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BIYC Spring Series Race #3

Written by:martin
Published on April 12th, 2015 @ 14:40:00 , using 279 words
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic, Races
BIYC Spring Series Race #3
16.3 miles, 4:23:27 hrs9.9 miles, 2:35:14 hrs Race OnlyBIYC Spring Race #3Relatively good wind for the race although it was a little shifty getting to Passage Island. Hoisted the spinnaker once I turned north for a great run back to Bowen. The wind really picked up after rounding Bird Islet hitting hull speed for the trip back to Bowen. Interesting time trying to drop the spinnaker in the wind once crossing the finish line. Came in next to last, but it was still a great time out on the water.

Nice Day For A Race
Nice day for a race ... heading out of Snug Cove

North Shore
North Shore mountains are still a little cloudy

Warm Ups
Warm ups ... we are all getting ready for the start

Takaya
Takaya getting ready for the start

Blackheart
Blackheart heading towards the start

1 Minute To Go
1 minute to go for the start and I have a little bit to go to join the rest of the boats

Takaya #2
Takaya crossing the start line ... I'm at the back once again

Wing On Wing
Wing on Wing heading to Bird Islet

Finish Line
After crossing the finish line the wind really picked up and made it really hard to finally drop the spinnaker before returning home. Exciting way to finish the race

BIYC Race #3 - Only The Race
9.9 miles, 2:35:14 hrs BIYC Spring Race #3 Race OnlyRelatively good wind for the race although it was a little shifty getting to Passage Island. Hoisted the spinnaker once I turned north for a great run back to Bowen. The wind really picked up after rounding Bird Islet hitting hull speed for the trip back to Bowen. Interesting time trying to drop the spinnaker in the wind once crossing the finish line. Came in next to last, but it was still a great time out on the water.

BIYC Spring Series Race #2

Written by:martin
Published on March 29th, 2015 @ 15:10:00 , using 408 words
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic, Races

12.9 miles, 4:40:12 hrs
10.0 miles, 3:23:24 hrs (3:06:13 corrected) - Race Only

Bowen Island Spring Series Race #2

Very wet and cold throughout the race with very shifty winds which made the entire race quite difficult. Took 6 1/2 minutes to cross the start line, but was able to catch up to the majority of the boats before getting left behind at Passage Island. Going round Bird Islet was a challenge due to the wind coming straight from the north. Had a lot of difficulty crossing the finish line for the same reason ... took 4 tries to actually get across the line. Came in 8th out of 9 boats in the race, but feel really good for actually finishing.

Spring Series #2
12.9 miles, 4:40:12 hrs10.0 miles, 3:23:24 hrs (3:06:13 corrected) - Race OnlyBowen Island Spring Series Race #2Very wet and cold throughout the race with very shifty winds which made the entire race quite difficult. Took 6 1/2 minutes to cross the start line, but was able to catch up to the majority of the boats before getting left behind at Passage Island. Going round Bird Islet was a challenge due to the wind coming straight from the north. Had a lot of difficulty crossing the finish line for the same reason ... took 4 tries to actually get across the line. Came in 8th out of 9 boats in the race, but feel really good for actually finishing.

Wet
Very wet with water constantly on the lense

Start Line
Looking back at the start line ... I should be there ... no wonder it took me 6 1/2 mins to cross the start line

No Wind
Caught the rest of the boats when the wind died ... then it picked up, but not where I was

Passage Island
Passing Passage Island ... wind dropped and the rain increased

Bird Islet
Passing Bird Islet ... the rain was even harder

Finish Line
Trying to cross the finish line with the wind blowing straight from the north 4th time was a charm

Spring Series 2 Race Only
10.0 miles, 3:23:24 hrs (3:06:13 corrected) - Race OnlyBowen Island Spring Series Race #2 - Race OnlyVery wet and cold throughout the race with very shifty winds which made the entire race quite difficult. Took 6 1/2 minutes to cross the start line, but was able to catch up to the majority of the boats before getting left behind at Passage Island. Going round Bird Islet was a challenge due to the wind coming straight from the north. Had a lot of difficulty crossing the finish line for the same reason ... took 4 tries to actually get across the line. Came in 8th out of 9 boats in the race, but feel really good for actually finishing.

Solo Sail - March 8, 2015

Written by:martin
Published on March 8th, 2015 @ 16:30:00 , using 134 words
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic

9.2 miles, 3:06:58 hours

First time Ecliptic has been out in 2015 and it was a great day out, although it was still a little chilly out on the water. Feel the boat and I am ready for the start of the racing season (next Sunday).

Solo Sail March 3, 2015
9.2 miles, 3:06:58 hoursFirst time Ecliptic has been out in 2015 and it was a great day out, although it was still a little chilly out on the water. Feel the boat and I am ready for the start of the racing season (next Sunday).

Solo Sail
Solo Sailing on a beautiful day in Howe Sound

Whytecliff
Heading towards Whytecliff

Passage Island
Heading towards Passage Island

Bowen
Looking back to Bowen

Howe Sound
Looking up Howe Sound

Heading Home
Heading home to the Bowen Island Marina in Snug Cove after a great sail ... finally someone with a camera to take a picture of me

2015 Bowen Island Yacht Club Polar Bear Sailing Race

Written by:martin
Published on January 1st, 2015 @ 14:41:00 , using 346 words
Posted in Sailing, Races

7.1 miles, 2:41:48 hours
3.0 miles, 1:30:24 hours - Race Only

Annual Bowen Island Yacht Club Race - January 1, 20154 boats showed up for the event, but unfortunately the wind failed to show up which is fairly common for Howe Sound. We had a running start to get some speed up before cutting the engines and setting out under sail. There was some wind for a while on the run down to Passage Island, but after only 1 boat made it round the island we decided to call the race. Still a wonderful day out on the water to start the 2015 Sailing Season.

Frozen Boat
Frozen boat getting ready for the Polar Bear Race

2015 Polar Bear Race
7.1 miles, 2:41:48 hours3.0 miles, 1:30:24 hours - Race OnlyAnnual Bowen Island Yacht Club Race - January 1, 20154 boats showed up for the event, but unfortunately the wind failed to show up which is fairly common for Howe Sound. We had a running start to get some speed up before cutting the engines and setting out under sail. There was some wind for a while on the run down to Passage Island, but after only 1 boat made it round the island we decided to call the race. Still a wonderful day out on the water to start the 2015 Sailing Season.

Queen Of Capilano
Queen of Capilano on the morning run

Waiting For The Start
Waiting for the other boats to get to the start line

Topless
Topless at the start

Merlin
Merlin out in the lead again

The Fleet
Topless and Maco looking for wind closer to Bowen

Merlin
Merlin heading for Passage Island

Captain Jon
The captain hard at work keeping us on course

The Crew
The crew hard at work

2015 Polar Bear Race - Race Only
3.0 miles, 1:30:24 hours - Race OnlyAnnual Bowen Island Yacht Club Race - January 1, 20154 boats showed up for the event, but unfortunately the wind failed to show up which is fairly common for Howe Sound. We had a running start to get some speed up before cutting the engines and setting out under sail. There was some wind for a while on the run down to Passage Island, but after only 1 boat made it round the island we decided to call the race. Still a wonderful day out on the water to start the 2015 Sailing Season.

Bowen Island Yacht Club 2014 - Devils Tankard Race 4

Written by:martin
Published on October 19th, 2014 @ 17:00:00 , using 839 words
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic, Races

Devils Tankard Race #4

20.0 miles, 5:02:44 hours
11.2 miles, 2:31:46 hours (2:18:56 corrected)

Fantastic wind for the final race of the Devils Tankard Series which was hosted by Eagle Harbour, although it was very light at the beginning which made the start interesting with no one actually going the right direction through the start finish. In the light wind I hosted the spinnaker, but on the south side of Passage got knocked down and ended up heading south before I could reel in the sail. I was actually up on the bow thinking about taking down the sail when I got knocked down so I was almost prepared. The wind really picked up going round Bird Island which made the rounding quite hard with 3 other boats retiring from the race due to the conditions. Just after the start of 2nd lap I had to help a small boat (one of dozens knocked down in the conditions) as he lost his keel and was in difficulties. Finished the race 9th out of 12, but since 2 boast weren't registered for the Devils Tankard Series I finished 8th out of 10. Had a great BBQ at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club. The wind kept up for the wing on wing sail home at close to 7 knots. Great way to finish up the racing series tying for 9th out of 9 in the series.

Devils Tankard Race #4
Devils Tankard Race #420.0 miles, 5:02:44 hours11.2 miles, 2:31:46 hours (2:18:56 corrected)Fantastic wind for the final race of the Devils Tankard Series which was hosted by Eagle Harbour, although it was very light at the beginning which made the start interesting with no one actually going the right direction through the start finish. In the light wind I hosted the spinnaker, but on the south side of Passage got knocked down and ended up heading south before I could reel in the sail. I was actually up on the bow thinking about taking down the sail when I got knocked down so I was almost prepared. The wind really picked up going round Bird Island which made the rounding quite hard with 3 other boats retiring from the race due to the conditions. Just after the start of 2nd lap I had to help a small boat (one of dozens knocked down in the conditions) as he lost his keel and was in difficulties. Finished the race 9th out of 12, but since 2 boast weren't registered for the Devils Tankard Series I finished 8th out of 10. Had a great BBQ at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club. The wind kept up for the wing on wing sail home at close to 7 knots. Great way to finish up the racing series tying for 9th out of 9 in the series.

Waiting For The Start
Good turn out although very light wind for the start ... would make it difficult getting to Passage Island

Getting Windy
Rounding Passage Island for the first time after an abortive spinnaker takedown in heavy wind it really started to pick up

Heading To Bird Island
At the back of the pack again, but not giving up ... Bird Island and the other boats are within sight

Poly-Ester
Poly-Ester abandoning the race as the wind and wave got too much for them

Rounding Bird
Rounding Bird Island with the rail firmly in the water ... was an interesting rounding as the wind was coming directly from the south ... came close to the rocks

More Flipped Boats
Several more flipped boats in the background ... good thing I have a heavy boat

Flipped Boat
One of many flipped boats due to the wind. Had to stop racing and go and help this guy as he had lost his keel and rudder. He was unable to get onto the boat and was struggling.

Wing On Wing
After the abortive spinnaker takedown I decided that Wing On Wing would be easier to handle ... sailed back to Bowen at close to 7 knots

Devils Tankard Race #4 - Race Only
Devils Tankard Race #4 - Race Only11.2 miles, 2:31:46 hours (2:18:56 corrected)Fantastic wind for the final race of the Devils Tankard Series which was hosted by Eagle Harbour, although it was very light at the beginning which made the start interesting with no one actually going the right direction through the start finish. In the light wind I hosted the spinnaker, but on the south side of Passage got knocked down and ended up heading south before I could reel in the sail. I was actually up on the bow thinking about taking down the sail when I got knocked down so I was almost prepared. The wind really picked up going round Bird Island which made the rounding quite hard with 3 other boats retiring from the race due to the conditions. Just after the start of 2nd lap I had to help a small boat (one of dozens knocked down in the conditions) as he lost his keel and was in difficulties. Finished the race 9th out of 12, but since 2 boast weren't registered for the Devils Tankard Series I finished 8th out of 10. Had a great BBQ at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club. The wind kept up for the wing on wing sail home at close to 7 knots. Great way to finish up the racing series tying for 9th out of 9 in the series.

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