I hear you man. For the local races:
I usually race with only 1/4 tank of fuel. Good
I only keep about 3 gallons in the potable water tank.
A gallon jug is all you need.
I only care the sail of the day, plus spinnaker.
Our weather is all over the map, so sails stay on the boat. Additional sails might be brought on for specific courses/races. Stack them on the cabin sole in the main salon
I only keep an impeller, distributor cap and a little oil onboard for the engine.
Stuff I could legally do:
Remove one battery. One for near shore, two for off.
Offload some of my tool kit.
We keep the tools. It's amazing what you'll need and when. That said, we're pretty efficient and compact.
Offload any non-original cushions.
Offload the cruising kit of plates, bowls, cups, flatware.
A couple of paper cups and plates are good to have around and weigh nothing.
Carry a smaller anchor and rode for local racing.
Not carry as much beer, rum and soda (Pfft, yeah right!)
High tech sails. Buy an Olson 30.
Lighter running rigging. Strip the covers
To comply with local PHRF rules, I cannot:
Remove factory installed furniture.
Remove factory cushions. Take out your v berth cushions. No one keeps them in. They get trashed if left in.
Remove factory equipment (stove top, toilet, etc)
Cannot (and would not) race without an anchor.
To make matters worse, I have installed a shore power system, so that's a little extra weight. (Blue Sea Systems AC panel, outlets, battery charger)
I cruise too, and shuffling the gear on and off the boat for racing is a lot of work, but I don't mind.