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  1. kurio99

    Baggy Sails

    How much of a difference do baggy dacron sails make on performance? In this case, I'm talking about Albacores. Can't begin to guess at their age, but got them off a sailing school about 4 years ago. Roughly speaking? Are we talking a fraction of a percent or a whole leg after a couple of laps? Not looking to be competitive, but getting a little discouraged at competing with the Opti's for the honour of last spot [In truth, I'm likely just a crap sailor.]
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    Puffy Conditions

    Thanks. Looks like I get to practice your tips tonight as it's another heavy north wind.
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    Puffy Conditions

    Whenever we get a north wind, it passes through a series of trees and obstacles to the point where the bay looks like a piano keyboard. Such as last Tuesday, when the pressure was bouncing between 12 knots to near zero in the blink of an eye. With the RS700, I would be out on the rack each time that the tap shut off, so lots of windward capsizes. Any strategies that would make these conditions more pleasant?
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    RS700 Newbie Video

    Hey, DTA, Dust off the Garmin. Let's see what's happening. As much as I liked the keyball system, I had to ditch them for the hook since the ball wouldn't drop out on its own. Just have to be more careful not to stab my boat with the hooks on my many capsizes. Last Sunday had 16 knots of wind so pretty wicked. Had 3 cameras on the boat and 2 shook loose - fortunately, I had safety straps on both. Snapped the port shroud so am waiting for the replacement. Last part of video, did a full teabag, feet off the rack, and still managed to recover by some miracle.
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    Wiring off the Rack

    In all but the hardest wind, I have been wiring off the gunnel on my RS700. I'm 190 lbs with the rack set to the 3rd hole. What can I do to get the maximum power out of the sail so that I can move out to the rack in lighter winds? Have been using the vang to get the leach pretty straight and the boom at the corner of the hull, all of this while sailing close hauled. Still feel like I'm sabotaging my sail shape. Anything with the rig tension, cunningham, or outhaul that could give me the problems that I describe?
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    Cup Holders

    @vWAP Where do you attach it?
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    Cup Holders

    How or where do you secure your water bottle on a RS700 or Musto Skiff? This question is to those of you that sail upside down as I often do. As it stands, the bay is littered with my water bottles.
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    Do you grease your pole?

    I've ordered some ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW) tape. The stuff is supposed to be extremely low friction.
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    Do you grease your pole?

    Man, that sounded totally rude. Seriously, do you use anything on the spinnaker pole? Seeing some serious wear on the pole and groove on my RS700. Been using a silicon lube spray, but suspect that is too lightweight for the job.
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    Arm Fatigue

    Sailing an RS700. Generally recommended to not cleat on the upwind which is understandable given that responsiveness is key to these types of boats, especially in shifty conditions. How do you deal with arm fatigue and hand cramping in windy conditions? I find myself sitting in for some legs to recover. Any other ways to deal with this?
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    Sweet spot for wind

    Was out yesterday in the RS700. Forecast was 8 knots. Reality was 16 knots plus gusts. Cunningham on full. Wind picked up on the water, so no opportunity to use the reefing loop. Typically, don't cleat on the upwind to better balance the boat, but man, my hands were near cramped up after a short time. No opportunity to sit in and rebuild strength. Can't imagine enjoying 20 knots at my novice level.
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    RS700 Newbie Video

    I find it a bear to recover from a turtle position, maybe as I'm lighter. Not sure how easy it would be for a smaller person. Fyi, you may already know this, but you can use your spinnaker sheets to lean out for more leverage. The knot that joins the two ends, stops at the block, giving you some secured line to grab.
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    Very Windy Day in Santa Barbara

    Very nice. What are you sailing? Doesn't it have auto bailers? How many knots was the breeze?
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    Sweet spot for wind

    What is your most favourite wind speed? Not too light. Not too wild.
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    Countdown to an RS700

    DTA. FYI, in most browsers, <ctrl> + <+> will zoom. Nonetheless, I scaled them up by 8x. Yes, I sketched in the approximate line positions. First image is relaxed, when the kite is fully flying. Second image is tensioned, when the kite is in the sock.