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About Roleur

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    Orcas Island
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    Van Isle 360, Pacific Cup, Bermuda 1-2
    s/v Raku - J/111, s/v mossy - J/70

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  1. Recall that Bad Pak (Pac 52) was 2nd OA in 2017 and, wait it for it, Invisible Hand (now Callisto) was 1st OA. Right boat for the course, apparently. And Callisto has two people from Hamachi (1st OA 2019) onboard. So, no surprise that good boats with good people are doing well.
  2. The two Pac 52's are both seriously fast right now. Looks like they have 2nd and 5th fastest 24 hour runs. Warrior Won is just a few miles short of Pyewacket. Callisto blew out the head strop on their reaching sail the first night and lost about 30nm to Warrior Won. Otherwise they would be much closer together. Also, they are 50nm and 90nm ahead of the Ker 51, Fast Exit II (fka Varuna), which was built for speed, not a rule, and has shown impressive speed before. Other than those two, I'm not seeing any interesting speeds. The two J/125's haven't even cracked a 300nm day yet
  3. Most small boats are shipped home from Hawaii. I'll just completely disagree that small, slower, older boats are excluded or discouraged from offshore races, other than for safety reasons. The main reason you don't see those types of boats in races is free will. Owners of those boats aren't interested in the sufferfest a small or slow boat would require. Back to that chip on your shoulder - Tell me about that time "someone special" told you about the small/slow/old boat they didn't want to see on the race course. I'm completely missing that part of the sailing community. To be
  4. I don't understand the comment. It's a race. How many boats were you expecting in the cruising class? Also, there were two ORC classes that looked pretty cruisy, whatever that is, exactly. The few boats under 33 feet, is the simple reality that not many people are willing to race a smaller boat offshore in the Gulf Stream. Racing to Hawaii is by far the exception with small boats since it is predominantly downwind, but who wants to race upwind in a small boat for days? The point is free will keeps the smaller, slower, older boats out of races like this, not cost.
  5. Seems light across the entire fleet today. Nobody is moving quick relative to what they can do. Interesting thing to ponder. 19 out of 41 boats started on the "fast" day. Imagine this - You start on the fast day, but are the slowest boat, and you are on a TP52! A TP52 is basically the median boat for the entire fleet. Wow!
  6. I didn’t say it was easy, or the norm, but it is possible. If vacation were the barrier, there are solutions. And who can afford a boat, but only gets two weeks vacation? That is far from the norm.
  7. 2,500 euro damage deposit. I believe that charter fee is for something like 11 days. That's a really good daily rate, if so.
  8. I don't understand why you are so bitter about people that have a reasonable income and a little vacation time. That's not revolutionary and doesn't require anything special. If someone chose to, many/most people with a college education, a few weeks of vacation, and a decent amount of determination can do an offshore race. The problem with your posts is you have a chip on your shoulder about people who can do these races, as if they have somehow cheated the system. Perhaps they just got good grades, got a good education, worked hard, saved a little, and decided to sail across an ocean. I
  9. The lesson is don't let your headstay remain slack and moving at the end points. Find a way to keep it from moving when the rig is way forward.
  10. Heard it's been done. Recon is now sporting one. Anyone know anything about it? We've been discussing a rudder upgrade. 4 of the 6 boats in our region have already replaced their rudders. I believe 3 of them still have the same blade configuration. Having raced our J/111 for a year now, I can see the appeal of a different blade shape. FWIW, looks like it was a 3 sec/mile hit in PHRF.
  11. I wouldn't be betting against Bill on Hula, the Westsail 32, right about now. He only did 15nm less than the Hobie 33 in the last 24 hours and the Hobie owes Hula about 4 days!!! Bill won the SHTP back in the 80's on an Olson 30. He knows how to make boats go fast. Just cuz' he is on a Westsail 32 doesn't mean he isn't racing hard.
  12. The answer is obvious, aside from the shower. J/111. Lower cost than a J/99, faster than a J/109, and better in LIS light air than either. Has a sink forward, but no shower. Went down that road last year. Super, super happy with our choice. One local 109 owner switched to a 111 this year and another 109 owner is thinking 111 once the 109 sells.
  13. Nope. That is the rule for boats built before 2000. Now it says it must be on deck or in a dedicated watertight locker. Some races, like Pacific Cup, delete the built after 2000 rule, and allow smaller rafts stowed below, but that has to be an exception granted by the race organizer. PNW Offshore and Van Isle 360 do not have that exception, for instance.
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