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Eagle Harbour Singlehanded Sailing Race

Written by:martin
Published on June 22nd, 2014 @ 13:45:00 , using 441 words, 194 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic, Races

16.9 miles, 6:32:21 hrs

8.4 miles, 3:08:55 hrs (2:55:23 hrs corrected) - Race Only

Eagle Harbour Singlehanded Race which proved to be a classic Howe Sound race with the wind disappearing on the trip to Eagle Harbour and just before the start. On the trip to Eagle Harbour the current pushed me backwards as I tried to sail past Bird Island. This resulted in taking 32 minutes to cross the start line as we drifted backwards after the gun went off. The wind picked up in patches to make it a race after all. There still wasn't enough wind to complete a full twice around the course, but we looped round Bird Island. Great BBQ at the club house. Finished 3rd out of 3 in division B and 6th out of 8 in the entire race. Fantastic summer day racing.

Eagle Harbour Singlehanded Race
16.9 miles, 6:32:21 hrs8.4 miles, 3:08:55 hrs (2:55:23 hrs corrected) - Race OnlyEagle Harbour Singlehanded Race which proved to be a classic Howe Sound race with the wind disappearing on the trip to Eagle Harbour and just before the start. On the trip to Eagle Harbour the current pushed me backwards as I tried to sail past Bird Island. This resulted in taking 32 minutes to cross the start line as we drifted backwards after the gun went off. The wind picked up in patches to make it a race after all. There still wasn't enough wind to complete a full twice around the course, but we looped round Bird Island. Great BBQ at the club house. Finished 3rd out of 3 in division B and 6th out of 8 in the entire race. Fantastic summer day racing.

Starting To Tack
Passing through the start finish line I need to quickly tack to start the 2nd lap

Tack Almost Complete
The tack is almost complete ... just need to grind the sail in

Tack Is Complete
The tack is complete ... now I can head off for the 2nd lap

Starting The 2nd Lap
The tack is complete ... time to turn north for the final lap

Eagle Harbour Singlehanded Race Route
8.4 miles, 3:08:55 hrs (2:55:23 hrs corrected)Eagle Harbour Singlehanded Race which proved to be a classic Howe Sound race with the wind disappearing on the trip to Eagle Harbour and just before the start. On the trip to Eagle Harbour the current pushed me backwards as I tried to sail past Bird Island. This resulted in taking 32 minutes to cross the start line as we drifted backwards after the gun went off. The wind picked up in patches to make it a race after all. There still wasn't enough wind to complete a full twice around the course, but we looped round Bird Island. Great BBQ at the club house. Finished 3rd out of 3 in division B and 6th out of 8 in the entire race. Fantastic summer day racing.

Round Bowen Sailing Race - 2014

Written by:martin
Published on June 14th, 2014 @ 13:41:00 , using 713 words, 9 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic, Races

23.2 miles, 4:29:28 hrs

19.0 miles, 3:41:03 hours (about 3:25 corrected) - Race Only

Great day out on the water clocking the fastest time Round Bowen for the Ecliptic. Took Agnieszka, Sean and Suzan as crew and we all performed well averaging 5.16 knots for the race ... not bad for an old slow boat. Didn't even have a chance to raise the spinnaker since we were averaging 7 knots south of Bowen just with the jib and main. Now I just need to fix the boat as we took on about 100 gallons of water from some leak, broke the baby stay and the radar reflector ... but it is an old boat.

Poster
Poster for the 2014 Round Bowen Race

Round Bowen 2014 - Route
23.2 miles, 4:29:28 hrs19.0 miles, 3:41:03 hours (about 3:25 corrected) - Race OnlyGreat day out on the water clocking the fastest time Round Bowen for the Ecliptic. Took Agnieszka, Sean and Suzan as crew and we all performed well averaging 5.16 knots for the race ... not bad for an old slow boat. Didn't even have a chance to raise the spinnaker since we were averaging 7 knots south of Bowen just with the jib and main. Now I just need to fix the boat as we took on about 100 gallons of water from some leak, broke the baby stay and the radar reflector ... but it is an old boat.

Round Bowen 2014 - Race Route
19.0 miles, 3:41:03 hours (about 3:25 corrected time)Great day out on the water clocking the fastest time Round Bowen for the Ecliptic. Took Agnieszka, Sean and Suzan as crew and we all performed well averaging 5.16 knots for the race ... not bad for an old slow boat. Didn't even have a chance to raise the spinnaker since we were averaging 7 knots south of Bowen just with the jib and main. Now I just need to fix the boat as we took on about 100 gallons of water from some leak, broke the baby stay and the radar reflector ... but it is an old boat.

Waiting For The Start
Some of the 140 boats in the race including a 16ft dingy and a 19ft yawl

Waiting For The Start
Part of the 140 strong fleet amassing for the start

Il Moro
Il Moro is an ex-America's Cup racer that is 72 ft long. It would go round the island in 2:25, but due to it's PHRF would have an adjusted time slower than the Ecliptic.

Racing A Dingy
Racing this 16 ft dingy the entire way round Bowen. Although they would finish just sightly behind us with their PHRF adjustment applied their corrected time would be almost double ours.

Sean
Sean resting before the race started

Crew
Agneizska and Suzan enjoying a few calm minutes before the start of the race

We Are Off
As typical for Bowen Island Races the wind drops suddenly just at the start of the race.

Captain Sean
Sean captaining the boat as we started to pick up speed

Getting Some Speed
Shortly after the start of the race the wind picked up and so did the speed.

Heeling Hard
Heeling hard as the wind picked up just after the start of the race. We would be racing over 6 knots towards Cowan Point.

Wing On Wing South Of Bowen
Stuck close to the shore as we sailed south of Bowen. Wing on Wing with no need for the spinnaker as we were sailing about 7 knots.

Heading North
Heading north just past Cape Roger Curtis. Takaya in the distance after shredding their spinnaker when the wind picked up.

Far Side Of Bowen
Good winds for a change the far side of Bowen.

Close
Haven't had to race this close to this many other boats in a race ... what an experience.

Close Racing
Had a close race with this bigger boat for a while on the far side of Bowen

Agneizska
Her first time on a sailboat and she is in a race with 140 boats

Radar Reflector
The radar reflector should be about 20 ft up the backstay not this far down.

Drag Race
Top side of Bowen was a drag race switching positions with this and other boats

Heading To The Finish
Sailing hard to the finish with about 100 gallons of extra water on made for an interesting time.

Heading To The Finish
Shot from a boat on the finish line as we are on our way in

Lark
Lark would beat me by 2 seconds, but would be disqualified for hitting another boat.

Water In The Boat
When heeled to port the poor Ecliptic was taking on so much water that the bilge pump couldn't keep up. Took had to pump out about 100 gallons of water at the dock. Found that there was a pipe disconnected under the engine that worked as a syphon.

41st Annual RNSA Singlehanded Race

Written by:martin
Published on June 7th, 2014 @ 09:36:00 , using 442 words, 45 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic, Races

The entire weekend of sailing for the Single Handed Race 85.5 miles, 21:31:36 hours

Not too much wind as usual for the trip to Nanaimo (red) 42.9 miles, 12:57:00 (27 miles, 8:24:00 hours race only) resulting in a DNF (Did Not Finish) which is becoming a pattern for the race. It did make the start interesting with everyone drifting over the start line, then drifting around Cape Roger Curtis and having the wind completely die at the finish line.

The trip home (blue) 42.6 miles, 8:34:36 hours (31 miles, 5:55:43 hrs race only) was much better with great wind for most of the trip resulting in hitting 7 knots over ground for the run into the finish. All in all a fantastic weekend

41st Annual RNSA Singlehanded Race
41st Annual RNSA Singlehanded Race to and from Nanaimo June 7th & 8th, 2014

41st Annual RNSA Singlehanded Race Route - Race Only
Not too much wind as usual for the trip to Nanaimo (magenta) 27 miles, 8:24:00 hours resulting in a DNF (Did Not Finish) which is becoming a pattern for the race. It did make the start interesting with everyone drifting over the start line, then drifting around Cape Roger Curtis and having the wind completely die at the finish line.The trip home (yellow) 31 miles, 5:55:43 hrs was much better with great wind for most of the trip resulting in hitting 7 knots over ground for the run into the finish. There is always next year to actually make the finish line in the first race

RNSA Singlehanded Race Start
The start of the race to Nanaimo ... we aren't going anywhere

Takaya
Racing Takaya to Cape Roger Curtis

Finish Line Day 1
Finish line at Snake Island just outside of Nanaimo .... about an hour after the race ended

Takaya - Leaving Nanaimo
The start of the race from Nanaimo ... lots of wind ... Takaya is hot on my heels

Takaya - Passing me
Being passed ... Takaya would beat me by 30 minutes in the race, but due to the rating of the boat my corrected time would be faster

Passing the QA buoy
Rounding the QA mark to port ... 1 boat didn't

Finish Line Day 2
Finish line off UBC ... hey there is still a race on

BC Ferries
Coastal Renaissance comes close

41st Annual RNSA Singlehanded Race Route
The entire weekend of sailing for the Single Handed Race 85.5 miles, 21:31:36 hoursNot too much wind as usual for the trip to Nanaimo (red) 42.9 miles, 12:57:00 (27 miles, 8:24:00 hours race only) resulting in a DNF (Did Not Finish) which is becoming a pattern for the race. It did make the start interesting with everyone drifting over the start line, then drifting around Cape Roger Curtis and having the wind completely die at the finish line.The trip home (blue) 42.6 miles, 8:34:36 hours (31 miles, 5:55:43 hrs race only) was much better with great wind for most of the trip resulting in hitting 7 knots over ground for the run into the finish. All in all a fantastic weekend

Participant In The 41st Annual RNSA Singlehanded Race
Participant once again in a wonderful race

Taking Ecliptic To Race Rocks For Cleaning

Written by:martin
Published on June 4th, 2014 @ 09:47:00 , using 97 words, 15 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic

8.9 miles, 3:26:48 hours including a 40 minute stop over at Race Rocks to clean off the crud off the bottom of the boat. Great wind on the way back resulted in about 6 knots heading back to Snug Cove. The boat "felt" faster and is ready for the race this weekend.

To Race Rocks For Cleaning
8.9 miles, 3:26:48 hours including a 40 minute stop over at Race Rocks to clean off the crud off the bottom of the boat. Great wind on the way back resulted in about 6 knots heading back to Snug Cove. The boat "felt" faster and is ready for the race this weekend.

Saturday Sail Into English Bay

Written by:martin
Published on May 31st, 2014 @ 13:25:00 , using 48 words, 7 views
Posted in Sailing, Ecliptic

13.1 miles, 3:44:19 hrs

Wonderful Saturday afternoon sail out although there was a "slight" problem setting the spinnaker. Saw a few cruise ships. Summer is here!

May 31 Solo Sail
13.1 miles, 3:44:19 hrsWonderful Saturday afternoon sail out although there was a "slight" problem setting the spinnaker. Saw a few cruise ships. Summer is here!

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