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  1. That discussion will be held tomorrow night. Stay tuned. Wait, would it be anywhere else but Newport this year??? The NYYC already has it on their calendar as "J/109 North Americans - July 19-22" during Rolex Race Week. Does this mean I should NOT put a deposit down on a house for that week??? That probably answers the question. I'll confirm later. I'm gonna wait on that deposit anyways!!!
  2. That discussion will be held tomorrow night. Stay tuned. Wait, would it be anywhere else but Newport this year??? The NYYC already has it on their calendar as "J/109 North Americans - July 19-22" during Rolex Race Week. Does this mean I should NOT put a deposit down on a house for that week???
  3. ++++++1 I hate the table! Took it out years ago as we only race PHRF (added 50# of dive weights and declared on cert, BTW) and the space in the salon seems about 5 times larger! I have lobbied the class for years to allow it to be removed (as you are already allowed to remove the dodger, forward cabin cushions, forward bulkhead door, and stern box) but that request has fallen on deaf ears. I wonder if I break the table up into tiny little pieces and keep them on the boat as my 50# weight if I could then race one-design. Technically the table WILL be on the boat... ;-) Z
  4. i like what onesails do for batten ends just pull a flap of material over the end of the batten and then use string to tie them in and tension them as required. no velcro that wears out or fiddly rockets to loose overboard. marginally slower to put in and debatable if there is added weight aloft compared to other systems. i'll try and get a photo personally, i hate having to tie five knots every time we switch out a sail! big fan of velcro. +1 for the Velcro! I swap out the old cruising/heavy air main with the nice racing sail quite often, and the velcro is a nice time-saver.
  5. I would guess that to check you could tack from one heading to the other and see what the difference is. If the delta is 60 degrees then it would seem your true wind angle would be about 30, right? I know on my boat that with the genoa in 10-12 knots we usually tack through 80-85 degrees and once the breeze is closer to 15 and we have the blade up we tack through 70-75 when we are really on our game. But that is without inhaulers, so who knows. When the breeze REALLY comes up and I am sailing in a crazy high groove so we are not overpowered we have tacked through as little as 65 degrees, but I am sure I am not at optimal VMG. The boat may be pointing high, but the speed is WAY too low...at least the leeward rail is not buried in the water though!
  6. So the peel went very well tonight. I totally get what you mean about using the inside or outside halyard now! We held great speed through the whole process. And I loved seeing all of that red sail up at the same time. Thanks for the good advice. With any luck we can use this for our pursuit race on Saturday!!!
  7. Nope. That's it. And if you know that it's going to be a leg on starboard gybe with a possible peel you could choose to go with port halyard from the start. It's possibe to set the new kite outside the old one but it's messy with this setup Awesome! Thanks for sharing the knowledge!!! Z
  8. Blur, Wow, this was exactly how I had envisioned doing the swap on the kite!!! Thanks for detailing out all the steps, I can send it to the crew ahead of time. Could you please explain the inside/outside halyard? I have two spin halyards, the one on the starboard side we always use as the primary and the port side one is our backup. So if I am sailing on port gybe with the spin on the starboard side of the boat using the starboard halyard and I want to peel to a new kite using the port-side halyard, do I just make sure that halyard is led in front of the forestay before the hoist, or is there more to it then that?? I am trying to visualize this while at work and am just not able to see what counts as inside/outside/etc... Many thanks!! Z
  9. OK my fellow J/109ers, anyone out there doing spinnaker peels with success??? We have a pursuit race coming up this weekend where often there is a need to change from our "reacher" spinnaker which we use with great success in very light stuff and on super-tight angles to the "jumbo" PHRF chute for the run down Boston Harbor. Currently to change we pop out the genoa, douse the one kite, attach the second kite and hoist it back up, all of which takes about a minute and a half to accomplish. We are going to try some peels tonight, and I am looking for any tips on how to do so on an asym sail to start with and a J/109 in particular. I have an extra spin halyard, a set of sheets and two extra blocks I can use for the transition, and my plan is to use a temporary tack line attached to the cleat of the bow and then swap it out to the tack from the bowsprit as soon as the old kite is down. Should I go with an inside or outside hoist? And like I said, any other tips much appreciated!!!
  10. View PostThroatwarbler-Mangrove, on 28 July 2011 - 10:54 AM, said: We have a perpetual problem getting our boat up to targets in light air. In fact, even if we sail 10 degrees deeper, we're at least half a knot slower than we should be. Anybody have hints on sail trim, driving, weight distribution, anything? ========================================= What are you doing about rig tension in the really soft stuff? For 6+ knots we don't touch it, but if it is really light we back off a couple of turns on the uppers, one on the middle and a half on the lowers. We go with no backstay and really ease the main and jib halyard to put some power in the sails. Also, what TWS are you talking about? 2,4,6,8??? I am not sure what you guys down in Buzzards Bay consider light!! I can tell you that for anything below 4 we drop the traveler ALL the way down on the main, sheet in to make the sail pretty flat, and VOILA, we get this attached airflow and the boat starts to move. As it comes up to speed and generates apparent we start to come back up on the traveler while easing the sheet and the next thing you know we are doing 4.5 knots in 4 knots true. Or something like that...it is really hard to tell what the true wind truly is when it is that light...of course, we are also using a genoa and not the jib, so YMMV...when it gets super light (0-3 true) we actually roll half the gemoa up top make a little staysail and that seems to get the flow attached and the boat going. Once boat speed is over 2.5 knots we start to ease the genny back out as we trim in, and once again, apparent wind and some boat velocity. Did I mention how much I hate sailing in less than 6 knots of breeze??? BTW, sorry we won't see you next week for BBR. I am down a Senior Sales Engineer right now so cannot get out of work for our trek down. So sad when WORK interferes with sailing!!!
  11. Judging from the Sailflow forecast for Wednesday night I would say you added it just in time!!! Hey, where did you guys go last Wednesday? You missed out on some fine racing: an ALMOST windward/leeward course with 15 knots of breeze in Boston Harbor. Will wonders never cease??? alas, some miscommunication resulted in our heavy class jib being left on the dock, and as you may recall before the start of the race it was blowing a steady 20 with higher puffs! bummed to miss what sounds like a great race, but would have felt silly destroying two of our good sails before we even got through the second wednesday night series... Word! We had our 2006 Main, 2005 Heavy #3 and out original 2004 OD chute as our sails last Wednesday. No reason to beat up the good stuff...see you guys out there tomorrow night!!!
  12. Judging from the Sailflow forecast for Wednesday night I would say you added it just in time!!! Hey, where did you guys go last Wednesday? You missed out on some fine racing: an ALMOST windward/leeward course with 15 knots of breeze in Boston Harbor. Will wonders never cease???
  13. Stumbler, Here is a link for all of the "spec" rigging on a 109: http://fleet1.j109.org/docs/J109%20Rigging%20&%20Specs.pdf The Genoa car control line should be 55' long and set up with a 4:1 purchase. The eyesplice goes all the way forward on the track, then the line runs back to the block on the car, forward the the turning block at the forward end of the track, back the the block on the car, forward again to the lower turning block and then all the way aft to the cockpit through the cam cleat. If you set it up this way, you can ease the genoa car all the way to the back and will have about 3 feet of control line left, or you can pull them all the way forward and have about 45 feet of control line in the cockpit! Maybe if the people that had her before you only used a jib they "shortened" up the genoa car adjuster line to something less than 55'. If you guys are out tomorrow night sail on over before the start and check out how it's rigged up if you like!! Z thanks z. yes, what you suggest is exactly what happened - the length was optimized for one design only. it was and is a 4:1 system, i misspoke before we're going to order the new line and change the set up next time we get a free afternoon. i see that the spec diameter is 3/8". is that required to be legal in one design, or can you go down in size? for instance, i note that blur (who does no one design sailing) uses 6mm line here, which is about 3.5mm thinner. might be nice to go down a size or two here if we can! I still have the original 3/8" lines that came with the boat in 2004, but when I replace them I will go down to 5/16" or maybe even 1/4" although that might be a little small because when the genny is loaded up and you need to move that car forward you really need to pull hard and it is good to have a bit of line in your hand for that.
  14. Stumbler, Here is a link for all of the "spec" rigging on a 109: http://fleet1.j109.org/docs/J109%20Rigging%20&%20Specs.pdf The Genoa car control line should be 55' long and set up with a 4:1 purchase. The eyesplice goes all the way forward on the track, then the line runs back to the block on the car, forward the the turning block at the forward end of the track, back the the block on the car, forward again to the lower turning block and then all the way aft to the cockpit through the cam cleat. If you set it up this way, you can ease the genoa car all the way to the back and will have about 3 feet of control line left, or you can pull them all the way forward and have about 45 feet of control line in the cockpit! Maybe if the people that had her before you only used a jib they "shortened" up the genoa car adjuster line to something less than 55'. If you guys are out tomorrow night sail on over before the start and check out how it's rigged up if you like!! Z
  15. That was an excellent match race last night stumbler! Where did the rest of our fleet go? Great comeback for you after that over early. Your gybes looked terrific, your boat really seemed to rocket out of them each time you gybed around. It's gonna be a fun summer in the harbor!!!