Grinning Ape

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  1. Grinning Ape

    J80 PHRF setup

    As per the OD rules - The A3 is legal if cut to the following dinensions. However, note that boats are allowed to use only one gennaker per event. That makes it a strategic decision. If W/L, then the A2 is obviously superior. If reaching conditions, then clearly the A3 can sail better at higher AWAs but will still sail well if going deep at points on the course and not give up too much ground relative to an A2 in my experience with it. We rarely use our A3 reacher but I’ve talked myself into it. We should use it more. Once we have the wind on the beam with the A2, we are overpressed. The A3 would be faster with better control 80-110 AWA. It’s also a good option in heavy conditions off the wind, not being as full in the shoulders, with heavy fabric, less of it and more manageable on sets. Because of the 2 kite rule, we usually leave it in the locker and carry a backup class A2. However, you really need to make the call before you leave the dock as you can’t fly the A2 and then change to the A3 without shredding the former, which would start to become uneconomical very quickly! The reference to keeping the jib up is valid in heavy conditions. We don’t but I can see where it could work if you have trained the crew to manage the strings on gybes. Otherwise furl. >18kts maybe think about it. On big boats, we furl the SSS pre-gybe. It’s a % game and there’s just more that can go wrong than right for marginal gains I guess.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    What a mind bending experience for some extremely fatigued brain cells. He who makes the least mistakes wins.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    The skills sets of these athletes never ceases to amaze me. Every single crew member on board is a multi-tasking genius.
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    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    A cheeky short cut or data lag?
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    IRC European Champions 2018 overall. That's a big win for J/Boats and the 112E. Congratulations to Didier and the team. Well sailed by all. Interesting to note for this thread is that the boat is set up as a pure symmetric downwind, without even a protrusion for the bowsprit on the hull. Obviously IRC optimised with a rating of 1.045 versus a standard rating of 1.06, which incidentally would have still kept it within the same racing class (3). I'd be interested to hear the thought process behind some of those Grand Prix decisions. It's clearly a different game at this end of the field.
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    VOR Leg 10 Cardiff to Gothenburg

    Watching the finish replay - At least the boats knew where the correct finish line was! It's shocking that RC and the telecast had the wrong finish reference, with all that technology at hand and in the stable, dry comfort of their studio. Imagine TBRU making the same mistake with MAPF only 0.4 behind and they took their foot off the pedal and started rolling away sails before the actually line? What a drama that would have been! Great racing. It couldn't have been scripted any better. Well done to all, especially TBRU for finding the magic sauce to change up gears and drive around some pretty fast boats.
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    ClubSwan 36

    And that foredeck looks like an off-camber ice skating rink. No lifelines forward. Granted there's a spinnaker takedown line but who's setting and dropping the jib, which from the renderings appears to be hanked on, so someone will need to go forward? An interesting development overall. Good on them for pushing the production boat envelope.
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    ClubSwan 36

    Was there any mention of price in the bits I scrolled past? That was painful to watch. I couldn't suffer through it all.
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    VOR Leg 10 Cardiff to Gothenburg

    What a ClusterF$#@ for Scally. That start line fiasco put them behind the eight ball from the get-go. I'm pleased that Dee was able to maintain pace with the fleet despite being shut out on the line. Note to self - Only visit Cardiff to watch rugby. It hasn't really sold itself well to the global audience as a sailing destination.
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    ........ to Noumea

    It sure is, but what an impressive palmares! Azzurro was raced with extreme success in the mid 80s and early 90s by Ron White and his family out of Sandringham Yacht Club, when the boat was called Shenandoah 11. Among their numerous successes was a divisional win in the 1994 Sydney Hobart with a faster finishing time than the winners of the 2 divisions above them. Veteran Sydney based sailor, Shane Kearns came across her in Queensland in early 2014, unearthing a jewel in an idle and sadly unloved state. To say she had seen better days was an understatement. However, Kearns was unable to dismiss the classic and evocative Olin Stephens lines, bought the boat on his credit card for $23K and kicked off a major resurrection project, restoring pride and respect to this feisty little S&S 34. Add a great crew from the late John Walkers Petersen 34 Impeccable and this boat was ready to go hard! With the restoration still underway the day before the 2014 S2HYR, she made a spectacular debut finishing 3rd in her division and setting a new S2HYR S&S 34 race record of under four days for the race. In July 2015, Azzurro continued to improve and impress by winning the Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race in both IRC and ORCI overall. Azzurro had a great race in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart, finishing 3rd overall in IRC and winning both ORCI overall and the Corinthian division. In 2016, now sponsored by multinational mining machinery company KOMATSU Australia, Komatsu Azzurro won both her IRC and ORCI divisions in the slowest Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in memory. Azzurro had a great race in Perpetual Loyal's record breaking 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart, finishing 3rd overall IRC and 6th overall ORCI. and 3rd Corinthian division, as well as 2nd in her IRC division and 1st in her ORCI division. Azzurro completed the 628 mile course in 3 days 15 hours, beating several much bigger boats across the finish line and again lowering the S & S 34 race time to Hobart. In her first race of 2017, Komatsu Azzurro again won the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race placing 1st in both IRC and ORCI overall. Now for the 2018 Noumea and Groupama races, where Komatsu Azzurro will continue to be the little boat that could!
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    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    A great finale. Almost scripted for a fairytale ending. No matter who wins, it will be hard earned and well deserved. A strong finish from Dee in one of these last legs would bookend the race nicely. TTOP has really shown some good promise recently.
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    VOR Leg 9 Newport to Cardiff

    Hmmm....A win into HKG and a very close 2nd into Auckland seems a pretty good learning curve. SHKS were late entrants to this event and are still searching for the keys to unlock consistent boat speed. After the SO incident, their racing headspace was justifiably absent. They will come back a better team, just not in this edition. Bouwe is on his 8th lap of the orange and still yet to win the race (Hopefully this time!). So evidently, the Master is still learning as well.
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    Have Torqueedo Outboards Come of Age Yet

    There's no need to be suspicious. Totally legit. It's Hong Kong based company, so it's a little bit Chinese, OK then, quite a lot. But don't let that put you off. The company appears to have solid foundations. I do not own an electric outboard (yet), but I have been doing the analysis and will soon trade-in my troublesome Mercury 3.5hp 4 stroke for an electric outboard. There are a several ePropulsion Spirit 1.0's being used in the class of yacht I sail - (J80, 8m LOA 1.5m draught, ~1,700kg displ loaded). The owners are very happy with the units: Speed, range and ease of use. Furthermore, there are some Sportsboats that also use T1003 with positive feedback. It really depends upon your intended purpose of use of course. For my purposes, it's just to get off/onto the docks only a short distance at relatively low speeds and in protected waters with limited tidal flows after dropping sails. Occasionally a longer trip will be required but I'd rather sail than motor anyway. If the wind dies completely, then the motor comes on and that will make its task easier in those conditions. The longest my fleet-mates have had to motor is 10nm and takes about 2.5hrs and is within range of the battery at a steady pace of 4-5kts. Reliability has been 100% thus far. None have run out of juice when needed yet. In contrast, there were several boats dockside last race that were having petrol engine troubles getting started and on the way back in, me included. J80 Class rules require the engine to be removed from the transom when racing. Moving a cumbersome petrol outboard below deck is a real PITA when underway. They don't respond well to being laid down and sloshed around on the cabin floor of a well heeled boat. The electric units break down into components to become more easily managed units. ePropulsion into 2 units (separate battery, then tiller with shaft). Torqeedo breaks down into 3 separate components (battery, tiller, shaft). That's a huge bonus over petrol engines from my perspective. The Spirit 1.0 (USD1,800) comes in at about 33% cheaper than the Travel 1003C (USD2,400). Yes, agreed, they are more expensive than a petrol engine. However, my previous 2 petrol engine's reliability problems soon make that cost differential insignificant when you need the thing to work, and it doesn't, as has often happened. Granted, electric engines are not infallible either. The battery recharge life at 500 cycles is kind of irrelevant if only charging it on average every 2 weeks under my intended usage. That's almost 20 years. If weekly charges, then that would be almost 10 years (If using it every day, then you'd need to factor battery replacement into overall costs). I'm sure the cost has been well amortized by the the use by date and the rest of the unit will have disintegrated before the battery needs replacing. By then, battery sources will have evolved and hopefully would be backwards compatible as well. It's unlikely a petrol engine will give you anymore life than that without throwing in the towel. If I were to use it every day for long periods and/or distances, then maybe it's not the ideal motor. I also do a lot of cruising (on larger yachts) and if just being used for the dinghy, I'd also be happy to go electric versus petrol. I only ever go from "here to there" in the dinghy. Even rowing is usually fine but sometimes just a bit too far. If I can't see my dinghy landing point, then I've likely anchored/moored in the wrong location. Such uses will be fine and suit the purposes of the electric engine. At this point, given my intended usage and user's feedback, I will splash down for the Spirit 1.0. I'd also be happy with the T1003 but would prefer to invest the cost savings into an extra battery on the Spirit 1.0.
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    275N Deckvest

    A poorly fitted 275 is a greater risk than a well fitting 170.
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    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    That's what Scally must be hoping for - a header to get them around the bend. They have kept a straight course, oblivious to the gybe-fest in the fleet, being out of AIS range and Sked time. Their routing software must be giving them similar signals to the fleet, but choose to ignore that.