Given we have no backstay adjuster I'd say headstay sag was very acceptable even good for that type of boat. I was happy. with it. Don't see tension gauge being a good investment for a boat like this. You need comparative data from the same boats also racing to get real tension numbers. That's not going to happen. I think Donn has the boat tuned very well based upon feel and our boat speed.
Tricky was trimming main and jib and given his years of racing experience on hard core boats (THE CONE for one) I was always happy with how the main was trimmed. He constantly worked at it. There was no "set it and forget it" on this race.. Not sure you can make accurate sail trim comments from those few pics. Our results are testimony to Tricky's trimming skills. There were times on the upwind legs when I'd look over at the boats around us, all far more modern designs and I'd think to myself, "Hell, we are doing marvelously." There were a few other heavy, full keeled boats that dragged their way around the course but you couldn't go into the bar after the race and rail on about how slow full keel boats go upwind if you had been sailing alongside Donn's house.
That photo series tacking around the buoy in front of a bunch of other boats is really choice.
Rig tune- if the helm is good, and pointing is good, then WTF more do you want? With no one-design class to dial in comparisons, it's very difficult (I would say 'impossible' but there are some people in this crowd wih pretty amazing skills) to pinpoint where you are on the hull-flex vs pointing vs offwind speed curve(s).
I like the fat guy in a hammock chair backstay tensioner though. Maybe for those heavy-air windward legs, you need a fat girl to sit in his lap? Is this a WLYDO patent?
Mainsail trim- just can't see the leach ribbons in those pics. The boat is certainly powered up and there's not a lot of fuss coming off the rudder. So how wrong can it be even if (no barb intended at Tricky) it looks like not enough twist and overtrimmed? As a plant operator I always believe the dials (ok I tap them pretty hard some times) and as a sail trimmer I always want to see the ribbons.