Davis Island YC Winter Series J70 Recap-
Team Building A arrived at the lovely Davis Island Yacht Club on Thursday. Included in our posse was my son Jack who was very helpful on the Friday practice day. He relieved me at the helm when I applied sun block and didn’t get too frustrated with the light air. Since we were a new team sailing for the first time as a unit we needed to get out on the water. Friday was quite light, but DIYC put together a RC with practice starts and short courses for everyone on the bay. We spent a couple of hours getting to know our positions and what to expect from one another.
The next two days provided the best sailing conditions we have seen in Tampa as it is usually light air. Saturday was 8-12 and on Sunday it picked up to 10-15 mph, Perfect breeze for a new team on a J70! The race committee got off a total of 7 races in two days with not too many recalls and no black flags. All course were windward-leeward twice around. Several of the races had very tight finishes and there was a RC on station on both ends of the line. As usual when we had decent starts and a clear lane we had a good race. We were also mastering the “great escape” in the starts where we were not first row. The RC did a great job of communications and getting the races off in a timely fashion. The host club, Davis Island YC, seems to get a bit more efficient with the land activities each year. It was good fun both on and off the water!
A couple of interesting things to note:
In certain conditions boats were sailing wing on wing and sailing lower so they would cover less distance. This seemed to be particularly useful in the medium air. I am not sure the boat designer would approve (but he wasn’t there!). Our boat had a dedicated tactician (Justin Coplan) who made virtually all of the tactical decisions which allowed me to concentrate on driving. Our sailmaker, Bill Wiggins was responsible for boat set up and sail trim. Our forward crew called puffs and waves.
Cedar Point had three J70 teams competing including Rick and Stephanie Swann and Trevor Roach.
We all had a great time and are really looking forward to the next event on January 9-10.
To see the results please go to- Davis Island Results
For more info on Cedar Point’s J70 fleet please contact Trevor Roach at- firstname.lastname@example.org