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Melges 24 VS Melges 32 in PHRF

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Does the 24 have a chance against the 32 in PHRF?

It's a lot of seconds per mile, but they are living in different universes upwind... 

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13 hours ago, esoxproblem said:

Does the 24 have a chance against the 32 in PHRF?

It's a lot of seconds per mile, but they are living in different universes upwind... 

Yes in heavier air - not so much in light.  But they are so far apart speed wise that they really should not be in the same batch

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We raced against 2 M32's in our M24 about 6 years ago.  We only corrected out over them in one race.  It was 5-10 the throughout the event.  They just blew our doors off upwind.  This gives you some perspective to how much bigger they are.

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The PHRF system is better than nothing in that it allows for dissimilar boats to compete against each other. However, it does not take into account the type of race or venue eg bouy racing vs long distance or upwind/downwind vs Olympic etc.  Moreover, in many races the differences caused by tactical errors often are more punishing than the differences in PHRF.  In a short windward/leeward course one really bad spinnaker hoist or douse can cost you the race. Courses with long downwind legs will favor one type of boat over another. My experience racing in mixed fleets is that generally the boat with the crew that has least tactical mistakes and best execution of tacks/hoists/takedowns is the winner. Look at Charleston Race week results to see large and small/fast and slow boats  up and down the results board, but well crewed boats more consistently fare better.

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