TalonF4U

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About TalonF4U

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    Shorthanded Offshore Racing, International Canoes, cool stuff

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  1. TalonF4U

    Chartering Minis / Fig IIIs in Europe

    You guys assume I am old enough to do the Transquadra! Shit.. I will be in a couple years.
  2. TalonF4U

    Chartering Minis / Fig IIIs in Europe

    Great stuff! Thanks! I've definitely been down the "completing vs competing" road in my head. As a human, it is impossible for me not to compete; but as a matter of practical sense, I don't think I have the time/money/mental energy to 'compete' per se and would probably be best served by a 'completion' attitude. Certainly for the first attempt! The info in this thread has been valuable in regards to qualification and the like. I would suspect that buying a Mini and sailing it for a while in the USA is a great idea, and possibly even required, but the reason I started this thread was concern about some of the costs you mention. Of course I'll take a massive loss selling a Mini in the US when it's time to move on. Economically it would probably make sense to train here and just charter the boat there, but when you look at the cost of running (and then selling) a series boat in the USA, I wonder if I'd be better off just taking a few training sessions in France...especially at the rate you quoted about Figaro training! I should call him--we've chatted a few times if it's who I think it is. I know the owner of the Annapolis mini from the 1-2 and would probably buy that boat if I had loads of spare cash stuffed in my pillowcase. Alas, not the case. But it would give me an 'east coast boat' for when I hit the level of wealth where I keep a boat on each coast to maximize regattas. Definitely not there yet either. The conundrum you bring up about the time/money continuum is a real bitch...and I'll add in the concept of experience, too. Like most, I graduated school lacking the money. For a brief period, I sort of had the money, was short but not critically short on time, but really lacked the experience needed to turn the combination of meager funds and limited time into something cool. Now, having put together a few ocean adventures, the experience feels better, and the money's getting there, but the time is the real bitch. Heh, I wonder if the asyms from my Sun Fast 3200 fit? I recall doing some math on Minis once and figuring the SA/Disp was about the same as one of my faves, the 505, when the kites were up...dope. I mean, dumb, but dumb in the way that makes me say, "That's dumb! But I am going to go try this. Hold my beer." The Figs seems almost reasonable by comparison, but the competition is pretty intense. It's the cost vs level of getting my ass kicked ratio I'm here trying to evaluate.
  3. TalonF4U

    I.C. Down wind question

    Right on, fastyacht (how do I know you...? from the Farm...?). Canoes are just kinda special. They make me afraid.
  4. TalonF4U

    Chartering Minis / Fig IIIs in Europe

    Of course, I will do those races. SHTP is an obvious one. Longpac, of course, a mere long weekend's work. Sailing shorthanded in the Bay--once I can flick this virus booger and get my boat out of Houston and into her slip at RYC!!--is clearly going to be fun. I'm West-ish now, penned up in northern Nevada, but not far from SF. While we're talking about West Coast, there is no way I don't sail the R2AK in the next couple of years. I also happen to have, uh, professional connections with physically strong people who are immune from pain, cold, and fatuige. Not like I'm going to be spinning those pedals when the going gets rough! Roleur, you and I clearly ought to get some folks together to go crush that race. But my "Races" spreadsheet goes out way past the timeline for this virus. It might take me a decade, but I'll get 'em done.
  5. TalonF4U

    Chartering Minis / Fig IIIs in Europe

    Yes... of course... to do "good" sailing of this sort, I know I have to move to France. Je suis desole, but that time in my life has probably passed. It's romantic, the thought of abandoning one's family to pursue one's dreams. I wonder how Moitessier's wife felt about it when her hubby parked up in Tahiti with a side chick. We all feel good reading his book, but we also have to admit there's a real life we have to deal with. I will accept less than good sailing to pretend that I can play by compensating for romance with cold hard cash. I can probably spend the money and stay married. Probably can't quit my job and move to France and 'do it right' and still get to see my kids most days.
  6. TalonF4U

    I.C. Down wind question

    Here's why I race ICs on handicap races instead of boats I can actually sail fairly well, like Lasers: it is just about as awesome to lose in an IC as it is to win. It's fun to get around the course, period.
  7. TalonF4U

    Chartering Minis / Fig IIIs in Europe

    Fiagro III rental just makes sense as an American looking to do the Solitare. That boat isn't cheap. For the Mini, I'm trying to weigh the costs of shipping vs chartering. It may actually make sense to buy a well sorted boat in Martinique, sail it to the East Coast, race a bit to get things down, then ship and race and sell. Or maybe I just want to do that. Anyway, gonna head to the corner store and buy a Powerball ticket so I can quit scouting the costs on a forum and just start making it rain.
  8. TalonF4U

    I.C. Down wind question

    In my experience, sail the boat well, and the hardware is no problem. RYC frequently runs longer races with a big mix of boats. Nobody other than a Moth should be near you at the first windward mark. For the big pursuit race, with its long reaches, it was only a question of angle. If the I-14s could carry the kite on 2 out of 3 legs, they won. If not, ICs, every time. But they are hard boats to sail well.
  9. TalonF4U

    Chartering Minis / Fig IIIs in Europe

    I know Natalie. I'll ask her.
  10. TalonF4U

    Sngle handed head sail arrangement

    My boat has an inner forestay setup and a RF jib as well. Back when the RF genoa was my racing headsail (have now shifted to a "J1.5" with hanks and a reef point), I wouldn't roller-reef the sail going upwind for the aforementioned shape issues. The inner forestay with an 85% jib was a much better solution. I put a reef point on that one, too. One caution is that you'll need to get some serious tension on the inner forestay to go upwind with a jib set from there. After some trial and error, I settled on a soft inner made of high tech 12 strand and rigged a 4:1 purchase at the bottom which I led aft to a clutch and a winch--easy to get the right tension like this. You'll need to ensure it terminates someplace with some structure. Experiment with mainsail reefs as well. I found that the single reef had dubious utility when I didn't have much weight on the rail, but when the "maybe it's time to reef" sense kicks in, going straight to the double added half a knot and made the boat much easier to handle.
  11. TalonF4U

    Bad ideas with Vanguard 15s

    Because I already own a V15 and my yard is full of boats already, mostly. FD would probably do the trick on the family cruising end, but I have to say, I'm not 100% sure I could recover one solo if I dumped it. I had a memorable crash with a friend in about 22kts in SF with the kite up on a bangin' reach, and while it was a sweet ride, it was a bear to put things back together after we augered in. Got my parts for building up the traps. On hold about the kite biz for a hot minute while I sort some other things out in life. Will probably affix an old 505 kite to the boat with duct tape and spit just for kicks the next time I go out because I found a box with at least four of 'em in my garage.
  12. TalonF4U

    Chartering Minis / Fig IIIs in Europe

    I appreciate the marketing effort for a cool looking boat, but it doesn't quite address my original question. I suppose I can start ringing phones in Europe, but was hoping there was some collective wisdom on the subject here.
  13. TalonF4U

    Bad ideas with Vanguard 15s

    nice!
  14. Bit curious what kind of coin it takes to charter a Mini for the Mini Transat or a Fig III for the Solitare du Figaro. Anyone here ever done it? How do they handle insurance or transportation (in the case of a Mini getting shipped home, for example)? Seems like there's plenty of Minis out there and that buying one in France is probably not prohibitive (Class Mini site shows plenty of reasonable Series boats, Pogo 2s for example, well equipped under 50K euros) but I would imagine the same can't be said for a Fig III.
  15. TalonF4U

    Bad ideas with Vanguard 15s

    Steve, I am deeply appreciative of the weighing in. I do have some random adjustable spreaders laying around--how much longer do you think I should go? Should be easy enough to rig up some lowers and do the jib halyard job. That gets me upwind in pressure. Let's be honest, I didn't even enjoy hiking out in college that much, and while I'm fatter than I was in college, I'm not so much fatter that I can singlehand a V15 to windward in pressure at pace sans trapeze. I am loathe to try to put a symmetric kite on it. Jibing, a sad inevitability in small lakes, kid of sucks when solo with symmetric kites. I kind of got the routine down in C420s back in the day but always struggled to singlehand 505 jibes in anything more than casual pressure. Course, I didn't have double poles back then. I found I could right a 505 solo with main and jib, but it sometimes got ugly if the kite was up when I went over. Fortunately I only punched one hole in the tank with the trap hook before I learned proper hip positioning during capsize recovery with a trap hook on. Since I'm really just doing this to goof off, I don't really need to get anywhere efficiently... I'm also kind of thinking of adding a head-knocker for the mainsheet to make life a little better for the long tiller extension I'm going to have to add. Fortunately I have one of these laying around for some reason. I always liked the race days at KP in college because a V15 felt like a Laser to me and the Laser was my happy place back then. It's interesting how much of that stuff comes back after two decades off when it used to be your sole priority in life. It's also interesting how sailing skinny boats changes your perspective on less skinny boats. V15s were hot rods in college (at least for the fat boys like me). These days, solo on one in 15kts, I never find a reason to set down my beer. Fred, a Triton? Love the boats, and have spent many a pleasant day on a smallish lake solo on one, but solo ramp launching 8,000' of solid fiberglass sounds like no fun :-)