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  1. gjbike

    2018 Fareast 28R Worlds

    If you use Google Chrome as your web browser you can right click on a web page and it will pop up a window where you can choose "translate to English" and most of the writing will appear in English.
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    2018 Fareast 28R Worlds

    Chinese TV is covering the races live this weekend here for anyone interested and willing to be up at night . The site had 1.4 million views!! https://vzan.com/live/tvchat-856997
  3. The 2nd Worlds for the Fareast 28R are happening in China. Here are links for the three videos that are up with highlights. Bigger turnout this year with 26 teams form 14 nations. Will give you some idea of what these boats are like. Reportedly 400+ built so far ttps://youtu.be/Xr9dRUc_MWo https://youtu.be/LksQddIEuW4 https://youtu.be/ZEedQUbv1bE
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    Letting go of tiller, cookies ensue.

    On a Colgate 26 I used to have I would show my gf that even in 20 kts wind and 20 degrees of heel if the sail plan was balanced the boat would track straight hands off tiller for about 6 to 8 seconds before slowly turning into the wind. I can do the same with my Beneteau First 235 and my FE28R. If you go straight into the wind the minute you let go of the tiller then the main sail is either sheeted in too far or the traveler is up too high relative to the jib trim. Either power up the jib or depower the main
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Ok. You’re on (actually I remember now how fast that boat was- but it will still come down to crew skills)
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Yes, that was terrible. Well-since then we have new crew and happy to say we have bested pretty much all of those boats sometime during the year. But I see we may be starting to form a new rivalry with those yankee carpetbaggers from up north. How about skipper of losing boat buys bottle of 18 yo single malt scotch for winner? So, do you feel lucky punk- we’ll do you?? ( in my best Clint Eastwood impersonation)
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    I don’t recall if we’ve sailed against one. Under ideal conditions we do about 6.2 kts upwind at 37 deg TWA for a VMG of 5.1. When you get it dialed in the boat definitely moves well.
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    As we would say down here: ” thems are fighting words!” :)
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Nothing more than what other FE28R’s and other physically similar boats have been rated in other regions. PHRF and ORC/IRC certificates, and readily available online ratings.
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Glad to report the PHRF committee was receptive to my appeal and my PHRF handicap is now 68.
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    Hull 85
  12. gjbike

    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    I agree. Mine was a provisional rating being the first one imported to the US. There was no historical data to rely on. Now 2 years later there are several other FE28R's that have gone through the PHRF process and experience with my racing results relative to the other boats. I have prepared a 28 page appeal that is nothing but data to support my request . We'll see but I think I have a reasonable request supported by contemporaneous data.
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    Front Page - scotw

    This place is what it is. There is nothing unusual about that pic being used on the front page. Whether pics like that grow or shrink the membership here is up for debate, but you don't have to visit here for long to know what the neighborhood is like. That works for some and not for others. There will never be a consensus as to what this site should be- the members are just too diverse for that. When I was a moderator on a motorcycle site it was clear you had a choice- use a large group of moderators to keep the site clean or have an anything goes approach. We chose to go the heavy handed moderating route and after letting a small group of members know they were not welcomed it went well. Some of those banned then started an anything goes site that didn't last long due to infighting. This place is has minimal moderating. For some it means freedom of speech and for some it will mean a high noise to info ratio. Either way it is what it is
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    Light Air Form

    You know you are sailing very light airs when you have your crew crouched behind the cabin bulkhead to lower wind drag and are having to burn an incense stick and watch the smoke trail to determine wind direction! That is after you have removed everything from below not absolutely needed.
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    Fareast 23R phrf rating

    My FE28R is definitely faster that a Melges 24 but not 50 seconds per mile. There are two other FE 28R's in the US with PHRF's of 72 and 75. I'm getting ready to petition my club to be raised to 73 from my present 54. I think 73 is a more realistic number. In a big wind long distance race with a long downwind leg maybe 54 can be reached but in the typical short W/L courses 73 is more like it.