2017 New England Championship


It has been suggested that in my New England Champs write up I should have included the Big Picture, not sure what that really means, I will do my best.

One of the things that I forgot to mention in my original version is that I hit the leeward mark on Saturday, and for whatever reason that was not recorded on the results. When that was discovered on Tues? the results were recomputed. That was a big change in the results for places 4 through 8 because we were all so close in points. I was now 8 points richer, and that took me from 4th place to 8th! I must remember to record my finishes while on the ice just for such occasions, as I am getting older if you know what I mean.

We did have a nice place to stay at Paul Gervais Saturday night. and him being a local he knows where the popular eating places are. We gave Guy Polyblank a call and he met us at the restaurant that I cannot recall the name of. It was difficult to find a place to park , but we did. We got a table, I ordered too much food, and we talked about iceboating I am quite sure. The food was good, as was the company. We finished up, Guy went back to his hotel, and Eben, Paul and I went back to his place. Back at Paul’s place we watched the Patriots game until we could not keep the eyes open any longer.

We were up in the morning plenty early, Paul made a pot of coffee, and we all took care of business if ya know what I mean. We had toast and banana with our coffee, packed our gear, and hit the road back to the launch site. There is a good store/bakery close to the launch site that has good breakfast sandwiches, and of course more coffee, so there we stopped. Then it was to the launch site. From here return to the original version.

Original Version

New England Championship. There was a good turnout, 18 registered racers. The ice was smooth, large and quite scenic with all the mountains in view.

The wind was lighter on Saturday and southish, on Sunday the wind was northish and I thought that it was not much stronger. I was wrong! I left the pits and sailed out to the line and I had guessed all wrong. I immediately asked a few of my fellow racers if I would have time to get back to the pits to make a FEW changes, the answers were maybe, and for me that was yes, as I had to. I went back and changed to my FSpeed 1D sail, moved my mast step back. I wanted to do one more thing, but did not. If I put the mast stiffener in it would take too much time, dropping the mast, removing the base etc. Luckily the mast I was sailing with had seen abuse before and survived, so I would deal with a speed loss. Luckily sailing back to the line from the pit area was a very fast, so I was able to do one more essential thing. I had brought my 1/4 inch inserts out to  the line, and had time to switch from my 3/16 inch inserts. I was very fortunate that I was able to do that switch, high speed runners, 20 inch profile. Great for those leeward mark roundings, in good air. I did not want to have a spin out and hit the leeward mark as I did on Saturday in the lighter air.

So to the line we went, I did not remember what my finish position, so went to the end of the line. Start position is not a real big deal for me anyway as I am not able to run, so most everyone get ahead at the start anyway. With that flat sail I was able to point quite well, but the wind was very shifty and up and down. There were many frustrating tacks made by many of us on the way to the windward mark. I for the most part sailed to the layline after the first race as I was on the right side of the start line and was pointing well. The wind did sort of lighten up near shore, but for the most part I think it was the thing to do. Once or twice I did tack too soon and rounded the mark with insufficient speed and payed for it with an unsatisfying downwind speed, I hate that.

It was a great time duking it out with Eben as always, we saw each other at the windward mark often. I really thought it was going to be one of his days, but I got him by 3 points. It really could have been anything, I wish that we had more time to discuss the race and our gear before rushing to get on the road for our long drives home.

I do have to say, that the first hour or so of the drive home is almost as exciting as iceboating. Those mountain roads very twisting, and up and down. The roads were dry, so it was much fun unless you got behind the wrong car. Most drivers were like minded so for the most part, fast ride on the mountain roads. Once on the freeway, all the skiers are all in a hurry to get home, so they cruise!

The results of the New England Champs is on the IDNIYRA web site. Oliver took a photo of the results, and sent it to Loretta, and she crunched the numbers while he sped home like the rest of us! Pretty cool use of resources.


See you on the ice,

Cheers, Dave

About David Fortier

DN sailor since 1988
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