Race 2 was conducted under broken clouds and warm temperatures with a nice NE wind at 5-7knots. Welcome to Cut Loose, woot! and T to the starting line. The RC set a W6 with the windward mark between Boon and Basin Bays at 026o approximate 1.5 miles from the starting line. At that distance the orange ball was extremely difficult to make out and the RC acknowledges the limitations of using this marking system. A leeward gate was set 75 yards on the course side of the starting line. The start was uneventful with all boats clearing the line with space around them. Witch Way and Vaporize quickly tacked to port. Brad Taylor’s J/80 went to the extreme west of the course and gained the windward mark first followed by Witch Way. On the downwind leg Brad opted to use a smaller symmetrical spinnaker and led the way down the first gate rounding taking the east gate. Witch Way and Vaporize followed almost immediately with a mixed up J24 fleet not far behind them. High Jinx was showing nice form through the spinnaker take down and was holding onto a tight 2nd place in Fleet 24. Animal was one of only two boats that rounded the west gate. During the 2nd Upwind Leg the RC decided the original W6 would be hard to complete within 1.5 hours given the projected forecast for decreasing wind strength. The RC intended to finish the fleet at the windward mark of the 5th leg but a steering cable failure forced the RC boat over to the east gate and set up for a finish after the 4th leg. Meanwhile back in the thick of things Brad and crew were able to fend off Witch Way and Vaporize and again lead the way down the course to the abrupt finish. The winds again proved to favor the J24’s with deep downwind angles in the steady breeze. Brad and crew prevailed to take line honors for evening but Alfie and the Witch Way crew were right on their transom to take their second win for the year. High Jinx and Cut Loose took the next 2 spots respectively and in a dramatic finish Uncle Ludwig stole the air and collapsed Spirts chute within 25 wards of the finish and nipped out the under-crewed Spirit by inches for the 4th spot. The RC would like to thank all the people that helped pick up marks, tow the stranded boat into dock and then unload and retrieve the all the equipment.

Place Boat Skipper SailNum Type PHRF Time Corrected Behind Leader
1 Witch Way Alfie Merchant
2598
J/24
171
0:53:27
0:48:11
0
2 High Jinx Tony Dirado / Deb Katz
3201
J/24
171
0:54:59
0:49:34
83
3 Cut Loose John Dickinson
1672
J/24
171
0:55:17
0:49:50
99
4 Uncle Ludwig Kyle Lavoy
2714
J/24
171
0:56:01
0:50:30
139
5 Spirit Rodger Voss
1916
J/24
171
0:56:03
0:50:31
140
6 Animal Andrew Brodie
1396
J/24
171
0:56:36
0:51:01
170
7 J/80 - 69 Brad Taylor
69
J/80
117
0:53:09
0:51:47
216
8 Vaporize Dave Dougall
28
Viper 640
111
0:54:26
0:53:31
320
9 T Christian Wetzel
5284
J/24
171
1:02:57
0:56:45
514
10 woot! John Haller
304
J/70
120
0:59:15
0:57:28
557