Tiistikset 3. 

14NM, SE 3-5ms, pilvistä ja tihkua

Kevyessä kelissä lähdettiin tiistaikisoihin Juhon ja Tomin kanssa kolmistaan. Kiskoimme ensimmäistä kertaa kevlargenua G1 purjeen keulaan ja aluksi olikin purjeen etu ja takakulma väärinpäin sikkurassa. Siitä selvittiin nopeasti ja ehdimme lähtöön hyvin. 

Itselläni oli pientä totuttelua ja hapuilua uuden keulapurjeen kanssa kevyessä kelissä ja en oikein löytänyt vauhtia kryssillä. 

Melkin eteläpuolella kiertäessämme F rataa alkoi sivutuuliosuus jossa alkoi vauhti parantua ja vetoa löytyä. Laiskuuttani en kuitenkaan alkanut nostaa genaakkeria keulaan kun ajattelin että nostetaan sitten spinnu loppuosuudelle ja pelataan varman päälle.  

Kun olimme tulossa sivutuuliosuutta takaisinpäin ja spinnu oli juuri nostovalmiina huomasimme, että rataa olikin taas lyhennetty ja “hukkasimme” genaakkerin mahdollisen edun ja spinnukin jäi hyödyntämättä.

Mutta tunnelma oli loistava ja kylläpä olikin lystiä kaikesta huolimatta huippu tyyppien seurassa! Kiitos Juho ja Tomi. 

First race

15c, clear, SW 0-3ms, 17nm

I took part for the first sail race as skipper. Race is weekly sailrace arranged by Koivusaaren pursiseura. It’s called Tiistis. It didn’t go well.

I was sailing solo the weather was really good but I was already late when I took of from MSVK. Didn’t have enough time to change racing genoa on.

There was 14 boats in the race. 7 of those were in the same start with me. At the start there was about 3ms wind. Start didn’t go well I was too far in the left and I had to tack right away. Somehow I managet to go from 7 to third before the first marker. All was good for a moment. Then the wind stopped.

I had a big problems putting the gennaker ready and steer at the same time. I have an autopilot but the wind was changing all the time and the autopilot seemed really stressed about it. Ok, then I realized that the gennaker was completely useless in the downwind/ calm sea. So I decided to dig the spinnaker out for the first time.

When I was changing the gennaker to spinnaker while the autopilot tried to keep up the speed up in nonexistent wind the rest of the boats passed me.

I was sweaty, last and lost my hope for a victory in my first regatta. Little later I looked the clock and somehow I remembered that the race ends at nine, three hours after start. I checked that I still have a long way to go and I wouldn’t make it in time to the goal. So to cheer up my mood I put the music loud, opened a beer and decided to enjoy the weather for a while.

Just when I was taking the spinnaker down I noticed the goal boat just in front of me. They had changet the goal line because of the calm weather.

So mute the music, spinnaker up and running again and hide the beer. Game was still on.

Couple minutes later I had finished my first regatta by myself. It didn’t go well but it was a really good experience and probably more memorable than just a regular race.

I was second to last, there was one DNF (did not finnish)