This is the third leg of the east coast IRC summer series. Four races were held today, in nine – twelve knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet. The three TP52’s had hard fought battles as usual.
Onboard Phoenix, we had four good starts. The left looked good in the first half of the day but as he windward leg was short, it was best to start to the right and hold the boats to leeward to the left with starboard tack advantage. Ironically, in each of the first two races, Vesper or Spookie, whichever had the worse start, tacked to port, went behind us and won the race while we pinned to other boat to the left layline. Three boat racing produces strange tactics.
In the last race, we started to the right and did not let anyone get to the right of us and won by a big margin.
Vesper and Spookie are tied for first and we are a couple points back in third.
Three or four races are planned for tomorrow but there is bad weather forecast. Showers and lightening should greet us at daybreak so it is unsure how many races we will be able to get it.
by Paul Cayard