Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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I think perhaps all RC’s read from the same playbook and use the same criteria to call the off a race. Some clubs fudge it a little bit over here however. One in particular, pulls in the wind reading from their club house which is relatively sheltered. And I have no idea how they access the conditions outside the Gate. The last Lightship I race I was in had winds in the mid-thirties on the downwind run back from the bucket – we had incredible surfs but were marginally under control. One of those days where if we crashed, it wasn’t going to be pretty
I think the 155 would be way overpowered in winds 25-35. Your previous owner must have put in a double reef in those conditions. A 130/120 (especially an arimid or pentex construction) would keep your boat on her feet much better IMHO. Normally, I’m pretty aggressive on the starting line, but in storm conditions, all the boats are going to be heaving all around and I’d rather do a clean start than risk doing some penalty turns. So I “open it up” a little more and also, I want my crew to stay strong all the way to the end so the jib stays rolled up until my last acceleration to the starting line. You will be amazed how well and fast your boat maneuvers under main alone in high wind conditions. The reaching leg is tough. You can have traveler all the way down sails board flat and you’ll still be on your ear. A couple more thoughts: Can you rig your fairleads to the toe rail? And of course, you know you want maximum tension on all control lines – halyards, Cunningham, outhaul, backstay, etc.
Once again, good luck! Let us know what happens no matter what you decide. This weekend we’re ashore so I want to live vicariously. (Although I’m going to my first Pacific Cup race preparation seminar!)