Sailing Event Log: Fleet Racing
Event: 2009 Protest Trophy/Southern Series 5
Date: October 10-11
A:Meghan Pesch/Midori Tanaka (9th)
B: Henry Blanchette/ Steve Janick (3rd)
Course: W4 with windward offset and gate
Conditions: NW wind starting around 5-7 and building to 20 with about 1 ft chop.
Current was present going down the course (same direction as the wind)
Notes: Coast guard has 2 fleets of boats, and so for this event, we didn’t have any off-sets.
Thus, make sure to bring any changes of gear, food, or water out with you in your boat at the
beginning of the day.
Boat Handling / Speed
420’s: planing whenever possible in the
FJ’s: adjusting the vang/Cunningham/
centerboard height to increase or decrease
stability downwind depending on the wind
we were in
Rolling hard and being aggressive with the
boat through transitions and mark roundings
• Coming up with a plan and executing
• playing main and jib in unison in puffs to
keep the boat flat
There was a good amount of line sag because of
the current. Having a line sight was awesome and
gave us the ability to have a really good lane.
As the day progressed, and the current got a bit
stronger. Going to the left (towards the boathouse)
and getting out of the current definitely paid.
Further, there were shifts coming off the land that
were nice lifts to the mark.
looking for where the puffs were coming down
was really helpful. Since the windward mark was
positioned just to leeward of this huge barge, big
gusts would drop down and hit the water just
above the windward mark. Looking for where
these were going and getting to the extra pressure
• keeping head out of the boat to fleet. for
helped with passing people in the closewatch While
puffs so we aren’t caught off guard
many of the boats seemed to go into the middle
• staying in phase while getting where we
want to on the course(goes hand in able
of the river to catch the most current, I washand
with getting head out of the boat)
to keep up and have my own lane by staying in
the above mentioned puffs that were closer to the