2000 San Diego Crew Classic Course Conditions
April 1-2, 2000
On Saturday, April 1st, high tide at Crown Point, Mission Bay, will be 5.1 feet at 7:02
a.m. [Pacific Standard Time] and low tide will be -0.3 feet at 1:56 p.m. This means that
races run between 7:02 a.m. and 1:56 p.m. will be run "against" the tide. Those
races run after 1:56 p.m. will be run "with" the tide.
Spring forward Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, April 2 at
2:00am. Clocks should be advanced one hour at that time.
On Sunday, April 2nd, high tide will be 5.3 feet at 8:39 a.m. [Pacific Daylight Savings
Time] and low tide will be -0.4 feet at 3:24 p.m. after racing ends. This means that races
run before 8:39 a.m. will be run "with" the tide, and that those races run after
8:39 a.m. will be run "against" the tide. Tidal currents are strongest in the
middle of the tidal changes, and weakest as the ebb and flow points of each change are
reached. This means that the early races on Saturday, and those shortly before and after
2:00 p.m. on Saturday should be the least impacted by tidal currents. It also means that
most of the collegiate and masters finals run between 11:00 a.m. Sunday and the end of
Sunday races will be slowed down considerably by the outgoing tides.
Temperatures Saturday were in the 70s and sunny. Wind conditions were severe at times.
In the morning races before 9:30 a.m. wind was not a significant factor. The rest of the
day, very strong winds blew from port to starboard, favoring lanes 1, 2 and 3 over 4, 5
On Sunday, the weather was sunny and warm in the 70's throughout the day. Winds were
unusual for the Crew Classic. Normal wind patterns at Crown Point Shores blow across the
course from port to starboard, giving lane 1 a distinct advantage due to its proximity to
the port side of the racecourse, and creating havoc for crews in the outer lanes,
particularly those in lanes 4 to 7. On Sunday morning, however, with the tide starting to
go out and against the race direction, the winds were a cross-tailwind from the starboard
stern, reducing or eliminating the advantage usually enjoyed by lanes 1 and 2. Several
winners and high placed finishes, therefore, came from these outer lanes. As the day
progressed and the wind increased, it became more of a direct tailwind, favoring no crew.
By the time of the Jessop-Whittier and Copley finals at the end of racing, the wind was
quartering slightly from the port stern, but still not giving the inside lanes their
normal advantage to the same degree as is normally the case.
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