Thursday, November 26, 2009

Windy day for Fall Series 4 Sunday, November 15

Sunday was so windy that even deploying two anchors in-line with 430 feet of rode out didn't completely prevent dragging. During the race, I had to use the tiller to steer to boat to reduce sideways swinging and dragging, then move the boat upwind to restore the finish line to a reasonable geometry. After the race, it was so gusty and rough that, without a boat hook, we were afraid we'd be unable to retrieve the pin buoy but we managed to use the anchor to grab it. Average winds for Sunday's race, which only a few boats even tried, were about 20 mph, but gusts were well into the 30's.


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