the right came in again hard and with 50 yards of leverage Simon turned it into a 100-yard lead. At the second top mark the order was Simon, myself, and Nathan. That was the way it would stay down the run with everyone gybing at the top mark laying the gate. After the gate Simon and I tacked simultainously. Simon being 100 yards to the right of me we were both laying the weather mark we both put the bow down to maximize VMG to the mark. Simon got a little more right shear and was able to basically one tack the beat. Nathan and I who tacked shy looked for a little lefty to come back on and get in-front of the other boats who went hard right. We both finally found one that lasted for around 20 seconds, which was enough to get us up onto layline. I tried to tack underneath a "fan" and promptly capsized Nathan went two boat lengths into the right pressure and pulled his tack to take second at the last windward mark. At the last weather mark the order was Simon, Nathan, Scott, John, Dave, and myself. Scott tried to gybe away from a hole going down the run, which gave me a passing lane. At the finish it was Simon, Nathan, Dave, myself, and Scott. Congrats to Simon and Amac for winning the first race out of the box, I should have made it a little harder for them, c’est la vie.

This is a tricky place to sail and I feel like I have let down the USAF star that I have put on the boat. Tomorrow is another day and we are scheduled for 3 races though the forecast does not look that good. I miss the USA so much, I am fully homesick. Wish there were more of you here to help the fight....


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

For Simon

If a picture is is worth 1000 words this is a really long post. This is for you dear room mate, may it cause you nightmares

Monday, January 5, 2009

Black Rock

Black Rock is now my favorite place to sail outside the USA (Cascade Locks tops the list). The Combination of wind, sun, beach goers, Black Rock Cafe, Black Rock YC, The friendly members, I could go on but the only thing that is a negative is the stupid flies that feel like being in-between my sunglasses and my eyes.  I been sailing every day and doing my part to stimulate the moth equipment suppliers in the troubling financial time.

Friday, December 19, 2008

It's a Revolution

No I am not talking about Doug Lord.  Since I purchased my cameras many friends have asked what I was using and subsequently bought the same camera's.  George Peet has yet to produce something but here is the first footage from John Harper.  My dentist and the fastest dentist in the world.  If he would have shown me this before I went to Sydney I would have been very torn on whether or not to get on the jumbo and head south. 

To think I could be doing that versus this

DN Worlds will be somewhere relatively close to home a month after I get back from AUS moth nationals.  As Harper would say  "Think Ice!"