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Pirate Race
« on: October 23, 2015, 03:56:46 PM »
Going to my first race this Halloween.  Its the Stede Bonnet Regatta in Southport, N.C..  No entrance fee and everyone has to dress as a pirate.  I know there is a few thing I should know, like make sure your anchor is up and keep the wind in you sails.  But if you have a few helpful hints let me know.  Oh yes, we are still sailing here in the NE part of South Carolina.   
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Re: Pirate Race
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2015, 10:58:29 AM »
Going to my first race this Halloween.  Its the Stede Bonnet Regatta in Southport, N.C..  No entrance fee and everyone has to dress as a pirate.  I know there is a few thing I should know, like make sure your anchor is up and keep the wind in you sails.  But if you have a few helpful hints let me know. 
  • Traveler position is supremely important on the 323.  Individual boat's specific strategy will vary based on your sails, but in general, keep it pretty high on upwind legs.
  • The 323's short stubby keel is great for gunkholing, but really limits your upwind ability.  I've found that when close-haulled just to the point before the jib pinches, I make soo much leeway that my course over ground is worse than if I stay 5-10 degrees off of pinching.
  • If you're doing non-spinnaker, tacking back and forth between broad reaches seems to do better than dead downwind with a wing-n-wing.
Oh yes, we are still sailing here in the NE part of South Carolina.
Here on the Chesapeake we're still getting a few great fall sailing days too, but time is running out fast.
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Re: Pirate Race
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2015, 01:42:05 PM »
Do you think tacking is still better even with a whisker and a boom vang?

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Re: Pirate Race
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2015, 07:01:13 PM »
I would say it depends on the size of your genoa.  With our relatively modest 135 it certainly seems to be true, but with a great big 155 it might be different.
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Re: Pirate Race
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2015, 02:03:46 PM »
Did the race and finished...  First half of the race we were flying passing boats right and left...  Rounded the can and it was all down hill from there.   Did I mention we finished.