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Old 02-12-2015, 11:51   #46
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Crossing the finishline in St. Lucia! We did not use the big spi on the St. Lucia leg, only the small (85 m2) for about 10 hours.
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Crossing the finishline in St. Lucia! We did not use the big spi on the St. Lucia leg, only the small (85 m2) for about 10 hours.
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When the squalls were on the horizon, we used his: Gennaker poled to windward with the long (22') pole, genoa furled a bit to leward, and full mainsail. 95% were sailed with the autopilot on 165 dgr. TWA. The planning was to gybe at the right moment to get the best course to the finish from the squalls. Neither we, El Gato nor the Lagoon 400 Vaares had engine hours on the last leg.
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Cangrats Django. Might see you in st Lucia tomorrow for a
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When the squalls were on the horizon, we used his: Gennaker poled to windward with the long (22') pole, genoa furled a bit to leward, and full mainsail. 95% were sailed with the autopilot on 165 dgr. TWA. The planning was to gybe at the right moment to get the best course to the finish from the squalls. Neither we, El Gato nor the Lagoon 400 Vaares had engine hours on the last leg.

this must be lots of fun i am physicist and found sail trim becoming my obsession.

i don't get above setup. In squall you gybe ?

Is it dangerous handling 7m pole ?
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When the squalls were on the horizon, we used his: Gennaker poled to windward with the long (22') pole, genoa furled a bit to leward, and full mainsail. 95% were sailed with the autopilot on 165 dgr. TWA. The planning was to gybe at the right moment to get the best course to the finish from the squalls. Neither we, El Gato nor the Lagoon 400 Vaares had engine hours on the last leg.
No pole on the genoa? not a problem to maintain it full? The mainsail to the side of the genoa?
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No mainsail and run the lazy sheet around the mid mooring cleat to hold it out = no problem. Some using that setup like to simply release the sheets in squalls to spill the wind forward rather than furl.
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No mainsail and run the lazy sheet around the mid mooring cleat to hold it out = no problem. Some using that setup like to simply release the sheets in squalls to spill the wind forward rather than furl.
you one of these that ruin Polux averages I mean he does not mind as his monos look better and confirm his bias. Jib on mid cleat is not the optimum sail setup however I use it also as it easy and one can have real relax time and think of better things in life.

I am guessing d37 setup with main, jib and gennaker will outperform jib on mid cleat

Idea is in my opinion to gybe before squall hits. So one has lots of sails on for low winds between squalls and go faster. After gybe one can then furl jib & gennaker if needed. But does not appear to be 1 person job.
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I did some gybing alone, not so difficult with genoa and gennaker on furlers, a bit more difficult with the big spi: important to have most of the genoa roled out, to stop the spi from getting round the forestay while you are setting the spi pole out to the other side. And important to have a good autopilot (B&G). The big boats from the ARC (direct) are coming ind now. I'm surprised to see so much damage on the monohulls. Many are taking down forestays, a lot of broken goosenecks. We only had some chafe on the mainsailpreventer..
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This is a 3D PDF file showing main and big spi. If you align the port shroud with the mast, you can see how much more wind we catch with the spi and long pole. Something like 6 or 8 times more than the foretriangle. OH, I couldnt upload the 1.5 Mb PDF-file, so here is a print
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Monte, we have to be in St Lucia a few more days for some reason - pricegiving coming up....
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I dropped past to say hi but you were out and about. I saw you head out of the Channel as well (passed you in the dinghy) but it looked like you were headed south as we sailed north. We might he's back that way shortly. Congrats again and welcome to the Caribbean !
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Recieved some photos from the pricegiving today, sorry I did not present my crew before: From right to left: Andrew Bishop from World Cruising Club, yours truly (age 69, Master of Science degree in naval architecture and marine Engineering, retired, designed and built my first cat in 1971); my wife Lise (age 69, retired dentist; Lene (Age 45, former military, had never sailed before the start of the ARC) and Peter (age 33, owns a small X-yacht, but had not sailed at night before). So you can sail a Lagoon well without an experienced crew.
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