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2012 Big Dinghy at Richmond

posted Apr 17, 2012, 8:37 AM by sfformula18   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 4:31 PM ]
Photo by Spencer Allen.

Last weekend provided some perfect sailing conditions for this year's Big Dinghy. After a loud storm at the end of last week, Saturday morning broke with sun and clear skies, and by the time racing started there was a steady 8-knot breeze across the entire course, gradually building to twin-wire conditions in the last two races. The RC gave us 3 races, each about 50 min. long, right on Southampton Shoal: water was mostly flat, with some lumpiness later in the afternoon at the weather mark up towards Angel Island and some moderate current to keep things interesting. We were thrown a bit of a surprise in race three, when the RC gave us course 6—two windward-leewards, with a triangle in between. The reach mark was set perfectly, with a relatively short, hot 2-sail reach from the weather mark and a longer downwind leg to the bottom that opened up some tactical options. On Sunday was the pursuit race around Red Rock, the Southampton light, and Brooks Island. The day started a little more overcast, but steady 15-knot wind was fantastic for that course, and we were all back in after a little more than an hour.

All-in-all a fantastic weekend, and everyone enjoyed the sailing. Results here. Many thanks to Richmond YC for hosting us and providing not only a great RC and race staff but also a great roast chicken dinner at the club on Saturday (next year everyone should stick around for it!).

Next up is the 18 Footers Regatta, which we share with the Aussie 18-foot skiffs, at San Francisco YC on May 5-6. Hope to see you all there.