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  1. I would say follow these tips to keep smiles on sailors faces after a regatta... 1) Simplify the SIs so you don't have various competitors with varying interpretations. You should be able to be dropped from Mars, read the NOR and SIs and be clear on what rules you need to follow. 2) Tell us how to win the event we are competing in. I can't stand competing in an event to learn that the overall trophy is some secret formula the race committee decides on after the race is over. Or worse yet, learning that the committee didn't think through their formula that can't work and gave the award to a boat that didn't really win. The goal of many boats when they compete is to win, I have never competed in any other sport where people have no idea how the winner was selected. This just causes people to think they should have won or tears winners down because the "secret formula" put them at an advantage 3) Don't cancel racing when it is "to windy". Many boats and crews thrive in windy conditions. The concerns that some boats have equipment or crew that are not prepared to compete in wind, should not be a factor for the race committee. Keep it simple, call it when sustain winds hit 35. Other than that, if the owner’s responsibility to race his or her boat or not. 4) Don't send us out when there is no wind and there is no wind in the forecast. Keep a RC boat out on the course area, put up an AP on land and drop it when there is wind to race 5) Don't send us in when the conditions are great to sail because the band is setting up and the caterer is lighting the sterno cans. We came to race, please race us. 6) If there was no wind on day one and day two calls for wind, change the time to an earlier time the next day 7) Don't set the SI and NOR max races to severely limit the number of races a series can sail. Let you race committee decide how many races to race in a day / event 8) Make protests a positive experience, ensure you have qualified, impartial protest committee members who are not member of the RC. Ensure the PC notifies the entire fleet through the correct channels when a ruling my impact them. Allow non-interested parties to listen to protest to learn what it is about and how they are conducted. 9) Have the proper RC vessels and equipment to run a race in 25 knots of wind, so that no matter what the conditions, you can safely and efficiently run the race 10) Attempt to set square starting lines, if you don't you are just asking for damage, protests etc. 11) Don't charge people to go to a tent party to pick up a trophy in a regatta where they paid an entry fee to participate 12) Don't limit the ability for competitors to market their sponsors. 13) Don't allow hull cleaning between the start of race one and the finish of the last race. Keep costs down and minimize logistics. 14) Don't allow towing out to the race course from coach boats, friends, etc. 15) Don't engrave awards with the owner names, just include the boat name so trophies can be given to crew. 16) If your YC is going to host a regatta, don't charge the racers to keep the boat at your dock or on moorings if they available and please open your club facilities up to visitors who are supporting your club and your event. 17) Don’t over communicate to competitors over the radio, especially when questions get asked that can be answered by reading the racing rule of sailing, NOR or SIs. 18) Avoid skipper’s meetings that allow for the discussion and questions of rules. All of the rules and details a competitor needs should be in the NOR and SIs. If needed, competitors can contact the RC prior to a specific time and amendments can be posted if needed. 19) Don’t combine starts of unlike boats if they are not in the same divisions. 20) When conducting a distance race, ensure that the result include overall results, even for one design boats -just apply the OD rating to allow all racers to see how they did against the entire fleet that raced the race 21) If there are protest on the last day and those protest do not impact the boats that will be awarded a trophy, don’t delay the award ceremony. 22) Require all boats to provide their insurance COI prior to racing 23) For handicapped fleets with various boat designs, please keep the legs to an even number so you are not providing an advantage to certain boat designs. 24) Don’t just base handicap class splits on ratings, you need to look at the boats designs when considering fleet splits.
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    J30 or J29 Frac Boom

    Anyone out there have a spare boom with 13' E off a J30 or frac J29 you would be willing to sell in driving distance from MD?
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    Plastic winch handle socket/holder

    They are used to store handles. I have one on the interior cabin top in reach of the pit person so they always know where there handle is.
  4. Anyone know where I can buy a few of these, or similar, in the US?
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    Comparing Rig Dimensions

    What is the best site to find like sized boats based on IJPE dimensions?
  6. High level sail design question.... What would be the differences in performance of a sail with a higher cut clew where the distance between the clew and the genoa car is about 2' vs a sail with a longer leech, where the clew is lower and distance between clew and genoa car is around 6-7"? All other design are about the same in both sail designs, outside of the longer leech (approximately 15"). Boat is 30' long, 7K lbs and sail is an overlapping genoa; mostly W/L inshore racing. There is no class issues with length of leech as long as LP comes in < max dimensions.
  7. Have owned many "string" genoas for the past 10 years (NS 3DL / Q Fusion) and took the plunge with a new 3DI. Planning to hoist her for the first time this weekend. Sail is a raw version with extra protection (unwoven leech) on the overlapping areas. I understand the sail shape is much more stable vs string sails. What tips do you have from trimming and adjust the sail. I assume much less variance between low to high halyard tension? Anything those sailing with overlapping 3DI genoas are willing to share? Also, I was always told that spreader patches should be staggered to avoid a hard line on both sides of the sail where the patch terminates. I noticed on my 3DI this is not the case. Is that theory not valid for 3DI, I would think even with no delam on 3DI, a patch terminating, on the horizontal plane, at the same place on both sides, causes a higher stress area, and staggering the patch would still be beneficial, no?
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    New J80 Jib @ NOODs

    Anyone have any info on the new J80 jib that John White was sailing with at the NOODs? What are the materials and advantages over standard paneled sail or 3DI (which appears to be more expensive than this one). Is it the BTY-15 Jib? It looks like, from this pic, there are three different materials. If you look at the top of the photo the first two vertical panels (luff) are obviously different, but then the middle two look darker than the back two (leech). Given this is not an overlapping sail, curious what the design intent is.
  9. I have multiple "string" sails that have all been the "standard one design cut" in the last 3-5 years. I considered going to a paneled sail. Would there be any reason why the dimensions of the sail would be different if purchased from the same brand sail maker, simply as result of the sail changing from a string sail to a paneled sail (materials being different)? What i am asking is, should the sail be the same dimensions (specifically Girth measurements) unless the sail maker is trying to tweak the design, or are the forced to revise the design as a result of a change in materials. Yes, I have already reached out to the loft, but interested to hear other viewpoints.
  10. 30 year old aluminum tank has spring a leak and looking for an inexpensive options for replacement. Was thinking of just cutting the top off of the current tank and placing a smaller soft bladder in the existing tank and reconnecting the exciting fuel lines to the new bladder. Any suggestions on fuel bladder manufacturers? Looking for something between 5-10 gallons.
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    American Yacht Club Fall Series 2018

    Mea culpa, Mea culpa. How could I forget how the LIS contingent here on SA are so affable and courteous. :-)
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    American Yacht Club Fall Series 2018

    I see eclipse is for sale from salavage company. Any details to share? What happened? How much water got into the boat before salvage. Where did it go aground. Structurally, the only damage to the bow? Any pics of it on the rocks?
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    Sail #s on Genoas

    Racing rules of sailing state that, "The national letters and sail number shall be displayed on both sides of a headsail whose clew can extend behind the mast 30% or more of the mainsail foot length." My question is, why are there rules that requires sail numbers on headsails only larger than 130%? The only reason I can come up with, is a larger sail may conceal the sail numbers from another boat looking at the leeward side, but I reviewed lots of photos and even boats with 170% jibs typically don't overlap in the area the main sail number are located based on the acute angle of the head of the headsail. I ask because, given the fact that some people will even paint the bow of their boat white to match the fleet at a starting line so they are no more obvious to pick out of the line than another boat, and given many new/modern are configured with 100% jibs, doesn't this rule, in a mixed fleet of non-OD boats, give some advantage at a starting line, to boats that don't have jibs larger than 130% as a standard configuration and therefore don;t have sail number on their headsail? Heck boats like J80, J70s and even some J99s with huge AKites don't even have sail numbers on their spinnakers. Why is that? And yes, we mostly race OD, so please skip the PHRF hack and PHRF sucks; race one design comments.
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    Classes that don’t allow 3di?

    I understand 3di is not a brand. I also understand that classes like j70s don’t allow laminates. The north site specifically states their laminate product can be used for one design classes that don’t allow 3di. I was looking to learn what class rules would not allow 3di sails, specifically, Genoas. For example, I assume the J24 class does not allow genoas? Thanks.
  15. What are some of the one design classes that don’t allow 3di Genoas and what is the reasoning behind the limitation? Are there other brand sails also not allowed, if 3di is not?