Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New Orleans
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Is racing these hot rods in 30+ knots the run of the mill where you are? I don't know of a race committee in a one-design fleet who'd start a race in those conditions.
You learned a lot, all the hard way. One lesson: don't wait til the start to unfurl the jib. Snafus are too common with the turntable.
Another: don't jibe in a heavy breeze when you're momentarily going slow; do it at top speed, less pressure on the sails and rig then.
Yet another: "chicken-jibe" when you have to. I did it once at a reach mark in a spruce-mast fleet years ago, during a squall. Second place boat just behind me saw his opportunity, did a "manly" jibe, and broke his mast in two places.
You survived a race in survival conditions. And sounds like you enjoyed it.
So all good....