First day out in the Impulse. It was blowing quite strongly and it was going to be a good test of the boat.
The start was fairly good, starting a few slots down from the committee boat end with a little speed and was with the front of the fleet for the first couple of tacks. James mistook the course for being a port course and took me off the wrong side of the island, but this didn’t cost a lot time.
Poor tacking was the main problem. The impulse tacks very differently to the laser and I need a lot of practice tacking. Getting out in a race in 15 knots probably isn’t the best place to practice. The boat would stall coming out of the tacks, losing valuable time.
The rest of the course was fairly uneventful with a few lighter sailors getting away on the downwind leg. Unfortunately at the mark in front of the rowing the vang broke, and that was the end of the race. At least I know what one of the weak links on the boat is.
Here is the GPS log from the race: