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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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I already have a pair. They're crap for gym work because they're water resistant but I suppose on a boat that would be a good thing. It would never have occurred to me to use them for sailing. Thanks for the idea.

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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.
This is exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks!

I'm getting excited just reading these responses. Each one has been so helpful!
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Definitely bring a couple of sixes of good beer. That will cover a multitude of mistakes.

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Definitely bring a couple of sixes of good beer. That will cover a multitude of mistakes.

JUST HAVE FUN!
Best to leave the beer on shore until after the racing because of the weight. Let the others know it's there, though! Get in shape with sit-ups now so you won't hurt so much on Monday. Lightnings can be a blast.

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Get in shape with sit-ups now so you won't hurt so much on Monday.
There are many things about Sunday I'm worried about. Abdominal strength and hiking is not one of them.
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There are many things about Sunday I'm worried about. Abdominal strength and hiking is not one of them.
Yeah.. when I mentioned agility and fitness earlier I didn't realize who you were exactly, ropeclimber!

That's not going to be your issue, that's clear

However if you're going to be in the middle of the boat it sounds like there's lots to do.. so be ready to pull and ease a possibly confusing array of lines.. a half to an hour's practice before the start would be golden.
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However if you're going to be in the middle of the boat it sounds like there's lots to do.. so be ready to pull and ease a possibly confusing array of lines.. a half to an hour's practice before the start would be golden.
Yes... this is what I'm worried about. There seem to be a lot more lines in a Lightning than in a Flying Scot. Aaaaand I've never sailed with a spinnaker before. So that'll be new.

But I found a Crew Preparation Checklist for Lightnings online so I'm studying up. At least I'll have the theoretical knowledge if not the practical kind.
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Re: First time crewing/racing this weekend

Others have said hold your questions - when you're readying to round a point, be 100% clear on what your role is. I.e., if the skipper says we're raising the jib and dropping the spinnaker, be absolutely clear on what you are doing in that step. Are you jybing, hardening up out of the turn, who is stuffing the spinnaker, communication is vital - be clear with what you're doing and have others be clear with what they're doing. There's a lot of time between the windward mark and turn, make sure you use it to your advantage.
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Re: First time crewing/racing this weekend

Here is a diagram of how the control lines might be run on a Lightning.

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Here is a diagram of how the control lines might be run on a Lightning.

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Your link suddenly made this 3D video I found a whole lot more useful:

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PS- Video is work-safe, but plays Dixieland the whole time, so you may want to turn the volume down. Unless you like Hot jazz, in which case, enjoy.
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