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  1. Go4asail

    Rules Question...

    What happens if we touch. Or worse we touch and the boats sustain damage?
  2. Go4asail

    Rules Question...

    So how far to drive him up? Until we are in irons?
  3. Go4asail

    Rules Question...

    Situation - sailing in a mixed PHRF fleet. 10 knot day. Starting sequence underway and in the last minute. My boat a 100+ PHRF competitor. Other boat is half my PHRF#. I am leeward and ahead with no overlap. He is windward through the whole exchange. Both boats heading to the pin end to start. I am in front with fast boat coming from clear astern to pass me. We both run Prostarts so distance to line is known with loads of room to run to the pin, but very little to the actual starting line. I come up, I ask him to come up when he starts to get an overlap. He does and keeps rolling. Now he is about mid ship to me I ask him to come up more he does but now we are running out of time and distance to the start line. He’s going to be over. Now he begin to accelerate and come down onto me. Trying to stay below the line and stall me out as he begins to pass forward. I keep asking him to come up but he will not. What should the leeward boat do in this situation? He’s made it abundantly clear he’s not going up and is in fact coming down to keep from going OCS. If I tap him to reinforce the point he is not stating clear I get tossed because we are suppposed to avoid collision. What should I do? Can anyone clarify this for me?
  4. Go4asail

    J70, cheating and pros

    But there are 4 factories building them now, and they are not owned by J or are they affiliated with one another... is this not the case? https://www.google.ca/amp/www.jboats.com/contact-us/builders/amp CCF Composites in USA J/Composites in France McConaghy in China J/Boats Argentina in Argentina (the newest) So it is not one (single) manufacturing facility. It is more of a case where the first boat was one design, the following boats will be close... So in the future the Class has to implement rules where there will be a measure with a tolerance built in.
  5. Go4asail

    J70, cheating and pros

    As owner you would be responsible for following the class rules. Buyer beware when purchasing. Otherwise a first owner could cheat like hell, keep boat a limited amount of time, then sell, and the second owner claims ignorance. You could create quite a business model...
  6. Go4asail

    J70, cheating and pros

    Glad to see the Class at the National and International level taking this seriously. As said above - cheating is cheating and it is very clear in the Class Rules "These rules are closed class rules where if it does not specifically say that you "may" them you "shall not". Owners go into mods eyes wide open... The "shop" will make'em pay for said mods, they ain't free... It seemed like this class when we entered it was simply a "get as many boats made as fast as possible and we'll worry about the rules later". Sure there was a general framework, but adherence was not mandatory. Why? Because there were no measurement processes at many large events, and even at those large events the tools were not available to adequately measure 50-75 boats. How many events prior to being caught have the boats that failed measurement won? I suspect there'd be a number of second/third/fourth place folks that are pissed right now. The buck stops with the owner and boat captain, but the pros gladly and willingly sign-up to go with the top boats (on legal or illegal boats). They want to win as well. Given the opportunity to sail with a top 10 finisher or a middle 30s finisher for the same $$$$. Guess where they go? It's way better for the resume to sail with the top finishers.
  7. Forgot to mention. Tie a stopper knot in your pole-out line that keeps the pole about 3 inches away from slamming against the trunk when retracted.
  8. I have worked with Ed at Sail22 for a number of years. Easy to talk to and appreciates the ideas that go back and forth in the fleet. I also work with Rod at Vela Sailing Supply - same deal, will talk things through when you have an idea about rigging and/or set-up. My list: Jib Halyard and tail are both AS90. My tail is removable to stow below. I also have a 4 inch tail with a dog bone spliced in to be the safety/keeper. Spin Halyard is Dingy Star by FSE - tylaska shackle in the end - stripped about 3 feet. Main Halyard - Samson Validator 2, dog bone spliced in, not stripped except for 1/2 inch at splice. Jib Sheet - Marlow MGP Tech50 (dsk78). Stripped down 6 feet, brummeled and finished through the jib car with a dog bone. Main Sheet is FSE Coppa 3000 stripped 3 feet. Spin sheet - New England Nexus Pro - we've used the Endura and found it to be slippery. So we went to something a little less slippery and more forgiving in hand. My spin trimmer didn't complain the whole time at a 4 day regatta with the new Nexus Pro. Tackline is Excel Fusion (larger diameter than spec). Soft shackle is spliced into the end. I like dogbones, but the thought of it flicking around in a breeze or bad douse made me go the soft shackle route in this application. Furler Line is Marlow Excel Matrix (7mm) - I spec'd this line to the largest diameter the furler drum would take (5mm). I wanted a nubby finish for the forward crew as well. From memory I think this line is a sub-12 plait outer. The line is stripped as much as was required to get the 5 mm in the furl. Boom Vang and Backstay are FSE Robline - Dingy Control Line. Slippery and fast moving was key here. Backstay is New England WR2. Light and tightly covered. Over time and a few hits and misses brought us to the list above. Not everyone's favorites... I know. But my crew bitches 0% of the time with what we have now. I also have the carbo deck pads, mast bracket made by Clear Air Carbon in Canada (a set up must). I used many of the pictures and ideas from APS, Sail22, etc to get our set-up. Plus attending regattas where a substantial # of boats attend also helps. Many owners in the fleet are very open to sharing what works and what doesn't. If you struggle at all in set-up, crew work, etc. - Ask your local hot shot for help, they should be cool with it.
  9. Go4asail

    Means of propulsion

    Now a days all the sailors are pro athletes, they can adapt quickly and are paid to do so. If OR suddenly changes to bikes at this point in the cycle, can the team adapt quickly enough? If ETNZ has trained their team for a long period on the bikes then they may just have the advantage because the physiology of a grinder and a cyclist is quite different. The grinders would be built way bigger up top and have the ability to stay aerobic and switch to anaerobic from the waist up and the opposite is true for the bikers (down below). Spinning the handles or the cranks takes time to develop - speed vs. power or speed plus power. You don't create muscle memory overnight... To do this and switch effectively takes months of preparation. Not weeks. This is gonna be very interesting to watch!
  10. Go4asail

    Team NZ

    The shoes/cleat combination is a pretty basic Shimano set-up. They've been making stuff like that for over 20 years. Mountain bike cleats (double sided) and shoes normally come recessed port for the cleat. The more trick stuff has lots of carbon inside, especially in the sole. I see the challenge to make the sole stiff enough to transmit the power and comfortable to run across the boat during manoever, and make it an able running platform. A cyclocross shoe might be the ticket. Shimono created a "five finger" shoe that looks pretty neat a while ago.
  11. I've seen some boats mixing... but are there standouts in the particular sails?