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  1. ajbram

    Yeah he did it

    We run a 3Di main and 3Di light, medium and heavy jibs. Even with a few years of hard use on them, we are still pretty happy.
  2. ajbram

    Blood sacrifices - how it made you a better sailor

    +1,000,000 on that. These days my backcountry 1st aid kit contains a couple tubes of superglue as well. Works like a charm. Stings like a motherfucker.
  3. ajbram

    Blood sacrifices - how it made you a better sailor

    There is no hard and fast shoe policy on the boat I am currently on. It depends on weather and position. Foredeckers always wear shoes. The upper management types in the afterguard sometimes wear shoes. The spongey cockpit floor material and open layout of the M32 make it pretty forgiving for barefooters back there. I have a friend who spent his whole life cruising on a boat with a really high boom, then got a divot torn out of his scalp by the outhaul cam cleat during his first race on a J/24. And yes, they do need to get a new jib on that S20. That one only makes 1 or 2 appearances per year (or at least it did when i was on that boat), but usually when we got that one out it was blowing over 30, so it took a beating.
  4. ajbram

    How do you define bad crew?

    I once sailed with a guy who was clearly god's gift to sailing. It was a pretty big breeze and he talked a pretty big game about "everyone needs to stay on the rail for the long tight reaching leg if we wanna have a shot at winning." Ok... I can appreciate that kind of enthusiasm. He then proceeded to try to piss to windward while sitting on the high side and seemed genuinely surprised when he managed to urinate all over himself and the rest of us who were sitting aft of his spot. Clearly the physics of windward vs. leeward and forward momentum upwind escaped him. About 40 min later, he got cold and went down below. He was on the boat for precisely 1 race. We didn't even ask if he wanted to do the return delivery.
  5. ajbram

    Blood sacrifices - how it made you a better sailor

    I have always had a (bad?) habit of not wanting to wear shoes on the boat in the summer. When I was much younger, my friend had a bad habit of using silicone-based tire conditioning sprays to keep the forward hatches on his Santana 20 shiny and haze free.... and very very slippery. During a particularly hairy race on the Detroit River, we decided to switch from our mylar 155 to the heavy dacron 105 when it started to really blow. I hanked on the new jib below the old one on the forestay while under spinnaker, then unhanked the 155 and as I was stuffing it down below, I slid down across the slippery hatch and tore open the bottom of my foot on a jib car track with no end cap. The skipper called for a gybe while I was up there and I proceeded to leave a trail of very distinct blood footprints all over the dacron jib. My friend ran across his former boat last summer at a regatta, and 18 years later, my blood footprints are still on that heavy-air jib. Did it make me a better sailor? I don't know. I still don't wear shoes on the boat when it's warm out, but I became really good at being aware of my foot placement when I was on the foredeck after that.
  6. ajbram

    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    I'm no engineer. I was just brainstorming how you could make a J/24 less crew weight - dependent without depowering it to the pint that it is no fun to sail.
  7. This was just for one regatta, so the split was at least consistent for the week. They did have some other mixed fleet starts, so clearly that was not a problem. The J/24 fleet started with the "small boat fleet" (S2 7.9s, Lindenburg 26s etc.) and were scored both as small boats and within their one design.
  8. 12. Next class down had the same.
  9. I agree completely... I'm just thinking if there are a few clusters of boats within any class that are about as fast as one another, it can sort of work. Where things really break down is when there is a single boat that is significantly faster or slower than anyone else such that they do not have to interact with other boats. For distance racing, this is probably fine as boats spread out and don't have as much opportunity to fuck each other. Things tend to even out as more miles are sailed and the ratings (PHRF or otherwise) become more "fair." Around the cans though, this just doesn't work.
  10. I'm not complaining about that... We were in the meaty part of the fleet. We got to race against the boats we wanted to race. My question is about how much of a gap should there be between boats before it warrants re-assigning someone to a different class. In my mind. if a boat is the slowest in A (for instance) by 40+sec/mile, and is only 20 sec/mile faster than the fastest boat in B, would it not be wiser to make each class as tight as possible?
  11. I'm in that category... Fast is fun. It's also fun to mix it up with other boats that rate about the same, then have plenty of time for post-race beverages.
  12. We just sailed in a regatta where our class was ratings spanning from -50 (yes, that's a minus sign) to 108. The bulk of the boats rated in the 20s and 30s with another cluster in the 60s. I'm not here to argue about ratings or rating systems - we'd all obviously love to sail OD all the time. My thoughts here are more with respect to boats whose rating has them 40 seconds / mile outside of the rest of the fleet, particularly on the slow end. Assuming (though unjustified) that the ratings are fair, if you are all alone at the back of the pack while the faster boats mix it up with one another, don't you stand to have a huge advantage? The same goes for the really fast boats, but they at least have the onus upon them to break free of the pack. The lone slowpoke in the fleet can have a leisurely start, crack some beers, let everyone else walk away, and phone it in for the win. Where's the fun in that?
  13. ajbram

    Favourite Boat pic?

    I think we like to call that phenomenon "The Vortex of Fuck."
  14. ajbram

    Favourite Boat pic?

    We were 9... it was blowing 22 and I think most crews are usually 8-up on the Melges 32. SO maybe slightly overstaffed, but not by much,