Sailing Event Log: Fleet Racing
Event: 2009 Great Herring Pond Open
Date: October 17, 2009
A:Peggy Tautz/Sally Levinson (3rd )
B: Renne Gange/ Midori Tanaka (9th )
Course: Course 5
Conditions: N wind right down the lake starting at 12-15 with gusts to 20 and some lulls, it
built to 15-20 in the afternoon. It was shifty and puffy.
Notes: The race management did not change the course once, so picking the favored side of the
course/line was certainly an advantage while sailing.
Boat Handling / Speed
420’s: it was a good regatta to practice our
420 boat speed.
It was important to remember it was not an
FJ : so we followed two rules:
o Don’t pinch
o Ease main!
• Boat handling in wind
• playing the shifts smart
Each race people bunched up at the boat since it
was normally favored, however we started middle
pin and was able to start at full speed most races.
The middle-right side of the course was favored
all day. After the starting not tacking and going
straight up the lake on starboard was really fast.
Once you were at least half way up, you could
start playing the shifts more. The course got really
shifty at the top mark making it imperative to have
good boat handling
Downwind was a little more tricky and required
thought about where the puffs were coming from
and immediately thinking about what side of the
line you were to finish on. Following the tell tales
Always not sailing too by-the-lee which is
was•also helpfulgetting a good start
• Keeping head out the boat (especially in the
not as fast.
• Choosing the right jibe/side of the finish
line to be on at the end of the race