Not laughing, just curious. Over in SE Michigan, what weather conditions would cause a RC to call a race?
I can't speak to other racing organizations, and we've not been racing long here, but I ISTR they'll call a race for excessively high winds (I don't know how high they have to be for that) and lightning. They delayed last Sunday's race, and called back the fleets that had already started, because the wind had died and was obviously about to shift. It was supposed to be a windward/leeward race. By the time the wind came back, it had shifted 90 degrees.
One time we didnít race because we couldnít figure how to get the boat out of the slip without damaging it, so I guess prudence should be the watch word.
No worry there. If either The Admiral or I don't like it, we won't race.
Although, you might want to move your boat on race day as you will have extra line handlers.
Are you racing JAM? If it is a classic windward leeward course,
I don't know whether it's windward/leeward this week, traditional diamond, or one of the "distance" courses (which is windward/leeward plus diamond).
you might want to think about using your genoa or bigger jib and reef the main for the windward leg.
Heh. I was thinking a reef and the #3. Talked to the PO earlier today. He said he'd
fly the heavy 155, but that was with his experience and his experienced crew. I dunno... but I'm thinking a 155 in that kind of air might be a bit much for our level of experience.
(We also keep the genoa furled during the pre start so I donít wear out the crew needlessly.)
We've been putting it up, but that sounds like a good idea for tomorrow.
(Other suggestions noted. Thanks!)
Good luck! And I hope it isnít too knarly out there for you. Remember, itís the marginal conditions that make the racers a breed apart.
Thanks! And thanks for the suggestions.