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Spring 2015

Posted by AJ Miceli on April 19, 2015

First, this blog is not dead yet.  This blog hibernates for the winter (and what a winter it was!).

Second, It’s time for Spring boat work.  The boat goes in 15 days from today (Tuesday May 5), and I will be ready.  Actually the weather has been cooperating and we’ve made progress on the boat.  The buffing and waxing of the hull is complete (the picture below was taken halfway through and you can see where I stopped one day.  Other work is getting done too.  The batteries are back on the boat.  And this is the year for a shiny new sacrificial zinc.  You have to pull the prop.  Lots of work.

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Third, I know I say this every year, but I hope to be able to keep this up regularly for the whole season!  We’ll see.

Anyway, we’ll be in the water soon!

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Splash 2014

Posted by AJ Miceli on May 7, 2014

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Red Herring launched on schedule on May 5.  First race tonight, May 7.  Gentlemen, Hoist Your Sails!

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Splash Countdown Started

Posted by AJ Miceli on December 30, 2013

This blog is NOT dead — it’s just “pining for the fjord.” (wink!)

I’m sorry that I stopped updated the results last July.  Somehow life just gets in the way of responsible blogging.

In any case, I’m still alive; and Red Herring is covered, on the the hard for the winter.

I have updated the countdown timer to Splash for 2014.  Click on the “Countdown” tab above to get to the countdown page and then click on the URL.

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Interclub Overall

Posted by AJ Miceli on June 28, 2013

I’ll try to do a full recap of the Lake Erie Interclub series for this year.  Here’s the Spoiler.

Race 1:  4th

Race 2: 4th

Race 3: 4th

Race 4: 7th

Race 5: 1st

Overall finish:  3rd of 9 in fleet (good enough for hardware!!!

Overall All Fleets:  26th of 52 boats (top half!)

Crew:  Mike O’Neill, Kim Yamma, Rosemary Briggs, Mark Platteter, Judy Tucci

 

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Getting Ready For The Interclub

Posted by AJ Miceli on June 21, 2013

Last Wednesday was a beautiful JAM race in about 10 knots of breeze.  We sailed very well.  We got stuck in bad air after the start and were finally able to tack away.  Everyone else stayed on starboard for the long leg.  When we came together we were in front of about six other boats.  After that we lost a lost a little ground on the two reaches.  Lady Jane caught up with us on the broad reach leg and beat us by 14 seconds at the end.  Still, a beautiful night for sailing.

Crew:  Andy, Mark, Rosemary, Kim

Now we’re prepping and provisioning for the Interclub series to Canada and then Buffalo that starts tomorrow.  I’ll see what I can do to make limited postings during the trip.

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Venture Fasteners Spring Spinnaker Series Races #2 & #3

Posted by AJ Miceli on June 4, 2013

It was breezy Sunday morning.  We arrived at the boat and the winds were about 20kts in the slip, gusting to 25.  We decided not to sail.  A few other hardy boats went out and raced one race and then the race committee cancelled the 2nd race due to the winds.

So, we did not put the crew or the boat at risk (especially before the Interclub), and we really didn’t miss much.

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Venture Fasteners Spring Spinnaker Series #1

Posted by AJ Miceli on May 30, 2013

Results:  5th Place

Crew:  Judy, Kim, Andy, Mark, Rosemary

It was a beautiful night for sailing.  Winds WSW 12-14 kts and diminishing somewhat by the end.  Course:  1.5nm W/L 2x around.  For those of you who follow Red Herring, our placing doesn’t always indicate how well we sailed.  There are only two spinnaker classes in our fleet.  Most of the boats we sail against have PHRF ratings in the 110’s and 120’s — our rating is 180.  So when those boats are racing, it’s very difficult for us to place above 4th or 5th.

In this race we were about 10 seconds late for the start, but we had two very competitive upwind legs.  On the first downwind leg we flew the fractional chute because the winds were still a little puffy.  On the second downwind leg the winds were diminishing so we flew the tall chute.  Both sets were a little slow, but not terrible (we’re still a little rusty) and we did a windward takedown on one of the legs just for practice.

All-in-all, we sailed very well, and we beat Nyanza (a Hinckley 42 — rating 114), Lady Jane and Tigress (J-70 — rating 111).  Hardware Chimp beat us by about a minute.  If we had been a little smoother on the spinnaker sets we could have taken them.

Still — a nice night and a beautiful sunset on the way back to the slip.

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Brier Patch JAM #3 and Day Lighthouse Race

Posted by AJ Miceli on May 27, 2013

Brier Patch JAM #3 (was actually the 2nd JAM race because the first week was postponed). 6th Place.
Crew:  Judy, Kim, Andy, Rosemary, Mark

It blew 20-25 all day, but by race time it was down 6 kts and dying.  C & D Fleets did a shorter triangle than the long W/L race the A & B did.  We sailed as well as we could, but the dying air hurt us.  We were only about 30 seconds behind 4th and 5th place and were pointing better with about 10 minutes to go, but in dying air “the poor get poorer,” so we ended up finishing two minutes out of 5th place, and 5th was two minutes behind 4th, just in last few minutes of the race.

 

Day Lighthouse Race (Also Brier Patch Spinnaker Series #3) 6th Place.
Crew:  Mark, Andy, Kim

 

The forecasts promised 8-15 from the North, but it turned out to be 4-6 from the NE then back to W.  So, we ended up with an upwind–upwind–upwind–downwind– upwind–downwind race.  All those upwinds on the lake that was still somewhat lumpy from the 20 kts from the day before made the upwind legs tough.  We finished the 14.4 nm in 4 hours and 45 minutes, so we averaged about 3kts.  The good news is that we did NOT run aground at Gull Point (as we did last year).  And, did I mention that it was cold:  38 degrees at the start, and only 45-50 degrees by the end.  But it was sunny.

We ended the series 6th out of 9, so it wasn’t a terrible run.

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2013 Racing Schedule Posted

Posted by AJ Miceli on May 17, 2013

It has taken me a while longer this year, but I’m catching up with the Schedule and Results page. Look along the top and you’ll see the 2013 Schedule and Results tab. I’ve only put a few of the races in so far — it’s a very manual process. So, I’ll get more races in later.

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It helps if…

Posted by AJ Miceli on May 6, 2013

… you have a mast and a boom and some halyards…

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