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  1. CordRipper

    Sailing in Scotland - UK

    did the Scottish Series in Tarbert on Loch Fyne a couple years ago, though that regatta is in May, would do some digging to see if anyone is around in October. To Alan H's point, may just be dinghies at that point
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    AYC Spring Series 2019

    Plus One, here we go
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes

    Received my yearbook last Friday
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    Bella Mente Broke Their Rig......Again

    Can't see anything wrong in the picture
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    J 121

    Very similar to an 88 in terms of weight balancing so no, i don't think they got the weight balancing wrong. It's just something you have to be mindful of. After the spring tune up, where those tuning guide pics were taken, we started sailing upwind with 2-3 in front of the shrouds. Keeping an eye on the knuckle is key, as with most boats
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    Garmin Quatix 3/5 vs... ?

    I have a Quatix 5, the racing app is quite useful on it's own and pretty accurate relative to our boat's B&G Z3 instruments on the boat. The next challenge is to try to connect the two...they don't recognize each other via bluetooth or ANT+. Has anyone had any luck with this? If we had Garmin instruments and autopilot, it should be able to connect, feed data to the phone and control the autopilot. Would be great to get that going. I can connect to the boat's audio system and my phone at the same time and control the music which is pretty great for cruising. I believe the Quatix 5 has stronger glass than the Fenix 5 as well
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    J 121

    Bingo...the 125 looks like a bat outta hell and a blast to sail but do you need full 8-10 person crew? With the 121, you don't get the performance of the 125 in all conditions or points of sail but as the design brief states, you can sail it with 4-6 people rather than a full 8-10. And as jackolantern points out, you can cruise the 121 with the wife....a big factor for many boat owners
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    J 121

    Same here and agreed that we would be hard pressed to beat a 125 in most conditions boat for boat. I'd be really interested though to line up with one in 20kts+ at different points of sail with full water ballast. I would guess that we could hold our own above a beam reach but that anything below a beam reach the 125 would pull away. On the Bermuda race last year, that is the angle that Apollo won on in the last 24 hours when the wind kicked up to 15-20kts, though of course the bigger boats in our class up front only saw 10-15kts.
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    J 121

    Not sure about that boat specifically but since there is no one design rule/class, the boats have drifted quite a bit from each other due to after market modifications, different sail plans by different makers, and the IRC optimizations (generally changing the keel to a fin and adding a small fixed prod to the bow for smaller A-sails) that the boats going to Europe went through. In May, there is another J121 Spring Tune Up put on by JBoats in Newport. I hear they're expecting 5-7 boats so should be very interesting to see everyone lined up.
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    J 121

    Just want to reiterate because I think the message got lost in my last post, this is a fast and fun boat to sail. Very please with it after our 1st season
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    J 121

    750k sounds like a lot, do you know what was included in that figure? Apollo is meticulously cared for and has made some rigging modifications and has a full sail package. But i'd be very surprised if they spent that much to get the boat up and running, maybe if you include annual program expenses like maintenance, travel, outfitting for Bermuda...etc. Their program travels all over the place so boat transport and dockage may bring it to that but those shouldn't really count toward the total cost of the boat. One could make a 121 competitive for much less PHRF 30 w/out wb, assuming you're talking about the Narragansett rating, 23 w/ wb. These seem to be fair ratings (though I'm biased). In LIS we race with wb and rate -3 with spinnaker. LIS PHRF committee doesn't give a non-wb rating. Very tough to race to this rating in when the wind is windward/leeward courses. If there is any sort of reaching, we can be competitive if there is enough wind. Hard to find a point where the boat is overpowered which makes sense with the design brief...offshore, short-crew racer. On weeknights racing without spinnakers, we rate 9 and find it very difficult to be competitive without the spinnakers, tends to be very light wind. Having said all this...we love the boat because regardless of ratings, it is fast and a blast to sail!
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    are those cleats on the bow that move up/down or just placeholders? If the former, I'm surprised they didn't go with the swiveling antal cleats used on the 121. We and the few other boats I've spoken to have been very happy with them Also surprised to see only 1 tack line rigged given the design brief of this boat as offshore/short-handed. Maybe they didn't get around to it for this show
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    what's your top boatspeed in a J boat?

    22.5 down a wave with an A3 in our J/120 in the 2013 Gearbuster, though I heard a J/120 hit 25 or 26 in the 2010 Vineyard Race. So far, ~19 with the A2 up is our top speed in the 121 during this year's Geartester, it was a short 5 mile leg and our 1st race in the boat so didn't really have time to open her up
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    Team NYYC

    yes, i believe the hull is the former Carbonado
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    shit show (front page)

    INEOS foiling/reaching on port tack, then wiping out to starboard, almost like a chinese jibe on a laser