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Board » Practice Racing » Grey Whale Migration practice match racing

Post annotated by Incognito :
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We should get time for one good match race before the Start of the Grey Whale race.

All are welcome to take part!

This will begin near Guerrero Negro, at a time to be determined, (Thursday?) Proceed to 28.1n 114.2w.

Folks may want to have private mini-races to that location? A good part-way destination is the island at 26.7n 113.2w.

I will start for that island at 2400z if anyone wants to play. Then, tomorrow to Guerrero Negro.

news - I liked your suggestion in chat to make the run to Guerrero Negro in two parts:

But FIRST you need to get to the location for the matchracing at 28.1n 114.2w. The proposal from newsartist (and agreed) thus far is to make this journey in two legs:

1. go from the Start to the island at 26.7n 113.2w(San Ignacio).

2. Then go on 28.1n 114.2w (?Guerrero Negro).

Gives a chance for people to join up to cruise to the matchrace start together!
There will be an informal casual practice matchrace on Thurday, 11 March for anyone who wants to join in.

Time: 1800utc
Start: Beach at 28.03N 114.19W where RC and gang are waiting.
Route: North to the "flat" point at 29.11N 114.71W - beach boat to finish, there will be BBQ later :-)

Suggested race for later is SW to the islands and back to today's start. Good reaching practice! If you can't make today's start, you could always meet the fleet on the Northern beach.

--- Last Edited by 76Trombones at 2010-03-11 14:34:28 ---
Six boats started under DCs at 1800utc and,sadly, it became apparent almost immediately that newsartist hadn't realised the final course posted did not include the Island of Natividad.

The six starters are:

76T (CAN)
News (USA)
Rainbow (GBR)
Smo (FIN)
Stoerte (AUSTRIA)
Tazu (GER)

By 1930utc the group of five heading to the first finish point were all very close together, news remained on course for Isla Natividad, and the rankings (based on dtg - distance to go- in nm) were:

1. Tazu 53.2nm
2. 76T 54.3nm
3. Smo 54.5nm
4. Rainbow 54.7nm
5. stoerte 55.3nm
6. newsartist 69.1nm


1. Smo AND Tazu 35.4nm
3. 76T 35.8nm
4. stoerte 35.9nm
5.Rainbow 37.1nm.

Sadly, newsartist has stopped racing for today.


1. Rainbow27.7nm
2. stoerte 28.2nm
3. Smo29.5nm
4. Tazu 29.6nm
5. 76T 30.5nm

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2010-03-11 22:59:49 ---
FRIDAY, 12 MARCH - 1200UTC --

FROM: 29.11N 114,71W (flat point)

ROUND: Isla Natividad at 27.88N 115.18W

FINISH: at 28.03N 114.19W


--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2010-03-12 00:00:23 ---
Thursday Match Race Results

p.1 Smo 0207 * tie for First*
p.1 Tazumaki 0207
p.3 76Trombones 0208
p.4 Stoertebaker 0209 **scored at line extension, sailed into bay**
p.5 RainbowChaser
p.6 newsartist

It was an 'interesting' Finish. Smo led Taz by a tiny margin nearing the line, but the updates were out of phase and Tazumaki 'flipped' first.

Call it a tie for First and Second. With 76Trombones right there for Third.

Complicating things, darkness fell five minutes before the Finish. RainbowChaser was 11.0nm out, and the touring newsartist was 52.7 away. (Bacchus is 36nm out and appears to be joining us.)

--- Last Edited by newsartist at 2010-03-12 02:43:16 ---
FRIDAY, 12 MARCH - 1200UTC --

FROM: 29.11N 114,71W (flat point)

ROUND: Isla Natividad at 27.88N 115.18W

FINISH: at 28.03N 114.19W


76T (CAN)
Bacchus (NED)
News (USA)
Rainbow (GBR)
Smo (FIN)
Stoerte (AUSTRIA)
Tazu (GER)

There was an eighth boat at the start captjack42 but it didn't start with the gun.

(based on a straightline from boat position to the middle SW shore of the island and on to the finishing point)

1. Smo 53.9nm
2. Tazu 54.1nm
3. 76T 54.2nm AND Bacchus 54.2nm
5. Rainbow 54.3nm
6. news 54.4nm
7. stoerte 54.5nm

What these bald numbers don't reveal is that there are two distinct groups with news and stoerte choosing to go west of Isla Cedros and the other five boats to go east of it.

UPDATE 2053utc

Smo 20:53: DTG 20.47 UTC 76T 48.7Bacch 50.4 RC 50.8 Smo 51.2 Tazu 53.5Stoerte 63.3 News 66.2

By 2236utc it became apparent that the W option was not optimal for the prevailing conditions with the DTG RANKINGS being:

1. 76T 21.5nm
2. Bacchus 23.3nm
3. Rainbow 23.4nm
4. Smo 24.1nm
5. Tazu 25.8nm
6. news 45.4nm
7. stoerte 43.5nm


1. 76T
2. Bacchus
4. Smo
5. Tazu
(6. stoerte)
(7. news)

( ) = still to finish at time of posting.

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2010-03-13 00:21:03 ---

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