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Re: First time crewing/racing this weekend
I owned a Lightning 19' rigged for racing for a few years.
With three crew the responsibilities of each crew is a bit different.
Forward person is responsible for the jib sheets which are routed either inside the shrouds or outside (depending on point of sail) and launching the spinnaker.
The middle position usually has about 4 or 5 control lines to control (traveler, boom vang, center board etc.). The middle may also assist with the center board, main sheet and also spinnaker sheets. The middle position can also hike out with the best mechanical advantage so be prepared for this.
The after position has the tiller and main sheet.
Watch out for the boom when tacking. It can be set quite low on a Lightning. It is also a fast, fun ride once you get the swing of it.
Hope you have a great time.
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