Apr 262017

Dear Sail Newport Sailors, Hoist and Storage Customers,

We are so excited for you all to see the progress with the North Dry-Sail Storage area, the relocation of the Gin Pole, revised access to the Admirals Pier and hoists, and of course the new building!

Some timing and access issues for the period Tuesday, April 25th – Tuesday, May 2nd….

The Mast Hoist / Gin Pole has been relocated to the NW Corner of the South Parking Lot. It is now open for business for stepping rigs.

Due to the paving project in the Admiral’s Pier and North Dry-Sail yard being delayed by weather until Monday May 1st, the ADMIRAL’S PIER (2 & 3 Ton Hoists) ACCESS IS CLOSED from 4/25 -5/2. Access to the pier will be available again beginning Wednesday May 3rd. Hoist hours are 8:00 am – 6 pm unless by appointment.

TRANSIENT STORAGE: Given the unexpected delay, we are grateful that the DEM Park Staff have worked with us to allow limited sailboat storage in the South/Upper Parking lot IF YOU HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE (remember, we share the park with a lot of different users and there’s a big rugby tournament this weekend, so space will be tight!). PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO LEAVE YOUR BOAT. Boats/trailers that are still in the lot beginning Wednesday, May 4th will be subject to the transient storage rates (ie $39 per day Shields).

All boats are welcome to come down and use the Gin Pole and store their boats in the South/Upper Parking Lot over this weekend. There is a rugby tournament, so it will be busy but access to the Gin Pole will be available. PLEASE KEEP BOATS IN THE UPPER/BACK 2 PARKING ROWS (follow signage) so that park visitors can utilize the lower rows for car parking.

Thank you all for your understanding during the construction of YOUR new sailing center!

Team Sail Newport!

Aug 032016

The conditions 12 to 14 knots from Southwest. There was a 15° Windshift right before the start, with any boats towards the pin end having the best starts of all.  We took advantage of this and quickly tacked crossing the fleet of boats that started near the RC Boat. We raced for the pin at about 2mins and managed to start mid line and tack for better ride on the right. 254, 107, 74 & 226 were all in the hunt on the first downwind. 254 solidifying a handy lead with a pack of three or four surfing each other’s quarter wake trying to find a tactical advantage to the mark. The second upwind we managed to get to the right of 254 and laid the top mark to take a slender lead. The boats in 2nd and 3rd had to pinch for the mark giving us a good lead before heading to the yellow inflatable off the Navy base.  Here we decided deeper was faster pointing the boat directly into the current eventhough the mark was a starboard reach.  After defending our lead we rounded the leeward mark and fought off a challenge from the ever graceful Grace and held on for a happy win. Hard earned in an always competitive fleet.


Ted Slee & Andy Green

Jul 262016

Here’s the Report from 258

The Start

After the general recall, we moved down the line, away from the pack, and started mid-boat. At about 20 seconds to the gun we realized we were racing due to the flooding tide and seemed to still be a bit late to the line but a boat length ahead of the boats around us. We felt good about this position as we were able to be full speed off the line, still receiving the right shifts off our shoulder, and sailing into max pressure coming course middle/mid-left.

Off the line, we were able to hold our position on starboard and continue sailing in max breeze. We held for the majority of the first half, and kept an eye on the bottom right corner (boats that had tacked out right early on). Those boats had a better starboard angle, but we were sailing for pressure, as pressure differences seemed to be more diverse. When the small pack of boats to leeward tacked onto port, we knew that we wanted to lead back right to consolidate with the right-most pack, but were patient in waiting for either a nice puff or a bit of a lefty (which only came shy of the bridge).

For the top half, we were more middle-course. There was a current line mid-left that we played with as it provided a bit of positive chop. We also began tacking on the edge of the shiftier puffs by Jamestown, rather than digging into them, as they were shorter blasts. Generally, we erred towards mid-left of the course because the pressure seemed to be more consistent. We switched focus to the small shifts accessible to us (even when other boats were on the edges sailing with better angles) focusing on boat speed through the transitions — especially those short winders!

The Run
We knew that we wanted to get back out into the current after rounding the can in jamestown harbor and with the course change to just off the war college it made the run pretty simple. We extended on starboard back into the channel and once we were on lay for the next mark, gybed. There were a couple boats that made significant gains on the run bringing the puffs down but we knew if we could keep a couple boat length lead that we could extend covering on the next beat.

2nd Beat
After rounding the bottom mark we wanted to go left as well as control the boats behind us. Luckily everyone else had the same idea. We tacked onto starboard when everybody else did and beat up towards the bridge. A small righty helped our cause. Once we got to the bridge we were solidly in 1st and wanted to stay there. We did what we had done on the first beat and kept left away from the Jamestown harbor. I think this paid more because we had more wind on that side and possibly some “good” current giving us an artificial lift.

All in all there was nothing but good vibes and beers on 258. Big thanks to the Race Committee and the crew Bob Savoie, Katia Dasilva, and Ben Wilkinson. We have been changing crew weekly so this was the first time the four of us had all sailed together. We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Jun 242016
George Winslow Memorial Regatta – July 23rd
Before Fleet 9 had Robin Wallace we had George Winslow.  George ran both the Shields and Rhodes-19 races in Newport for several decades.  Racing begins at 1300.  Three races with spinnakers.  There is a pot luck social after racing at Coasters Harbor.  The NOR and SI are located at the link below.
Jun 242016
Spring Race #7
Wind – vacuum
Tide – Low 3:54
“If you’re not first, you’re last” – Reese Bobby
Wild race last night. A massive storm passing through Maine brought thunderstorms as far South as Fall River and sucked the air out of Newport. Great job by the RC in being patient and setting a fair course once the breeze filled in a bit.
I don’t have a whole lot to say about tonight other than whatever you’re doing, try to go fast. There was nothing about our race tonight that went according to plan. We thought we wanted to win the pin and lead left, but the set up didn’t really work for us so we ended up not being able to make the pin on starboard. I think there was a big wind shift, but Kyle is pretty convinced the 2 extra beers I had during the AP played a part. Scotty quickly realized that we should tack since we were in such bad position, but at least we ducked the whole fleet with good pace in a nice lefty!  We hung out there with 107 to windward and 224 (nice to see you out there), who were over early, out to the right.
Somehow, the left near the Dumplings (where we wanted to go) got really light and we started to look better and better where we were and we were leading our small group to the left.

Next thing we knew we had a clear lead, wow.  We’re in first!  We rounded in front with 107 right on our transom.

Light air runs suck. Everyone hates them and when you round first they are extra stressful. There’s few

more frustrating feelings than rounding the top mark first and watching the boats behind press down inside you with better pressure, locking you out from jibing to get to the new shift.  From the minute we set we we looking for an opportunity to jibe and we never thought we had a good look, too much bad air to sail through.  Eventually, the forecasted NW wind came back in as we were becalmed and were the last to get it.  We’re in last!  I say last, but Bill Shore was South of us heading towards Castle Hill last time I saw him. Has anyone heard from Bill?
Fortunately for the home team, we eventually got going as the rest of the fleet started to slow down, presumably a bit in the lee of Rose.  Having a full spinnaker (instead of a hanging one) became a real advantage over the rest of the fleet.  We probably had more focus on that run that we’ve ever had collectively on board.  It became apparent that if we simply kept moving, we’d get back into the race.  The new leaders who were the first to jibe really slowed down after jibing back to starboard and we were crossing.  We’re in first again!  If we can just manage to get around the mark . . .  Fortunately we were able to ghost around with the lead and hold on the short beat to the finish, with 226 nipping 33 for second.
It was one of those races where at the end all we could do was laugh really, as the race could have gone either way for us at any time.   My takeaway from the race as I said at the beginning is to always make sure to be going as fast as possible at all times.  It’s easy to get distracted when things aren’t going your way.  But you can’t compound the mistake by going slow.  Who knows, you may find yourself being the only boat with a full spinnaker on the course and sail around the entire fleet.
Great job sticking with it by our team for the night of Scotty, Nate and Kyle Martin.
See you North of the bridge next week!
Tim Dawson for #254 Aeolus
Jun 242016
Spring Series Race #6
Wind: SW 12ish
Tide: High 5:24
Apologies for the late report.  After last weeks race, focus quickly turned to the weather picture for the Bermuda Race.  A potential developing low off Hatteras put the faster boats (other than Comanche) at risk of seeing some serious boat breaking conditions for our types of boats.  In the end 47 boats decided not to race including the entire Gibbs Hill Division.
This was an interesting race in that it took place during a current change.  The course set was Q, 8 twice around.  We had a good start in the middle of the line, with 253 having a slightly better start to windward of us.  A small right shift gave them advantage early and they crossed and put a loose cover on us not far from Ft. Adams.  As we continued on port in clear air, we considered stepping back to the left as there was good pressure and some left shift closer to the shore.  We were in a similar situation a few weeks back and lost ground by not stepping back to the left.  However we noticed 226 tacked early and looked better and better to leeward the further we went.  There was a very distinct current line showing the current ebbing on the right side and still flooding on the Newport side.  We decided to carry on across the current line into the ebb, which resulted in gains on the boats that stepped out past 253.  We rounded the top mark in 2nd behind 253 with 226 right on our stern.
Thankfully on the run both 253 and 226 jibed early, keeping them in the ebb flow.  226 says they were heading for the wrong leeward mark.  We stayed on starboard to get back into the flood flow and hopefully better pressure.  This proved to be the race winning move for us as it got us into the lead at the leeward mark coming from better breeze and current.  The race was tactically pretty simple from there as it made sense to get to the right side into the ebb, so we loose covered the groups behind, protecting the right side.  It was a big advantage to be leading.  We had a nice extension on the beat, but managed to give most of it back with a not so great set at the 2nd weather mark which kept us having to work hard for the rest of the race to keep the lead.  253 finished close behind in 2nd and a great performance by 33 to get to 3rd and keep the series close.
Thanks as always to the RC and look forward to seeing everyone out there tonight for the Spring Series Finale.
Tim Dawson for #254 Aeolus