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    None of your bizness. Except that I hate J24s.

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  1. Plumber

    Once upon a time

    Great movie. Probably in my top 2 of Tarantino movies. The story, the twist, the acting. All top notch. Look for Pitt getting nominated for best actor.
  2. Send an email to Marcelo or Torben. They will tell you.
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    Ladder rungs...upwind tactics

    Hmmm...might be also that those guys are the best racers. You just can't isolate the start as being a success factor. The best sailors start in front BECAUSE they are the best, then they extend BECAUSE they are the best...
  4. Plumber

    Star Euros & The Grand Slam

    Scheidt is a stone cold assasin. Not much Xavier could have done. Might have been a different story if kinetics were not involved.
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    J70 mast jack fail/vid. credit to Mudratz Racing

    Nothing to do with crane, or ram or whatever. Just bad steering. Stuffing the bow in the drink at that speed is not rig friendly...
  6. Plumber

    Is the J/24 worth it?

    Crap is having to to all sorts of tuning and mods to compensate for an awfully designed boat with tons of lee helm, crap is cramping 5 crew on a boat that can barely accommodate 4, crap is steering with absolutely no feel on the helm, crap is sailing in a class where knowledge (never mind respect) of the rules seems to be optional (Fuck it, we'll just take a 20% penalty...), crap is having to purchase a new genoa after 20 hours of use, crap is this bullshit of sending crew inside in the light stuff (imagine being a crew for the Toronto worlds, spending a few grand on the regatta, and having to spend the week inside the cabin), crap is hanging like possums on the lifelines for hiking, crap is, as a driver, getting snapped on the neck by the lifeline every time the trimmer climbs up on the rail. That sir is my definition of crap.
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    Is the J/24 worth it?

    You're kidding right. Not even looking at regional favorites like the Harbour 20, have you ever heard about the Star or the Etchells. You can buy a Star or Etchells and compete at the local and regional level at a much lower budget than the J24, and have a lot more fun than slugging around on that piece of crap.
  8. Plumber

    what is it?

    Hey duke, the original Star has nothing to do with the current design. Until you've gotten your ass on the starting line for a Star regatta, we will take your comments with a grain of salt. In the meantime go sail your phrf shitbox and pretend you're big shit.
  9. Plumber

    Is the J/24 worth it?

    Yes. But still plagued with marginal knowledge and respect of the RRS, and bumper boat/nascar mentality.
  10. Plumber

    Are we(racing sailors) a culture of cheaters?

    I see you've been racing J24s...
  11. Plumber

    Star racing on TV is compelling to watch

    As mentioned before, you need to be up there on the line if you want to have a chance of getting a good start. Charging the line on a timed run sounds good in theory, need to find a hole, and sailing towards the line with a bunch of boats flogging their sails fucks up the wind and it's almost impossible to get the boat to speed in those conditions.
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    Star racing on TV is compelling to watch

    Thing is, you can't follow the race favorites. The best Star sailors use lot of kinetics to get the boat going. The boat is relatively light and the crew can have a great impact on the speed. Other than that, it's the usual package of trim/speed/tactics/strategy.
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    Is the J/24 worth it?

    J70 are developing into another pro/money driven class. I've heard some pretty bad stuff about racing in that fleet. We raced last two years with a crew of 4. I actually like it more than racing with 5. More room to move around and actually stuff to do for everybody. Any Etchells in your area? Vipers?
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    Is the J/24 worth it?

    Regardless of the purchase price, unless you get a great deal, it will cost you $10 000 + to get a J24 up to speed. Add to that the mandatory 2-3 genoas a year if you want to stay competitive depending on the number of regattas you want to race. Then there's carrying a crew of five to regattas. Add to that the dick pros that are mostly there at regattas to beat their customers and sell them newer sails. All that to say that you should go for a more modern design not so much gangrened by pros, easier and cheaper to sail. Stay away from the J24. You will thank me.