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  1. coyotepup

    It’s time to replace PHRF once and for all!

    PHRF is like Winston Churchill's quote about democracy: it's the worst system in the world except for all the other ones that have been tried. The fact is that a huge chunk of racing is weeknight beer can racing where expensive individual measurement systems aren't worth the time, effort, or cost.
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    Rules question

    I think the short answer to the question is, no, you cannot shorten a course anywhere other than at a mark, unless you come up with a creative way to do it in the SIs, and it would be exceedingly difficult to do so fairly. Say your first leg happens to be upwind, and boats are tacking their way to it, and you decide midleg that you want them to go to the second mark.... even if you found a way to tell everyone immediately, all the boats on one side of the course will get screwed. There is something we do on Tuesday nights, because we start off a dock and don't have the ability to get a proper finish line committee onto the mark boat: instead of waving S at a mark to finish there, the mark boat will wave J (chosen because it's not otherwise used.) J means: round this mark, sail back to the finish, and ignore all other marks. So you're not limited exactly to the stipulations in rule 32. But shortening the course anywhere but at a mark is ill-advised.
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    36.7 or 109?

    Spent a lot of time driving the Bene in nasty upwind chop during this year's PH-Mac and I agree, the 36.7 handled it very well indeed. You do need a pretty big and strong main trimmer if it's puffy, cause the load on it gets pretty fierce.
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    36.7 or 109?

    I race a ton on a 36.7 and have sailed the 109 quite a bit too. A few thoughts. If sailing PHRF in light air, the 109 will almost definitely outperform the 36.7, except in light air downwind. Pole vs. sprit - pole will always be preferable. That said, the 36.7 generally demands more crew, it has a fractional rig in the 1D configuration and kites with tiny shoulders, and the 109 has a way of accelerating very quickly in light-air puffs. If racing PHRF, you will probably have no need to limit yourself to the non-overlapping class jib on the 109, nor the fractional rig setup on the 36.7. Both boats should point very well upwind. Both are very nice down below but the 36.7 can accommodate more people. The 109's head is where a quarter berth would normally be. As others have said, the 36.7 is all assholes and elbows in the cockpit. The main and jib trimmers like the same spot. The pit is the busiest pit I've ever seen. J/ boats have the best cockpit layouts and the 109 is every bit as good as the 120 in this regard. The 109 class is very strong on the East Coast, so resale will likely be easier (though 10 or 15 years down the road, who knows.)
  5. I dunno man. If you can find a brand-new boat over, say, 32 feet, for less than $175K, I'd be pretty surprised. That's the price of a new C&C 101, or thereabouts. A new J/111 has got to be $200K+, easy. In 1984 dollars that (the $175K) is about $70K. Was a Tartan 10 or C&C 35 a $70K boat? Well, I never bought one brand new, but again, I'd be shocked to hear so. Sisu points out that the durability of old boats kind of hurts the market for that kind of cheap, brand-new daysailer. True enough. But eventually the world is gonna run out of old Catalinas, and nobody will want to make new ones.
  6. I don't think it's the least bit morally wrong for someone to spend the money they earned the way they want to spend it. And it's all going right into the economy where it does a lot of people some good. I assure you the general public does not have any clue about the money spent campaigning J/70s. They think it's an expensive sport without even knowing about that. Anyone who does learn about someone doing that will probably just roll their eyes at the person, not the sport.
  7. This is not just now, it's been the last ten years or more. Time was, you could buy a brand new J/24 or Catalina 27, or any number of boats that size, all churned out in large quantities, for a price that a mid-30s middle class guy could afford, because he didn't have student loans. Now they'll sell you a J/70 or J/80, which cost about the same as a fully loaded Escalade, and is thoroughly uncruisable to boot. There is zero, absolutely zero, market, for brand new boats for anyone but the really rich. Part of that is student loans and part of that I blame on the fact that there are so many people with a lack of interest in any hobby at all. They say the modern-day millennial and/or Gen Z-er prefers "experiences" to material things. Which means that a lot of them are just toe-dipping dilettantes, running from experience to experience and doing it for the 'gram. They're not interested in plunging all their time and money into one hobby. Name a hobby, like skiing, golfing, or bowling, and they're all bleeding participants. Ours is a particularly involved one that you can't really just dabble in, not if you're going to be a boat owner. So boat makers focus on the people with interest and disposable income, which is people over 50. Mid-30s-types, people my age, used to have boats. Now we don't.
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    Drying out spinnaker?

    God rest his soul, one gentleman I used to sail with would say "just leave it out and I'll send [my wife] down tomorrow morning with a hair dryer."
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    On the other hand, she finished last among finishers in her class, behind the other 52s and not saving time on the 70s, so maybe a little more time in the water and less time on the hard would've been useful. I dunno about the docks being the most likely place for cross contamination. A likely place, maybe not the most. I think the DNR went a little bit overboard. They didn't close them, they just made the conditions for BYC's use so stringent that BYC said no way. And since they were open to individual reservation, the situation there ended up "worse" than the conditions they imposed on BYC. The DNR wanted boats only every other well and a strict limit of 100 people on the dock with BYC responsible for posting guards 24/7. (I guess it's a "gathering.") But they ended up taking reservations for more wells than that, and you could easily find more than 100 people on the dock at times. Spread out and socially distanced, but there all the same. They could've put 2/3 of the fleet in the harbor with no rafting, and any overflow on the coal docks. That would've kept boats six feet apart. Instead of a numbers limit, they could've just required masks when not on your boat. I doubt they would've filled the harbor, given the number of boats that never had any intention of staying on the island even before the harbor closed. And having boats there 1) gives people an outdoor place to congregate instead of going indoors and 2) keeps some people out of hotels. All water under the bridge now. We had a good time and I don't think the race was ever a major risk to begin with given the many precautions. Let's hope next year is back to normal. It's missing something without the parties and crowded harbor.
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Wouldn't be too early to start showing symptoms, though. Anyone who caught the covid on the race or the island, and showed symptoms, those symptoms would've long since begun to appear.
  11. coyotepup

    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Was the Andrews 65 Eagle One, or so I heard. Don't know the how or the gory details.
  12. coyotepup

    Need a list clubs sailing and or racing

    Racing on Lake St. Clair is pretty much back to a normal schedule now, minus most parties (so far). Only exception is the Canadians, who canceled their series because most of their entries are American and the border people are being petty and not allowing anyone to cross the border even if they just sail across the water border and back. Our governess took it upon herself to decide which watercraft were safe and which were uncontrollable plague vectors, but that mostly ended up with egg on her face, so people are on the water now. They just can't go to Canada and Canadians can't come here.
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    same old, same old - not quite!

    Disagree, a boat can definitely finish without sailing the course. They just get scored NSC (a new addition to the scoring abbreviations in the appendix.) It's always been up to the race committee to take finish times without determining whether the finishing boat pulled its string correctly; that gets sorted out later if another boat saw them miss a mark or otherwise not sail the course.
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Can safely say I've never seen a Mac before where every foot of the race from start to finish was hard on the wind. 100% beating and no favored board on the rhumb line. Could have left the kites home. Apparent wind said 24 knots at most but with a reef, #4 jib, and 7 knots of boat speed to get us through rollers that might have been 8 feet, not sure I believe that. Sure was fun to drive in, though. Regarding covid. Our entire boat was tested and came back negative. I know of many boats that did the same. I also know of one that did not sail because a crew member tested positive. I doubt the chances of an outbreak from this race are high. There is no race party. Many boats and crew left immediately, or at least early. This is not covid stew. If you think the race should not have happened, what you really think is all the bars and restaurants should close because that's where you'll get it if at all. My hat is off to the race chair.
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    Should WS consider dropping RRS 17?

    Why doesn't B have luffing rights on Y? B has all the luffing rights in the world.