When you come to visit Grosse Ile, you will notice that it is an island in a river. You may ask yourself, "wonder what the current is like in this river?"
Yes, there is a slight current. That said, it is pretty constant where we will be sailing. In the map above I have drawn the direction of the current in blue and labeled the shipping channel. The closer you get to the shipping channel, the stronger the current will be. How much stronger depends on the wind direction. If the wind is from the North it can accelerate the current. If it is from the South, it can slow down the current.
So what to do with this knowledge? Data says unless the wind is shifting dramatically, stay out of the shipping channel. If you are in the shipping channel where the current increases more, you are already sailing where you should not be. Our Race Committee is going to everything possible to keep racing as fair as possible. Our goal is to make sure we place the course in an area where the current is minimal and as constant from side to side as possible.
We will have some "Dock Talks" in the schedule before racing where some local sailors share their knowledge of what has worked for them with the current. Look for Dock Talk times when you receive your skipper packets. We may also have some current speeds/readings from the week before hand for various spots over our course we can share as well.
No need to fear the current, sign up to race today! We promise there will be fun for all.