I congratulate and commend you for going out and racing last weekend! You have turned a corner. Not only did you go out in snotty conditions that previously would have kept you tied up at the dock, but you are now looking for techniques to improve your skill set rather than writing off the whole experience as an exercise in survival. Bravo for you!
Thanks for the kind words, George
I once read that even cruisers should race, as racing teaches skills that may make a critical difference when the chips down. Now I know, first-hand, what is meant by that.
Both sails will offer you a better balanced sail plan.
That was my understanding.
Old sails are baggy and will bag even more so in strong winds. Iíd replace them if the opportunity presents itself. Arimids and Pentex are stronger and less stretchy with the added benefit of being much lighter (ďa pound aloft is worth ten pounds on deckĒ).
We have new for everything but the #3. And we might
be able to get a good deal on a Pentex #3.
Dacron halyards and sheets also stretch. For example, we run T-900 and Spectra instead of Dacron.
The skipper of the J36 we've crewed on suggested we replace the main halyard with something he called "12-strand." Less stretchy. He offered to put the shackle on for us
Donít worry about not having anemometer, there are plenty of ways that your boat will tell you how strong the wind is and what you should do.
Oh, I'm not worried
about it, I just think it'd be a cool thing to have.
Remember that in strong winds, there is more air blowing by your boat than your sails can convert to forward speed so your goal in trimming is to make them as flat as possible, allowing them to shed the portion of wind that is making you heel over on your ear while converting the rest into the best possible boat speed for the conditions.
Yup. Knew that. Just trying to figure out what I could have done to bleed-off a bit more.
Sail selection: Some people say that they can carry a 155 in 25kts of true wind. Iím not one of them. I have multiple sails all designed to be optimized at a certain wind speeds.
The PO of our boat was one of those who would fly a 155 in 25 kt winds. He insists she'll handle it with panache. I dunno. As I noted earlier: I'm thinking if we could pick up that Pentex #3, then maybe have the heavy 155 cut down to 135... My thinking is that the light #1 is good only to 12 kts. Above that we could fly the #2 with a full main, up to probably somewhere around 17-20 kts. Then reef and we ought to be good up to 25 kts or so before we have to think about the #3.
Move the jib sheet to the outside track.
We have only outside tracks. A short one up around the beam, a longer one aft of the beam that reaches back to the beginning of the cockpit area.
Fix your tensioner if it currently doesnít do its job.
The tensioner is currently out-of-commission, unfortunately. We really could've used it Saturday.
A clew lifting off of the boom puts belly in the main so I use a piece of spectra webbing (with Velcro) to help hold the clew on the boom.
Ah! Yes, the clew was lifted off the boom. I knew that was an issue, but didn't know how to fix it. Now I know. I'll have to get me something I can easily put thru the clew to pull it down.
All of a sudden, this is starting to look too complicated ...
Not at all, George. Once you understand what
each of the individual bits do, how they interact, what effect they have on sail shape, what sail shape means wrt the way the wind acts on them, the concept of CE, etc., it's really not so bad. Now
, being in a race and remembering
all of it at the time, and on
probably going to take a while
I didn't address all of your comments, but I certainly read them. I think I'm going to print them and stick that in my copy of Sail and Rig Tuning
. Thanks for taking the time to comment so extensively and in such detail.