We'll be there...
There will be at least 4 boats coming from Az to race.
Also, don't miss the Women's Nationals Friday afternoon. Talk is there are 6 to 8 teams (women skippers) that will be competing.
Just an FYI
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You might want to confirm the availability of the properly pre-made shrouds with the original equip mfg.
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Loosen all 4 bolts a little before unscrewing them all the way. This will prevent the threads dragging against the bracket and rolling the fine threads. If rolled or damaged when you go to screw them back in, they want to gall against the nuts inside the hull (very bad for stainless)
The class restrictions are pretty strict as far as adding items but even so, this would not be a performance enhancement so you wouldn't get much static from anyone IMO. This may even be a replacement that is regarded as a safety improvement of the original and allowed. Could be viewed as no...
Yes, go into it slow. You don't even have to tack, sheet out the main to slow down, point up and slowly haul on the lazy jib sheet after uncleating the working sheet. Keep the point with the rudder as the now backed jib will want to push the nose to leeward. As the boat slows, then will want to...
I've had the same thoughts and observations.
We heave-to all the time and usually during high wind conditions to rest and stay out of the way while (waiting for our class start) racing.
During a heave-to, we have *just* a little drive in the main and the jib counteracts that drive while...
Depower (flatten) the main by setting the outhaul hard, get the draft (power) as far forward on the sail by setting the Cunningham hard.
Sheet out the Jib just a touch and sheet out the main so there is a luff down the leading edge. This is more like a backwind of the main from the jib.
See the pic below for a neat little mod to the mast step. Just cut a slot with a hacksaw across the top of thr bracket. In the event you drop the rig, this will bend and release the mast before any damage to the deck or mast (hopefully)