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Re: 2014 Sailing Season

The start was downwind. It was a disaster.

I was parked on the line, on time, waiting to press the bow down and have them pop the chute. Immediately after the horn, they decide that THIS is the time to look up and ensure that halyards aren't fouled.

They think that the spin halyard has somehow been routed THROUGH one of the jib hanks, and that the jib needs to come down to clear the foul.

I refused to allow that, and handed the tiller to another one of the afterguard, and went forward to investigate. It was mostly an optical illusion. The halyard had a half-wrap around the forestay, so I told them to deal with the little bit of extra friction and set the kite NOW.

And off we went...

So, you're probably wondering why I didn't charge the line at full speed, with the chute up, instead of setting it after the horn.

The answer is because I didn't trust other skippers and I didn't trust my (newish) crew to be able to get it down quickly, and be able to reset for another hoist, if I crossed the line early.

That's something we need to practice, not learn during a real start.

Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168
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