We had a beautiful day in Charleston for racing with temps in the 70s and clear skies. A below average low tide in the middle of the afternoon did put a dent in some of the racing, but at the end of the day, 6 A division and 4 B division W4s were completed. The breeze was between NNW and NNE all day around 8 knots. We completed one set before postponing ashore for an extended lunch break that lasted during max ebb. 4 A races and 2 B races were sailed during the tide switch and made for good racing. There were no breakdowns and 1 protest was filed, resulting in 1 DSQ (Rule 13).
The Cooper River Cross-Current Goldcup was in all its glory for day two of the 2011 Charleston Spring Coed Intersectional. We had a stiff easterly that piped in just as competitors took to the boats and it lasted all day. Most races had winds in the mid-teens except for the last 1 and 1 set, where it was below 10 knots. We used goldcups at first for fun reaches, but as the ebb started flow, we skewed them so at least one beat was a beat and one run a run. We ran races through the day, doing 7 B and 5 A, to complete the series at 11 in each division.
Sundayâ€™s racing was north of the Yorktown, closer to the bridge, to avoid sailing directly to leeward of an aircraft carrier. This made for a longer rotation and binoculars were needed for coaching, but the racecourse was better.
The racing was close and unique, but as in all racing, getting a clean start (which was pretty tricky in the max ebb) and sailing fast helped. For an early season event the overall boat handling and evenness of the fleet was great. The competitors did a great job taking care of the boats in the trying conditions; there were very few collisions, mark snaggings, upside-down boats, etc. Thank you!
Thanks also to the Cougar Undergrads who handled the scoring, markset, race committee, and the rotations.
Thanks to the coaches who, on top of coaching their team, heard protests. (2 filed, 2 DSQs, [10&18.2a])
And, while Iâ€™m at it, thanks again to all the teams who made the trip to Charleston to support the event. College of Charleston Sailing and SAISA appreciate it.
|1||College of Charleston||Cougars||38||48||86|
|2||University of Florida||Gators||67||54||121|
|3||U. S. Coast Guard Academy||Bears||31||95||126|
|*||4||St. Mary's College of Maryland||Seahawks||74||69||143|
|*||5||University of California at Santa Barbara||Gauchos||83||60||143|
|8||U. S. Naval Academy||Midshipmen||76||75||151|
|9||Old Dominion University||Monarchs||72||94||166|
|10||University of Wisconsin||Badgers||63||104||167|
|11||University of Rhode Island||Rams||100||80||180|
|14||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||127||150||277|
The following chart shows the relative rank of the teams as of the race indicated. Note that the races are ordered by number, then division, which may not represent the order in which the races were actually sailed.
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