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  1. bellum

    ID this PHRF low budget ride

    So, what is it? Martin 242.
  2. bellum

    Back to Sailing

    Pretty good. Just as the second spike sinks her teeth into us.
  3. bellum

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    What happens to all the boats in the water when the second Covid-19 spike arrives in October? Does haul-out get cancelled?
  4. bellum

    you're not helping!

    I told you the front would fall off
  5. bellum

    what is it?

    Was Sulley in the left seat for this landing as well?
  6. bellum

    1982 J/36 for $20K... issues?

    When the phrase "project boat" appears in the away, far away.
  7. bellum

    caption contest

    Oi Brawny pull on the quick retract reefing line... never mind.
  8. bellum

    caption contest

    Aaaaaaaahhhhh snap
  9. bellum

    J 33 Mainsail Trim

    Sailing season is over for us here in Toronto, so I have time to look at a computer again. Wee Beastie J33 I can offer no golden nuggets of information regarding sail trim, but I have found in light to medium conditions we are faster and point consistently higher with the traveler above center. Our new dacron main seems to perform better with slightly more outhaul on. As compared to an older stringy kevlar main. Due to some undiagnosed halyard issue, we rely on the cunningham a bit more. Pay attention to batten tension in light air. Not so tight. Unrelated but worth sharing. Loving the extra 14" of bowsprit. We now extend 38" (PHRF 3 second penalty). New asymmetric A2 for next years racing is currently in my basement (another 3 second penalty). Some great results this season. Susan Hood race which is a 75 mile overnighter. We rated one second faster than the two J105s. We crossed the finish line 6 seconds behind the faster of the two and held our time on the chasing 105. Great race. Double handed race in 20 knots. 17 miler. Slowest rated in the division, but first to finish with no spinnaker issues. Even around the cans we did not suck at this year. This is our second full season with the asymmetric package going downwind. Owners are loving it and the crew are into it. Everybody is safe and having fun.
  10. bellum

    what's your top boatspeed in a J boat?

    12 knots. J 33 on the start line of an LORC race in Toronto. Not planned and poorly timed, but what a rush with the shore being only a few hundred yards away. "Land ho, I say, Land ho."