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  1. 3200 R2

    IRC optimisation and lower wind drag. The R2 is based on the many changes made by the architect Daniel Andrieu on Cifraline: keel, rigging, stern box/rail...
  2. J/133 or Bene First 45

    Going from X to Bene will always feel a downgrade. Also, as you will be sailing in the Med, you need to consider a couple of things. Racing in the Med is mainly under ORC (Spain, Italy, Greece but not Turkey though) where French builds suck (IRC designed) but X-Yachts, J's and a few others excel. When not blowing crazy, cruising in the Med is in little to no wind, so I would favour a boat that goes well sailing in sub 5 (J's and X again are normally good at this and Beneslow not so much.) or with a big engine.
  3. J/133 or Bene First 45

    We raced a bene 45 for a while and it is nowhere as easy as a J shorthanded. It's a decent boat but very heavy, not very good for racing (compared say, to the F40) Build quality is corrrect but not as good as J, so is resale value. Look how the J/133 performed at this year's Fastnet...
  4. Club racer electronics

    As said above, electronics don't win races before you reach a certain (read high) level. Practice, regular crew, decent sails and a clean bottom are what you need for club racing, and a speedo. Any speedo but well calibrated. We started racing in sport boats and first Class 8 with a windex as the only instrument we had and did fine. Then we moved into serious offshore racing with the A35 and had all the bells and whistles (B&G H2000) so we could concentrate on polars and speed targets. It worked well too. We eventually started shutting the electronics off to focus more on what was happening outside the boat and replace cold calculation with the "feeling" of the boat in the tiller and under our asses, with exactly the same result. After a dismasting we had absolutely zero support from B&G so I probably won't do it again ( dismasting obviously and choosing B&G). To me, the main advantage of electronics is to make sure you are within speed target, but you need to have accurate polars for your and calibrated electronics. From experience, very few boats have them.
  5. There are many fast and fun boats in your art of the world to keep the conversation going but if your current ride is a SO40, it could be useful to know that they are doing VERY well in France under IRC. 'Charrette' and Karibario have been consistently winning or making podium in their class, and the later replaces a fast Archambault A40. Of course they are optimised and well sailed, but isn't that the case for most winning boats?
  6. Race tracking

    Trackers are great, the onlyway to get them interested really. For RORC races, ontly the Fastnet has a tracker, it doesn't however need delays as AIS is mandatory so you know always know where your competition is and where they are going. Not sure delay is that important on relatively short races, it does change tactics but not really strategy (in tidal waters) as you shouldreally have yours ready rather than following the 'good' guys.
  7. funny you should say that, Transquadra winner is a wooden Bepox 990...
  8. IRC Rating Impacts

    Class 4 starts 20 minutes before Class 3, so if you are not familiar with the Solent, the J/109 should be with you between Hust Castle and the Shingles. Class 3 is possibly the most competitive, but you have plenty of big boats to play with in Class 4, older displacements (Dorade, Stormy...) and Swans so the fight is there. Otherwise, play with "Night & Day" and "Foggy Dew", as one of them will get the class win, they always end up fighting with the best Class 3 boats and finish in the top when not winning outright as N&D did in 2013 If Class 3 is what you want, take a 4th bigger spinnaker with you and get the penalty, at least you'll get some benefits.
  9. XP-44 equivalent.... but cheaper?

    They might be alternatives but certainly not equivalent. X-Yachts build quality is second to none. Dehler and Salona are well built, but a mot more cruisy than the XP, J/133 might get close.
  10. 30-34ft cruiser racer

    I'd say the JPK 1010 is by far the best IRC cruiser-racer in that size, especially for short-handed sailing, but they are pricier. Look at the competitors in this year's Transquadra and you'll have a good idea of what works. I really like the J/97 for it's cruiser/racer positioning, easy to sail fast, quick in the light and yet offering a nice interior for faminy crusing, some have done very well around buoys (Spi Ouest), coastal (Round the Island) and offshore (Fastnet) . Other boats might be fater (SF3200, A31...) but less inviting inside. Where the 97 is loosing me is the cockpit ergonomics, coming out of the 80's: long benches, mainsail track cutting the cockpit in half, when it would have been easier to open up the aft and put the rail all the way back to free some space.
  11. 30-34ft cruiser racer

    Price? J/97 are going for more than J/109 monies.
  12. Sold, and going on the Transquadra with its one rudder.
  13. what is it?

    Looks fast!