at Wickford's website
I am usually out on my Dad's Nonsuch Papa
, which really doesn't need too many crew members. Seeing as it has one sail and belongs in the cruising class, it can be quite the leisurely Wednesday Night Race, plenty of beer, cheese, and crackers to go around. It can, however, put up a fight, especially if the breeze picks up a bit.
After WYC's Commissioning Day on May 26th, Wednesday Night Racing was officially in season. The first night of racing took place on June 6th, and will continue every Wednesday night well into August (except for July 4th, which falls on a Wednesday this year. I think racing is that Tuesday instead)
Here are a few of my favorite shots from the evening! Although there wasn't much breeze, especially at 6 when races were trying to get started, the light was wonderful and the rain held off. Another great night out on the bay! (Oh, and Papa
finished 3 of 6 on corrected time. Not too shabby for having 8 people aboard, with only 2 or 3 doing any of the work.)
Wednesday Night Racing photos will be uploaded each week in their own viewing gallery on my website: WYC Wednesday Night Racing 2012
. Check back there for more pictures as the summer progresses! And try using your name or your boat's name to find photos of yourself! Any images available as stock will be kept separate in the Sailing & Nautical
section of the Photography Catalog
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Oh Summer... bringer of hot sunny days, beach weather, wicked storms, tourists, and an all around enjoyable time of year to spend outside with friends and family. Did I mention Summer as the busy season for New England sailors and boaters? Not only do the weekend warriors come in droves to fish and crowd the bay, but dozens of sailing groups, small and large alike, formal clubs as well as casual collections of water sport enthusiasts, get organized for the sailing season. Wickford Yacht Club is no different, and every summer they host a Summer Racing Series for just about any sailors who want to get in on the Wednesday Night action! With 5 classes including spinnaker classes, cruising classes, and Ensign One Design, this group of sailors finds time every Wednesday week night at 6pm to make it out onto Narragansett Bay outside of Wickford Harbor. (Luckily, this summer racing series doesn't conflict with a lot of other regular racing schedules, like busy Tuesday nights out in Newport and Jamestown, and of course all those weekend regattas.) Plenty of regulars come to sail, and even non-regulars can be seen in the parking lot and on the docks hoping someone is in need of a crew. The other great thing is you don't have to be a WYC member to participate! (Anyone interested can find more information and
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If you talk to anyway wave hunting lately, most everyone is pretty annoyed with this season's swell. We usually expect big nor'easter storms to roll thru in the winter months, generating big waves and heavy offshore winds. Last season we were totally spoiled with head to overhead 6-8'+ days regularly occurring once a week. This season has been a little different, but perhaps that's a good thing to get me more accustomed to swimming in cold conditions.
I haven't been in the water for sunset in a while. But the opportunity finally presented itself a couple weeks ago. The sky was clear for once, there was a bump of swell in the water but apparently no one really deemed it worthwhile because the lineup was empty. Fellow photographer friend Gus Potter grabbed his board instead of a camera, and the two of us hopped in with only half an hour or so before sunset to catch a few with the one other soul already in the water.
It was a little windy and wonky, and certainly cold, but it was one of my favorite sessions this month. You just can't beat that dusky light!
Shorebreak is a specific phenomenon. When the change in bottom contours is so significant, and the wave action is high enough, these specific beach waves get jacked up and come crashing down right on the shoreline in a big way. There is obviously the danger -- if the swell is heavy enough -- of getting caught in the impact zone just like any another wave, and having a massive force of water come crashing down on your head. But perhaps the bigger shorebreak danger is getting sucked over the falls. These waves are characterized by breaking on the shore, which means next to no water upon impact if you get sucked up and over and the wave slams you into the beach. Now take all of that, and go swimming with a 7lb water housing.