NOOD Regatta

The first race of the IRC season series took place in conjunction with Sailing World’s NOOD regatta.  WE had missed the beginning of the IRC racing season because of Timothy’s travels and our decision not to do any IRC Ocean races. So it was the first time all of us will be sailing together as a team even though most of us have sailed with each other at some point or the other, but in different roles and circumstances.  The crew consists of Chris at the bow, with Bret at the mast, Pete in pit, David Smith at mainsheet, Edda, Miha, and Joe are in the cockpit with Ted as the pit boss, Timothy as helmsman and yours truly as tactician.  After checking in and verified there’s no new amendments to the SI, we left the docks and went around the breakwater for some crew practice.  As typical when you put a new group together , it’s a little tentitive as crew work goes, it’s clear everyone knew how to do their job but the timing had to be worked out. We set the chute and practiced gybes a few times to get the crew motion choreography down.

The IRC fleet for the NOOD consists of the following seven boats:

1. Timothy Ballard
Inspired Environments 28423 IRC San Rafael, CA USA CYC
2. Brad Copper
TNT 43690 IRC Pt. Richmond, Ca. USA RYC
3. Frank Morrow
Hawkeye 50444 IRC San Francisco, CA USA US Naval Academy Sailing Squadron
4. Philippe Paturel
CIAO ! 975 IRC Halifax, NS CAN RNSYS
5. Michael (Tony) Pohl
Twisted 40046 IRC San Francisco, Ca USA ST Francis
6. Gerard Sheridan
Tupelo Honey 28908 IRC San Francisco, CA USA South Beach YC
7. Daniel Woolery
SOOZAL 60408 IRC Alamo, CA USA Richmond Yacht Club

Predicted current for the two days were:

26 June 2010 – 27 June 2010
San Francisco Bay Entrance (Golden Gate), California Current
37.8167° N, 122.4833° W
2010-06-26  05:49 PDT   Sunrise

  • 2010-06-26  11:45 PDT   4.00 knots  Max Flood
  • 2010-06-26  15:00 PDT  -0.00 knots  Slack, Ebb Begins
  • 2010-06-26  17:15 PDT  -2.07 knots  Max Ebb
  • 2010-06-27  12:21 PDT   3.88 knots  Max Flood
  • 2010-06-27  15:38 PDT  -0.01 knots  Slack, Ebb Begins
  • 2010-06-27  17:50 PDT  -2.14 knots  Max Ebb

While the number of competitors is small, nevertheless they represent formidable competition.  For instance, Soozal had competed in Key West in January of 2010 with first place finishes as well as competing in other venues.   Then again, it never hurts to have Robbie Haines as your tactician.  She also has a contingent of pro-sailors onboard like Project Manager Scott Easom and Matt Siddens trimming headsails, North Sails’ Pete McCormick on the main.  If you think about it,  Soozal is really a pro or at least a semi-pro sailed boat sailed by the owner.  The other formidable competition: TNT, a custom Tripp 43 is another well sailed boat that won the IRC division B at the 2009 Big Boat Series.  CIAO ! is a new boat, Archambault 40, campaigned by a local sailmaker Sylvain Barrielle (5 time America’s Cup crew and sails developer) to promote the boat and to create interest on the class, so we can assume they have a vested interest to get the best crew around to keep their marketing VP satisfied.  The boats that represents weekend-warrior status like us are Tupelo Honey and Hawkeye.  We generally sail a little better against Hawkeye on a consistent basis, but Tupelo Honey is a handful as Gerrard is a good windward driver and has regularly use the upwind leg to pass us despite his slower rating.  Until we can regularly beat him on the upwind leg, it’s going to keep Tupelo behind us by approximately 55 seconds each hour we sailed.

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further notes on farrallon island cruise…

Well, the weather seems to be shifting. We may experience a W wind versus a more typical NW winds… Here’s what the NWS predicts for Sunday. May be a good day to go out the Gate on Saturday for Vince.

>EXTENDED…THE EXTENDED GLOBAL MODELS ARE SHOWING A WEAK BAGGY TROUGH BISECTING THE STATE FROM ABOUT YOSEMITE TO SAN LUIS OBISPO. LOCATIONS NORTH OF THIS LINE WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE OFFSHORE FLOW AND VERY DRY CONDITIONS WHICH INCLUDES MOST OF OUR DISTRICT. THIS PATTERN IS VERY SLOW TO CHANGE OTHER THAN THE WEAK TROUGH TENDS TO FILL OVER THE EXTENDED PERIOD. MODELS HAVE BEEN ADVERTISING THE LONG WAVE RIDGE WOULD BUILD OVER THE WEST WITH A TROUGH OVER THE MIDWEST. THIS LOOKS TO BE THE CONSENSUS OPINION FROM ALL THE MODELS THROUGH MIDWEEK NEXT WEEK. THUS EXPECT CLEAR SKIES AND WARM DAYTIME TEMPERATURES BUT COOL NIGHTS IN WIND SHELTERED AREAS. SINCE HUMIDITIES WILL BE DOWN COULD SEE SOME VERY CHILLY OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE VALLEYS OF SOUTHERN MONTEREY AND SAN BENITO COUNTIES AS WELL AS THOSE IN THE NORTH BAY.

Vince may head out to Drakes Bay and try to rendezvous with us at Farrallons. So I plotted a course for his route and calculated an intersection point at Farrallon Island. It should take him about 4 hours to get from Drakes Bay to Farrallons. We will be departing the South Beach Harbor at 8:15AM (hopefully). Take an hour to reach the Gate Entrance, so at 0930 it will take approximately 4.5-5 hours at average 6-5.5 knots. This means we will approach Farrallons by 2 PM and returning to the gate by 6-7 PM if we keep the speed up…

preparing for the trip to farrallon island…

Here is the route that I have plotted to get a sense of the distance we have to sail next Sunday. The weather forecast from NWS as of Wednesday: > .FRI…N WINDS 25 TO 35 KT…DECREASING TO 20 TO 30 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. COMBINED SEAS 9 TO 11 FT. > .SAT…E WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. MIXED SWELL NW 6 TO 8 FT AND S 2 TO 3 FT. > .SUN…W WINDS 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. MIXED SWELL NW 5 TO 7 FT AND S 2 TO 3 FT. > …..SAN FRANCISCO BAR/FOURFATHOM BANK FORECAST….. > IN THE DEEP WATER CHANNEL AND ACROSS THE BAR…MIXED SWELL OF NW 4 TO 8 FEET AND SW 2 TO 3 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 10 SECONDS TODAY AND TONIGHT. SEAS UP TO 10 FEET DURING MAXIMUM EBB CURRENT OF 1.9 KNOTS AT 4:20 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND 2.6 KT AT 4:22 AM THURSDAY MORNING. <a href=”http://shipslog.sightinc.com/?pp_album=1&pp_image=Farrallon_route092406_1_01.png” title=”Overall route to Farrallon Island and back” target=”_top”><img src=”http://shipslog.sightinc.com/wp-content/wp-photopress/thumb_Farrallon_route092406_1_01.png” width=”500″ height=”200″ alt=”Overall route to Farrallon Island and back” class=”centered” /></a> <a href=”http://shipslog.sightinc.com/?pp_album=1&pp_image=Farrallon_route092406_2_01.png” title=”Around Farrallon Island…” target=”_top”><img src=”http://shipslog.sightinc.com/wp-content/wp-photopress/thumb_Farrallon_route092406_2_01.png” width=”500″ height=”355″ alt=”Around Farrallon Island…” class=”centered” /></a> <a href=”http://shipslog.sightinc.com/?pp_album=1&pp_image=Farrallon_route092406_3_01.png” title=”Going out and coming in to the Gate” target=”_top”><img src=”http://shipslog.sightinc.com/wp-content/wp-photopress/thumb_Farrallon_route092406_3_01.png” width=”500″ height=”264″ alt=”Going out and coming in to the Gate” class=”centered” /></a> Here’s the tidal information… more to come… >24 September 2006 – 25 September 2006 >San Francisco Bay Entrance (Golden Gate), California Current 37.8167° N, 122.4833° W >2006-09-24  00:05 PDT   3.13 knots  Max Flood >2006-09-24  03:15 PDT  -0.01 knots  Slack, Ebb Begins >2006-09-24  05:51 PDT  -3.10 knots  Max Ebb >2006-09-24  06:59 PDT   Sunrise ><b>2006-09-24  09:04 PDT   Moonrise >2006-09-24  09:17 PDT   0.01 knots  Slack, Flood Begins</b> >2006-09-24  12:07 PDT   2.73 knots  Max Flood >2006-09-24  15:02 PDT  -0.00 knots  Slack, Ebb Begins >2006-09-24  18:06 PDT  -3.92 knots  Max Ebb ><b>2006-09-24  19:03 PDT   Sunset</b> >2006-09-24  19:57 PDT   Moonset >2006-09-24  21:46 PDT   0.00 knots  Slack, Flood Begins >2006-09-25  00:42 PDT   3.05 knots  Max Flood >2006-09-25  03:57 PDT  -0.00 knots  Slack, Ebb Begins >2006-09-25  06:29 PDT  -2.75 knots  Max Ebb >2006-09-25  07:00 PDT   Sunrise ><b>2006-09-25  09:42 PDT   0.00 knots  Slack, Flood Begins >2006-09-25  10:05 PDT   Moonrise >2006-09-25  12:38 PDT   2.47 knots  Max Flood >2006-09-25  15:26 PDT  -0.00 knots  Slack, Ebb Begins</b> >2006-09-25  18:44 PDT  -3.98 knots  Max Ebb >2006-09-25  19:02 PDT   Sunset >2006-09-25  20:23 PDT   Moonset >2006-09-25  22:24 PDT   0.00 knots  Slack, Flood Begins POINT ARENA TO PIGEON POINT TO 20 NM- POINT ARENA TO PIGEON POINT 20 TO 60 NM OFFSHORE- 855 PM PDT SUN SEP 17 2006 > .TONIGHT…NW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT WITH BRIEF PERIODS OF 20 TO 30 KT WINDS THIS EVENING. WIND WAVES 3 TO 6 FT. MIXED SWELL NW 3 TO 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS AND S 2 FT AT 15 SECONDS. > .MON…NW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT…INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 KT WITH LOCALLY HIGHER GUSTS TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. MIXED SWELL NW 3 TO 6 FT AT 8 SECONDS AND S 2 FT AT 15 SECONDS. > .MON NIGHT…NW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. MIXED SWELL NW 3 TO 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS AND S 2 FT AT 17 SECONDS. PATCHY FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT. > .TUE…NW WINDS 10 TO 20 KT…INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 6 FT. MIXED SWELL NW 3 TO 6 FT AND S 3 FT. PATCHY FOG. > .TUE NIGHT…NW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 6 FT. MIXED SWELL NW 3 TO 6 FT AND S 3 FT. PATCHY FOG. > .WED…NW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT…INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 6 FT. MIXED SWELL NW 5 TO 8 FT AND S 3 FT. PATCHY FOG. > .THU AND FRI…NW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT…INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 6 FT. MIXED SWELL NW 6 TO 8 FT AND S 3 FT. …..SAN FRANCISCO BAR/FOURFATHOM BANK FORECAST….. IN THE DEEP WATER CHANNEL AND ACROSS THE BAR…NORTHWEST SWELL OF 3 FEET WITH A PERIOD OF 9 SECONDS. SEAS UP TO 5 FEET DURING MAXIMUM EBB CURRENT OF 2.6 KNOTS AT 2:28 AM MONDAY MORNING AND 1.4 KNOTS AT 3:33 PM MONDAY AFTERNOON.