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 Post subject: Dauphin Island Race?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:40 pm 
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Does anyone on here sail in the Dauphin island Race in Mobile Bay?

We bought a Hobie 16 and I was looking at the previous years results and saw a hand full or so people that compete with smaller multi-hulls. We were wondering about this race. We live in Birmingham, Al and this is the closest actual race. I just Had a few questions about doing it for the first time.

1 whats it like to race a distance race? (furthest we have sailed so far is about 6 nm round trip, we are on a lake so that is a good distance for us, want to go further once we hit the beach.)

2 Is it a big deal to be competing against other boats that are mostly bigger than you?

3 i think they require a boat rating? How do I get one?

thanks for any help
Stewart


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 Post subject: Re: Dauphin Island Race?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:30 pm 
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We did the 50th anniv. race a few years back. It's a cool race, but the logistics can be a little daunting. It's a one way race, so you have to figure out how to get your trailer out to DI unless you want to sail all the way back. (I think there's another, lesser race back on Sunday, but that adds other logistical issues.) The starting area depends on which club is hosting (rotates among Fairhope, Moble, and Buccaneer), and finding a good place to launch can be a challenge. I don't know the best place to retreive on DI. I've heard they closed the area near the air strip that we used to use. No problem with other boats....they will quickly be spread all over Mobile Bay. You will be mostly on your own after the start, so be prepared. The H-16 base Portsmouth No. (D-PN) is 76.0 from this table:

http://offshore.ussailing.org/Portsmout ... lasses.htm

There are other tables to modify your number if not class legal.

The year we did it, we got near the start area and the wind died. Spent several hours with little headway.....even drifted backwards with the current. When the sea breeze finally kicked in, everyone blasted off. We were flying....single- trapped....several tacks upwind to Middle Bay Light and then a reach to the bridge. Took a little over 2 hrs from the start line if i remember right.

Bill Harris (coastrat) or Butch G over on theBeachcats.com forums can probably help you more. Butch is still in the Mobile area, and coastrat does this one pretty much every year. You might also get some good info from the guys on the two H-16s in the picture on this page:

http://www.fairhopeyachtclub.com/regatt ... /Index.htm

They are brothers Shane and Ron Gaston from the Mobile area. (Shane actually now lives in B'ham area.....the guys at B'ham sailing Club may know how to contact him.)

Ocean Springs YC (http://www.osyc.com/) would only be a little further for you, and they have a handful of good regattas every year.

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 Post subject: Re: Dauphin Island Race?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:06 pm 
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Where are you located in Birmingham?

The best place to launch from is Fairhope Yacht Club. They have the best and really only beach. The race is really a drag race down to the finish. We have used the small beach at dauphin island next to the airport to take our boats out for the past few years with no problems. Didn't have any problems last year.
Unless you want to sail back when you finish its best to somehow get your car and trailer down there.

As far as other boats. There are always a few spin boats and sometimes a class of 16s.


-Connor Gaston


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 Post subject: Re: Dauphin Island Race?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:39 pm 
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Thanks Connor G. We live in Birmingham and have a lake house and sail on Lay Lake. it not the widest lake so it makes it a little challenging.


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