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  1. LCC

    J80 PHRF setup

    I'll defer to the knowledge of your sail maker- if he says you've got an oversized running A3- that is what you have. He built it and has probably forgot more then I know on them. But- it is contrary to the A3 that North built for us and the information as I see it on the North web site. If you have a spinnaker bigger then standard or the PHRF formula, you will get a penalty, as I would expect since yours is bigger then the class kite. Not a J 80 authority by any means, but I think you might have a unique J 80 spinnaker. I have not heard of any, or seen any oversized PHRF J 80 spinnakers. The class kite seems to be more then adequate for any conditions I have seen. I would not take a penalty for that sail, I'd leave it in the garage. As they say, your mileage may vary.
  2. LCC

    J80 PHRF setup

    Your largest kite is the A2- the class kite. It will be the "deep runner" and provide you will the best speed at the deepest angles. They have a low clue. The A3 is generally smaller with a higher clue and is a better reaching sail and will sail tighter angles then the A2. If sailing pure OD, the A3 would not be a legal sail. When sailing PHRF you should not be penalized for an A3. We did take a 3 second penalty for the 135.
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    J80 PHRF setup

    I've sailed on a PHRF J 80 since 2003 in an area that generally has winds in the 5-15 range. All of our races are point to point, not LW. We tried the OD configuration for a year and had issues in the light and reaching conditions. We went to a 135 (North per Jay Lutz) and faired much better. I agree that in anything other then extremely light the 155 is not the sail you want. We also sailed for many years with just a "large" A3 kite as opposed to the class A2. The A3 gave up some area and some downwind speed, but it was a much better reacher and easier to handle in a breeze. Overall (for us anyway) the A3 was a lot better runner then the A2 was a reacher and won us many races. We have carried an Code 0 for many years- some years we even get to use it- once or twice. Some years it has not come out of the bag. We use it on the strut full extended, without a lower "brace", which we should have. We have an old furler that frankly never worked. We manually furl it and it will unwind, but not wind back up. Based on our usage and the cost of a new, good furler, it will not be replaced. Opinions will vary, but I would save money by not buying a furler and look at a smaller headsail and maybe an A3 kite.
  4. Based on 14 years of PHRF racing on a J 80, if you truly race in +10 you are fine with your OD jib. If you get under 10 you need to consider a genoa- this is our situation. I would go with a 135 +/-, not the 150 or 155. If you are racing point to point not L/W consider getting a 3A spinnaker, it will not run quite as well as the 2A, but reach a lot better. If you want to go crazy, get a code 0- might not come out of the bag for 2 years, but when it does, it can be magic. Regardless of which headsail you use, if you are racing point to point you will need to develop a way to move the lead out board and forward for non spinnaker reaching.
  5. LCC

    J105 distance race

    I stand corrected- sail on.
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    J105 distance race

    Not going to get involved in the 155 vs code debate- but I always thought the 105 was NOT designed for an overlapping genoa. I knew the J 92 was - did not think the 105 was also.