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General National 12 chat / Virtual Vendee?
« on: November 02, 2020, 01:27:24 PM »
Any N12 people going to be doing the Vendee Globe on Virtual Regatta?

Tim (VR boat name 'Bananarama')


General National 12 chat / Re: Top batten tension
« on: February 26, 2019, 05:17:32 PM »
Hi,  does anyone think it would be a good idea to de-tension the top batten a bit when the wind is very light?  It occurs to me that it might be good to get the top of the sail a bit flatter, and maybe make the batten a little easier to pop through when tacking and gybing.

It's definitely something worth looking at. The whole leach looks very tight - are you sure the crew isn't leaning their weight on the boom!?  ;D

In a drifter it may be worth having a slack kicker all the time (mainsheet to control twist upwind). There's an optimum amount of slack - too much and the batten won't pop on tacks and gybes. Also if you have let off the leeward shroud this will tighten the leech, so the kicker needs to go off more (and/or let off the windward one too in those conditions).

Europes are pretty quick too in light airs! Which club are you at? The Europe class is trying to trace as many active boats as possible so if you could direct the helm to that would be great.

Boats / Re: N3500 Crazy Diamond
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:49:53 AM »
Now appears to be in the Starcross YC dinghy park - not appeared on the water yet though!

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