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  1. SteveC

    Engine off at start?

    In my experience as an engineer running the numbers on stuff like this, any boat sailing will take between 25 seconds (lightweight race boat or dinghy) and 120 seconds (40 ft cruiser) to reach 90% of their polar speed. The same applies (mostly) to deceleration once the engine is off and propulsion is from sails only. 4 minutes is more than enough to level the playing field at the start. If you are smart, you position yourself well before the 4 min gun.
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    Engine off at start?

    There is nothing stopping the other boats doing the same. Don't understand your point of view, if you don't like people doing something that is within the rules because you perceive it to be unfair then lobby to change the rules. Next you'll be telling me it's unfair for a big boat to overtake a smaller boat just because they have bigger sails....
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    Engine off at start?

    No. You clearly don't understand the rule. That would only apply if it was done after the prep signal. 4 mins is ample time to dissipate any speed advantage. Can you please cite a rule that prohibits "Carried over momentum"
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    Engine off at start?

    One other thing we also do is go into idle reverse and then turn off the engine. This aids the prop folding especially on a light day. Sometimes if you switch off in neutral, it can be impossible to get into gear which would result in the prop spinning.
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    Engine off at start?

    RRS 2017-2020: Definitions: When racing, rule 42 covers it:
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    Yeah he did it

    Much happier with the UK carbon offering. After sales service was way better than the previous NS purchase.
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    Beneteau 10R

    Feather first, then ease the traveller. Main trim and helm need to be in total sync for it to work. We have a piece of tape on the wheel that marks zero / straight and the main trimmer watches that more than anything else when it's heavy. That, combined with feathering is fast and gives good VMG but it's sailing on a knife edge. Even with the deep rudder it can go from feathering to overpowered and spin immediately if the main trim doesn't react fast. Problem is - helm is sailing / feathering based on angle of heal - which is something the main trim is in charge of. If main trim eases in a puff, helm bears down for more power, boat accelerates too much, AWS goes up and at the same time main trim is recovering and adding more power again - result is a spin. Hence, both have to be perfectly in sync all the time. I learned this way back when sailing Impalas in a breeze: upwind, the main trimmer steers the boat, downwind, the crew on the kicker / vang steers. The helm only could only make vague suggestions as to where the boat went.
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    How do you define bad crew?

    The one who tries to flush a baby wipe down the heads on a 700 mile offshore. Very clear instructions on proper use of the facilities were given before the race, nothing goes in unless you have eaten it first. Same guy appeared in the main saloon a few days later with a handfull of brown baby wipes after taking a shit in the re-purposed bilge bucket and asked "so where do I put these?"
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    How do you define Good Crew?

    Heard of a boat owner - ultra competitive but not so hot on the racecourse - who wanted his crew to fund the boats annual sailing. Was a manager in a top tech company as well and regarded crew as his minions... He still can't understand why nobody (with any experience) will go sailing with him.
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    Keelboat with short or high boom

    TBH, if you don't train youself to duck during a gybe, that's a bad thing. You won't always be on a boat with 6' clearance. Trust me it's better if you duck.
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    How do you define Good Crew?

    1- 25% just can't do anything right. 2- 50% can do what they are asked and are good at it without question. 3- 20% actually understand what they were asked to do and why they are doing it. 4- 5% know more than the skipper but they won't be on the boat long. Apart from reliability, #3 is a good crew. All that goes out the window if you look good on the foredeck in a bikini....
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    Beneteau 10R

    Out of interest are people willing to post their IRC rating here? We are 0.984, only other 34.7 in the fleet is 0.990, similar non-overlap sailplans. 109's are all around 1.012 - 1.015 F35 is 1.017 XP35 is 1.018 A35 is 1.021
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    Beneteau 10R

    I'm listening, most definitely. I'm not saying what I'm doing is best, just trying to make sense of it all really. The balance seems to be between more power in the sails vs braking / stalling action of the rudder because of excess WH. I can outperform a new Benny First 35 by out pointing them and still maintaining boat speed using feathering - but - that could be down to them not having a good driver. Where I'm struggling is with J109's - even the worst of them are beating us despite the IRC difference.
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    Beneteau 10R

    Don't know what rudder they have, we have the new (bigger) one. Doing SFA means it's not driving most of the time. The reasoning is it's faster because powering up the main causes more heel and therefore more weather helm which needs more rudder to correct it. Full main with 50% helm is not fast. Feathering is the only other fast option but that needs 200% concentration and means the driver cannot also be skipper / tactician because as soon as you look around and lose the feather slot, the boat will overpower and spin.
  15. Get a gopro, preferably with sound.