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    Carbon Spin Pole Choice Selden vs. Forte

    I'd go with the Selden pole, the end fittings are so much nicer to use. Probably not far off for size, I think there is a guide somewhere on the Selden website for this though.
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    Harken windward sheeting car

    Easy mod to do, although not done it myself. If I remember rightly the plate that slides to leeward to release the cleat does so by pushing on the pins on the cleat that the springs hook round to close it. By taking the cleat off you should see this mechanism and with bit of work with a dremel, or even some disassembly you will be able to deactivate it.
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    Farr 30 on Yachtworld

    I've already done a full restoration on one, albeit an Ovington build. Most of the issues are there on both, just take a little longer to show through on an Ovington because they are better built. The main issue being that the whole deck is foam cored, apart from the areas where there are fittings. In these areas the core is all end grain balsa, normally sopping wet. We dug all of this out and replaced most of it with solid laminate. I disagree strongly on the sprit, the boat is far quicker with a sprit, as long as you go big enough and over 100m on the kites. I don't understand your point about the aft sections diving? I don't see how that could happen unless you were going very quickly sideways or backwards.
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    J/99 vs. J/111 for DH racing

    I'd certainly be looking at Sunfast 3600s, 3200s, 3300s, and also JPK options. Mostly European boats but by far the top performing double handed boats in this category at the moment, and should be within budget if you look carefully.
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    Line winder/reel for small diameter dyneema

    Just throw the tail over the side before you go to drop, the water will do the untangling work for you 90% of the time. A fairly well known trick for spinnaker halyards on sports boats, and bigger stuff too.
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    Lutra 30

    I meant more in terms of the projects not being related to each other. Very different lines and as far as I know were marketed completely separately.
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    Lutra 30

    As far as I know the Lutra has absolutely nothing to do with the Extreme 25... Perhaps other than looking faster than it really is
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    Death at Cowes week.

    It was seriously windy out there, we had won our class with a race to spare so by about 1100 we turned around and went home. Black group were sent around 5 or 6 miles west from the bramble line. By the time we started at 10.40 (I think) it was good visibility and about 18-25 knots of wind. At the point that we turned around there was so much rain and wind that I could barely look forwards, boats 100 yards away were disappearing. We were reading 30-35 knots and the biggest gust we saw before turning back was about 42 knots. At Hurst the weather station was reading over 50 knots. The sail home was a lot of fun, the owner took care of communications with the race officer to radio in our retirement and I took the helm. It's very sad to hear of the loss of a fellow sailor, I'm sure the conditions didn't help things, it was a very unstable wind and for the Solent the waves were quite big, but I wouldn't have called it dangerous out there. Mistakes happen and sadly in this case the consequences were not pretty. I don't think any blame can be put on the race officer, the safety teams, or the crew on that RS Elite.
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    how fast is it?

    Well it isn't slow, it just won it's first ever competitive race in the Fast 40 Class... Rebellion second, GOF third. Carkeek seems to be leading the way in the class now. How long will the 100% record last!?
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    J 121

    Yes, having raced against it that weekend I have to say it seems very slow for its rating. Not good at all in fact! Perhaps it's not ideal for inshore windward leeward racing, but you'd expect it to be able to beat a 111 around a course...
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    Apparently it's a common fault on the UK boats because the masts are inverting downwind and causing the spreaders to fail at the inboard end. Is that the fault you are referring to?