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    Default Corinthian Race 2020

    Dura Mater gets her bottom cleaned every year for this, our favorite race. Last year we got five horns.

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    I just noticed that is also sail a small boat day at RYC. Going to be a full house...

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    Default Invitation from the Corinthian Yacht Club

    Participants in the SSS Corinthian Race this year are invited back to the clubhouse for food and drinks. No, not free food and drinks, but we are invited as guests to partake of the Corinthian hospitality. Ask Michael Chammout. It's true! We are also invited to raft up and spend the night. Seriously! So, raise your yacht club burgees, (or borrow your friends' burgees) and stay over after the race. Remember to thank the Corinthian again for its hospitality over the years. They host us for this race and have done so for the SHTP for a long long time.

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    E-mail exchange this morning with Steve Katzman - Express 27 Dianne:

    On Sunday, March 1, 2020, 08:48:59 AM PST, Steve Katzman <sdkatzman@yahoo.com> wrote:

    Hello Bob, Good crossing tacks with you during that hellish beat up the city front. I was glad to wave you across. It's the corinthian thing to do.

    Any word about a boat on the rocks just east of the GGYC ?



    That was Hedgehog, Dave Herrigel's boat.

    Dave stopped by the club last night and told us what happened. He had just tacked out from shore and was on port, and a double-handed class boat (Express 27 or Moore) on starboard forced him to tack back in. The angles were such that he couldn't duck the boat and being singlehanded, Dave couldn't power back up quickly enough before he lost steerage and drifted into the rocks.

    I had a couple incidents on that beat that could have ended the same way. Not all the double-handers were as accommodating as you, so thanks! Many of them don't understand what it takes to singlehand in those conditions or don't seem to care.

    I purposely chose to make longer tacks out into the flood to reduce the port-starboard encounters, but this compromised my results on that leg. Similarly, when most of the fleet chose Raccoon Strait after rounding Southampton, I tacked and went back around the south side of Angel Island to avoid the majority of the fleet.

    So what you have is the more experienced singlehanders purposely compromising their races to accommodate the large numbers of double-handers. This is pretty frustrating considering it's the Singlehanded Sailing Society.

    Dave says he's done with racing against double-handers in these races, especially where they're class boats for whom the race is a season counter. I've been there too. SSS will have to change some things or it will lose the remaining single-handers who form the nucleus of the club, provide the leadership, etc.

    Dave was hoping to do another Singlehanded Transpac this year, had entered the race and was well along in his preparations.

    If you're willing, please pass this along to the Express 27 class. Dave doesn't know if it was an Express 27 who forced him into the rocks but given the numbers, it likely was.

    Thanks again,
    Bob J.

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    Thanks to Bob for posting the above.
    I am willing to pass this along to my Express 27 fleet and will do so.

    I have long enjoyed doing the SSS races. I do them doublehanded, with the exception of the Vallejo I. I admire singlehanders, but racing singlehanded is not my cup of tea. I love racing my Express 27 double handed in the SSS events. While racing these events it has been my pleasure to modify my racing to accomodate those racing singlehanded. I do not push the limits at mark roundings or crossings with singlehanded boats. I take more then my usual cautions to avoid confrontations and collisions.

    The SSS races are some of the best offered. They offer interesting distance courses. They are priced fairly. Lots of bang for the buck. It would be a great loss to have the SSS close their racing to the E27 fleet. We can modify our behavior on the race course and prevent that loss.

    My heart goes out to Dave Herrigel. I saw Hedgehog being pounded on the rocks. It was a sight from a nightmare of any boatowner. SDK

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatzman View Post
    My heart goes out to Dave Herrigel. I saw Hedgehog being pounded on the rocks. It was a sight from a nightmare of any boatowner. SDK
    Talking with David, HEDGEHOG was on the rocks for about 20 minutes, time enough to sustain substantial damage to the stem and keel. Fortunately the rudder is undamaged. HEDGEHOG is now hauled and being prepped for repair...David feels that if he had not crash tacked back to starboard, he would have T-boned the offending starboard tack yacht amidships, as it was too close to safely bear away to duck and take its stern. In this case the starboard tacker is burdened and obligated to give HEDGEHOG sea room. Unfortunate beyond words.
    Last edited by sleddog; 03-01-2020 at 02:48 PM.

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    I'm really sorry to hear about Dave's boat. Tragic. The year before I did the SHTP and subsequently sold my boat, I also gave up on the in-the-Bay races, they were just too hairy and nerve wracking. Maybe I'm just getting old.

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    I sail a relatively large heavy boat that doesn't tack anything like a smaller ultralight - a N/M 45 ain't gonna short tack equally with the smaller faster quicker-to-accelerate boats, especially when one-handed. I hated the short-tack up the city front on the SSS Corinthian, and eventually stopped sailing that race in favor of joining Race Committee. If it wasn't the doublehanders in our race, it was the St. Francis Knarr boats out doing battle and they were even better armed with 3 people on the boat and would give no quarter - I've been shouted at several times over the years that they were 'racing' and I should avoid them - and they had no idea I was racing as well.

    In terms of preserving the course, would it work if the singlehanders could round towards Southampton at the Fort Mason buoy (if it still exists)? - this would avoid the need to short-tack the city front all the way to Blackaller.

    Ultimately I scaled back SSS racing Beetle to Three Bridge, the ocean (SSS Farallones, Half Moon Bay), and Vallejo - wonderful destination race. The other in-the-bay short course races were too congested to be safely done on Beetle as a singlehander. If you removed the doublehanders there would be plenty of room - but I'm not sure that's a fair or a good idea - the SSS caters to doublehanders and doublehanding is a gateway race into SSS Farallones, then LongPac, and next thing you know you're on your way to Hawaii - gotta watch out!

    Dave - I hope Hedgehog comes out OK and you can still make SSS TransPac. Rocks are a nasty business, I would hate to think what would happen to Beetle in those conditions.

    - rob/beetle

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    What a horrible experience, my stomach is in knots reading this. I have been put into precarious situations more times that I can recall with over aggressive doublehanders. There is a thing called "room and opportunity" that should be observed as single-handers are slower to respond in general. Hopefully it is not a total loss. As the dearly departed Joakim used to tell me...... anything composite can get rebuilt with enough time, resin, and beer.

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    Wow! So so sorry to hear that it was Hedgehog that went up on rocks! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help with the repairs and get things sorted to make Hedgehog ready for the SHTP start still?
    Maybe others can rally too and we could have some SSS work crew weekends to help to expedite things?

    I had a near miss just after I crossed the start line of the 3BF this year with a Santana 22 (double handed) coming at me on a Port tack so I had to turn the engine on to head up for a minute to avoid crushing him. The winds were so light I had no other option in those split seconds. I was on Starboard and had rights. If I was hardcore, I could’ve filed a protest but knew the winds were going to go super light and me finishing was unlikely. The little light racing boats don’t get that a full keel boat can’t just turn on a dime! I’m going to make a sign to put on the bow, “If you can read this, you’re about to become matchsticks”
    But seriously, some of the one design racers do get too aggressive and need to dial it down.
    The race this weekend is literally called the Corinthian!

    As far as my race yesterday, It was a beautiful day but with the light shifty winds off the CYC made getting up and around the start pin a bit of a challenge for a Tortuga. I had to duck another boat at the start (I was on port) and then lost enough ground that when I tacked back on Starboard I wasn’t going to make the pin so had to fall off, jibe and run for the start line again to get up and around. Once we were able to tack out into the wind in the central bay, we had a great sail across the bay and a beautiful run down to Blossom Rock buoy. At that point It was breeze on with winds in the 20s. So once I reefed down and rounded the mark to start the bash up the city to Blackaller, I decided I didn’t want to do that and my home port of Pier 39 was close by, so called it a day! Short tacking a 20k+ lbs boat in a big breeze is chore and not something I had been looking forward to. I heard the radio calls about the boat on the rocks of GGYC and called it a day.

    https://youtu.be/XTXs7wI38sQ

    Cheers,
    Randy
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