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A Fitting Finale For Center Sound Series

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  • A Fitting Finale For Center Sound Series

    Saturday's Three Tree Race concluded Seattle's Corinthian Yacht Club Center Sound Series with the 30 mile, round trip jaunt south on Puget Sound, and as Jan's Marin Pics will attest, it was a pleasant conclusion, with plenty of breeze and sun, sans the drama from a couple weeks past. The fun, with more wind than predicted in reachy conditions, lasted
    some 3.5 hours to 5 plus if you really wanted to push it. And pushing it hard for the days victory was John Buchan's TP 52 Glory taking the season series as well in IRC and
    Bill Weinstein's Riptide 35' Terremotto claiming victory in PHRF NW series title while Brad Butler's Sierra 26' Dos, fresh off the crew rinsing a few weeks prior, had plenty of time
    on the clock to hold on to 1st corrected for the day in PHRF NW

    Bruce Hedrick of Northwest Yachting provides some blow by blow, excuse the pun,
    on the days's event:

    WOW, what a great series and once again Mother Nature decided to be a bit of a contrarian. So what else is new? The Friday Brief had the conditions being predominantly post frontal and as you can see from the graph of conditions at West Point the front went through at around 1700 hrs on Friday, after which the barometer rose like crazy going from 29.94 to 30.33 at 1500 hrs on Saturday. The breeze velocity was really fairly steady over the course of the day until a few higher gusts came through just after 1700 hours on Saturday. All interesting information, however it was different than what we thought would happen on Friday.

    On Saturday morning at 0700 hours when the first drones went out south of Alki the breeze was cranking out of the SW at almost 25 knots with dark, well defined puffs coming across the Sound out of Colvos and out of Rich Passage while the wind was lighter at West Point and more out of the SSW.

    The first clue on Saturday morning that things were not really as forecast was the true wind direction in Shilshole the morning of the race. When it’s truly post-frontal the wind in the marina will be southerly instead it was out of the SSE coming right out of the Ship Canal. The warning lights went on then. Out in the starting area you were seeing a mag wind direction of 140° to 160°M and if you sailed out to the west the wind would clock around to 180° to 190°M. The tide was also ebbing early in the starting area so coming off the line near the boat end with clear air was a gain. The boats that were forced to tack to port and head out into the increasing ebb tide fell behind those that were able to go all the way into the breakwater and then tack. Those that were able to do that were able to lay West Point in one tack. They also got the port tack lifting puffs first, stayed out of the tide and generally made gains on those who went out early.

    At West Point the ebb was rolling so it paid to hold port tack out into the Sound rather than tack immediately into Elliott Bay especially because with the wind NOT from the SW, port tack was very slightly favored. By about mid-Sound the ebb was almost neutral and you began to see a few of the early starting boats that had gone across the Sound to the Bainbridge shore where tacking on a very pronounced WSW breeze and going straight down the course on starboard tack. One big hint that this might work was that Dos the little Sierra 26 rocketship was over there and that is the boat’s home water.

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    Last edited by Photoboy; 04-02-2015, 10:57 PM.
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  • #2
    Beautiful day on the water! The wind gods made up for last year. Great race to finish the series!


    • #3
      Nice writeup and photos.. Thanks!

      (It's Bruce Hedrick, not Bill Hendrick)
      1987 Canadian Sailcraft 36 Merlin
      Edmonds, Washington
      Salish Sea