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    Test Sailing the RS 21

    Looks like it wouldn't be hard for a line to catch the throttle and cause some damage to the throttle - is there any way to cover that up while underway?
  2. Eye, I'm not sure that's a fair ask for any sailmaker to sail on a boat with sails he didn't have a hand in making/selling/designing. The drawing straws idea is creative, but I would never want to put those guys in that position where they end up looking at other sails and critiquing the design vs. just helping an existing person get more out of their existing sails. The North and Doyle guys in Vipers have been very generous in giving clinics though and don't discriminate with video / photo / other analysis based on labels on cloth. And I've definitely seen folks from North, Doyle and Ullman sail on boats they don't own that are not at the front of the fleet, but they are at least using their sails, and the owners aren't paying them to be there - just depends if it fits into their schedule and if you ask nicely. I've been pleasantly surprised over the years how if you just ask a sailmaker with enough lead time if they want to sail with you to help you get up to speed, how often they say yes, even if you're not a big customer. AFAIK, there are only two sailmakers in the Viper class that own boats and there are more than two guys from North, Doyle, Ullman, Quantum, etc. who are playing in Vipers, so good for them for being involved. Anyway, a digression. I'm happy to have pros in the game when they are helping others and improving everyone's game, without increasing the cost to compete, regardless of what Class they're in, and I'm grateful that some sailmakers have been generous in supporting the Viper Class in particular - they've done a ton to help me improve over the past 8 years.
  3. The sailmakers are beatable with all amateur teams. We are Exhibit A on that from last weekend. I don't care if sailmakers are there as part of their job. If they have pro friends on the boat, they aren't being paid because they can't be under class rules. Vipers have a very different culture on that end. There are a lot of reasons we sail Vipers and not J70s. Vipers are more fun to sail (and I hate reading about how a J70 is "more sedate" - the Viper is not a hard boat to sail, and there is significantly harder tuning involved to get up to speed in a J70 than a Viper. The Viper is an easy boat to sail well and it's not a scary boat to sail. 20 knots of wind is 20 knots of wind no matter what class you're sailing in. The biggest issue for us in not getting a J70 is cost and ease of transport. I sail J70s with friends from time to time. The quality of the racing is fine, but even for local stuff it's become a very expensive boat to prepare and campaign. Apparently there is now unlimited hull and foil fairing after years of debate over bottom prep, bottom paint, etc. No holds barred now - that's an expensive speedshop job, and you'll have to do it if you want to compete. No hull or rudder fairing involved in Vipers, and only very limited keel fairing that it seems like most boats have yet to do. Only one set of sails allowed per year in Vipers. No limits in 70s. My friends who are running mostly regional campaigns are still getting 2 or more sets per year to stay competitive. They also need to own a truck or similarly beefy car to move the boat around. I tow my Viper with a Subaru Outback, which wouldn't be able to tow a J70. None of this involves ripping on the people or the competition - there are good people and fast sailors in both classes, but the Vipers have managed their class rules much better over the years to create a game that I want to play, whereas the 70s have not.
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes

    You're right that we generally don't in WLIS since we have 30 Vipers and get to race one design, but I otherwise don't understand whatever point you're trying to make. The few times we've gotten the Viper out in PHRF in WLIS we've done just fine and haven't done ourselves any favors to argue that our rating should be changed, even though it's a bit weird on the M24 vs. Viper rating in WLIS as Streetwise notes. Not many M24s in the area and Vipers hardly ever race PHRF, other than the rogue day race around government marks for YCs that aren't too conservative and don't require Category C safety requirements in their NORs (which Vipers can't comply with - even if we carried all the necessary safety gear and found a place for it, we're not installing a bow pulpit), and don't have a B.S. minimum LOA requirement (which is frequently either 22 feet, 24 feet, or in at least one obnoxious instance, 21.5 feet). That limits Vipers to the LYC Around Execution Rocks Race (where Vipers have corrected out to first overall each of the past two years and where last year, nothing slower than a Farr 395 beat the first Viper across the line despite starting at the same time, granted, in what was almost the perfect setup for a Viper to wildly outperform its rating), the Port Washington YC Day Race, the Huguenot YC Mayor's Cup (sometimes), the YRA One Design Distance Race vs. Shields, Etchells, IODs and S Boats (which is scored PHRF), and maybe a rogue Friday night series, which I think is how the Viper rating in WLIS was set to begin with out of Riverside. Anyway, moot point since we get to sail one design and since other clubs don't allow us to play, but Tony, bring whatever you've got to Larchmont this summer for the Around ExRx Race and we'll see how it goes for you.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    The geography lessons have been the best part of Legs 4 and 6 for me. Fun to look at Google Maps and say "what is that thing I'm about to hit?" (or in the case of the Clipper Race, that thing I've been aground on for a few hours). Super interesting leg with the different paths. The folks hugging the Philippines will be at the top of the leaderboard for a few more days. We'll see if they can get across the Doldrums. And we'll see if it's worth sailing several hundred miles in the wrong direction for the hope of going downwind eventually...
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    Vanguard Vector

    Team Clark are the experts here. I sailed Vectors for a while in Summer 2001 and then a cameo at the 2002 Midwinters, and wrote about it all for Sailing World. That article is posted at https://www.sailingworld.com/racing/crash-and-learn-3 - crash test dummies learning how to sail a skiff. I later heard around the way that some folks were disappointed that it seemed like we overemphasized the boat's tippiness. That wasn't the intention - once we learned how to sail it, it was a ton of fun (it was fun even as we were learning, but there were a lot of things to learn about skiff sailing and there weren't many primers out there...for instance, how many people know that after you set the kite, the first person on the wire (to the extent both sailors were off the wire) needs to be the skipper, and not the crew? A bit counterintuitive, but after our 20th capsize within seconds of a hoist, we said to ourselves "let's try something different...and then we stopped flipping since if the crew hooked in first, you were going too fast for the driver to hook in while also keeping the boat on its feet). Fun concept, wish it had taken off. Ben Jacobsen, who sometimes posts in these forums, used to singlehand his Vector recreationally but it's a handful to do that and probably not recommended.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    How much of a speed difference do you think the hull polish really makes? The foils seem to be a 4% speed difference at the top end in foiling conditions but I can't tell if the polish / winches really do anything.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    Please add me to the next round of standings. Thanks.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    That is in fact what it stands for. Jimbo's boat is decorated accordingly, but he's better than a hacker. His group is just called Virtual Sailors. I am pretty new to this overall...I'm sure in retrospect there are many. His is for smacktalk with friends who are playing. Now up to 437th.
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    There is also a closed Facebook group of Virtual Sailors for those who want to hang out in there - FNG148 (Jim Sears) organizes that, but there are some other pretty good real-life sailors playing in there (Geoff Becker and others).
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    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    I skipped Legs 1 and 2 but did Leg 3. In the middle front of the middle pack sitting 448th overall so far after pooching the middle/end of Leg 3. I think XC Race is going to win this one unless the Spaniards way west can pull it out. I will be happy with a finish in the top 200 once we pass the middle west boats in the next 12 hours. Haven't mastered the Zezo stuff but in the 1.75 legs I've done plus the S-H, Your Mom is one heck of a virtual sailor. Saw the World Sailing Show on YouTube last night and they said there would be a live in-person virtual sailing world championship in the coming months. That should be interesting.
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    Viper 640 for sale

    This boat was sold several months ago. There are a few other well priced used Vipers for sale listed at http://forum.viper640.org/index.php/board,5.0.html
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    Help with a Vxone tour and demo near Portland or

    I think there are a lot more Vipers in the Seattle area than there are VXOnes.
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    Huh? New Sunfish Class?

    Clearly a hostile takeover as per a read of the timeline on the "Fake Class" site created by LaserPerformance. Hopefully folks will resist it, and hopefully World Sailing will ignore it.
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    Prestart ROW question

    It's a small issue of semantics, but one that is often misunderstood. We see a lot of port tackers fail to establish themselves on starboard tack and assume just because they are HTW that they have some sort of special rights or that they are on starboard when they aren't. So I don't like the phrase "once P is tacking" - I prefer "once P is on starboard tack" - otherwise there are a lot of steps in the act of tacking and there are those who think that just pushing the tiller over and going toward HTW is something special when again, P has no rights the entire time under Rule 13, other than the right to not get t-boned by S.