Flaming

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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Isn't that the truth.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Not what we saw. But like I said, no idea if this is boat or sailor related. Hopefully will be sailing against them again this season, so will see how they go now they've had a bit more time in the boat.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    2? I have only come across Jet, which is the other? Raced against Jet a lot last season, they seemed quick in the light apart from deep down hill, but struggled, especially upwind, in the heavy stuff. It was notable that they were reefed on a couple of days at Cowes when none of their class leaders were. I don't know if this was crew or boat related. I do wonder if for solent racing a symmetrical setup would be more competitive.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    I'm really starting to think that this is the way forward, but it doesn't look like IRC want to go that way.
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Why? Boats already have inshore and offshore inventories. It's just a right pain to swap them over on your rating. And if a predominately offshore boat is being put off from doing the odd inshore regatta because they are rated (for example) for 5 kites and a jib that they wouldn't use inshore so wouldn't be competitive without spending the time and money re-rating.... That's not good for the sport is it? Whereas if they could just say "We're leaving 2 kites and this jib in the shed when we sail inshore" and getting a rating for that, how's that increasing the arms race?
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    I think this is a big issue with IRC, the fact that boats want to use different sails with different dimensions (and different numbers of sails) inshore and offshore, and that IRC has no easy way of switching. For the life of me I do not understand why IRC does not move to an inshore/offshore cert but only allowing changes to things such as dimensions and numbers of sails, and maybe a Symetric/A-sail swap. What would be the downside?
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Having raced against Jet, I think that if inshore is your priority I'd go for a symetrical setup on that boat. They were pretty quick upwind, especially in light/moderate conditions, but just didn't have the pace downwind and the mostly symetrical fleet sailed away sailing lower and faster. I really hope that a bunch more people buy the 99 in the UK though, as they gave us great racing!
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    Musto Sucks

    Earlier this year I returned a pair of Musto MPX trousers as they leaked. Musto asked me to send them to Scottish mountain gear, which I did, and they did a report. At that point Musto washed their hands of it as it was delaminating material. Disappointing, and a change from previous experience, but they told me to take it up with Gore. Armed with the report from SMG I had a few email exchanged, the biggest issue seemed to be why did I send it to them, rather than Gore tex, to which I answered "because Musto, whom I bought it from, told me to" several times. But in the end they came good, told me to buy a new pair up to a certain value (that was more than they currently cost...) and then sent me the money once I showed them the receipt. In short, the process is more of a drag than in years past when I used to just put gear in the post to Musto with a short note saying "Dear Musto, these leak" and then wait for new gear to arrive.... But I still got my leaking gear replaced with brand new gear. I'd just like the gear not to leak after 3 years....
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    Sun Fast 3300

    The JPK setup was (as I understand it) originally developed on the 1010 then known as Strait Dealer, the boat I'm now sailing. It's a very neat setup, and whilst I wouldn't claim that we necessarily understand the final nuances of rudder trim, the rudders do let you know when they are not right, both in the wake and through the tiller. Feel that, pull a line, make it go away and go faster.... Seems most critical on a reach.
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    Melges 37 win

    And just won an arguably more competitive class this weekend in light winds. https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6200
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    Melges 37 win

    Because if you need a completely separate wardrobe to be competitive on handicap from your OD wardrobe, then the pitch to the potential owner about cost control is weakened unless the OD calendar is enough racing to satisfy the owner. You also have the issue where the class is building and the boats are racing within an IRC fleet, but using extracted results for the OD scoring. That gets very messy if the boats are not rated in OD trim because they have another IRC wardrobe. Mind you, if they really have sold 8 in the UK, they may not have that issue so much...
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    Melges 37 win

    They've released a calendar of 5 OD events for 2020. It would be an odd owner who didn't want to do more sailing than that with their new toy though. Will be interesting to see if the UK OD rules differ from the US ones, with a nod to making the boat better under IRC, when it's clear that at least some of their racing will be under IRC. After all if to be competitive on IRC you need another main from your OD main, that's not reduced cost, it's increased it... See J109 overlapping genoas for example...
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    NYYC One Design

    A builder in the UK? That I did not know...
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    NYYC One Design

    Is the one entered for Cowes week one of the originals or a new boat?
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    Sun Fast 3300

    The woman driving the boat in that picture is Pip Hare. So it must have been during the YW test. I know that she will have given the boat a full singlehanded test - and is supremely qualified to do so - and so it's more than possible that she's just told the bloke to get out of the way for a bit whilst she sails the boat. And he's chosen to sit on the side because that's probably the most comfortable place on the boat that isn't in the way...