Originally Posted by Jeff_H
One thing I forgot to suggest is that John mentioned a problem with the #2 catching on the bow cleats. That is never a good thing.
It is not unusual for race boats to have a way of fairing all non-essential cleats and other hardware to the deck or mast under way. At the very least, you can experiement with rigging a piece duct tape parrallel to the long dimension of the cleat from the deck across the horns and back to the deck.
The more permanent solution is plastic or wooden 'shoes' which slide under the horn and are tapered to the deck and have one for each horn and is held in place by shock chord through each pair of shoes. These are quick and easy to make and you just snap them on when you leave the dock and take them off after the race.
These will work as well.
J/24 Bow Cleat
Nothing to get hooked or caught on.