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 I have no idea how fast we were going odds are most anybody who’s ever sailed a Bigger J boat has gone faster but

while playing on a J-22 in a north west breeze out in front of Southern Yacht Club we rode planing with the chute up on the face of a huge roller for so long it took two hours to get back to me n front of the club.

we knew we were going too damned far but the ride was just perfect

the next day the wind was gone and it didnt return  until the worlds were over 

maybe it was 1990? I really don’t know for certain but it was between 1988 and 1994

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Did 13.75 on the J35. Flat water, 1-1/2 oz chute, 27 knots of wind. We were very stable and never wiped out. Could not catch the C&C 44 ahead of us.

Another time I hit 14 knots sailing alone across the Straits of Juan Dr Fuca running with just a #3 jib. Blowing about 40 knots.

Only about 12 knots in this picture.

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On 9/11/2019 at 7:59 PM, Varan said:

6 kts on a j24. Okay,  maybe a bit more, but nothing to write home about. 

You should ooch like the pros do.

For what it's worth, I saw one go much, much faster when time the hoist winch freewheeled while hauling out at low tide.

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12.5 in a 35 knot puff yesterday on a J/35, under main only, reaching back to the dock in Annapolis from a cancelled race.   We've gone faster under the spinnaker in surfing conditions, ~14.5 or so, but the mainsail-only thing was pretty wild. 

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On 7/21/2020 at 10:47 AM, dcbsheb said:

2020 Hook Race.  Saturday afternoon.  Outflow from storms.  Blowing 30-40 kts.  Doing steady 12-13 knots boat speed and touching higher.  Saw 16.1 under main only.  J92 Runaway

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Highest I saw was 17.2 on the GPS when we had the main and 3 up.  

 

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1 hour ago, Just A Skosh said:

is that a 92 or a 92s?

It’s a 92. Same boat DCBSheb was referring too (he’s one of the owners, I’m a happy helper monkey). It was a wild ride!  The whole thing starts vibrating when you get up on a step. 

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As is the case with all of the "how fast have you gone" threads - instantaneous GPS speed readouts (doppler) are meaningless. You can often get a spectacular speed readout by moving your gps gadget from one side of the cockpit to the other. To get a reliable speed estimate you need to process the data after the fact to delete erroneous readings (see above) and identify an average speed between two points, even if it is only a hundred yards. This process invariably leads to a much more modest speed estimate than the one on the "max speed" readout of your gadget.

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3 hours ago, SEC16518 said:

GPS speed is pretty accurate and is actually an average over a 3 sec period......

Unless you have 3 knots of tide. 

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13.9 knots in this video on the J/46, fun but not hair on fire. She goes faster with the kite up but that’s a lot of work for just a few cruising miles. And yes I know, it’s not really heavy weather, but need clickbait to keep the YouTube algo’s on our side. 

 

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On 8/3/2020 at 9:02 PM, SEC16518 said:

No, it is still just as accurate......Speed is relative.  STW will never be the same as SOG, unless you are sailing in a pool.

What he's saying is if you have 3 knots of current behind you, your max BS will read 3 knots greater than what the boat is actually sailing.(or if its against you 3 knots less, or a component of that number if the current is at an angle to your boat)

Current infuenced top end boat speeds don't count.

That being said, most knotmeters aren't accurately calibrated either! 

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On 10/29/2018 at 1:56 PM, CordRipper said:

22.5 down a wave with an A3 in our J/120 in the 2013 Gearbuster, though I heard a J/120 hit 25 or 26 in the 2010 Vineyard Race.

 

So far, ~19 with the A2 up is our top speed in the 121 during this year's Geartester, it was a short 5 mile leg and our 1st race in the boat so didn't really have time to open her up

Creeping closer to our team's fastest set in the 2013 IHYC Gearbuster. This past weekend, in this year's IHYC Gearbuster, we hit 21.5 kts in the J/121 also with the A3. Very similar conditions to 2013 except breeze was about 5kts less.

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There are many references to the J/92 in this thread, which is not surprising.  Our record (that we know of) was 18.8 twice, crossing Monterey Bay in a Spinnaker Cup.  Sleddog was driving.

92's are great boats that were overshadowed by the popularity of the more sedate J/105.  The 92 has bigger kites than the 105 and is 3,000# lighter.  Need I say more?

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On the J90 we hit 25kts coming in under the gate in SF...

On the J111 - I think the highest I've seen so far is 18kts - the owner was ecstatic. Made up for crap results for the day in his mind.

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