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….
GIN POLE / MAST HOIST:
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!
come join us at buskers for the opening party and registration meeting, yeah, that’s right, the season is right around the corner.
SI and NOR for wednesday series is live on the website too
Join us at Buskers, Wed April 19 to open the 2017 season. Doors open at 5:00pm, meeting starts at 6:00pm.
Please RSVP for this years awards banquet CLICK HERE
Hope to see you on Wednesday, Oct 19 at the Atlantic Resort, Middletown.
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
Here’s the Report from 258
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!
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.
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!
Next thing we knew we had a clear lead, wow. We’re in first! We rounded in front with 107 right on our transom.