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  1. Blur


    They will show up in the ORC database in the next few weeks + your North Sails rep would be able to find the designs internally As with the J/111 we see sails getting flatter with each iteration & sheeting angles tighter = more demanding boat to race.
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    So just the matter of dimensions and shape then
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    I would say that this optimization is first and foremost an optimization for the W/L format of the Offshore Worlds in Hague. The first J/112e they campaigned did very well in Copenhagen two years ago (w gennaker), the second (now Davanti) was even more developed and proved itself in IRC. Talking to Didier this spring, the biggest difference now seems to be sail development. Will be interesting to see what config they finally decide on.
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    Some J/88 solo sailing. We started a new archipelago race, 125 nm solo through all the small islands on the west coast of Sweden. J/88 first to finish. J/111 fastest around the course.
  5. Hi Blur team

    Do you still have any Nx2 or NXR gear thatb is for sale please.

    Thanks Bob Baker

    j97 Jaywalker

    1. Blur


      Still got 

      • 2 x NXR XL20 Instruments
      • 1 x nWIND Race (Garmin new 2016)
      • 1 x NX2 Depth, 43 mm (200kHz)
      • 1 x Nexus nGPS Antenna

      Drop me an email to if something is of interest.



    2. bobbaker



      I guess I dont need any of that stuff at the moment thanks.



  6. Blur

    J/109 Chartplotter Advice

    What's the reasoning behind not using the mast-pod for more numbers? I thought I would miss the companionway mount when we moved from the J/109 to the J/111, but the mast is in line of sight for most of the crew. And in light conditions crew is way forward anyways?
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    J/109 Chartplotter Advice

    Haha... yup. Bought 2 mm carbon sheets and are gluing/laminating those together (made some prototypes in cardboard). Way too much time/effort - but will make a statement!/cured-carbon-fibre-products/rigid-carbon-fibre-sheet/High-Strength-Carbon-Fibre-Sheet.html
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    J/109 Chartplotter Advice

    On both the J/109 and the J/111 we've struggled with placement. Used to be a Raymarine e7 and now we're moving to a B&G Zeus3 7" (the biggest that fit within the frame). We also run iPads, but find that a plotter is needed for the helmsman if you want something that works 100% when it's rough. The Zeus should be good when it's wet. We removed the compass (in favor of a smaller one) and put it as low as possible. Now we're removing the instrument and putting everything (both compass and remote VHF mic) on a specially built "pod". Don't forget to include MOB-buttons :-) From this... to this.
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    Garmin Instruments - Any Experience

    On the mast we keep info to sail the boat as fast as possible: BSP + TWA (sometimes AWA upwind) w big numbers. This correlates to target numbers posted in the cockpit. Upwind we talk target BSP, downwind target TWA. Also on the mast TWS/TWD + PolBSP% + sometimes VMG + HDG naturally. In cockpit we focus on tactical numbers. Most come from Expedition. set/drift or damped BSP/SOG HDG/COG to figure out current/tide - and to hit max/min time on starboard /port (to get a feel for where we are on the course), time to laylines BRG/RNG/time to mark TWA next leg = sail choice talk Depth All numbers are on the navigators iPad, but shorthanded it's nice to have on the displays + it keeps the stress level down
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    Garmin Instruments - Any Experience

    The biggest reason for me was quality. We burnt through 7 Nexus sensors (4 on the J/109 and 3 on the J/111). Second is to replicate a "standard setup" to get proper help with calibration. Also, it's always fun to move through-hulls around Here's the status right now (Swedish):³-bg-h5000-installation/
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    Garmin Instruments - Any Experience

    Guess so. Naturally, there are boundary effects around the hull, but the flow here should be laminar with perhaps 1 mm or "barrier layer". The tip of the wheel is well beyond that. With the original mount, you create turbulence that seems more unpredictable than anything else. And it's not a coincidence that the mounts have looked the same for 50+ years (should we guess it's because they're easy to mount)? We're now changing to B&G, and they/Airmar have no problem shipping a flush mount
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    Garmin Instruments - Any Experience

    Why? The primary reason is to get it on the centerline, to get the same reading on both tacks. Then the flange doesn't work as intended. Bonus is lower resistance :-) I guess the "barrier layer" behaves differently there since we got it to perform extremely well on both boats.
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    Douses on a 105

    Two on bow where the first guy jumps down the hatch with the chute and later checks that it's in order to be rehoisted. Second guy focus on tack and goes back to hike when ~30% of the kite is left and under control + help jib/genoa over the lifelines. Weight is not an issue vs a clean rounding and 100% hit-rate Same on J/105, J109 and J/111.
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    Garmin Instruments - Any Experience

    I would say it's essential if you want to get 100% out of a modern cruiser/racer. Especially if you're getting into a new boat that lacks a good local OD fleet and have limited time (who doesn't). There's no way to find crossovers, optimum VMG or evaluate the difference in trim or crew placement without proper instrumentation. Or see if you're lifted or not without a compass. Often something that feels worse is actually faster, both sailing the boat flat upwind as well as soaking downwind. And I still havn't met the guy who kan feel the difference in current down to 1/10 of a knot. Looking at the top boats in a competitive fleet like C&C30 or Melges 32 this isn't really a discussion. ALL boats have this as a top priority. Even more so in offshore classes
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    Garmin Instruments - Any Experience

    An unusual approach if you want a data-driven approach to performance and decision making? We find that data is good 99% of the time (Nexus/Garmin NXR w best practice calibration) and is extremely helpful for performance analysis vs targets, starts, next leg analysis, routing etc. In post-race analysis, it's common that we were wrong and should have trusted the software On charts, if you want to use Expedition or a "normal" plotters you have to get Navionics (or C-MAP) to work. I find it mostly comes down to settings and procedures for zooming (re the advice from the Vestas report). I have no issue getting the coloring right in Navionics. Use both Transas and Seapilot as excellent complements on iPad. BTW. This is our typical race course - so we tend to be somewhat picky about our tools Different approaches to details/zooming, but no major difference in shading or usability.