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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Sailed against them at the IRC Euros last year. They're very good, and went surprisingly well in the light for a heavy boat that's ditched the overlappers too.
  2. We've just taken over a 1010. This weekend we sat at 12+ knots downwind in 18-20 true, only slowing down when the prat on the helm (me) shoved it into the wave in front. I thought that was pretty quick for a 32 foot boat. Coming from a more traditional leadmine it felt supersonic.... 1030 is supposed to be quicker all round. The new generation of IRC boats are going the right way if you ask me.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Agree. I think with a slightly over J conventional pole and stubby bowsprit for an A5 and code zero it could be a real inshore weapon.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    2 112Es in the class. Davanti have A-sails on a retractable sprit, the brand new Xanaboo has S-sails. Xanaboo doesn't have a rating yet, but look at her elapsed time, think she's going to be a tough one to beat. 109s are all standard A-sails. I thought the 99 was slower upwind in the light than I expected, but quick enough with the kite up. Sunday's course was straight out of the J-boat marketing department though, no deep downwind legs at all.
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    Sun Fast 3300

    With the qualification that I'm not a naval architect, just someone who takes an interest... To me that looks at the keel in isolation when you should be looking at the whole hull and keel together. With the older IRC typeform, the Corbys, Mills etc that were pretty narrow on the waterline without a lot of form stability then a big bulb on a fin was obviously the way to go and still is. Nobody is putting new slab keels on those boats. When you add in a load of form stability, and you're not in the game of saving every last kilo like a sportsboat or IMOCA etc, then suddenly a reduction in drag looks like a good gain for a small loss in righting moment. Especially if the boat ends up actually faster in the light and downwind as a result.
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    Sun Fast 3300

    Surely the point of the hull form of boats like the Sunfast, the JPKs, the Ofcet etc is that a good proportion of their righting moment comes from the hull form. As such, unless you go for a massive long canting keel, the benefits of having a bulb keel are reduced compared to a narrower boat without a chine. Certainly even the shorthanded offshore guys are mostly using the IRC keel on the JPKs. Giving up a bit of CoG for less wetted surface area, an easier boat to drive (and hence easier on the autohelm) and potentially actually faster downwind. I'm not actually sure if the JPK1080 is even available with the bulb keel that the 1010 was initially.
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    IRC crew number

    Thanks. Good info.
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    IRC crew number

    A couple of the regular inshore events in the Solent (Warsash Spring series and RSYC Summer series) have changed their NoR for this year, limiting the crew number on board to the IRC cert number. In previous years they have been Cert +2. How does this compare to other IRC inshore events in other locations? To me it seems very mean to force us to sail with an offshore crew number round the cans, especially boats with symmetric kites. And it makes it much, much harder to introduce new people to racing.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Have you got an IRC rating for the boat yet Paul? Looks like we could have some pretty good racing with Jenga this year...
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    Sun Fast 3300

    Any crewed inshore in your plans? We’ve just taken on a JPK1010 and it looks like we’re going to be within a few points... but we’re an almost entirely inshore program, wondering if we’re likely to line up against any 3300s next year? Should be close racing.
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    Elan 333 vs Elan 37

    Only thing I'd quibble with there is the rigging upgrade. Elaine is still wire.
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    Elan 333 vs Elan 37

    I've been driving Elaine for the past 10 years. She's just moved on to pastures anew (off to join the burgeoning RC35 fleet in Scotland) and we've got a new ride. The 37 is an absolutely awesome upwind weapon, especially in over 15kts. It just trucks upwind hanging on to stuff that you think it has no right to. We took the overlappers off and that worked well for us, but the new owners are likely to put them back on, as they have to make a minimum rating for the RC35 fleet. Will be interesting to see how they go in that configuration. I suspect they'll do well as one of the main reasons we made the switch was 109s that had swapped to small jibs were difficult to beat in 13+, and the rating limit will mean the 109s in that fleet will be on their genoas too. Downwind the boat is twitchy when the breeze builds. Broaching is not a gradual loading of the helm, it's like someone flicks a switch. Took me a while to be comfortable driving downwind in 20+, and my blooper reel makes for painful watching sometimes. Once you get in tune with the subtle signals it's quick for its type. It's very definitely a displacement boat, with no hint of breaking out. The weakness is very definitely in the light. It's a heavy boat for its size, and no amount of optimising is ever going to overcome that. The 333 has also been very successful in UK waters. Elusive won the IRC nationals (though quite a few years ago) and for a while there were a bunch of them at the sharp end of small boat IRC racing. Again better in the heavy stuff. Choosing between them, I think I'd honestly evaluate my crew pool. You will definitely need a couple more good people to make a 37 go compared to a 333. But they're both great boats and I'd probably be more concerned about who my competition would be (i.e which boat will have a bigger fleet to sail in) than worrying that I wouldn't be competitive in either one.
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    Offshore racing at the Olympics 2024

    I think there could actually be a way that the 2 person offshore keelboat is more inclusive than most of the dinghy events. Suppose instead of specifying one class of boat they allowed that Olympic classes regatta events would take place in a range of supplied kit, rather like the old match racing tour model. Could be pretty simple / cheap boats, and the fleet may already exist. For example the large French fleet of Grande Surprises. Or whatever fleet already exists and can be chartered in for an event in any location they go to. And they also had a rule that for competitors to be eligible for the Olympics they were banned from sailing any type that was to be used in an event outside of that event, or sanctioned pre event practice time. Then make sure that the types have some key differences. Some A-sail, Some S-sail, some displacement boats, some able to plane. And ideally just draw lots 6 months before the event as to which set of boats that have been used over the last cycle are to be used for the games. Although that might be logistically tricky I'd admit. That way you'd be looking for some good rounded sailors, not people who have spent all the hours god sends sailing one type of boat. And means that teams would be able to practice manoeuvres and teamwork in whatever they could get their hands on in a meaningful way, and no country could get an advantage by spending lots of money on kit. Even if you passed the whole charter cost for each regatta onto the teams, that campaign sounds a whole lot cheaper than a 49er campaign, or a Nacra campaign. Probably more fun too.
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    J/112E

    The 112s with the straight keel are devastatingly quick in the light. What was surprising at the IRC Euros earlier this year was the way that it was still so bloody fast when it blew as well. It's just a shame they are so monumentally expensive.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Why would it need a class like the HP30? The boats already around (3200, JPK1010 etc) already perform very well offshore under IRC. HP30 was created to give a home to boats that were not competitive on IRC.