The Maine Rocks Race
is a 112nm race from Rockland, ME, down Two Bush Channel, leaving
Metinicus Rock to port, then rounding Mt. Desert Rock, leaving
Metinicus to starboard and back to Rockland, ME. This was the first
running of the race which is sponsored by Rockland Yacht Club.
Here's the race course
(click on course for larger sized image):
Here are some of the
stats from the race:
Finish Time: 7/14 06:26:12 PM
Ellapsed Time: 32:26:12
Corrected Time: 28:36:38 (time on time correction)
Position: 1st Place
Among the single handed boats, I was second over the line and lots of
double handed boats beat me over but luckily they all owed me
time as Jeroboam was the highest rated boat in the fleet. On
corrected time, I took first place, beating out the other single handers as well as the double handers. I was the recipient of The
Francis Stokes Award which is presented to the boat with the best
corrected time for a single hander.
This was the first annual running of the Maine Rocks Race and
contained some excellent competition including three former
1-2 winners in their respective divisions. A bunch of the race
participants submitted their log notes which I'm told are to be
published on the
Sailing Association web site. My notes are below:
Interesting start as those boats favoring the shore along Owls Head
moved decisively to the early lead (Adhara, Williwaw and I think one
other). After yawing about in the lobster boat wakes, a N-S column
of air materialized and I was able to capitalize for a short clip
while considering using the momentum to drive West toward a second
column forming. I noticed Panacea moving toward it and made the
mistake of not doing the same which soon afforded me last place in
the fleet and a long tedious wait in the doldrums of Monroe Island
while Peter rode that column of air for quite a while.
When the wind gently came up, I worked my way down Two Bush Channel,
carefully using each shift to my advantage then got a big break at
the South Breaker mark when a SW shift allowed me to avoid a couple
tacks at the end. I think I made some ground on someone here as a
radar spot just in front of me came around the mark from the West
but with the fog I couldnít see who it was.
The Metinicus-Mt Desert leg proved a windfall for my progress in
catching up with the fleet. I opted for a port tact to work with the
tide, even though my VMG was materially less than a starboard tact
would have afforded. I gambled on the predicted SE shift for my next
tack and it worked, leaving me upwind of most of the fleet and with
a good line for Mt. Desert Rock. I hoped the shift would steady but
it kept clocking, allowing some of the downwind boats to make the
mark without the need for a hitch, but for those who did, I made
some good ground.
The leg back to Metinicus again proved favorable for Jeroboam as she
needs plenty of wind to attain hull speed and catch up with the
shorter waterlined, similarly rated boats. The chase to catch up
with Williwaw was intense with both boats carrying too much sail,
rounding up, though I rounded far more frequently than they, and
hand steering for hours on end. I passed just prior to Metinicus
then we were off to the downwind races.
Williwaw chose a direct route up Two Bush Channel with their whisker
pole out while I ran West a bit to go dead down, wing-and-wing (no
whisker pole) and maximize the surfing angle. By the time we reached
Monroe, we were still neck and neck, as each of our strategies
proved as effective as the otherís. I over stood the jibe toward
Rockland and Williwaw took advantage of the hole to regain the lead.
I tried desperately to catch up again, giving it the whole main and
jib, but couldnít retake them and crossed just after Williwaw. What
a great battle we had!