Archive for April, 2011

Moores – Quick @ the BRBR

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Out of the 80 plus boats in the 2011 BRBR, the first two finishing Moore 24s beat 70 some on corrected time! Moores can rule in light air.

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Still Thinkin’ About You Joel!

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More Cowbell starts the NorthWest Trek series with a bang by taking first in the STYC Blakely Rock Benefit race.

Monday, April 4th, 2011

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6 NW Moore 24’s made it out this past Saturday, with one boat, #111 ‘Morjito’ making the trip North from Hood River, Oregon to enjoy the festivities. As the only one design class amongst the 12 classes the 6 Moore 24’s stood out as they started 5th in the line up.  Start they did with #67 ‘Tom Foolery’ and #114 ‘Frecklebelly Madtom’ pushing over the line early as the 6 boats aggressively attacked the favored pin end of the line.  With the light air and predicted flood current just starting it was anyones guess on which way to go.  #132 ‘Sputnik’ immediately tacked West for the flood current while ‘More Cowbell’, ‘Morjito’, and ‘Uff Da’ worked up the Shilshole breakwater to the ship canal before heading West across the wash.

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With the restarted boats working up the middle ‘Cowbell’ led the fleet West towards the expected current but as the breeze died ‘Uff Da’ tacked back in to the West Point beach and worked puffs up the shore to the point, slipped over the sand bar and led the fleet out into the sound towards the Rock.  The winds shifted to the east and soon everyone was jib reaching up and down looking for the start of the flood current for some extra push.  First ‘Sputnik’ found a current push and shot forward so fast ‘Uff Da’ had to reach down to cover the lane.  Then ‘Freckle’ found a lane and shot forward causing the leaders to reach down again to get into the new lane.

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‘Uff Da’ finally raised their chute within a half mile of the rock and quickly the fleet of 6 had their chutes up and pulling, slightly, towards the mark.  ‘Uff Da’ made it around first with a good lead but as the rest of the Moore’s rounded the mark a Southerly materialized that shot everyone forward and back into the race.  ‘Uff Da’ politely sat and waited for the rest to catch up and once everyone passed by them they caught some breeze but also a good case of sea madness at the change of events.  ‘Freckle’ and ‘Foolery’ worked down the middle of the sound pushing the edge of the Southerly while the other four boats worked the edge of the Southerly breeze towards the beach at Magnolia and a hoped for eddie and shore push.

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While working the shore the leads changed quickly as boats leap-frogged each other north towards West point.  Once the group reached the point ‘Uff Da’ came off the beach on Starboard while ‘Cowbell’ crossed their bow heading in closer to the beach.  What the Cowbeller’s didn’t know was that ‘Uff Da’ was sailing in only 7 feet of water and as ‘Cowbell’ tacked over the keel touched down and they where stuck – but only for a moment.  Quickly off the bottom ‘Cowbell’ was able to tack below ‘Uff Da’s’ bow and lead them over the sand bar into Shilshole bay, and the building Northerly.  ‘Cowbell’ sat in the commanding leeward position and forced ‘Uff Da’ into a clearing tack and some negative current to weather.

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Tacking back in to the bay ‘Uff Da’s’ sea madness kept spawning and they got squeezed off by ‘Sputnik’ from the lee bow and a 40’er to weather.  Tacking out to clear again ‘Uff Da’ was stuck in some bad current and tried for a flyer to the West that never materialized.  The Cowbeller’s had a dominate lead at the now weather mark and rounded chute pulling towards the finish followed a few minutes later by ‘Sputnik’.  Pleasantly the winds now became shifty and light favoring the boats from behind and ‘Cowbell’ barely hung on to their lead finishing only 40 feet in front of little red Russian Moore.  Almost 15 minutes later came ‘Uff Da’, the BBQ smoking away with some grilling pork ribs followed very closely by ‘Frecklebelly Madtom’ again finishing within 40’ of each other with ‘Freckle’ catching them quickly at the finish.  5th place went to #67 ‘TomFoolery’ and the travelers from Oregon, the newly remodeled #111 ‘Morjito’ finished only 34 seconds behind to take 6th place.

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Challenging day for the first race of the series and it was great to see some a new boat participating and a boat being willing to travel in order to find one design sailing.  Next up in the series is the double handed Race to the Straits – Hope to see you there!


Photo’s by Sean Trew (pacificfog.net)