J24 FLEET 61   City Island, NY

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Wed. July 11, 2018 – Races 1 & 2 (Summer Series Begins)

     Teach us to get out there early. When we set up originally, we were in a pathetic easterly, so we set up for that and hoped it would hold. Lo and behold, the sea breeze started filling in so we moved around and set up for that. Apologies for the short legs; at the time, there wasn't much strength and we didn't believe it would build. So, of course it did. So after a W4 first race (Surcease wins, Force G4 second), a longer W6 second race (Seven Seas wins, Trinity second).

     By the time 7:00 rolled around, we had a nice 10 kt. southerly that had settled in somewhere between C and W marks. We flipped a coin and went with C, then kept watching it shift left during the sequence for race 1. We finally blew it down when it became obvious we had a defective coin.  –Panic Attack/RC

     See Race Results for finishes.

Wed. June 27, 2018 – Races 13 & 14 (Spring Series Ends)

     Surcease had another big night winning both races. The first race the fleet split in half driving left and right down the course. Several boats went to Country Club on the shoreline. A quick course Y4 race was completed in just over 20 minutes with wind gusts to 20 knots, so the race committee deciding to make the 2nd race longer.

     Four out of the six boats went left just over the start line. With 2 legs added in this race to make it six legs total, three boats merged tight around the 2nd windward mark. On the fifth leg of the race toward the 3rd windward mark, the two lead boats were just one boat apart. At the finish were only one second apart with Surcease ahead of Panic Attack.

     See Race Results for finishes and link to Final Spring Series Standing.

Wed. June 20, 2018 – Races 10 & 12 (Spring Series)

     We confirmed the position of the “Y” Mark and then set up a course based on the Southerly (180) breeze which started at 7-9K and increased to 8-12K. The breeze was so steady over our course all evening that the lead boat on each leg completed each leg in both races (10 legs in all) in 6 minutes, plus or minus 15 seconds.  – Heat Wave/RC

     Surcease had another big night winning both races.

Wed. June 13, 2018 – Races 9 & 10 (Spring Series)

     First race course Y4 in a spotty SW 5 kts. Second race also Y4 with the SW breeze increasing to 7-8 kts. Surcease and Trinity made big returns, finishing 1-2, 2-1.

     RC of Allegria crew led by Robin Ricca did a good job in light conditions.

Wed. June 6, 2018 – Races 7 & 8 (Spring Series)

     My apologies to the sailors on for sending you to a non-existant R mark. My intention was to send the fleet around the orange Y mark due west of W, and dead upwind from the committee boats position. Problem is, after 25 years of racing around the "R" mark in almost that exact location, I didn't think to check the identity of that mark, which is the one I found, fiberglassed, primed and painted last year.

     I thought maybe the course length was a little long, but the first boat rounded the Y mark @ 7:14 which is less than 10 minutes from starting time. We would have had two good 4 leg races had I sent you to the Y mark in the first place. Sorry kids. –Willie, RC Trouble

          By the way – Panic attack won first race with Force G4 second. In the second race Panic Attack won again! With Seven Seas second.

Wed. May 30, 2018 – Races 5 & 6 (Spring Series)

     Wind 12 knots from the southwest. Race 1 course a W4. Race 2 a longer W6. Jeepers had the best night with a 2nd then a 1st. Allegria won the first race.

Wed. May 23, 2018 – Races 3 & 4 (Spring Series)

     At the start of Race 1 winds were about 5 knots from the northwest and the course was a short 2 leg course.  Race 2 featured stronger winds with the wind peaking in the low teens.  Seven Seas took the night with 2 wire to wire first place finishes.  Force G4 had a strong start to Race 2 and finished the night with a 3rd and 2nd place finish.  RC – Surcease

Wed. May 16, 2018 – Races 1 & 2 (Spring Series Begins)

     Nasty weather but at least there was wind.  Wind was generally from the northeast and oscillating around City Island.  It rained, we had fog, but we had two races - I2 and I4. Finish between Allegria and Force G4 in the second race was less then 1sec. See Race Results for finishes.

     Couldn’t get the committee boat motor started to return to the Club so we just sailed in. RC boat complements of Roger Karlbach of HYC.  Nothing nicer then a power capstan to raise the anchor and a power with to raise halyards and trim sails.  I could easily get used to that.  Thanks Roger.    – Jeepers/RC

Skippers Meeting - Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 12 PM



Roy set up a Google Group for us to use for fleet related contact, like Monday and Wed. night crew finders: http://groups.google.com/group/j24-fleet-61

2018 Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions now available:

2018 Notice of Race

2018 Wed./Sun. Sailing Instructions

Also 2018 Fleet Membership for all owners   (Please print Form and mail with payment):

2018 Fleet 61 Membership Form