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  1. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Yes. That was my concern as well (J/111 #4). One reason why I picked the black powder coated stanchions, dark bottom and boot stripe. Helps some, still very white.
  2. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    You finally broke down, good for you!
  3. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    I can't speak for the other -111s, but my observation is that this particular Farr 30 is every bit as fast as a J-111 downwind, particularly at deeper/VMG angles. Upwind the J-111, if well trimmed and balanced, waterlines the Farr, but it isn't a romp. We have yet to save our time on 8 Ball, and it isn't for lack of trying. From my cheap seat, we need a few boats to get fast enough to push the Farr backwards...and that won't be easy either. Racing is what the guy does, he's good at it, and he hates to lose. Most races the Farr beats the entire fleet on corrected by a land mile, not just boats in division. Very highly optimized program, also shows in their Farr Worlds performance. I was only referring to this particular boat and program, not the Farr 30 class in general. Not on a well sailed J111, as stated above, the 111 is new to the owner. Also, heavy air is not common in the rest of the USA like it is in SF bay. In 8 to 10 knots true, the Farr 30 would be miles back. The Farr 30 loves the 20-25 knot days. I've experienced racing against the 111 on our Synergy 1000, the boat is faster than ours up and down in all wind conditions. We normally set all Farr 30's back in the same conditions.
  4. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    I can't speak for the other -111s, but my observation is that this particular Farr 30 is every bit as fast as a J-111 downwind, particularly at deeper/VMG angles. Upwind the J-111, if well trimmed and balanced, waterlines the Farr, but it isn't a romp. We have yet to save our time on 8 Ball, and it isn't for lack of trying. From my cheap seat, we need a few boats to get fast enough to push the Farr backwards...and that won't be easy either. Racing is what the guy does, he's good at it, and he hates to lose. Most races the Farr beats the entire fleet on corrected by a land mile, not just boats in division. Very highly optimized program, also shows in their Farr Worlds performance.
  5. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Unfortunately I don't believe SF has seen the potential yet of a well sailed FT10. No offense to the owners up there but the one you are using in your results has never sailed in a OD event. The level that the upper ends of the fleet sail at in SoCal and the PNW are more on par with what eightball did in your example. Really doesn't make much sense to compare the boats unless you have equally talented teams. Not to knock any of the boats I think the J/111 is a great boat. There is only one way to find out.......the only evidence we have is what we see on the water....and it's not compelling
  6. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    The FT rates 54 here in SF, the 111 rates 36, so the 111 gives the FT time, not the other way around
  7. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    No, they had already delivered number #25 back in March 2011. I don't know the current number but would not be surprised if they had built and delivered 50-60 by now.
  8. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Market is proving that it is NOT a problem....this is an incredible successful design (based on boats sold) introduced in the lousiest economy in living memory....so, buyers are in fact taking the cost in stride. (I own #4)
  9. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Didn't look like they were flying the big kite A4, did they? Conditions seemed fine for the A4 .
  10. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Clear coat does not hold up well in my prior experience, a few hard tacks, and the coating starts cracking and chipping. On #4, we also had an adhesive rubberized plastic pad applied to the front of the mast where the head sail clew travels across to protect the coating. It is pitch black, you can barely see it.
  11. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Nice find I also did a short write-up on http://www.blur.se/2011/11/13/j111-piranha-test-sail/ White paint + dirty bottoms is always a problem trying to get good photos. Even at the big championships they either sand them down to much or get dirty in a few days. The good thing is that you can clean the boat in PhotoShop, but it's work you only want to do if you get paid. Hope to post a video as well in the next few days. Blur, you've got the 111 bug! Gets under your skin, doesn't it?
  12. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    They might have cleaned the scummy bottom for the shoot!
  13. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    #4 Invisible Hand, #17 Mad Men...is the new SF Bay boat #39? Stopped by today and its gone. I heard 2 more boats on order for a total of 4 on the Bay...
  14. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=post&attach_id=158337
  15. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Jib interferes greatly with the flying of the kite, you can observe that just by trying it. We have staysail up usually when breeze gets up over 13 kts sustained. Staysail is smaller and much farther in/removed from the kite, hence less interference.
  16. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Preference is to bring the headsail down as fast as you can once the kite is up.
  17. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    This boat needs to sail hot angles, she will get up and break lose at those wind speeds, sail way past its rating. You sail as hot an angle as still increases speed and you can hold without wiping out. This is not your father's 105. Low 'n slow, is not for this design. Not a direct comparison, but we put distance on a SC37 that was sailing a much lower course down wind than we were, not to mention that this boat has 2 feet of water line on us.
  18. Hi!

    In Post 720 of the thread "J 111 goes sailing" you have posted a picture of a short fixed sprit to set a "Code 0".

    Could you tell me who has built this thing? At what price would he buld a second one?

    We are discussing how to set up a J 111 in Switzerland and are interested in this tool.

    Best regards

    brico

  19. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Thank's for sharing. Retrofitted one of these on J/109 Blur. Sweet!!! http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=120517&view=findpost&p=3289110 We put the carbonautica wheel on our #4 as well. Other than the cool factor, I could have sworn it was making us go faster ;-) So far, crew has liked it better than the standard wheel, stiffer, less flex.
  20. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    That is very impressive, Chicago! We have 2 boats on the water in San Francisco now, not quite what you'd call a fleet yet. Waiting for all those 105 owners to pull the trigger.
  21. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    The J/111 is a great boat but I regret to report that it doesn't improve your tactical decisions on the race course. Sort of like buying a copy of PowerPoint and hoping you will become a better presenter. If you suck, you will still suck on this boat, and vice versa.
  22. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    This just in: Invisible Hand moves up to 3rd overall, (1st in division, no change) after it was discovered that the #1 overall boat was incorrectly scored on its buoy rating, not downwind handicap like everybody else.
  23. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    Video clip by Photoboy of the Hand passing underneath the Golden gate bridge headed for Monterey:
  24. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    It is a 40 foot boat which we beat over the line with our 36 foot J after 800 natical miles of racing down to Mexico That boat would normally owe us 12 seconds a mile on any other day around the bay race, but we ended up owing them time because presumbaly this was a down wind race (it was not even predominantly so). It was a rating anomaly. I woudn't be so smug when a 36 footer beats a 40 over the line that is this brand's premier racing sail boat offering.
  25. ragbag

    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    J/111 #4 Invisible Hand had another excellent outing at the 2011 Spinnaker Cup from San Francisco to Monterey yesterday. Won our 16 boat division, both across the line, and on corrected, 4th overall out of 43 boats. Epic sailing down wind across Monterey Bay, mid teen speeds, peaking at 17-18 with 20-24 kts. of breeze. http://www.mpyc.org/index.php/racing/results/404-spinnaker-2011-cup-results