Faithful Friends and Crew of Strategery,
“Vanderbilt?” I asked Chris as we
approached the fleet on port tack at the starting
replied.t start is based on the fact that a sailboat goes the same speed on a broad
reach as it does wh
In most races, there is at least one racer who is fairly skilled at using the Vanderbilt start, but you rarely find a racer who can consistently execute it with perfection, because there are too many factors that can interfere with his timing, including interaction with other boats, wind shifts, puffs and lulls, and just plain misjudgments.
We got lucky and timed it perfectly.
We tacked over to control the mass of boats that had been setting up on the
right side of the starting line. We came around just in time to force Ladyhawke
to come up on Marlen, effectively shutting them out of the starting line at the
boat. They had to tack over and jibe around to start well behind us. At that
point, we tacked when they tacked, jibed when they jibed and were able to come
away with a bullet. We are currently still in first place by 1 point…hanging on
by our fingernails. Worthy of note is the fantastic performance of our new
bowman Mike Hodgens. Mike is an experienced J24 sailor who we were lucky to have
join us last week. He will be aboard for the remainder of this season keeping
the boat moving fast and calling the line the way he did last Tuesday. His
direction was critical in timing the start and winning the
Speaking of hanging on, I have to
switch the focus of this writeup to my good friend Bob Amos. Bob is a B-School
friend who is also an addicted sailor. When he helped us transport Strategery
from NY this spring, Bob really fell in love with the 105. Since he lives in
This is a monster race, with
hundreds of boats and a predilection for either total calm or blustery breeze.
So far, it looks as though the breeze has been sparse, with boat speed never
cracking 5 knots…ouch. In this years 97th running, Bob is making his
debut. The coolest thing about this is that they have mounted a transponder on
Bob’s boat. His current position and course to date can be seen below. Right now
he is running at 3.51 knots and I’ll bet nerves are getting frayed. They are
currently in 4th place, fighting it out with “
You can follow Bob’s progress yourself at
Tracking - http://tracking.flagshipis.com/macrace/2005/index2.html - look for J/105 "RedPortLeft"
They had a bit of a knock pushing them closer to the right hand shore, but seem to have fought their way back to the course. We are all wishing him and his team a safe and fast voyage. Bob promises a writeup of the trip for your enjoyment. A Strategery Sailing exclusive!
Stay tuned for this Tuesday’s race.
It is going to be an important one. Also, at the end of the month, we will be
racing in the NOOD’s at
Flanagan, 442, Achieve V
Farrah, 398, Strategery
Hardy, Jr., 102, Jaguar
Strauss, 145, Heart Throb
Bowden, 579, Knotless
Polidoro, 51563, vigilante
Small, 80, Marlen
Hollis, 51459, Sirocco
Morgan, 620, SteelAway/3
Williamson, 51682, Jabberwocky
Lowden, 50754, Dark Horse 2
Harrington, 43955, UpRoar 3
Going to be a good one.