And the winner is…. Not me. Not yet any way.
I sailed in the Pumpkin Regatta today at Fanshawe Yacht Club. Races started around 11 am and I was off the water by 4:30 after sailing in 4 races and stopping for lunch mid way. I finished them all too! I was put in the keelboat class this time. I was asked before the race by the organizer which class I wanted to sail in. I said keel boat.
There were a lot of boats out for this regatta with a bunch of them from other clubs. One as far away as Sudbury Ont! I saw 4 Y Flyers I had never seen and at least 3 Wayfarers from other clubs. There was even a 29er and a Phantom. (All much faster than a Siren 17.)
I didn’t come last even once today! That’s a huge improvement over every other race I have been in with the Siren 17 to date. I really did well on the first 2 races and not so bad in the last two.
I need to work on the start line. I found myself being stuck in wind shadows at the start on the last two races.
It was windy today too. That really helped me because the Siren is a dog in light air. The wind was forecast 10-14 knots in the am and 11-17 in the afternoon.
I think it was a bit stronger than that this afternoon. It really picked up on the last race. So much that I had water coming into the cockpit from over the sides. That was with the main all the way out and flagging and the jib most of the way out. I let it out some more to get back on my feet again.
It was so gusty that 4 Lazers went over all at the same time! I was beating into the big gusty stuff and not making as good a headway as I thought I would. I thought the Siren would do a bit better in heavy wind. It could be my home made sails though.
After I rounded the mark I was wing on wing going dead down wind and having a great ride. Probably going as fast as this boat has ever gone before. I didn’t check my gps as I threw it in the cabin after I got water in the cockpit. I had it hooked to a hiking strap so it was very close to the floor of the cockpit and the water that was sloshing around.
One thing I noticed on this crazy fast downwind ride was the forestay was loose! Yea loose!
My Siren is a 1975 and it doesn’t have a back stay. (Not many did as it was a special order item.) I am glad I removed and re-riveted the side stays and the forestay when I bedded everything with Butyl tape! I know they wouldn’t have take the punishment that today was giving out.
After the racing there was a turkey dinner put on by the Hurst family (Of which Brian is the Commodore this year.) in the club house. It was packed. About 80 people or more enjoyed a lovely dinner. I went home after the racing and picked up Heidi and Jasmine for dinner.
At dinner one of the crew from another boat told me that I may have a chance of winning the regatta… (I’m not sure…) He said that after all the times are corrected that I have probably got a good chance. (I’m still not sure…) I am classified as a keel boat in the open keel-boat class… My PHRF # is 279 without a spinnaker. The highest of all the boats that I raced against today. (Maybe…)
I’m going to let the race committee do the math and will go from their.