Kingston Intergalactic Invitational DN Champs – February 6-7- How It Was Won!
Hello All- Last weekend the Canadian gang somehow managed to get a regatta in the books on Lake Col By (did I spell that right?). Sounds like they had a good turnout and some good racing which saw Peter Van Rossem crowned Intergalactic DN Champion- Nice job Peter! Here he tells us about the regatta and how he took the top spot:
“Saturday ice conditions were fast even though we had about an inch of snow on deck. It was warm which didn’t allow for the snow to get hard and crusty. Wind started out to be about 10 plus kts and steadily increased over the afternoon to major puffs of 15-20. At the end of the day snow crystals were flowing across the deck, blasting the top surface of the ice to a point that we started seeing the actual ice at the end of the day. This set us up great for Sunday BTW, where the temps rose above freezing making the ice slippery …good cause the wind was light.
Saturday I think we had 14 boats out where 12 were actually racing.
I used my 1D Speed sail the whole day and for skates, 3/16 90 degree Inserts with 15” of flat. My mast is a CSI/Kent 4.1 built in 2013 or 2014, can’t recall exactly. My sail was low on the mast , almost two blocked at the forward blocks and main sheet was on hard the whole time…except for in the extreme puffs later in the day where I has do let off for a split second and then bring right back in again to keep the boat flat.
The lake is a small lake and there were big shifts to be gained or lost. I seemed to have been able to capitalize on the winds that I had as John Curtis was equally as fast as I on and off the wind. Interesting taking into account that I have a few pounds on him!
Sunday was light. Started out with some nice breeze which I missed sailing in as I was on shore, rigging my boat. (You Snooze you Loose I guess.) Thanks guys for holding out for me before starting the Race BTW!
Sunday Ice was smooth slippery, as I mentioned because of the mild day.
Winds were the best when we started… at 5-8kts. And gradually fading out to pushing my boat once at the top mark and then several times on the last downwind to cross the line.
I used a used (2000 yr)1D Full Power Sail that I just acquired from Claude Morin in Montreal. Incidentally, John and I both had the same sail and rig and boom (for comparison) Not sure about their blades but I used a pair of Duhamel 100’s Inserts. 20 in of flat.
The starts were in light air so what I did was head down to almost 90 Degrees to the true wind and got my speed up asap. Heading up slowly to find the true groove of the wind and boat speed combination. . This was key to getting off the line with speed…all the while looking at my telltales to see if I was too high or too low. I found this sailing to be a tough groove after looking at John sailing way higher, but with less speed.
Downwind you had to sail deep, past the lay lines in order to keep the power in the boat. Shifts and pressure played a big part in keeping your boat moving. Sail trim was full on up wind while easing off in the lulls to try to keep the air flowing over the sail. This was extremely important on the downwind legs where, pulling in too tight flattened the sail too much leaving no power to keep you moving . I always made sure that if I could, I had max speed at the top of the windward mark. This allowed me max speed (Apparent wind) on the downwind for as long as it lasted.
It was really good to see some of our local boats definitely speeding up this year over last. Sunday could have easily been a pushing race, and was for some but others have got a better grasp at getting their boats moving for sure. Good to see!”
Peter Van Rossem