Originally Posted by hellosailor
Light air prep:
Dump batteries (except one small one)
Dump any padlocks
Have crew empty out their pockets before leaving dock, trim fingernails, take laxatives.
THEN we really start paring dead weight. :-)
In the bicycle world people used to drill holes in their frames and take spokes out of their wheels. I even saw one guy drill holes in his rims. It wasn't until carbon fiber was commonplace that they stopped doing this.
So add to your list:
Drill holes in the mast.
Take off a couple of shrouds.
Get thinner standing rigging.
Drill holes in the deck and freeboard.
Cut off the tiller.
Buy a carbon fiber racing sled.
Racing can drive you crazy, but it sure is fun to sail tight and do well.