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).
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.
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.
9.6 miles, 4:43:41 hrs
7.0 miles, 3:52:21 (Race Only)
Typical for the fall series with no or intermittent wind throughout the race. Caught up on the fast boats a couple of times, but the run from Bird Islet to the finish line was a drift rather than a race. At least I made it across the finish line within the 4 hr time limit for the race. Crossed the finish line 10th out of 10 boats.
Bowen Island Yacht Club Devil's Tankard Race #2
10.3 miles, 4:54:40 hrs
7.1 miles, 3:17:20 hrs (Race Only - 3:00:39 hrs corrected)
Starting to be typical for the the fall series of races with very light wind at the start. Got behind quickly and was still north of Passage Island with everyone else in the race round the island. Managed to catch 3 boats in the run north to the finish line. Crossed 8th out of 11