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Date Race Fleet Overall
May      

25-26

Windancer Practice

 

 
June      
8-9 Boater's World

1

 
14-16 Chicago NOOD

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26 Tripp Memorial

6

 

28 Queens Cup

5

5

July      

13-15

Port Huron Mackinac

7

7

20-22

Chicago Mackinac

DNF

 

24-25

Bay Harbor

DNR

 
August      

9

Clipper Cup

DNR

 

16-18

Verve Cup

 

 
September      

8/31-1

Governor's Cup

DNR

 

7

Anchorage Cup

DNR

 

Race Log

 

Windancer Practice

Memorial Day weekend arrived with the crew anxious to get back on the water.  The plan was to do sail testing and get some warm up around the buoys work with the Muskegon Yacht Club fleet.

Saturday turned out to be a nasty day with strong winds from the East and Northeast.  The weather also provided rain and sleet throughout the day.  The high winds prevented much sail testing, but the crew did get in a race around the buoys.  Kudo's to the MYC race committee for persevering in such nasty weather.

Sunday was drier, but to compensate windier.  At race time, gusts were topping 35 knots!  Nonetheless, the race was started.  Windancer completed 3 legs before a rip in the mainsail forced a withdrawal.

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Boater's World

While some of the GL70s raced the "made for North Sails" BISMIC in Sheboygan, Windancer joined Pied Piper and Holua in Chicago for the Boaters World regatta.  The following account is provided by Jim Key:

For those of you who were not on the boat this past weekend. We had good weather and new but good crew. We missed the experience of all of you regulars. We had 3 race Saturday and Piper and Holua and Windancer started the first race and Piper dropped out. She only started so we could have a class start. Holua won the first race. Our spinnaker sets were a bit slow and so was my attention to speed and trimming. Four of our cockpit crew were under 16. Race two was Windancer over early by a --- hair. But we won because Houla got board and left. Race 3 Windancer owned the start and finished first. Also last, only one boat in the race. Sunday race 4 same results as race three.

Weather was sunny and 80s and shorts and tees were the dress code for most.11 to 18 knots for most of the races.

Thanks for the update Jim!

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Chicago NOOD

This years Chicago Yacht Club NOOD Regatta saw Windancer demonstrating excellent boat speed, especially downwind.  Unfortunately a couple of bad breaks produced results not as good as they could have been.

On Friday, Race 1 started with breezes in the 15 knot range.   Windancer was fast with a number 3 in the flat water.  As the fleet approached the downwind finish, a last minute wind shift took Windancer from a possible 3rd to a 6th.  That wind shift indicated the arrival of a series of squalls that ended racing for the day.

On Saturday, the breeze was fresher.  In the first race of the day Windancer had problems getting clean air off the start line and overall didn't have the best race.  The second race saw winds approaching 25 knots, but in spite of the wind, Windancer had great boat speed and was well positioned in the fleet.  At the second upwind mark, a big wind shift came in resulting in a confused chute set and quick gibe.  Some gusts came in during the gibe and knocked the boat over before the gibe was complete.  The boat stayed over for a good 20 to 30 seconds before the crew was able to release the chute.  The chute was recovered and the boat finished, but the fleet had passed by by then.  Post race comments indicated Windancer now has the record for longest knock down of a GL70.  According to reports, the bottom is also very clean.

Sunday's race was sailed in light breezes.  Excellent conditions for Windancer.  We got a good start and sailed a  really good race to finish 4th on a boat for boat basis, holding off Holua for the entirety of the final downwind leg.

Full results for the GL70 class have not been posted as yet.  Equation won on a tiebreaker over Evolution and Stripes was third.  The following link takes you to the CYC NOOD web site for more race information.

Chicago Yacht Club NOOD Regatta

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Tripp Memorial

The Tripp Cup was a nice ride. Winds were out of the southwest and manageable. 14 to 18 knots and we started out with the 3 I think and then later tried the new to us Holua jib top. The winds were at 50 degrees apparent and at that it didn't give us much more speed then the jib. Later in the Queens Cup it worked well at 60 degrees. It was power reach for the first 1/2  and we were flanked by thunderstorms. We only saw some light rain for an hour or so. The last 1/2 of the race it was beating with winds out of the west. It was a nice and fast ride over with speeds most of the time at 8.2 when beating and in the 9s when power reaching. We only so 10s twice. Finish time was about 4:55 Michigan time I think. Around that anyway. I wasn't involved with that part of it. We ended up in 6th out of 8 in our class. Nice Pair a cat, just smoked us in the first half of the race and so did a tri.

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Queens Cup

Queens Cup was even a better ride then Tripp. We had 18 to 22 kts at the start and were power reaching with the #3. Winds were at about 45 to 50 apparent. As we got out farther in the lake we were at 60 apparent and used the new to us jib top. Later as winds went around to 80 we put up the 3/4 oz. Later skinning to the .6.  All along we stay just north of the rum line and between Holua and Nightmare to the north and Mirage to the south. We kept them in sight until the wee hours in the morning. Finish line was found with a mile to spare and only slightly north of where we thought it should have been. The strobe lights on the finish boat are very nice. Nightmare Holua and Mirage bet us in and Mainstreet ( a J145 ) came in behind us. We beat the cats and tris in. The wind had quit or at least lightened up a lot at the finish. All through the race there was more wind up high then down at the water.  Boat speed was in the 10s and 11 at the start and 9s for most of the race. Finishing with the light 1 up and doing about 7 or 8 knots to the line

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Port Huron Mackinac

For a link to the Bayview Yacht Club Mackinac web site click here: Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race

We will be attempting to update the web site for the course in the area below.  Check here for updates:

 

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Chicago Mackinac

For a link to the Chicago Yacht Club Mackinac web site, click here: Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac

The Chicago Mackinac started off great.  After a light wind start, the winds filled in from the South and the downwind drag race was on!  The fleet roared up the lake hitting point Betsy by 6 AM Sunday.  The quick run continued with winds as high as 35 knots all day.

Shortly after dinner on Sunday night, Windancer made the turn at Grays reef.  After the turn, a squall rolled in behind the boat and the wind quickly strengthened.  Despite having dropped the chute and raising a #3 jib, the initial blast knocked Windancer on her ear.  After righting the boat and turning downwind to run before the storm, the boat took off, surfing at over 20 knots!!!  It was a great ride.  Unfortunately, the load on the mast proved too great and the bast began to give way at the deck.  The boat was quickly turned into the wind and sails were lowered, but the damage was too severe for the boat to continue.  Windancer was forced to withdraw from the race only 3 miles from the bridge and only 7 miles behind the rest of the GL70s who had been becalmed on the east side of the bridge!

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Bay Harbor

Due to damage suffered in the Chicago Mackinac, Windancer was unable to sail.

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Clipper Cup

Due to damage suffered in the Chicago Mackinac, Windancer was unable to sail.

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Verve Cup

Due to damage suffered in the Chicago Mackinac, Windancer was unable to sail.

Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup

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Governor's Cup

Due to damage suffered in the Chicago Mackinac, Windancer was unable to sail.

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Anchorage Cup

Due to damage suffered in the Chicago Mackinac, Windancer was unable to sail.

Anchorage Cup Web Site