|Place||Sail #||Boat||Name||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||R7||R8||R9||R10||R11||R12||Throwout total pts||Fleet|
||Art Lange||- 3||1||1||1||1||1||- 2||- 2||1||1||1||1||9||El Toro|
|2||11868||Short Wave||Paul Zander||1||2||- 3||- 4||- 4||2||1||1||2||2||2||2||15||El Toro|
|3||10540||Malcolm Wilson||2||- 6||- 5||2||3||4||3||4||3||4||3||- 5||28||El Toro|
|4||10324||Dave Groechel||- 5||3||- 6||- 6||5||5||5||3||4||3||5||4||37||El Toro|
|5||11708||Tony Su||6||5||4||5||2||3||4||5||- 9 dnc||- 9 dnc||- 9 dnc||9 dnc||43||El Toro|
|6||0000||Pizza Man||- 7 dns||- 7 dns||- 7 dns||7||6 dns||6 dns||6 dns||6 dns||5 dns||5 dns||6||6 dns||53||El Toro|
|7||0001||John Gliever||- 7 dns||- 7 dns||- 7 dns||7||6 dns||6 dns||6 dns||6 dns||5 dns||5 dns||6||6 dns||53||El Toro|
|8||11458||Art Lewis||4||4||2||3||- 9 dnc||- 9 dnc||- 9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||58||El Toro|
|9||11803||Dan Mills||- 9 dnc||- 9 dnc||- 9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||9 dnc||4||3||70||El Toro|
Week 1 (Sep 20), This evening marked the start of the last series of races at the reservoir. Typically the winds are light and shifty at the end of the season. That is what we got. The first race started upwind toward the dam, round the first mark, run on port gybe, then starboard gybe, then port gybe, then starboard gybe then starboard beat, all the while heading toward next mark. A few moments, some sailors thought about moving to the rail. A lot of moments saw several boats going nowhere. The winds provided a new set of shifts in the second race. BTW, that start was up-wind going away from the dam. With all of the wind changes, every boat changed position several times in each race. One minute one boat was doing well, the next it was stuck while other boats sailed by. Malcolm and Dave are now tied for the 5th quarter. With the light and squirrelly winds typical at the end of the season, anything could happen in the weeks to come.
Week 2 (Sep 27), The winds were actually quite steady and reasonably strong this evening. The leeward mark was set about half the usual distance down the lake. However, we got a late start after some sailors arrived late. Two races were each 1 1/2 laps and ended with a down-wind finish. With 4 races scored, Malcolm looks like he might be the winner for the quarter.
Week 3 (Oct 4), The fifth and last quarter of sailing at Stevens Creek is now half over. Malcolm holds onto a lead for the glass, but Tony had two good races this week and is closing the gap. What Art didn't mention (see below) is that the racing wasn't over until the finish line was crossed. In the last half of the last lag of race 2, three different boats took turns in the lead.
Art Lange wrote:
light nice wind at 5 generally from the north over the top of the dam with 45 degree wind shifts. by the start time at 5:30 lighter wind and light rain starting. (5 boats Art, Paul, Tony, Malcolm and Dave. John G. was on shore under an umbrella taking finishing positions) by end of first race at 6 we had slightly harder rain and lighter shiftier winds. by the end of second race even lighter winds (by then all we could see on the water surface was the rain drops.) In the second race, every minute or two a wind vortex would come through with a big header and then a big lift, so if you tacked with the first header you then had to tack right back again.
Week 4 (Oct 11), This week the sailing was all about the wind shifts. During the countdown for race 1, the direction changed 90 degrees, accompanied by last minute course changes so the first leg would be “up wind”. Most boats started on port tack and made the first mark without tacking. The committee repositioned the start line for the second race. Once it was in place, there was disagreement as to whether we should start on the north or south side of the line. The wind made the argument moot, because it was actually parallel to the line when the gun went off. During both races, there were numerous times when boats changed tack without changing course. The best strategy was to that keeping the boat moving. Only when the boat was moving well, consider if you are the right tack. Besides the wind was sure to change in a minute anyway.
Week 5 (Oct 18), The breeze was very light as we were setting the marks. What there was seemed to be from the west. So the start line was set on the far side of the lake from the launch ramp, and windward marks placed in a few different directions. We were concerned that we might have little or no wind. As it turned out there was pretty good breeze most of the evening.
In race 1, Art went in what seemed to be the wrong direction. Except it got him to the stronger wind faster, and he opened a big lead. The rest of the fleet had competitive racing with positions changing numerous times. For race 2, the wind did not make any major changes, and kept blowing almost until the end. The last hundred yards to the finish were essentially calm, and the places were decided by who maintained the best speed while drifting. At the time, it seemed like drifting, but I am sure I could not swim as fast as the boat was moving through the water.
Week 6 (Oct 25),The 5th and last "quarter" of the 2006 season has finished. The first sailor to arrive and launch his boat was Dan Mills. It was his first race of the season. Good to see you Dan. The breeze was sometimes light and sometimes strong, sometimes warm and sometimes cold, sometimes coming from this direction and sometimes that direction, but it was a breeze. This was a test of skillful sailing, but definitely NOT a bobbing contest. At the end there was a most uncommon condition. The water was smooth as glass, yet everyone was moving well. There was no wind at water level, but halfway up the sails there was a good breeze.
Seven different boats started at least one race. John G, our perennial score keeper, again tied with pizza man. So DNC counted as 9 points this quarter. The number of boats each week ranged from a high of 6 and a low of 4. As could be predicted, Malcolm was the quarter winner, followed by Dave G, and Tony Su.