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Bowen Island Yacht Club 2014 - Devils Tankard Race 3

Written by:martin
Published on October 5th, 2014 @ 16:07:00 , using 289 words, 190 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic, Races

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.

Devils Tankard 2014 Race 3
9.6 miles, 4:43:41 hrs7.0 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.

Devils Tankard 2014 Race 3 - Race Only
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.

Low Tide
Low tide heading out for the race

The Start Line
Warming up for the start ... the other 9 competitors

Passage Island
Catching up on the fast boats at Passage Island

Rounding Passage Island
Rounding Passage Island

Rounding Passage Island
Rounding Passage Island ... the leaders are in sight

Coming Up On Bird
Catching up on the fast boats at Bird Islet ... it would be short lived as the wind died just past the island

Whytecliff Park
Getting close to Whytecliff Park as I start to drift more than sailing

Finish Line
Coming up on the finish line ... finally

High Tide
Can hardly see the rocks now

Bowen Island Yacht Club 2014 - Devils Tankard Race 2

Written by:martin
Published on September 28th, 2014 @ 14:00:00 , using 259 words, 8 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic, Races

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

Devils Tankard 2014 Race 2
Bowen Island Yacht Club Devil's Tankard Race #210.3 miles, 4:54:40 hrs7.1 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

Warm ups
Getting into position for the start ... NO WIND

The Start
Looks like a typical Bowen Island Yacht Club fall race ... NO wind

Finally Not In Last
Finally not in last place as I get into 10th place

Into 9th Place
Catching 9th place as we are heading to Bird Islet

Wing On Wing To The Finish
Wing on Wing all the way to the finish line

Catching 8th Place
Catching 8th place shortly after rounding Bird Islet

Devils Tankard 2014 Race 2 - Race Only
Bowen Island Yacht Club Devil's Tankard Race #2 - Race Only7.1 miles, 3:17:20 hrs (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.

Dive For Debris September 2014

Written by:martin
Published on September 27th, 2014 @ 10:27:00 , using 64 words, 9 views
Posted in Bowen

September 2014 Dive for Debris - Deep Bay Cleanup

688 lbs of trash cleaned up off the bottom

Dive For Debris September 2014
Volunteers in the Dive for Debris cleanup of Deep Bay

Blackeyes
Divers down behind Blackeyes

Diver bubbles
Divers going down the mooring bouy

Landing Craft
Landing craft storming the beaches of Bowen

Landing Craft
Landing craft on the shore

First Load
First load of debris off the floor of Deep Bay ... there would be 688 lbs of trash collected

Solo Sail - September 20, 2014

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Published on September 20th, 2014 @ 19:34:00 , using 210 words, 174 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic

30.7 miles, 07:18:05 hrs

Fantastic day out on the water sailing into the Strait of Georgia. Fantastic wind for most of the trip, although at times it was too much. On one tack the baby stay broke in the wind and I spent 20 minutes bouncing on the bow trying to salvage parts ... more fixing for next week. Great weather for the middle of September.

Freighter
Freighter in Howe Sound almost looking like it is going to run the sail boat down

Looking Back
Looking back as the wind picks up and the boat starts to heel

Broken Baby Stay
On the last tack the Baby Stay broke ... more fixing next week

On The Bow
On the bow for about 20 minutes salvaging bits of the baby stay. Got very wet with the waves coming over the bow

Popham Island
Popham Island in the distance

September Sun
Beautiful September Sun

Fixed Baby Stay
The baby stay is fixed and attached to the boat just like it should be

Solo Sail - September 20, 2014
30.7 miles, 07:18:05 hrsFantastic day out on the water sailing into the Strait of Georgia. Fantastic wind for most of the trip, although at times it was too much. On one tack the baby stay broke in the wind and I spent 20 minutes bouncing on the bow trying to salvage parts ... more fixing for next week. Great weather for the middle of September.

2014 BIYC Devils Tankard Race #1

Written by:martin
Published on September 14th, 2014 @ 14:38:00 , using 689 words, 65 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic, Races

17.1 miles, 5:39:56 hours

9.7 miles, 3:17:54 hours, 3:01:11 corrected (Race Only)

As typical for a Bowen Race there was great wind from the north before the start with a forecast for light wind in the late morning. Just as the race was starting the wind on the left of the start line died and switched to the south. I was left watching the other 8 boats sailing over the start line. Took about 15 minutes to actually cross the start line and join the race. As soon as I was over I hoisted the spinnaker for the run into Cates Bay. Managed to almost catch the next to last boat in Cates Bay, but dropping the spinnaker in the water lost a lot of time. Had a decent run down to Bird Island and then hoisted the spinnaker for a wing on wing run to the finish. Crossed the line 9th out of 9 ... better than saying last. Still a great day out on the water for the middle of September

Good Wind
Blowing around 20 knots made the warm ups exciting

Warm up before the start
Getting some good practice before the race starts ... unfortunately the wind would quit before the race started

Good Wind Before The Start
As is usually the case with the Bowen Island Yacht Club races there is good wind before the start, but often dies before or shortly after the start.

The Start
Just after the start the wind died, although all the other boats were still in wind while I just sat there drifting over the start line.

Spinnaker From The Bow
With a constant wind and the rope on the tiller I was able to view the spinnaker from the bow for a change

Next To Last
30 minutes into the race and I'm so far behind. I'm in an inflow with the spinnaker up heading for the windward mark. Most of the other racers are in an outflow beating into the wind. Love sailing in Howe Sound.

Cates Bay
Heading into Cates Bay chasing next to last position. This was the windward mark and I was heading in with the spinnaker up.

Bird Islet
Rounding Bird Islet still in last place, but closer

Wing On Wing
Wing on Wing with the spinnaker all the way from Bird Islet to the finish line.

The Finish Line
About to finally cross the finish line with the spinnaker still up

Devils Tankard 2014 Race 1
17.1 miles, 5:39:56 hours9.7 miles, 3:17:54 hours, 3:01:11 corrected (Race Only)As typical for a Bowen Race there was great wind from the north before the start with a forecast for light wind in the late morning. Just as the race was starting the wind on the left of the start line died and switched to the south. I was left watching the other 8 boats sailing over the start line. Took about 15 minutes to actually cross the start line and join the race. As soon as I was over I hoisted the spinnaker for the run into Cates Bay. Managed to almost catch the next to last boat in Cates Bay, but dropping the spinnaker in the water lost a lot of time. Had a decent run down to Bird Island and then hoisted the spinnaker for a wing on wing run to the finish. Crossed the line 9th out of 9 ... better than saying last. Still a great day out on the water for the middle of September

Devils Tankard 2014 Race 1 - Race Only
9.7 miles, 3:17:54 hours, 3:01:11 correctedAs typical for a Bowen Race there was great wind from the north before the start with a forecast for light wind in the late morning. Just as the race was starting the wind on the left of the start line died and switched to the south. I was left watching the other 8 boats sailing over the start line. Took about 15 minutes to actually cross the start line and join the race. As soon as I was over I hoisted the spinnaker for the run into Cates Bay. Managed to almost catch the next to last boat in Cates Bay, but dropping the spinnaker in the water lost a lot of time. Had a decent run down to Bird Island and then hoisted the spinnaker for a wing on wing run to the finish. Crossed the line 9th out of 9 ... better than saying last. Still a great day out on the water for the middle of September

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