Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
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Jeff - I'm not sure if you're referring to my Avatar...
In that photo, you are correct that we are at about 25 degrees. I agree that we're heeled a bit much. Conditions were fluky in the St. Mary's River at the end of Gov Cup this August. About 10-18 kts depending on where you were.
We carried 8 crew this year. I was driving and had one trimmer (in black). we were preparing to tack and he'd just eased the genoa slightly (a little early). They guy in orange was tucking under the boom and the rest of the crew (5) were moments from switching sides. The main was centered but extremely tight with a stretched leech. Not sure that I liked that, but the sail was flatter.
At the time, we had too much weatherhelm. Since then, we've replaced the genoa and a new main is coming in a couple of months. The sails in the photo (especially the main) are nearly dead. The genoa delaminated about a month after the photo was taken. We hope to see significant improvement next year.
BTW - Great assessment.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"