Lightning Sunday Racing, July 10th

  • Posted on: 13 July 2016
  • By: Peter Browne

A BIG BREEZE AND CLOSE RACING

Fleet 75, with skippers Peter Browne, Bob Sengstacken and Dan Parietti, faced a mostly blustery day interspersed with rain showers, a few lulls, and some classic Tappan Zee gusts.    Kieran Quinn’s RC was able to get off 3 races when the breeze finally settled in and the rain passed.  Raced One was an L1 with the weather mark at 300 degrees.   A strong flood tide ensured the 3 Lightnings would start at the boat eend of the line.   Mauvais Garcon was able to eke out a back-and-forth battle with Lucky Dog to reach the weather mark first, with No Excuses in a close third place.   The 3boats jockeyed around a bit, working the puffs down to the lee mark.    Dan was able to gain an inside position at the leeward mark, rounding first.    However, he and Bob went right as Peter tacked away to the left, working into the current.    When the boats converged, Peter emerged in first, Bob second, and Dan third.   What a race!   

Race 2 was an L2 and the hallmark here was pre-race maneuvering.  All three converged at the committee boat end of the starting line – Dan on starboard and Bob and Peter on port.   After a close port/starboard crossing, Peter was able to escape the scrum and get to the left favored side first.   Bob and Peter had a downwind duel on the leeward leg, with Peter able to round first and retain the lead on the subsequent legs.   Finish order for Race 2: Mauvais Garcon, Lucky Dog, and No Excuses.

Race 3 was an L1 course.   With a big left shift before the start, the boats all had to tack to port to start.   Bob was second at the top mark but was able to pass Peter by the time they arrived at the lee mark, aided by a busted spinnaker pole on Mauvais Garcon.  After a tacking duel on the final leg, Bob was able to retain his lead and take the top slot, followed by Peter and Dan.

In the end, it was a fun day to race and a challenging day for the crews to respond to the changing wind both upwind and downwind.

 

Boat

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

14277 – Mauvais Garcon

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1

2

14888 – Luck Dog

2

2

1

14238 – No Excuses

3

3

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