Author Topic: Labor Day Regatta - Sept. 4, 2011 (Vipers racing Portsmouth Yardstick!)  (Read 1814 times)

Peter Beardsley

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Something a bit different for WLIS Vipers yesterday at Larchmont for the Labor Day Regatta.  In past years, the participation that weekend had been low with many families on vacation before the school year starts, so the RC decided to make the race around government marks, with all of the local one design classes on the same starting line, same start, one division, racing under Portsmouth Yardstick.  

So we had 5 Vipers (rating: 70.4), 5 Shields (84.9), 5 Hereshoff S-Boats (86.3), 4 IODs (84.2) and 3 Etchells (78.6) duking it out.  SSW breeze, 8-13 kts, some chop.  First leg was a 2.2 nm beat to Prospect Point, first Viper led 2/3s of the way up the beat before being passed by the first Etchells.  Once the Etchells got going, they were really cranking.  Next leg was a 2.8nm close reach to Matinecock Point.  Everyone tried setting kites, but it was way too close an angle, esp. as puffs came out of Hempstead Harbor.  That, combined with difficulty in locating the very small green can on the shore as the next turning mark, with the posted bearing being 10-15 degrees high of the highest course we could sail with the kite, meant it was time to douse.  This was probably the key to the race -- with kites, the Vipers would have really been able to extend, but close reaching with a mix of planing and not planing kept the leadmines in the hunt.  It didn't help that the posted bearing was still wrong for where the mark actually was (ended up being 20 degrees higher), and that as the lead boats, the Vipers sailed a lot of extra distance trying to show the entire fleet where the mark was (which wasn't visible until we were 0.5 nm away from it).

Third leg was a 3.1nm broad reach across the Sound from Matinecock Point on the Long Island shore to Delancy Point on the northern shore.  Vipers were ripping the entire way and extended massively, doing 9-12 kts much of the time, planing across the Sound.  Viper 163 had a massive comeback on the run to round the Delancy can in second, though a tough douse dropped them back behind 159 and 162.  For the record, 121 was sailing two up, which made it tough upwind.  Final leg was a 1.1 nm beat back to the finish.  

Vipers did ok for themselves under Portsmouth, but it was hard to hold time on the Etchells and the Shields thanks to the close reach.  If there was a second real reaching leg, it would have been a non-contest with the Vipers so far in front.  In any case, something different to race Portsmouth -- ok with doing it once a year for kicks.  Results with elapsed and corrected times are posted at http://www.larchmontyc.org/racing/documents/LaborDayRegatta2011_all_LaborDay.pdf
« Last Edit: September 05, 2011, 10:14:19 AM by Peter Beardsley »
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Justin Scott

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Re: Labor Day Regatta - Sept. 4, 2011 (Vipers racing Portsmouth Yardstick!)
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2011, 08:36:47 PM »
Note that Viper has two portsmouth ratings.

The US one is slightly suspect becos they didnt ave data supplied. The RYA rating had 3 years of data as the UK Vipers did a fair amount of PH racing.

Please remember to supply times to USS becos it will update with each piece of data.  Portsmouth is a great rating system and we should help by supplying data as often as possible.
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Peter Beardsley

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Re: Labor Day Regatta - Sept. 4, 2011 (Vipers racing Portsmouth Yardstick!)
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2011, 09:36:00 PM »
What are the two ratings?  70.4 and what's the other one?  I think we could have sailed to the rating had we known where the second mark was, though we also had a perfect start and basically a perfect first beat, a very good third leg on the broad reach, and a very good last beat.  So it's never fun to have to sail a near perfect race (save for that one leg) to sail to a rating.  That said, it seems to match up approximately with the rough PHRF translation.
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Viper 269 "Great Scott!"
Formerly Viper 222 "Ghost Panda" and Viper 161 "Vicious Panda"