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post #159 of Old 10-06-2009
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I raced a Heritage One-Ton for 18 years on Lake Erie out of Cleveland. With an 8-man crew we can usually avoid the time lost due to knock down. The only part of a knock down we 'feared' was when it might happen to another boat to leeward. The knock down is always followed by a round-up into a hapless windward boat. We once did a jibe-broach with the main prevented, and a kite and blooper up in 35 knots of wind. the mast was pinned to the water at the lower spreaders until we got rid of the preventer. I rate it as exciting but no big deal. We were always prepared to race. Keep away from things that move; always use a proper fairlead; wear floatation. We also used double sheets and guys with a puller string for take-down of the kite. You can use the lazy guy as a chicken sheet to stabilize the kite if you start the death rolls. Use the lazy guy it to choke down the kite and stall the top of the spinnaker. The load drops dramatically and you can recover quickly when things settle.
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