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In Topic: Proper way to peel change headsail?

07 September 2016 - 03:25 PM

My plan used on the One Ton (overlapping 1 and 2) for tack change was set with first genoa in port track so that your set up for the tack change was always on starboard (less need to worry about traffic)keep #1 trimmed, detach lazy (starboard) starboard sheet, lead through #3 car or adjust car for #3 on the high side. (by the way the high side crew should be doing this not all waiting and watching the foredeck. The lazy sheet is attached to the #3, the new halyard goes on the 3 and foredeck now goes forward with both inserting the 3 in starboard track. Mast and pit jump the 3, as soon as it is made, if no traffic boat is tacked. As soon as the 1 begins to backwind the 1 is fully released and the halyard is let go completely. Foredeck is still forward to help the sail down and on deck. My experience is that it is half down when tack is completed. Take the second sheet off the 1 and relead for the 3 and attach to the 3.

In Topic: Chicago Area III

31 August 2016 - 05:13 PM

In trying to reconstruct from the In Wake of the Fleet records, of particular interest should be the Boat of the Year edition, always at the end of the year because it also contained the calculations for the Silver Bowl trophies created by Frank Heyes (and carried on by Kathleen G) that were based on fleet award of percentage of boats beaten in your fleet. I wont go into the details but it effectively has numbers for season long participation for the various fleets. IOR, MHS, IMS, PHRF, LMYA and years when there were two fleets for the same system, each in turn. At least two of the trophies were donated by now defunct sailing retailers, Port Supply and Chicago Yachting and Navigation.

In Topic: Chicago Area III

31 August 2016 - 03:30 PM

As luck would have it I threw out my entire collection of In Wake of The Fleet over the last winter. However, the publication was purchased by, during Frank Heyes' lifetime, Kathleen Gallagher and she continued to publish it for a number of years. She may have all of the records.


In Topic: Chicago Area III

24 August 2016 - 05:27 PM

This is anecdotal but I truly believe that in the Chicago area there has been an increasing trend of canceling racing for little reason. Not only when the weather is projected to be “bad” or “heavy” but also when it is said to be too “light” or too “shifty” to get off a “perfect” race. Granted that every decision must stand on its own, however, the cumulative effect is that we do a lot less racing and we are ill prepared (lack of experience) to do more. As a consequence more and more race committees and skippers are willing to cancel or accept cancelations as a norm.

In fact I believe that one should practice in heavy weather. While I did not take my boat into a Storm Warning conditions for practice, I have, in the past gone out in 30 kts. So we should race, and let each skipper and crew decide the limits of their own capability. If the necessity of a long rode to keep a committee boat holding leads to an imperfect starting line, so what. In the 40 plus years that I have been racing in Chicago, I can remember only a couple of sinkings and those had to do with collisions not the weather. Spars down is another story.

I had the good fortune to be invited by a British Skipper (and crew) to do a Cowes Week and a Fastnet. That boat did almost nothing but long offshore races and the entire crew were very experienced. Each of them had thousands of miles of Gale Force and Storm Force sailing, cruising racing and deliveries. They knew how to manage heavy weather because they did it frequently. That experience made a permanent impression on me.

We do ourselves a disservice by not sailing (prudently) in bad weather.
My .02cents

In Topic: Chicago Area III

22 August 2016 - 02:48 PM

Boo 3 Cribs cancelled today, little premature in my eyes. We went out and had a great sail.

Informal poll... do races get scrapped to often and early here now days.