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Anyone know how to sail a Mumm 36? Because we just bought one! It seemed like the right think to do after reading the forums and being specifically warned that they're difficult to sail to their rating and chew up inexperienced amateur racers. That's us! We were loosing our maintenance war with an aging J/30 and thought, how hard could it be?! We're having a blast, sailing her everywhere and trying to grab every race possible as the season winds down. The fun aside, and perhaps not surprisingly, we're not doing very well. We have the polars and just seem to be .3-.5 of a kt. slow no matter what we try. There are a few caveats. The mast jack did not come with the boat and we don't have a rod loose gauge yet (or a guide to what the numbers should be if we did) so rig tuning has been a lot of tacking back and forth and making slight adjustments to keep the rig straight (we can't seem to agree on the straight part either...). When we race, we spend a lot of time saying, "well this isn't working, lets try x", and, "well x certainly didn't work, time to move on to Y". We're generally finishing races alongside the J105's so we're definitely doing something, likely a great many things, wrong. I was hoping someone out there who might have spent time on this slightly geriatric racing machine would be able to impart a few tips in terms of trim and general racing. We've been generally sticking the main doctrine of higher traveler, more camber, more twist on light/choppy days and flatter leach, lower traveler, when the wind starts to build. We keep the no.1 close and leach closed in the light stuff and closer and more open as wind comes up. We pull on backstay, outhaul when the wind is climbing and keeping them soft when it's not. Definitely pull harder on the running stays when there is wind but probably not as hard as we should be (I'm terrified of the 6,500 lbs mark as we don't have a load cell). Not exactly sure how/when to be using the vang, been playing it like I would on the 30. Should we transition to dip pole when spin jibing? There is definitely great info on the form (we have our tacking choreography down!) but cant seem to find just a general tuning/trim guide for this boat. We understand that it will take time to learn this boat and sail her efficiently, if we ever figure it out at all. I'm aware that this post will probably attract all kinds of hate for us newer folks in over our head with too much boat and trying to stage a racing campaign. That's cool, I hope that I might be as cool/experienced as you someday. If anyone else would be so kind as to throw out a pointer or two, we'd be grateful. -Josh