freewheelin

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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    sounds like the Ex took your traveler, primaries, and bow/stern rails with her in the split
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    seems a miss to create a class without making the j 24 more comfortable/less expensive. flattening her out without railmeat makes a lot of sense. But why slow her down and require 3 to run her. I vote: keep the traveler and primaries since they are already there switch to a 120ish headsail on a roller furler allow the main to be roached out ditch the lightweight sailcloth and move back to more durable/less expensive materials add a portapotty I don't see the value in removing the pulpit or stern rail
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    What is the goal? All for a modified j24 class - but what are you aiming for?
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    you have now officially put more thought and research into her story than she has...
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    Why don't more people race?

    I have seen this approach work, it worked for me. I think there is a big void in communication about these programs though, and I am not convinced how much of the sailing community really wants the entry bar lowered. I think there is a mental shift that needs to happen. I think in many cases those running are simultaneously annoyed that there aren't more people joining their club or races, and also annoyed at the idea of allowing someone entering at a low price bar to truly be competitive. There was a time when everyone wanted to get into sailboat racing, and people were spending an astonishing percent of their income just to try and be competitive at their local yacht club. It's a hard pill to swallow to then try and promote programs for young folks to get into the sport by paying 1/12th of that just to keep their club alive. Then on top of that, allow them to be competitive with 2 y/o sails? That may be too much to ask of the generation who tanked the economy a few times and forgot to plan for their retirement (I write munching avocado toast...)
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    Why don't more people race?

    is the 10sec added at the end for that race, or does their rating change for the next in the series?
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    Why don't more people race?

    This sounds like a fun idea. We have a non-spin twilight like lots of the clubs. I like the idea of shaking things up, and evening out but I am not sure how every boat not in the lead wouldn't be tempted to luff up a little until the lead boat rounds.
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    Why don't more people race?

    sounds like a blast!
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    Why don't more people race?

    Progressive handicap is an interesting idea. Especially when it comes to beercan/twilight fun races. I wonder how that could be implemented. It might also lead to some fun challenges. I've been wanting to be challenged to a point to point race with an agreed upon handicap. Being a newb it also is a bit weird to me that W/L rating and point to point or distance ratings are all the same. It seems like two different beasts sailing two points of sail vs all points of sail.
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    Why don't more people race?

    I couldn't agree more. Had I know in my early 20's how affordable it can be to get out on the water, I would have been all over it. Instead, I thought it was only for rich kids and that you need a 100K "investment" to race sailboats. Honestly, had I not stumbled onto a club boat program, I would still be waiting for retirement to be able to afford to get on the water. Sailing has a big barrier of entry, not matter what level. But buying a first boat is one of the most confusing and misleading experiences. If I go over the checklist of what I thought I wanted in a boat, and what my wife thought we needed, I have to laugh a bit. Things like number of cabins, anchor rollers, whether one head was enough. Ridiculous. Now my wife is advocating for us to buy a j/24 with a porta-potty so we can do all the work ourselves and save money for sail inventory.
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    Why don't more people race?

    yeah good point. my feed has definitely changed since i started racing. just wish there was the someone showing young people that you can still have a blast on the water without quitting your job, sinking a fortune into a boat, or using your almost naked girlfriend as clickbait thumbnails
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    Why don't more people race?

    +1 for racing to have fun. Beer tastes better on the water.
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    Why don't more people race?

    it seems like in the 80s and early 90s people were getting out in whatever they had and could afford and were mixing it up. is it sail technology that is creating the divide between weekend warriors and the more hardcore? Where I am sailing, it is all weekend warriors, so that keeps things a little more competitive. It seems so far for us that our decisions end up mattering much more than the boat we are sailing. Perhaps because the shitty club boat is often outdone by our shitty tactics (but that is another story).
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    Why don't more people race?

    wow, I have seen some huffy puffy skippers, but not anything like this.
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    Why don't more people race?

    Ok, yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I am new at all this. I did my first racing as a teenager on some 40 some ft Farr design that took way too many people to run - and had little regular crew. The only thing I liked about it was that I was on the water, but never had interest in racing. Fast forward to a few years ago, joined a boat club and was day-sailing on J/24s - again happy to be on the water - but had no interest in racing them. After some prodding and some "its a j/24 after all" conversations, I eventually did start racing and love it. Mostly just 2-up with my wife, sometimes with friends. We aren't good, but we stay in the mix and always win on most fun and beer drinking. Had me wondering why we were the youngest ones out there, and why young people aren't getting into small, cheaper boats.
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    Why don't more people race?

    Not really. More like: Someone sitting on their couch watching the tour de france. Then watching youtube videos (and donating to the patreon account) of someone tanking a mountain biking backpacking trip. Never realizing that they could use that money to buy a bike on ebay, get out riding on the weekends, and do a bike rally with some friends a Or someone watching Olympic track and field, then watching backpackers on youtube. But never thinking to go out jogging or hiking and sign up for the local 5k. (maybe i should have clarified, I am talking about local beer can racing and cruising on the weekends, not sportboat racing)
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    Advice for first time Grenada bareboat?

    Thanks for all the advice. This is quite helpful. It seems like the Cays are a real highlight. Do you think one night in the Cays is enough, or should we skip some of the other spots to stretch to two nights there?
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    Advice for first time Grenada bareboat?

    Thanks! This is super helpful info. As far as Bequia, I think we will probably skip it. I would rather spend extra time exploring Grenada or Carriacou like you suggested, than spend the time getting all the way up to Bequia.
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    Advice for first time Grenada bareboat?

    Thanks. I think that is going to be our northernmost stop. Getting up there early makes a lot of sense, thanks for the advice.
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    East Coast version of a Moore 24

    I have read enough SA to know I am supposed to hate J/24s, but I can't remember why. I am currently sailing & racing them (western LIS) through a club program, and having a great time. I'm only three years into it, so very much a newbie. Most of my other experience is with bigger boats (I am going backwards) so I am really enjoying the responsiveness. Looking to make the leap into my own boat, but want to stay on the small side (and easy to sail/race shorthanded - at least phrf). So I'm glued to this thread. J/24s are as common as pizzerias round these parts, so they seem to change hands for a few a few thousand bucks in good shape. "New" (used one season) sets of sails, for another couple grand, and you can stay somewhat competitive and get out on the water a lot. I've never been on a J/27, but the cheapest I have seen was over 15K with years old sails - are they really that much better? The only Merit i have seen was a soggy pile of shit, and the closest Olson is in North Carolina...
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    you know, the one that pushes you west from the cook islands straight towards the devil's triangle, right before a white squall carries you back. It makes sense the the boat used to be named the dawn treader, because it sounds like they sailed through Narnia.
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    They were empowered by the "force 11 storm" for two nights out of Honolulu on May 3rd? I think they meant 11 kt storm. https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/usa/honolulu/historic?month=5&year=2017
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    sounds terrifying, what an ordeal!
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    A group of sharks attacked their boat one night, and a single shark returned a day later, she said. "Both of them, we actually thought it was lights out, and they were horrific," Appel said. "We were just incredibly lucky that our hull was strong enough to withstand the onslaught." wait...what?