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  1. El Borracho

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    A "standing" backstay with a six foot flicker hardly seems like something that would prevent losing the rig when mayhem rules.
  2. El Borracho

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    Traveler (x2) lowered excessively to help the roach thru. Mainsheet played to help the roach. Both those people could have their attention and mass on fast things rather than staring at the sky. runner (x2), another backstay. That is six. Plus you are probably going to run the upper battens a...
  3. El Borracho

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    In heavy air your huge roach will slam the backstay hard enough to destroy your rig. That is why you have running backstays. The designers know this stuff.    That and all the time fussing with the six controls will lose the race anyway. Just use the runners. Don’t screw up. Same attention to...
  4. El Borracho

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    The best idea until the crew reaches pro-level skill. The time saved not screwing around in each tack will make up for the tiny gain from sail area. Having whoever manages the whole backstay issue hiking out on the rail instead of flailing around aft with six lines will be a big help too.
  5. El Borracho

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    Ahh, okay. (Though I don't read it that way.) So even more pointless: Adding complexity. My little roachy fractional racer had what amounted to a running masthead backstay due to the fact that fully easing the backstay allowed the mast to fully invert with masthead kites. Pretty scary to see, so...
  6. El Borracho

    Runner/Checkstay/Backstay Question

    Masthead kites with no backstay or anything to support the masthead? Sounds crazy. Your backstay with flicker idea only adds crew work. It won't work anyway. Use fractional kites for training. Have a spare rig in the yard. Helmets for everyone. Get better crew and training. Only use the masthead...
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