RC: Wild Thing. A beautiful evening for what may turn out to be the longest race of our season. At 6pm, the breeze was coming from the NNE; at 6:15, it had moved 30° to the right; and then another 30° to the right. So on the third attempt to drop a windward mark, RC set a W-4 course with the mark at 90°, just north of the tip of Long Island. Not your typical Wed night course. Thirteen boats, and they all wanted to start at the pin. A breeze line reached the starting area in the last 30 seconds or so, messing with everyone’s carefully timed run down the line, and causing a massive pile-up at the pin. With the sun glaring directly behind, and the pin itself hidden behind the mass of boats, it was clear that many were over early. Several boats returned and re-started; several did not. On the first upwind leg, most went north on starboard, looking for better pressure and perhaps an oscillation back to the north. Uncle Ludwig was first to round, followed by Stinger, Joia, and then another large group rounding several boatlengths back, including T, Brass Ring, Spirit, Knot on Call and Judy. On the downwind leg, with the breeze shifted a bit to the north, everyone except Brass Ring held starboard and worked their way west. Uncle Ludwig found a private wind line that brought him to the leeward mark well ahead of the next boat, and with a conservative early takedown still rounded at least ten lengths ahead of the next boat, Stinger. A tight group of five followed — Brass Ring, Spirit, Knot on Call, T and woot! Family Feud jibed their spinnaker around the mark and headed upwind on a tight reach, a move that paid off as they advanced on the right side of the course. Judy and Stinger were next to hoist spinnakers as the breeze rotated and eased, and Uncle Ludwig saw their lead evaporate. And then the race reset, with all 13 boats reaching the windward mark together, lined up like a well-spaced start line. Spirit took the outside route around the group and rounded first, followed by Stinger, and that enabled them both to reach the breeze filling in from the northwest. Then it was one long starboard tack to the finish. With the new breeze moving west, Spirit elected to carry their spinnaker, Stinger did not. And the genoa proved to be the right call as Stinger crossed first. Congratulations to all boats for toughing it out on a long, challenging race! After race gathering was at John Carr’s always excellent Adirondack Brew Pub.

Place Boat Skipper SailNum Type PHRF Time Corrected Behind Leader
1 Stinger Alfie Merchant
2598
J/24
171
1:26:07
1:08:10
0
2 Spirit Rodger Voss
1916
J/24
171
1:26:21
1:08:21
11
3 Brass Ring Rik Alexanderson
657
J/22
183
1:31:20
1:11:16
186
4 Fuzzy Logic Christine Lund
867
J/22
183
1:32:15
1:11:59
229
5 Joia Doug Brandow
1040
J/22
183
1:33:03
1:12:36
266
6 Knot on Call Joe Favero
1557
J/22
183
1:33:19
1:12:48
278
6 Wild Thing Spencer Raggio
5
J/80
117
RC
7 Uncle Ludwig Kyle Lavoy
2714
J/24
171
1:32:28
1:13:12
302
8 Night Spirit John Carr
4552
J/24
171
1:32:37
1:13:19
309
9 Judy Ellen Cantrell
2712
J/24
171
1:32:58
1:13:36
326
10 III Russell Merchant
109
J/22
183
1:34:29
1:13:43
333
11 T Christian Wetzel
5284
J/24
171
1:34:38
1:14:55
405
12 Jaded Anonymous
4279
J/24
171
1:42:53
1:21:27
797
13 woot! John Haller
304
J/70
120
1:45:19
1:28:54
1244