DIYC Race Season Results – Long Gone First Place!

This summer I raced on Long Gone, a 42′ Morgan sailboat.  She is based at Davis Island Yacht Club.  The club has a great policy of letting the general public help crew the boats during the Thursday races.  I’ve seen 60 boats out there at one time.  All you have to do is walk up to the bartender before the race and say you want to help crew a boat.  That’s what I did and the next thing I knew I was on the Long Gone.

The final results are in and Trophies handed out.  Long Gone did very well.

  • FIRST PLACE- Spring Series
  • FIRST PLACE- Fall Series
  • FIRST PLACE- Overall for 2012
DIYC Trophies for Long Gone 2012 Race Season

DIYC Trophies for Long Gone 2012 Race Season

Since I’m moving back North, I won’t get to participate in an entire season.  HOWEVER, I am planning to come back for a long weekend sometime when it’s still cold up North and it’s warm down here and catch a Thursday race.

So here are some pictures I took while on the boat.  Video at the bottom.  I think the last two pictures are pretty awesome. Good times…

2012-06-14 18.18.14 long gone crew

2012-06-14 18.18.14 long gone crew

2012-06-14 18.30.05 more crew

2012-06-14 18.30.05 more crew

2012-06-14 18.41.07 Tampa skyline

2012-06-14 18.41.07 Tampa skyline

2012-06-14 18.42.01 Pre Race relaxaing

2012-06-14 18.42.01 Pre Race relaxing

2012-06-14 19.01.51 Racing!

2012-06-14 19.01.51 Racing!

2012-06-14 19.33.25 extending the lead

2012-06-14 19.33.25 extending the lead

2012-06-21 18.40.28 Another Day - pre race

2012-06-21 18.40.28 Another Day – pre race

2012-06-28 18.52.16 Another Day - Pre Race

2012-06-28 18.52.16 Another Day – Pre Race

2012-07-19 18.43.51 Relaxing before another race

2012-07-19 18.43.51 Relaxing before another race

2012-08-02 19.51.46 checking the tell-tales

2012-08-02 19.51.46 checking the tell-tales

2012-08-23 18.45.40 The no wind race

2012-08-23 18.45.40 The no wind race

2012-08-23 19.42.57 Incredible Picture

2012-08-23 19.42.57 Incredible Picture

2012-08-23 19.42.57 Another Incredible Picture
2012-08-23 19.42.57 Another Incredible Picture

Here is a video where we pull a fast move and pass another sailboat.  I think that’s Nick in the background sounding pretty pleased with the maneuver.

I just sailed in the Bradenton Yacht Club 30th annual kickoff regatta

Almost every blogger eventually writes a post that begins with, “Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but …”

So this is that one for me.  I’m afraid the posts will be a little less frequent now too – I’m just too darned busy.  For some reason, sailing seems to take precedence over blog writing.

So I’ve done a lot of sailing lately, and absolutely no rehabbing.  I also have some non boat-related projects that are taking up time.

This weekend, I was invited to sail on a Corsair 27′.  Here is a link that describes it in detail.

I grabbed this picture from the web here.  It’s an interesting write-up on the boat.

We sailed in the Bradenton Yacht Club 30th annual kickoff regatta.

This is a boat that really moves along in high winds.  Unfortunately there wasn’t any.  We sailed Saturday and Sunday.  3 races saturday.  2 on sunday.

Below are some shots I did during the first race Saturday.

 

 

The very first thing that happened was that our bowsprit broke before the first race.  Can you see that short little pole laying on the deck in the front and  tied up right at the bottom of the sail?  That’s it.  The sail that you see in the picture is a spinnaker.  That is the big sail on the front that looks like a hot air balloon.

Anyway, back to the bowsprit.  A bowsprit is that pole at the front of the boat that sticks out and lets you put more sails on.  This meant we had to sail against the wind with only our main sail and the jib(the smaller sail in front).  That really slowed us down.  There were lots of sailboats that came out for the race, but there was only one other multi-hull boat in our class, so we were fighting for first and second.  Since we had only two sails we could put up, and they had three.  It wasn’t much of a fight.

The course was 3 pins set up in a triangle with 1 nautical mile between them, although they sure seemed farther.

First race Saturday was fine, but slow.  We came in about 30 minutes behind the other boat.

Second race the race committee didn’t put up our second mark.  These marks are far enough apart that a lot of times you have to sail partway towards the next mark before you can see it.  We kept sailing, and sailing, and sailing … all at very slow speeds… till we saw the boat ahead round a mark.  When we went around it we saw it was actually a channel marker.  That time they beat us back by about 40 minutes or maybe it was an hour.

 

In this last picture you can see the skyway bridge over Tampa Bay in the distance.  We are on our way back to the starting line after rounding our second mark.  Can you see our second mark (bright yellow floating triangle)?  I can’t either.

Third race we were actually doing pretty well.  All of a sudden, we saw the entire fleet (scattered all over the bay) turn around and head back towards the start.  They had called the race.   By the time we motored the hour back to port, the wind picked up and it was blowing pretty hard.  Bummer.

Back at the club it was brewski’s, swimming pool and a great fish sandwich in the clubhouse.  I don’t know what it is, but ever since I got to Florida I just love getting fish sandwiches!

Sunday’s races were even slower.  On the first race, we went around verrrryyyy slooooooowwwwwlllllly. As soon as we crossed the finish line (the other boat had waited about 30 minutes for us)  the race committee sent us on our second race.

On the second race we spent almost an hour getting to the first pin and by the time we rounded it the other boat had already rounded the third.  We slowly went to the second mark and eventually, many days later crossed the finish line.  After that we headed back in, there was no point in doing another.

This was the second time I sailed on this boat.  The owner said he would be happy to sail with me again.  That’s good enough for me.

Even though it was slow, and not really a race – I enjoyed the weekend.  I did spend too long in the sun without my hat and sunscreen on.  Only my face got sunburned, except for where my sunglasses were.  I’m now sporting that raccoon look.   Won’t do that again.

I also went sailing Thursday at Davis Island Yacht Club on the 42′ “Long Gone”, and on Friday at Boca Ciega Yacht Club in a 16 1/2 ‘ Catalina Capri.  That makes 4 straight days of sailing.

I think I’m taking off Monday from sailing, then Tuesday racing, Wednesday wakeboarding, Thursday back to Davis Island, Friday off, and Saturday and Sunday I get to take a few students in sail school at Boca Ciega out on the water.  It’s shaping up to be  busy week.

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you just can’t win – racing at DIYC

I sailed again Thursday at DIYC.

Here is a panoramic of the view from the veranda of the club.  These look south and west over Tampa Bay.

2012-06-28 DIYC Southeast view

2012-06-28 DIYC Southeast view

2012-06-28 DIYC SouthWest view

2012-06-28 DIYC SouthWest view

2012-06-28 DIYC West view

2012-06-28 DIYC West view

This time it didn’t go so well.  They say disasters occur when a lot of little bad decisions combine to make a terrible outcome.

The boat I sailed on before wasn’t going out this time, so I had to find another boat.  I asked at the bar for to announce I was looking.  The volunteer coordinator asked if I had any experience.

Bad Decision #1: I said yes.  I did because I’ve sailed a lot.  Especially recently.   I’ve seen other people that had never been on a boat before there, so I figured at least I knew what the boat terminology is, which way the sail needs to be, etc.  However, the question was really “do you have any experience sailing large boats in races?”.  That answer for me is definitely a “No”.    The captain had only two people that had sailed with him before, so he was looking for really experienced people.  His first question to me was “Can you run a foredeck”.    I could see my response was disappointing.

I tried something new and decided to grab dinner at the club before the race. Based on my prior experience, I thought I had plenty of time. However, this boat was leaving about 40 minutes sooner than the other one.  My order took a long time to come out, so I got it to go and walked down to the boat.  I just wanted to see how long I had before we left so I could go back to the restaurant and eat.  When I got there he said we were leaving now, get on.  I had my dinner in one hand, a beer in the other.  How to get on?

Bad Decision #2: I grabbed the plastic beer cup in my teeth, and stepped aboard.  My left foot stepped across the lifeline to the boat and as I tried to come over with my right foot it got caught on the lifeline.   This threw me off balance immediately and I wound up hopping on my left foot as I tried to get my foot over the line.  (I think it was caught on the tongue of my shoe)  So there I was, hop,hop,hop trying to catch my balance.  Then slowly, horribly, not really in slow motion I started to fall forward like a giant redwood.  Fortunately, I was falling forward onto the deck, and not backward into the water.  I scraped my shin, knee & elbow.  I was bleeding in 3 places before I had been on the boat for 10 seconds!

Bad Decision #3:  Somehow I wound up with my beer in my hand as I fell.  I think as I was hopping, I grabbed it out of my teeth.  So without a hand to break my fall, crash, all the way down.  I never released my grip though, and managed to save about a quarter of it.  The rest poured right on the sail (jib) that was laying on the deck.  Thankfully, I never dropped my dinner so I didn’t wind up smearing ketchup and smashed fries all over the deck.  It was bad enough, but that would have made it worse.  I managed to put on this display in front of everyone on the boat.  How fun!

There were too many people for the jobs so I wound up pretty much being in the way.  Also, since everybody else was new to the boat too there was a lot of confusion about who was doing what.  There were so many lines, all with different colors.  No body pulled on the same one twice.  At one point, as we rounded a mark, the spinnaker (big sail like a balloon in front of the boat) had to come down, and the jib (smaller sail like a triangle) had to go up.  One of the experienced crew made a mistake and untied the halyard on the mainsail.  (The halyard is the rope that you pull on to take a sail to the top of the mast, it’s also the one that keeps it there)  He didn’t release it, but the captain yelled at me to “hang on to the halyard and don’t let go”.   I didn’t know what it went to at the time, and since they left the clamp on it loose, I thought it was the line (rope) that would let the spinnaker come down so we could change sails.

Bad Decision #4: When the captain gave the order to lower the halyard (meaning the spinnaker halyard)  I though he was talking to me.  I released my line and the mainsail started to come down.  Whew!  It got pretty hot there for a minute!  After being informed (ever so politely) I was doing the wrong thing, I stopped it before it got came down very much though.

I managed to rip the skin off my knuckle and begin bleeding in a fourth place by the time the trip was over.

I did take a picture of the boat, but decided that it would be better keeping the whole experience anonymous.  After the race the captain invited everyone back to sail on Sunday.  Even me.  At that time I thought I might go, but have since decided not to.  When I txted him that I wouldn’t make it, he said don’t worry about the mistakes since it went better than he had expected and that if I wanted to go they were leaving at 2pm.  I think that was pretty nice of him.

Instead here is a picture of the start of the race:

2012-06-28 Waiting for start

2012-06-28 Waiting for start

and another of the anchorage at the end of the evening.

2012-06-28 Sunset over DIYC

2012-06-28 Sunset over DIYC

This hasn’t put me off sailing, but I will be careful how I answer the experience question in the future.  My answer is going to be “A little”.