Ok Ok enough of the J30 bashing
"You should be able to easily beat a J-30 boat for boat”
" J-30s aren't exactly rocket ships in light air"
And my favorite!
"A well sailed J30 is pretty awesome, but even a poorly sailed Schock-35 ought to take its lunch money"
Come on big boy! Come and get it. I am the J30 sailor in question and unfortunately he is comparing himself to a boat that I would like to say is well sailed and well prepared.
Vampire has the latest sails good crew and we have allot of experience.
I have been racing for over 20 years and often beat J35s Ex37s and even well sailed S35s. And I’m not the only one. Just check out the axe murder from Friction Loss in the Pac cup this year. That J30 beat a J120!
And this Schock has suffered especially bad as Radiant heat has finished 1/2 hour ahead of her on a 24 hour race before corrected!
So now that I have established that he is not driving in reverse because he has chosen to compare himself to a consistent podium boat lets get back to the main issue.
The S35 in question has old sails But he is working on it.
His crew needs work. Crew errors are common but this too is improving.
And it is never good to sail past the mark with the spin still up.
And I hate to say it but you often sail out into the current while the leaders in the fleet dig deep into the beach on heavy current days.
And the last thing is "you wander" I don’t let my eyes leave the telltales but My tactician is always telling me that you are not trimmed and then not driving to the sail.
You’re still learning the boat. Stick with her. She has legs as you seen on the upwind leg at patos. But I think you have another year at least till you break into the top three.
First work on crew drills.
2-lengthen that forestay some more.
3-make your crew earn new sails. When they can trim well then give them the good stuff.
You know I replace one sail a year to spread out the costs.
And keep doing what you’re doing. Get out there and sail. Ask the hard questions. No one will turn you away as we only want you faster.
Please be patient. We didn’t fall out of our mothers sailing. We had to have some milk first. Ok blood for me.
As for J29s
There are two of these in our club and normally they follow me around the marks! This old girl has legs. And she is #18 of over 500 made. If they made that many there must be some one out there learning there boat you could take there lunch money from!