Smooth to choppy seas, with a another great fleet turnout, highlighted this weeks North Sea Open Regatta. The North Sea regions started out relatively well behaved but got finicky towards the end of the small boats portion, as four DNFs (Did Not Finish) were recorded, three due to skipper crashes with the fourth due to a skipper pulling her boat right after the start. The choppy weather subsided for the big boat portion, as only two DNFs were recorded, one owing to a skipper crash and another from a skipper again pulling her boat right after the start. The crowds gathered on both the Poseidon Centre Spectator Pier and small racing dock, in the Eden Jakana region, and along the beaches of the islands in the Ziziphus and Genip regions, were treated to some close exciting racing from this weeks skippers.
This weeks small boat fleet, sailing on the North Sea Triple Pink course, was comprised of a split majority of five The Mesh Shop (TMS) Nacra 17s and five Bandit IFs, three sailing single-handed and two sailing with crew respectively. Two TMS Flying Shadows, one sailing with crew and one sailing single-handed, two Bandit 25Rs, and one TMS Sea Boss -Rider1 rounded out this weeks small boat fleet. Meanwhile, the big boat fleet, sailing on the North Sea Outer Inner Lop (OIL) course, was comprised of a slim majority of three Wildwind Open 60s. Two TMS Pacha 110s, two TMS Volvo Open 70s, one ACA33, one Wildwind AC-62, and one ReneMarine J-Class rounded out this weeks big boat fleet.
1Note: As of the publication of this post, The Mesh Shop (TMS) Sea Boss – Rider has been added to the North Sea Handicap Table with a value of 0.73. Thanks to ViV (vivipezz Resident) for completing several runs on North Sea Olympic Course (Long) to help establish this handicap.
Race Director: Cryptic
Wind: SW (225°) 18kts
Did Not Finish (DNF) = number of finish +1
Did Not Start (DNS) = number of start +1
Today’s winner was Julie (JulieRoyale Resident), with Teagan (Teagan Snowpaw) second, and Lalia (LaliaCasau Resident) in third place. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who came to sail and spectate and to the SLCG for helping with racing duties.
ViV (vivipezz Resident) and Cole (Colette Verino) both finished tied with 14 points. Rule A8.1 of Guidance on Scoring under Appendix A to the Rules of Sailing is used to break this tie:
“If there is a series score tie between two or more boats, each boat’s race scores shall be listed in order of best to worst, and at the first point(s) where there is a difference the tie shall be broken in favour of the boat(s) with the best score(s). No excluded scores shall be used.“
|Skipper||Best Finish||Next Best Finish|
With the race results rearranged in best to worst finish order, per A8.1, the tie breaks in ViV’s favor with having a third place finish over Cole’s fourth place finish as her best.
Fabber (Fabber Resident) and Jenna (jnx1e Resident) finished tied with 18 points. As they both have duplicate finishes, Rule A8.2 of Guidance on Scoring under Appendix A to the Rules of Sailing is used to break this tie:
“If a tie still remains between two or more boats, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race. Any remaining ties shall be broken by using the tied boats’ scores in the next-to-last race and so on until all ties are broken. These scores shall be used even if some of them are excluded scores.“
|Skipper||Race 1||Race 2|
In the last race, Fabber breaks the tie with Jenna with his seventh place finish over Jenna’s eleventh place finish.
Diana (Dianafra Allen) and Shadow (Shadow McConach) both finished tied with 21 points. As the both finished with the exact same finishes, DNFs (Did Not Finish) in each portion respectively, neither Rule A8.1 or Rule A8.2 of Guidance on Scoring under Appendix A to the Rules of Sailing will satisfy breaking their tie. Therefore, Diana and Shadow remain tied in twelfth place overall.
Tara (Zella Ansar) and Rugger (ruggeromare Resident) both finished tied with 23 points. As the both finished with the exact same finishes, a DNF (Did Not Finish) during the small boat portion and a DNS (Did Not Start) during the big boat portion respectively, neither Rule A8.1 or Rule A8.2 of Guidance on Scoring under Appendix A to the Rules of Sailing will satisfy breaking their tie. Therefore, Tara and Rugger remain tied in thirteenth place overall.
Thanks y’all for another fun day at the races!
I am actually surprised I fared so well, as this course was tough on the Seaboss Rider with so few reaching time… Beginner’s luck, I guess!
This is easier to ride than you think, just (very) different handling! All you need are the 4 arrow keys, the trick being that up/down keys are not trimming the sail but helping with direction as explained in the manual: up to bear away, down to luff up.
Only when you get in the “irons” zone as you tack you use left/right arrows to complete the turn. So, you press the down key to luff up, then either left/right to pass head-to-wind, then you bear away to about 35-40 AWA with the up arrow key.
Similar actions when you gybe downwind: up arrow to bear down, left/right to pass downwind, down arrow to luff up to about 130-135 AWA to resume your broad reach.
Page Up/Down can be used for fine trimming to gain a little extra speed sometimes. Be aware that it will affect your direction as well like the up/down arrows.