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Fortunately that Cliff guy will be on the other watch.
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Can that Cliff guy sail?

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How are the practice sessions going? Have you hauled the boat and made the crew show up at 2:00 AM to secretly wetsand it? What are you planning to eat en route? The father of one racer here was touting how his son served MRE's (Commercialized versions) and how tasty they were. Sounded to us like the fox who lost his tail in the trap. I told him about how the filet we had the second day out to Bermuda, with onions, mushrooms, and a nice cabernet, spurred us to win our division that year. We didn't eat as well the next time, and only got third.
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C'mon Sandy - give us the scoop!

Paul - your menu sounds a hell of a lot better then a MRE.

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Yes that Cliff guy can sail he has done ok over the years.

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It has been a while since the last post. We've been scrambling to get the boat ready after the fiberglass work. Just launched last Friday morning in order to do the Mills Race. That "Cliff" guy couldn't make it with a busted up ankle. Ouch. Marina launched boat and I started to motor to my club. Crew pushed bow out and wind started to blow me into the wall. Turned the wheel to starboard and boat promptly turned to port. Crunch. Fortunately only damage was a scrape on the rub rail. Obviously the steering cables were hooked up wrong. In the half mile motor to my club I snaked along with the steering being reverse of what it should be. Sadly, we bagged the Mills Race as the steering cables were rerun and we ran out of time. Well, we are ready for Wednesday night now. Lessons learned- the Cinkel steering system is different from an Edson. On the Cinkel the cables cross in the pedestal, on the Edson they cross in the quadrant. Stay tuned as we test out the new sails later this week. Only 34 days left to the race.
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If it's only a half mile from the Marina to the club, why not leave the boat at the marina - on their dime - until they fix the steering? How do they hook up the steering backwards??? Don't they try it out, at least a little, before they punch out at 15:30? Your luck needs to improve... BEFORE the race!
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Tips for an Overnight Race

Recommend you make it clear that you are in charge of the boat and make clear who is in charge of each watch. Make it clear that you must approve any deviations from the race plan.

Start a checklist now, share it with your crew, and add items as you think of them. From my Newport Beach to Ensenada checklist:

RACE PLAN
Set a series of waypoints along the intended route so you can work VMG

START
Watch the tactics of prior starters
Watch the tactics of previous winners
Get into clean air ASAP
Get outside of the boat behind you

SETTLING IN
Review man overboard procedures
Review the all hands on-deck signal
Minimize alcohol consumption, maximize rest
Consider putting the evening watch down for some rest in the afternoon

BEFORE DARK
Get a hot meal into everyone
Energize navigation lights
Rig jacklines and harnesses
Rig 12V spotlight, flashlights, headlamps
Rig red lights belowdeck
Make hot coffee / tea
Midwatch down for some rest after chow

NIGHT RACING
Keep a sharp lookout
Run engine to charge batteries and wake reliefs
Re-evaluate strategy once reliefs are on deck and aclimated

FINISH
Focus - It may be a traffic jam
Note boats ahead/astern

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VMG rules!
Stay focused --- these races are won at night. "Also rans" settle in and cruise, winning crews continue to race through the night.
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PaulK, the boat was being worked on at an offsite shop. All the marina did was launch it and step the rig. The problem was the Cinkel steering. My boat guy labeled the starboard cable where it exits the pedestal. That works well on an Edson unit where the cables cross in the quadrant. Unfortunately the Cinkel units cross the cables inside the pedestal, hence the mistake. I motored over to the club to further work on it and also that's where the crew had staged the gear and supplies. For about a hundred yards I thought I might deliver it the 30 miles to the start. Obviously common sense took over and we bagged the race. My repair guy fixed it in about an hour and took my entry fee off the bill.

Funny to see my boat being hauled about 3 miles down Columbus Ave in Sandusky with a hydraulic yard trailer. It was Ohio Bike week in town and there was a parade of 20 Harley's following the boat at about 20mph. People in the downtown area thought it must have been some kind of float since a lot of them were taking pictures of the boat and it's unofficial escort.
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CG- good tips, thank you for the reminders. Pretty much the same things that I have learned crewing in 17 MACS. With the weather fronts we are likely to encounter ,I would vary strategy on the VMG. My experience has been to position the boat for next big weather change and sail with the best VMG to that position.. In the Mac that means sometimes leaving the area of the rhumb line sail off the course up to 20 degrees to get to the next big shift first. Additionally, having good weather forecasts and and the ability to adjust your plan based on timing errors in the forecasts is critical.
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