Thanks for the warm / glowing review
We'll get Max some excitement here shortly, and I am glad that the safety aspect was well respected - in my opinion - knowing everyone knew what to expect (or at least an idea of ) before setting sail, made it the fun and calm event.
For all of the other sailnetters out there, Sky is actually a big teddy bear and has some very interesting stories to boot. Both him and his wife took good care of me at the after party which was welcomed (so thank you both - she is a absolute doll!). And he once again symbolizes what I have grown to expect out of meeting people from here. Everyone I have met from this site, have all been exemplary models of the type of people you want to be around and call a friend both online and off. Even their kids demonstrate the same at sea awareness and respect, with people skills as well, which has actually made it easier for me to now say - its ok they come along.
BTW, I did make it out today. There was wind for a few hours! Managed to circle the harbor a few times, and blow by a few boats that barely could keep wind in their sails. I did it solo today, and it was a good experience as I discovered some issues with the set-up.
a. Topping lift is the dutchman flaking system. Andthere is no way to adjust it with any load on the sails so hopefully before thursday I'll get some new blocks on it to run it to the winches or install a winch at the mast.
b. Labled or replaced labels. Notably, as I observed with the race - lotsa confusion on which lines to do. So on the primary winches for the genoa added tacking labels, color coded the cabin top spinlocks with the traveler label, etc. Where possible I will also replace some of the lines that I can do without splicing - for color coding until I get do a re-rig of the lines at a later time.
c. Added a mast mounted hook that will accept a snap on pulley and line arrangement for locking the boom for downwind sailing so no possibility of a hard gybe. I intend on adding additional hardware so that the line can be snapped on and managed from the cockpit to minimize effort to do so.
d. Adding a third set of winches in the cockpit area closer to the wheel for handling the genoa when single-handling or for spinnaker use. The second winches on the coaming I discovered today are for cranking the running backs. As noted during the race it was hand tight or loose, and today I was able to twist the mast to get optimum performance from the main.
So, it was even better for me to have had everyone onboard for this, because I really try to analyze what works with the setup from a user perspective, especi8ally when the lingo gets lost in translation etc...
Again, thanks much! for coming out this Sat for both events! and hope the three of you can make out for the Thursday night races - if there is at least some constant wind of 2 knots or more - we can move
And I second the recommendation to sail this event if in your city, which I think they do in over 12 locations spread out through June and July.
Thanks again for the follow-up, its much appreciated!