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    Melges 37 win

    Personally I think people don’t find it interesting enough and for potential owners the rules are too restrictive. For £350k on the water owners would at least like to decide who they can buy their sails from. Rumour has it that Melges wouldn’t let a UK fleet race under a tweaked version of the class rule either. The Cape 31 looks to be a far more attractive proposition, the rules are more relaxed, the crew number is only 1 less, they’ve been beating the IC37 in nearly every race on the water (let alone handicap) and it’s over £100k less money
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    New Pogo 44 first sailing pics

    Like @ctutmark said it’s become a trend that started in class 40s and has been done by Pogo in their boats for the 30. Beneteau and Jeanneau now also do it with the performance rig version of the OC41.1 and with other models. The big reason is lowering cog of the boat and reducing windage up the rig. The MD of Z Spars in France told me that by adopting this spreader arrangement on a Jeanneau SO410 they can take 80kg out the keel and therefore lighten the structure by a couple of percent and the list goes on, when you build 400+ boats that represents a large cost saving
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    New Pogo 44 first sailing pics

    I’m sure there are those who will try and race it but I’m not sure it will work for them! There was one boat that did the Route de Rhum a few years back that was a Pogo 12.50 but managed to obtain a class 40 measurement certificate and was a hybrid of the 12.50 cruiser and the S3 class 40. I’d love a 44 that’s been turbo’d up a little but can still be cruised
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    Melges 37 win

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    I did a bit of day sailing and racing on the J95 in the UK when it first arrived and it’s a boat I love. It came out at roughly the same time as the J97 and for irc racing the 97 was faster on almost all points even if it was nowhere near as nice to sail as the 95. at 3000kg it needed quite a bit of wind to get up and go downwind but you have to be wary of the bowsprit which is prone to breaking under load. if you race in light airs I would consider a 135% overlapping Genoa if you plan on using a forestay furler. Use hanks or a foil and have proper non overlappers with battens if not. The boat felt a bit undercanvassed and the rig a bit short the boat always felt a bit stern heavy in the light airs too. Made me wonder if the wheel was an afterthought (I know the US market loves a steering wheel) I would race the boat as light as possible and make sure to keep the weight forward in the light wind. one of the prettiest J boats they built (imho)
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    Vendee Globe 2020

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    J105 IRC

    In the UK in the Solent many of the irc racing fleet have moved away from overlappers, some of the J109s with a non overlapping J1 haven’t seen much of a performance loss unless it’s sub 6kts of wind. I’ve raced a couple of boats that made the switch including a J92 and the main observation is that in over 8kts or wind the boat doesn’t have the same low and fast speed mode that a boat with an overlapper has but it has a better height mode and net vmg was similar up to 12kts and then over that having a jib is better. All that whilst carrying a lower irc rating. To benefit from a non overlapper you kind of need to be on a headfoil or hanks. A boat with a headstay furler will be seriously compromised with a non overlapper.
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    Headfoil vs Hanks, thoughts?

    They use a G foil made by gorilla rigging which is around 1/3 of the weight of the next lightest foil. I will always prefer a foil over hanks and can solo the J88 and it not be too much of an issue. I also race a SF3600 with hanks which are good for those hoists and drops in the middle of the night 2 handed but they also have the tendency to snag things which is annoying. I’m considering the option of webbings and clips so changes can be faster and they’ll hopefully snag less stuff
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    Benefits of a solid vang in light air

    We had a Barton boom strut on ours, it weighs very little and is relatively inexpensive compared to other products but does a very good job. I think it’s essential for the J80 in the light airs
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    J105 IRC

    Sack off the furler and give it a proper headsail with horizontal battens on hanks or foil. Nice non overlapping headsail with an inhauler system. Push spinnaker area up by 5% and get yourself a good spinnaker staysail and code 0. A super smooth racing hull finish is also a must. Strip out all excess weight you don’t need and lastly sail it the right way
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    Construction of a Pogo 50

    I’ve used the c-tech snuffair model before and had issues but that could have been down to rigging and setup. We sell Oxley inflatable snuffers with our downwind sails and get good feedback from all our customers on them. We try to push selling snuffers over selling a furling kit unless the owner specifically wants a top down furler mainly because too many customers end up breaking the furling cable core through misuse and the cable manufacturers don’t offer a warranty because of it
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    Construction of a Pogo 50

    You will struggle to find any sail that is 100% carbon. Most membrane sails won’t contain a single type of fibre (unless polyester if class rules are in play as per the mini 6.50 for example) but rather they’ll use a blend of aramids, UHMWPE and/or carbon. Weight usually gets gained when taffeta layers, reefs, full battens etc get added. For a fast cruising boat you probably won’t be needing the last 2% that some technologies can offer in terms of premium product. How well you get on with a set of sails will depend on your relationship with your sailmaker and the knowledge and time they can give you and also how well you look after your sails as even the most robust and advanced sails still need looking after
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    Sun Fast 3300

    Sapristi has also been rigged with a symmetric kite too
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    Construction of a Pogo 50

    I’m surprised North didn’t suggest 780 which is spectra/carbon rather than the 860 carbon/aramid. We have a 780 endurance 3Di mainsail and 780 Raw mainsail for the SF3600 and both have been great sails.
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    Best way to get code zero luff tension?

    This is exactly what we do on the SF3600. We just use a 1:1 kite halyard with a T8 on the end which is a tapered SK78 halyard with 8mm core and a poly/technora jacket which runs through a constrictor. Our 64:1 backstay is also pretty powerful