Some frostbiting video aboard with Reid Beigel week 1 of the Severn Sailing Frostbite Series.
Severn Sailing Association
Thirty-Three sailors had some great sailing conditions for the 2012 District 11 Championship at Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis. Brady White (SSA) put up all top 5 finishes in 7 races to win the Standard fleet while Eric Reitinger’s (BBYC) consistent top finishes and an OCS by Carsten Faubel (CRYC) gave Eric the win in the Radial fleet.
Saturday’s saw 15-18 knots with large swells coming out of the South with the course positioned just north of Tolly Point. As the weather system moved away overnight, the wind shifted to a much colder North wind for 3 more races on Saturday with a little less wind.
The top 5 boats in the Standard fleet definitely pulled away from the rest of the pack, but only 3 points separated 2nd through 5th position. The final order after Brady White were Henry Filter (SSA), Eric Reinke (SSA), Luke Shingledecker (SSA) and Kyle Swenson (RTYC).
In the Radial fleet Carsten Faubel got out to a great start on day 1 putting up all 1st place finishes while Mike Schmidt (MRSA) and Eric Reitinger traded spots for 2nd and 3rd. An OCS by Carsten on the 2nd race Sunday opened the door for Eric to seize the championship.
Thanks again to all of the folks at SSA for the great crab and chicken feast and for hosting our District Championship!
The Notice of Race is posted and online registration is now open for the 2012 District 11 Championship at Severn Sailing Association on September 22-23. Join us for Standard and Radial fleet racing in Annapolis for a ILCA-NA Grand Prix event. AND as SSA’s traditional fall regatta, there will be PLENTY of crabs for picking on Saturday night.
And don’t forget we’ve got a brand new D11 Laser Radial Championship trophy so don’t miss your chance to be the first winner to hoist this over your head in victory! Check out all of the past Standard and Radial D11 winners.
Day 1 of Severn Sailing Association’s Summer Series is in the books. It was a great day of sailing – 9 radials and 15 full rigs. The radial fleet has arrived in Annapolis!!! The series wraps up July 28-29. Registration at 11am, first gun at 1pm.
This Saturday is the official kick off of the SSA Laser sailing season with the first race of our annual Spring Series. As in the past, racing will begin at 11 a.m. with a competitor’s meeting at 9:30 a.m. (If the RC chooses to hold one). The weather is looking beautiful for Saturday, so hopefully many of you will be able to attend. Please note that all competitors must complete registration, either online at ssa.sailregattas.com or by completing an entry form on Saturday morning. There is no entry fee for SSA club members.
Please remember that the RC requires all boats to check in prior to racing, please sail by the signal boat and ensure they acknowledge your check in. Also, if you plan to go in early and skip one or more races, please inform the RC. It is the Race Committee’s responsibility to ensure the safety of all competitors, so they need to account for all boats and make sure they get home safely.
Severn Sailing Association’s Sunshine Open saw plenty of Sunshine on Saturday with 10-12 knots of wind out of the south and temperatures in the 70′s. Unfortunately Sunday was anything but Sunny with rain and chilly conditions. 25 boats sailed 4 races on Saturday and 3 on Sunday with boats from as far away as Fishing Bay Yacht Club to the South and Toms River Yacht Club to the North. Steve Cofer hosted a great party and dinner Saturday night.
With 3 bullets on Sunday Luke Shingledecker (SSA) took the pole followed by Eric Reinker (SSA) and David Schoene (SSA). In the radials it was Dorian Haldeman (SSA), Kim Couranz (SSA) and Sandy Westphal (SSA).
Even thought the SSA clubhouse is closed due to construction, and most of the parking spots in the car parking lot are being used for construction equipment, SSA will continue our incredibly long tradition of hosting the Sunshine Open Laser Regatta (4/21-22), as we have every year since the early 1970s! This year we are going to have to be a little more innovative with the limited space and facilities, we still plan to have a very fun regatta, with great sailing, tough competition, friendly sailors, beautiful spring weather, starts for both Standard and Radial rigs, as well as fun social events after sailing on Saturday.
This year, we will be going over to Steve Cofer’s house after sailing on Saturday (about 1 1/2 miles from SSA) for a BBQ party at a beautiful location. Steve kindly hosted our fleet for our Holiday party, and his house is a beautiful place to host a social event after sailing. We at SSA look forward to hosting many out of town sailors at this event. As in the past, we will try to arrange accommodations for out of town sailors with our local fleet members. If you are interested in housing, please either call Dave Sliom at 443-321-3637 or send him an email at email@example.com
It felt a bit windier at times, but the CBIBS buoy said the steady breeze was about 12-14 and the gusts were around 15-17. Probably says something about unscientific wind speed estimates in Annapolis (and my inability to hike hard for more than 2 minutes at a time). We sailed 6 quick races, and I think 4 of them were triangles with nice fast angles, so everyone got their fix of fast reaching. The waves were a nice change from the flat water of most offshore-breeze frostbite days.
Those who have done more than a couple of TESOD’s probably noticed that the conditions were almost an exact copy of a windy summer Tuesday night. The only difference was that we were in dry suits instead of bare feet…. The similarities were almost uncanny – I used embarrassingly simple tactics the entire day. I started near the left end of the line and sailed to the left in each race. I tacked at, near, or beyond the layline depending on traffic on my windward hip. On the runs, I avoided sailing close to Eastport (to stay in the breeze), which meant staying relatively close to the rhumbline. On the last leg (upwind), sailing all the way to the right often paid, as there is often a geographic right wind shift down in that part of the harbor.
Upwind points: Unlike some recent frostbite days with wind, the chop made it unwise to pinch when overpowered. In flat water, its more acceptable to pinch through the puffs, but today the wind was much steadier so there wasn’t a need to quickly dump power. I was careful to keep the bow down (away from the wind) to keep the boatspeed up, unless the boat to leeward of me dictated otherwise. I used a ton of Cunningham and kept my vang quite tight so that I could ease the mainsheet for extra speed, or to dodge a bad wave. The Cunningham keeps the draft forward but also allows the leech to twist off. This allow the bottom of the sail to be trimmed with more power in the front of the sail. Without the Cunningham, the back of the sail is the only part of the sail pulling, which just makes the windward helm worse. The vang keeps the mast bent when you ease the mainsheet and bends the lower mast much more than the mainsheet alone. I didn’t need to ease the main to dump power very often, but being able to ease sheet and accelerate is a good thing, and I was often sailing below closehauled after going over the port layline. The waves were really only a problem on starboard upwind as the waves were oriented further left than the wind (exactly like TESOD).
On last week’s reaches, it seemed like the boats that made the effort to sail high were rewarded with lots of opportunities to get over the top and make a pass, so I was resolved to stay in the high lane today. I went way too far in one instance when Bryan and I got way off the rhumbline. Today’s waves probably made the difference here – when the angle is right for bearing away onto a wave on the reach, the boat to leeward has an extra opportunity. Some of this week’s reaches were unbelievably epic.
On the runs, the mismatch in wind/wave direction make it relatively easy to sail too far left (looking downwind) because you can sail straight down the wave by the lee (on starboard). Therefore, I worked very hard to catch waves and then surf them towards the right. I took almost every opportunity to do so because it was always easy to bear off by the lee and go fast to secure the inside overlap. This led to lots of big downwind turns (hey, it’s fun when it’s done right).
It was easy to stick the bow into the waves, whether you were going up, down, or across the wind. It’s important to minimize this, though impossible to avoid entirely on a day like today. It takes a long time to drain the cockpit when it fills up and its surprisingly heavy. Upwind, I try to steer around the steep waves when I could, and when you have to go through one, having a bit of heel will allow most of the water to fall off the leeward side of the boat. For those new to the laser, try to learn how to kick water out of your cockpit – it’s faster than waiting for the bailer. You might have to pinch for a second in a stretch of flat water to allow yourself to slide your body inboard. On the runs and reaches, the best thing is to move weight back, and to steer out of the wave. Sneak your weight aft when flying down a big wave, or when you know you’re going to be a in the upcoming moments.
Last point is that nothing helps downwind technique more than getting out there sailing. So try and get out there and do it with others, especially when it’s windy. And talk to others about their experience to learn the little tricks that make you feel comfortable so that you can figure it out.
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|5||183826||Tan, Robert J.||4||9||2||3||5||4||27||5|
|7||9 A||Burley, R. D.||6||5||6||5||2||19/DNF||43||7|
|9||180536||Cold Feet||Cofer, Steven||9||12||8||12||11||10||62||9|
|12||200405 /184472||Parramore, Michael||14||10||11||11||17||7||70||12|
|13||194547||Liana Laser||Caruso, Jeffrey||11||16||12||8||16||12||75||13|
|1||191513 (13)||Beigel, Reid||1||1||1||1||1||1||6||1|
Great conditions greeted sailors this past Sunday, March 4th, in the shadow of the one large construction site that our little corner of Eastport has become. San Fransisco sailors would have called it 12-14 with flat water. Most east coast sailors would have called it 16 with puffs to 20 and some chop. Life-long Annapolitans would say it was 30 with waves…
A couple of quick things:
1. Regardless of the breeze, it was flat water, so if your outhaul wasn’t pegged, you made life hard on yourself. When I watch OCR footage or study the habits of the top sailors in other classes, I find that they are always sailing with flatter foots in their main, especially when it is windy. I’m starting to think that it should be a default setting for most flat water conditions like those that we sail in.
2. Upwind technique in breeze: I know what it looks like… I can even do it for 10-12 second bursts. However, I gave up on ease-hike-trim on the first beat and replaced it with ease-sit-pinch-sit-trim-sit. Now you’re thinking, “Yeah, he’s 205 lbs… mostly in that big head!” and you’re right. The truth is that no matter how hard you hiked, you still needed to find a comfortable medium between ease and pinch so that you could keep the boat semi-flat and moving forward. If your boom was consistently hitting the water upwind or you were really slow and high all day, you need to find this compromise.
3. The vang needs to come off before the windward mark. It was so obvious when you didn’t do it, to the point where people would yell at you because you were jamming up the works. I did it once, and I think I’m pretty lucky not to have broken anything. Luke said that if there had been waves, I would have.
4. The cunningham needs to come off down wind! This moves the draft forward and stabilizes the boat for reaches and runs. You want the deepest part of the sail as close to the mast as possible.
5. Weight back off the breeze, especially on the reaches. On the second reach, I was essentially holding the tiller and sitting on the stern.
6. When the boat starts rocking on the runs, TRIM IN THE MAIN!
7. You could pass people by sailing high on the second reach. Especially, if you timed it correctly with a puff and create enough separation to windward that you couldn’t be challenged without causing a capsize. I found that I could always get back down to the mark, so I never had any fear of adding another jibe to the leg.
8. This brings us to leeward mark roundings… Each one I participated in was terrible. Most of my competitors were equally as bad. Three basic trends developed. Jibe right at the mark and flip. Round up around the mark and flip. Round up around the mark with the main all the way out, go into a death roll, and try to save it with desperate main sheet trim. I got nothing for you here folks, I was the worst.. Ease a little vang before the rounding? Wide turns? Better planning?
9. My board was up six-eight inches off the breeze, mainly because it is loose in the trunk and drives the boat too much when its all the way down. Someone smarter than I would know if it was one of the days where it could have helped to be a couple of inches up going upwind. My inclination is to say no, because these boats don’t plane upwind.
Big thanks to the RC! Great races! Big thanks to Ashley Love for chartering me the boat! (Ashley, stop reading the email…) – Chris Brady
Division: Laser (14 boats)
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|3||157905 A||Field, Jack||1||1||6||4||6||1||19||3|
|6||183826||Tan, Robert J.||5||7||5||5||5||6||33||6|
|7||200405 /184472||Parramore, Michael||10||4||7||6||7||7||41||7|
|8||180536||Cold Feet||Cofer, Steven||6||9||9||7||10||8||49||8|
|10||194547||Liana Laser||Caruso, Jeffrey||15/DNS||11||10||10||8||9||63||10|
|11||178857||Second Life||Glass, Adam W||9||8||13||11||15/DNS||15/DNS||71||11|
Division: Laser Radial (2 boats)
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