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2006 Rhodes 19 Class National
August 22–25, 2006
Sandy Bay Yacht Club - Rockport, Massachusetts
All the races will be held within Sandy Bay where the winds and currents are more reliable.
The tide will be high at 11:20AM on Tuesday the 22nd advancing to 1:07PM on the 25th. The outgoing tide will generally run North to South in the middle of the Bay but can be tricky around the edges (check the lobster pots). Since the height of the tide will be toward the low end of the lunar cycle, tide should not be a major factor unless we have a light Northerly (in which case, get out of the tide going up wind).
Since Sandy Bay is protected by land from the South clockwise to the Northwest, seas are relatively flat in almost all wind conditions. The exceptions are a strong Northwesterly (chop) and Easterlies (swells).
Southerly to Southwesterly is the prevailing wind. A true Southwesterly will usually build in the afternoon and often clock to the right. A light Southwesterly can be replaced with a Southeasterly (sea breeze) so keep and eye over your shoulder.
Westerlys are often puffy and undependable. It is not unusual to have oscillations 60 degrees or more (sail the lifts).
Northwesterlys can be breezy if they hold up. If breezy it often pays to get out of the chop by sailing toward the shore. If the Northwesterly peters out, look for a sea breeze.
Northerlys are generally light (get out of the tide going up wind).
Northeasterlys and Easterlys at this time of year are generally light and can bring anything from occasional dense fog, showers and sharp wind changes. Northeasterlys often peter out as the day goes on.
Southeasterlys (sea breeze) are generally fair and steady. Southeasterlys can clock to the right later in the day.
The Gap (cut between Straitsmouth Island and the land) can funnel wind and/or current depending on conditions.
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