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Major Tom

Member Since 05 Jun 2008
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In Topic: Stays Using Roller Clamcleat 256 and Sampson Amsteel

Yesterday, 02:59 PM

By all means use the cleats as long as you have sufficient purchase so you don't damage the outer braiding in the cleating area. A safety strop is also probably advisable so if the cleat is released accidentally the rig stays up, alternatively a knot in the right place will stop too much rope running through the cleat. Also make sure the fasteners on the cleat are up to the job.

In Topic: New Laser Fulll Rig Sail - Trim and Setting Differences?

24 June 2016 - 07:53 PM

I have probably bought about 15 new Laser sails, if I was dealing with a reputable sail maker I would have returned most of them because they were not properly put together. Look at any picture of a Laser fleet on an upwind leg and you will see some of the worst looking new sails in the world. I am sure Lase have stuck with their quality control or complete lack thereof in the new sail, which, due to the cloth orientation of the new design, will make it harder to live with the expected duds.

In Topic: Heavy Air Sail Trimming

23 June 2016 - 04:05 PM

By pulling the draft foreward the leech at the head of the sail gets flatter allowing it to twist of easier giving better gust response even with a lot of vang as the vang load no longer runs up the leech but is spread over the back 20 to 30 cm of the leach and sometimes more with a full length top batten.
Too little vang means an uneven control of power in gusty conditions because as you ease the main you loose all control of the leech which is a large percentage of your heeling moment as well as weather helm, this cause the boat to want to fall on top of you as well as to bear off.

In Topic: RS Aero 9 - Jibing and Capsizing in 20 mph

16 June 2016 - 06:36 AM

What does it mean for a boat to "load up" in preparation for a gybe?
Also, I'm confused about the speed thing. I understand that I want to be going fast so that there's less force on the sail when I gybe. And, in fact, my most bizarrely easy gybes have been in big waves with winds 20 mph but w/ me surfing at ~18 mph. I've gybed in those conditions and it's basically anti-climactic because the sail was basically limp with no power during the gybe. But I want to learn how to do the gybe in big wind on flat water, which is where I get totally screwed up and confused.
Fastest angle on flatwater is 90 degrees to the wind, on a reach. Do I begin the gybe from this fastest sailing angle? If so, then that's a pretty sharp 90 degree turn I'll be going through rather quickly. But on the other hand, if I'm instead supposed to set up for the gybe on a downwind run, then there's a much smaller angle through which I need to turn (good), but I'm moving much slower than on a reach so the sail is all powered up and just waiting to f*ck me up when the boom swings over (bad).
Which of these two angles of attack (90 deg reach or downwind run) is the best vantage point from which to begin the gybe?

The trick is to not loose any of your reaching speed as you bear of into the gybe, so a slight heal to weather as you bear away minimizes the amount of helm needed to turn and also allows you to keep the main sheeted in which will allow the boom to come over earlier. You want the boom to cross the center line when you are heading DDW and at this point in the gybe you must already be more than halfway across the boat towards the new weather side. The biggest mistake novices make is to not steer in a consistent arc through the gybe as the process of moving in the boat often takes priority over steering. The point when the sails fills on the new gybe is also critical when it is windy, you want to be slightly higher than a dead run so you have a bit of force in the sail to balance your weight, too deep and the leach will flick open and try and throw the rig to weather, too high and the boat will want to round up into the wind, or heel to lee causing to boom to dip resulting in the almost unavoidable slow capsize.

In Topic: Quitting smoking (almost) 1 year in.

15 June 2016 - 08:09 PM

4 mths 11 days, doing ok 

5 mths 19 days, doing great
6.5 mths just got checked out all is good, will never smoke again.
Although I have never smoked if 8 days feels like a month then either a lack of nicotine is messing with your calendar or your brain is fried......