SCYA Mid-winter report
Dan Merino - Team WeaselThis year's midwinter regatta saw 12 505s gathered at ABYC for the first West Coast scheduled event. Bill and I felt relaxed as we made the two hour trek north knowing that the pressure of doing well at the worlds was over and the fact that we wouldn't have to make this trip every Tuesday for the next four months. Traditionally the weather is unpredictable for this event as we've seen cancelled races due to no wind as well as for too much wind. Most of Team Tues. was rigging in the parking lot outside ABYC, inside were some of our good friends from Santa Cruz, the Pacific Northwest as well as some new faces to the 505 world. The good turnout was probably because everyone wanted to compare notes on the new big spinnakers.
Our goals for the weekend evolved as we looked over the competition in the parking lot. An immediate one was to beat USA 6992 currently owned by Brad Wheeler. This has nothing to do with Brad, but more with the boats former owner John Fracisco who initiated a grudge match when he threatened to sail the boat against us but never managed to do it. However above all, the main goal was to have fun.
Most people had a modified kites. The exception was a new North, Ullman and Quantum kite. Mike and Howie flew a new Ullman on Saturday and a modified on Sunday. Mike seems to think that the modified shape is a little better and will make a great reaching kite.
No conclusions were made about the North and Quantum designs.
In general the set up was halyard at max height and topping lift right under the jib halyard. Most people had not changed the height on the pole launcher. Just about everyone is still using Proctor D's and no mast problems have been reported. There are people experimenting with different mast sections, spreader configurations and hound/trap locations however nothing conclusive has come of it yet. The most important thing that was brought up was to have some sort of positive stop on the mast ram. This is so that if you are reaching and have to blow the vang when the boom digs in the lower portion of the mast does not invert from the pressure of the pole. So far no one has reported inverting their mast so this is more of a preventative measure.
My personal observations… I thought the kite was a blast to sail in the breeze and didn't notice any sort of odd mast bend. On the reaches it seemed to lift the bow and the boat definitely goes fast.
1 8714 HOWARD HAMLIN/MIKE MARTI ABYC/ 1 1 (3) 1 1 2 MIKE MARTIN 2 8762 DAN THOMPSON NHYC/ 2 2 1 2 2 (3) 3 7771 ANDY BEECKMAN/BEN BENJAM NHYC 3 (4) 2 3 3 1 4 6991 BILL JENKINS/DAN MERINO SDYC 4 3 4 (6) 5 6 5 8084 THAD LIEB/ROB WATERMAN ABYC 5 (7) 5 4 4 4 6 6992 BRAD WHEELER BYC (13)-DNS 6 7 5 6 8 7 69 DAVE CHATHAM NHYC (13)-DNS 5 8 8 7 5 8 7095 BAILEY WHITE SCYC 6 (9) 6 7 8 7 9 7156 AARON ROSS 7 8 10 10 10 (11) MARK ENGEBRETSEN 10 8411 PAUL VON GREY 9 10 9 9 9 (13)-DNF 11 8559 GUY/JEANGIRARI CBYC 8 11 (13)-OCS 11 13-DNS 10 12 6203 ALLEN STALEY ASTOR 10 12 11 (13)-DNS 11 9