(Note: Many images below are courtesy of Dil Spitz and Silber Sands.
The originals can be seen in the ONE WORLD REGATTA image pool.)
When we last left the ONE WORLD FINALS‘ competition quartet, three races were on the scoreboard and in the history books. KENOBI held two first-place wins and EUREKA owned one, but point-wise it was much closer across the fleet. Under the low-point system, KENOBI lead with six points while the remaining three teams were all tied with eight points each. Oh, and don’t forget, each team could discard their worst score when the final results were tallied.
So as the warning horn sounded for Race #4, it was still a boat race and the top prize remained up for grabs.
ONE WORLD FINALS, Race #4
The last race in the finals series used a chart that emphasized basic skills but also required strategic and tactical decisions. The first leg of F-4 was an upwind beat to the yellow buoy in Flat Hammock. It was followed by two reach legs that brought the Teams over to Race Rock where they engaged in a quick game of pinball, rounding four closely-spaced marks.
The final stretch was a three-sim long broad reach down Hay Harbor Channel to finish in Schooner Run sim, right outside the FIYC Clubhouse. 🙂
In most sailboat races, the start is the thing; if you win the Start there’s a very good chance you can win the race. That certainly proved true in the One World Finals races #1-3, where team Kenobi seemed to dominate the field in Countdown antics. However, in race #4, FIYC was fired-up and ready to take KENOBI on in the pre-start. Just watch what happens below!
Hawk’s judging video slightly altered by Jane
With roughly ninety seconds still on the clock, both FIYC and KENOBI start to run the length of the line, hoping to get an optimal spot where they can flip to Starboard and make a lunge for the Line. KENOBI held windward advant and moved closer to FIYC to shadow. This worked quite nicely, as FIYC lost momentum and fell far astern of KENOBI.
Timing is everything in life though, and FIYC knew that both boats were way too early to set the start angle correctly; Armano and Cait were only too happy to let the Bunnimeisters hop ahead. 🙂 That meant KENOBI was forced to far-overshoot the line in a stall-for-time before they tacked. While KENOBI regained her balance, FIYC got a good groove going, and actually set up a perfect angle to cross.
Here are still images from MarkTwain White’s video that also show this point:
At -00:28sec, FIYC is lined up to cut the line on close-haul, while KENOBI is far off-side, nearly in Anchor Cove Channel. Kenobi claws back on a reach, but FIYC’s closed the door nicely. KENOBI’s only move is to cut below FIYC’s stern and come up leeward, but that puts KENOBI directly under FIYC’s wind blanket. KENOBI therefore falls off the course to get free and build momentum, crossing the line a full 16 seconds behind FIYC. SVC-472 rode across in KENOBI’s wake, four seconds later.
EUREKA opted to avoid the crowd, started in the middle of the line where there was clean air and free water. It was a wise choice; EUREKA crossed a mere two seconds behind FIYC!
Armano Xaris 00:00:09
Alain Gloster 00:00:11
Bunnie Mills 00:00:25
momomos Netizen 00:00:29
Soon after the Start, FIYC opted to tack to Port early. The final image in the sequence above reveals why. As the two boats came to the first mark, EUREKA was in the lead and entered the two-boat-length zone first. However, due to the early, extra tack, FIYC approached the mark on Starboard; FIYC held Right-of-Way.
As shown above, Armano and Cait played that power and position to great effect, building a strong lead on their way to the second mark in Sugar Reef. They never looked back, and sailed the rest of the course rather flawlessly. 🙂
The image above shows FIYC rounding the final mark in Race Rock, setting their spinnaker for the run home with their fellow finalists two or more turns behind. EUREKA trailed by a half-minute, followed by KENOBI and SVC-472.
1: Armano Xaris IDFI01 — 00:11:25
2: Alain Gloster IDAG64 — 00:12:03
3: Bunnie Mills IDOBI1 — 00:12:22
4: momomos Netizen IDJIRA — 00:13:20
FIYC’s impressive win showed how evenly matched the four finalist teams actually were; they were all true champions. However, the point totals were undeniable; over the series of four final races (with one discard), team KENOBI emerged the clear winner. FIYC came in Second, followed by EUREKA and SVC-472.
Woot! What great racing, and what great racers!
Jane Fossett shouts:
“EVERYBODY, THANK YOU FOR TWO MONTHS OF FANTASTIC RACES. THIS EVENT WAS A CELEBRATION OF ALL SL SAILING AND WOW… 150 SAILORS, OVER TWO DOZEN TEAMS AND NINE EVENTS SCATTERED ALL OVER THE GRID!!!”
Admiral MarkTwain White then took over, announcing the winners and awarding the trophies to the four Finalists.
The KENOBI Machine bellied-up to accept Top Honors and the First Place Trophy, then bunched together for a photoshoot! Wave those flags! Woots!
In addition to the awards for sailing teams, a special One World Sportsmanship Trophy was given to Sophie Abbott, representing the FLOATING BOATERS team. MarkTwain White put it aptly:
“The award for Best Sportsmanship should be in DIAMONDS!”
So, and after ten long weeks of racing, with the consent of Head Judge Silber Sands, and Race Committee Chair Jane Fossett, Head Race Director Hay Ah declared the 2011 ONE WORLD Regatta Officially Closed.
Well, at least until the next time
we all get together and do it again. 🙂