The sea was angry that day, my friends!
Back in Black leading the 2020 KYC Lawrawnce Cup Race
That's how all great race reports should start...unfortunately this one won't. The light easterly before the start of this year's KYC Lawrance Cup race to the Bell Buoy gave way to a near flat calm at the start. With a huge clump of boats out near the pin end of the start line, Phil Cragg, Ed Thomas and I on Back in Black elected to take a risky start right at the KYC dock. We had clear air, but it initially looked frightening as there seemed to be very little easterly breeze along the shore, and the forest of kites looked like they would soon envelop us. Luckily, as the easterly breeze completely evaporated moments after the start and kites gave way to jibs, we managed to latch into a very light zephyr and get moving away from the pack. That was really the defining moment for us, as zephyr gave way to light south westerly, then light northerly, then finally building westerly. As we always seemed to be first to the new breeze, our lead gradually grew. There was a brief moment of panic as our keel hit the sand at Spanish banks, almost a rite of passage for this race. We managed to spin off by quickly tacking and aggressively heeling the boat.
Frank Rogers and his crew on #27 Blow Out were also moving quickly in the light breeze, and never far behind us up to the first dolphin, but we watched in dismay as they were even more bold than us going inshore, inevitably also getting stuck on the bank. It took them a full few minutes to get clear - enough to hold on to second but the hungry pack behind had closed well up.
Downwind after the rounding we played it safe - "stay between them and the finish" was our mantra, but Mike and crew on #304 Too Wicked put on a masterful display (as always it seems) to pass numerous boats on the way to their second place finish. Some of Mike's insights on the downwind leg below - we kept trying to divine what was going on with tide and current but never really figured it out...ebb current everywhere you look on a huge rising tide made little to no sense to me. Tide from the heavens perhaps. We also thought there was a bit more pressure inshore after passing Spanish banks, and definitely were conscious of sailing hotter angles in the lulls to keep the boat moving in the never-ending string of lumpy waves from powerboat wakes. Upwind at the start of the race we definitely got a bit lucky, but we also worked really hard to keep the boat moving. The sails were never trimmed tight, and Ed had 100% laser focus and constant adjustment on jib trim as it's impossible to turn the boat fast enough to keep up to the wind shifts in that kind of breeze.
All in all another great day on the water, no rain, great refresher on how to rig spinnakers again, and great turnout by the Martin 242 fleet!
Look for final results soon on the KYC website I'm told...

Reto Corfu
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Debrief notes from Mike:

Yesterday it was imperative to not try to sail too low because the chute would collapse. So we sailed "a bit hotter", thus a closer angle to the wind so we kept up our velocity.

And some boats made the mistake of rounding the mark and heading due east, head-on into the outflow current, but we did a no-pole-hoist at the windward mark and headed north into better breeze and perhaps fractionally less outflow current. That gave us 2-3 boats right there and we picked off 3 more on the rest of the run.

And when we gybed the first time onto starboard at a freighter way off to the north of the bell buoy, we drove inshore all the way to the tide line just south of the first mile marker, then went northeast on port for a while. Matt Collingwood went past us on starboard to the south and crossed into the bad current. He visibly slowed down.

So after we went offshore on port for about 500 yards, we gybed back onto starboard and drove all the way inshore to a point about 250 yards west of the Jericho Sailing Center pier, which is where the wind is: usually strongest; has bent the most due to the geographic wind shift; and the current is the least.

We gained many boat lengths on #27 who was 10 lengths to our North during that inshore approach.

When we gybed onto port we crossed him, and that was basically that for the rest of the run.

Michael Clements

Results from KYC:

Official results from Kits Yacht Club :)

IMCA News

Over the past 6 months the following items have been completed and posted to the Fleet One website in the "M242 Class Docs" section at https://www.m242fleetone.org:
1. The Measurer's Handbook, which was compiled by multiple Fleet Measurers to make their job much easier going forward, particularly around knowledge transfer. 
The Handbook will also be very useful for boat owners because it enables all of you to see the exact processes Measurers use for every measurement issue, and which items are important and which are less so. In this manner competitors can get their boats prepped well in advance to pass all the required Measurement steps. 

2. A "Fillable PDF" of the Measurement Certificate, which can also be found in the Class Docs section. Ken Machtley and his Team put this together over the past 6 months, and it has been used extensively for various boats that are being measured. 
It works very well, and has great features like: when the boat name, owner name, sail number, and HIN are typed in on page 1, that data is repeated on the subsequent pages automatically once you click on the same boxes on page 2: a big time saving. 

3. A "Fillable PDF" of the Sail Register, which can also be found in the Class Docs section.

Ken Machtley and his Team put this together over the past 6 months, and it has also been used extensively for various boats.



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RVYC M242 Fleet Championship Regatta

On Saturday October 10, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club will host the Fleet Championship Regatta for the Martin 242 Class. The start will be at 11am. Crews are limited to a maximum of 3 people, and spinnakers are allowed.
The NOR, SI's, and Registration will be set up during the week of September 28, so don't forget to Register.
At this point 5 boats have said they will race (Dirty Dog, Jumanji, Too Wicked, Back in Black, Sailiant) and there are 8 others that are strong Maybe's.

Class News

Sept 10, 2020

Martin 242
Just writing to let you know what we’ve been up to on the west coast in the Martin 242 fleet, in this unusual COVID year.

Official racing through the yacht clubs has of course been completely shut down this summer. The Royal Vancouver YC normally runs a Wed night race series through the spring and summer for both PHRF boats and one design, as well as several weekend events. There’s also a big fleet of Martins at the Kitsilano Yacht Club and several racing out of Tiddley Cove Yacht Club in False Creek, both clubs also run a few events – all canceled this year.

So we decided to start up an ‘unofficial’ training/tuning series to take the place of the usual Wed night one design races.

Some ad-hoc rules were drafted to respect COVIC-19 restrictions: 2 or 3 crew maximum, ideally already part of your COVID ‘bubble’; white sails only (no spinnakers.) Boat crews were expected to follow Dr. Bonnie Henry's public health guidelines and to maintain social distancing when off the water during launching and de-rigging, and obviously no dinners or bar after racing (although we’ve been having informal socially distanced hangouts to catch the sunset in the boat park at Kits YC after sailing – you can’t really stop sailors from having a few sneaky beers after racing.)
Martin 242
Race formats were really simple with only a single windward mark and the start pin doubling as the leeward mark. Race committee of one on a small RIB or whaler, and a 3-minute start sequence using a whistle and no flags. We mostly rely on the honour system for OCS and fouls. The courses are much shorter than usual mostly because the downwind legs can get a bit long with no spinnakers – typical races were no more than 20-30 minutes long.

Martin 242
I’d say it’s been an overwhelming success, with 10-15 boats out most nights this summer. We’ve been getting 4-5 races in on the windier nights where typically our Wed nights were maximum of two. The short courses have made for some really close racing, and put a huge premium on good starts, tactical sailing, and good mark roundings, reminding me of my early days racing dinghies on short courses (shoutout to the Queen's University Sailing Team, go Gaels!)

In place of the usual post-race dock talk we’ve been posting results and trying to encourage a virtual debrief in the comments on the fleet Facebook page, with winners on the night chiming in on what worked or what they focused on. Lots of skippers have been sailing with family members – spouses, kids, siblings - that don’t normally get out racing but were already part of the bubble, and the lack of kites means can sail with fewer experienced crew without a huge penalty on boat handling.


I think it’s been a great opportunity to learn for all boats involved, and the different more relaxed format was even a refreshing change. If nothing else it’s certainly been nice to get out on the water racing regularly on an otherwise shot summer for sailboat racing! 
Martin 242
Reto and his son Max

Cheers,
Reto Corfu
Martin 242 #13 Back in Black

Martin 242

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