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|07-02-2008 02:25 PM|
hiccups,bumps and a few bruises
been at the boat for the past several days. saturday, jim and trevor and i (3/4ths of my leukemia cup crew) set out to practice.
i have watched the North asymm video series 45+ times, and i must be lysdexic, because we had tacklines and spin sheets (all different colors) all fouled everywhere.i have created a sprit system using my spin pole (i screwed up using my whisker pole and it kept collapsing. adding insult to injury, we managed to knock my running light from the pulpit. oh, and we chafed a hole in my spin sock..it is at the sail loft getting a patch.
we managed to get it set after wearing all of us out. gybing..uhm...we need practice, however i hoisted the spin in calm air yesterday, and think i may have it figured out, finally the way it should hoist and fly. hate embarrassing myself and crew at a race...
oh..and yours truly decided to cut in behind a line of crab traps (all in about 12 ft of water..we went from 12--> 4 instantly...yeah, talk about feeling like a dumbass...5 mins and we were off.
the good news, we sailed close hauled up the channel, doing an avg of 6.5 in about 10-12 knts of breeze, full main and 130%.
all and all, a great day..i really enjoyed meeting guys here (hoping my crew still wants to race w/ me)
on an unrelated topic, i spent a few days designing a water filtration system that is portable and efficient. water here is full of iron and sulphur. pics to follow as soon as i can upload..marina has no signal, so i can barely stay on their wi-fi
|07-01-2008 11:05 PM|
A dock mate with a Hunter 27 or 28, a late 80's something of this size, just went with a dac main, and a UK tape drive genoa in a 150/155. I can find out for sure tomorrow from the UK rep whom is measuring my boat. Anyway, Larry's boat has 3 built in reefs such that he can go from the 155, to a 135 then down to a 110, examples of LP only! with out loosing shape etc on his genoa. I can let you know in a month or two how this is working for him in a month or two.
I am personally going to do the laminate all around, if for nothing else, the light lazy days like sunday trying to get back racing from ludlow to Edmonds in 0-10 and back to 0 in less time than I am typing this. Along with allowing me a bit better when the wind pipes in in winter. I was out in a few 30-35 days enough that laminates will help for me anyway in a wider band. I am sure dacs will be fine for your use. If you want to talk to the UK rep, let me know earlier than later, ie 7am at latest via PM probably best, with name and number I can have ian call you regarding his sails and what may work etc.
|07-01-2008 05:18 PM|
Assuming it was a hanked on genny (other wise you would not have been stuck with the 150, you could have furled some) you could have released the clew if it was fitted with a quick release. That would have immediately blown the sail, and under the reduced pressure sorted it out will still sailing the boat.
color coded lines are always nice, but a real pain to set up and maintain.
|07-01-2008 05:10 PM|
I have decided on Dacron for my sails, thanks for everyone's input, it rang true and made good sense. When I was asking my racer friends about the types of sails all they could do was espouse the virtues of laminates, but I suspected there was more to it. The gains I would see don't outweigh the problems in handling and stowage etc, so dacron it is.
I'm still not any closer to deciding what sized roller-furling headsail to get. I want to add sail area (big sail) but don't want to part a furling line or ruin the cloth when sailing with it partly furled in weather. Not sure I want to commit to a working staysail either.... To that end I'm going to keep a sailling log from here on out and note boatspeed, windspeed, sail-combo and wind angle. From that I should be able to flesh out what I need a little better.
|07-01-2008 05:04 PM|
Originally Posted by nolatom View Post
We didn't have a sheet lead around the headstay but that is one of the things we attempted to do. Didn't work as we couldn't make sense of the macrame (thanks SD).
Truely colored sheets would have only helped to make a really really bad situation just really bad and many other things would have avoided the whole situation all together. I just thought I'd mention the sheets because it's an easy thing to do next time you're buying sheets.
Yes it's a good thing that nobody got hurt. In addition to seeing the huge snafu, tensioned sheets were everywhere, the pole was under tremendous force AND my watch (which I am very partial to) decided to unlatch itself and try and fall overboard.
It definitely resembled a fire drill in an oriental developing country more than a rounding.
|07-01-2008 04:59 PM|
|sailingdog||The colored sheets would have helped in untangling the mess made by the sheets.|
|07-01-2008 04:51 PM|
Assuming "non-flying" means no spinnaker, then you had the pole on a winged-out 150 genny, which then filled forward of the headstay because your capt left the pole up too long, and started to round up to windward as soon as it was released. Result is a big jib that's filling wrong-side-out in front of the headstay rather than vice-versa.
Not much you as crew could've done. If you had a sheet lead forward of the headstay, then maybe skipper's advice would've worked, but I'll wager you didn't. So it's very hard to pull that sail back against itself so as to get it to fill on the "correct" side.
You were fighting the wind, and the wind was stronger. Colored sheets may help in general, but not here.
If I've misunderstood the situation factually, then I recant.
|07-01-2008 03:35 PM|
Where were you? I did a cruising race to port ludlow over the weekend. Sat winds were pretty strong. We, as in royal we got down to a double reef and 110 going to ludlow around the point no point light house area, then were able to increase the main to foulweather bluff then the reach in with our 142. Broke a triple pulley along the way.......
Yes colored lines is nice to have!
Otherwise, shtuff happens!
I look at it as, no one was hurt!
Did you decide on some sails for your boat yet? ie dacs vs laminates?
|07-01-2008 03:21 PM|
|artbyjody||I am a big proponent of different color lines for everything, and was one of the first things topside I did when I purchased mine. Sorry to hear about the snafu. There is nothing more straining / tiring than trying to reign in a wrapped up / fouled spinnaker. At least no one got hurt during it....|
|07-01-2008 03:02 PM|
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