2015 Highlights Video
Here’s great summary of our year on the water!Â Next year, symmetrical spinnaker, better PHRF rating and better rig tuning…should put us in the pack of the green fleet!
Genoa Track Install
Day two of the Genoa track installation!
I wish I took pictures on day one, but here is a summary: Calvin and I removed the old track, bored out the holes to get to clean wood/fibreglass and filled up the holes with epoxy. Worked like a charm (except we bored the holes by hand with a single spade bit, which got duller as we went: blisters!)
On day two, gadget, squirrel and I lined up Both sides of the track, drilled all the holes and trimmed up a backing plate. It was an all day job and we burned through ten drill bits and one knuckle (Gil’s), but we went home tired and proud of 66 new holes perfectly lined up, and ready for installation. That will be day 3.
So, every time we are sailing the big Genny, thank and Gil and Calvin for their expertise and days of effort. I basically vacuumed and brought lunch.
Oh and Lazy sheet popped by with coffee in the afternoon. A well timed perk!
Kiwi at the Helm
Kiwi at the Helm
Wind: 8 knots steady W
Weather:Â Â Partially Cloudy 18Â C
Crew: StarPort, Squirrel, Nonsuch, Lazy Sheet, Afterguy and Kiwi
Video playlist at:Â https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBkmML78o97kbdjSbWYGDnctOSoMPfVi2
Well no matter how you slice, Kiwi lead us through an awesome race!Â Start was perfectly timed and even pushed SandPiper away from the committee boat so they had to tack around before starting.Â Upwind we held our own against three J-boats that only gradually pulled away.
Our hoist at the windward mark was flawless, but perhaps a wee bit early (who was that guy on the Halyard, anyway?).Â We nearly brushed the mark with the sail as it was filling, but no harm – no foul and we put in a quick jibe to head into better air.
Great moment along the Hamilton wall on the run to mark 12 as we caught up to Christephanie and a few others.Â Once we got into their bad air we couldn’t overtake, so we jibed away, sailed hotter for a minute and then jibed back.Â By then we were well ahead of them all — great tactical lesson for all of us.
The douse was nice and quick, and just before the leeward mark, where we jibed around for the straight line to the finish overtaking Misty-C and Chewan before the line.
Thanks for a great night guys, it was the perfect tonic after a lousy day in the office!
Weâ€™re starting to build a rhythm around our big Spinnaker maneuvers, and as the bigger challenges are overcome, smaller ones come into focus, so Iâ€™d like to offer some fine-tuning that can help us simplify.Â Iâ€™m assuming a crew of five people:
- Jib/Spinnaker Trimmer
- Mainsail Trimmer/ Spinnaker Assist
But when we have six on board, thenÂ Mainsail TrimmerÂ stays focused on the mainsail, and the sixth person takes the role ofÂ Spinnaker Assist.
(Iâ€™m focusing here on the bear-away set from the bag on the deck â€“ which will be the hoist we use most often)
Set up (on the approach to the windward mark)
- Helm: call â€œPrepare the Hoist!â€
- Pit: retrieve the Spinnaker bag from the cabin, hand toÂ Foredeck.
oÂ Â Â Bag position just ahead of the shrouds, port side of boat
oÂ Â Â All lines routed to this position prior to race start
oÂ Â Â Clip on all lines, removing Velcro straps from sail, leaving Velcro on top of bag closed
oÂ Â Â Ensure tack line is routed outside the lifelines/stanchions
- Pre-feed the tack:
oÂ Â Â Foredeck: open the front half of the Velcro on the top of the bag
oÂ Â Â Pit:Â tighten up the TACK line
oÂ Â Â Foredeck: ensure no catches.
oÂ Â Â Foredeck: calls â€œMadeâ€
- Prepare the spinnaker sheets
oÂ Â Â Helm: take control of the main sheet
oÂ Â Â Spinnaker Assist:
- ensure both spinnaker sheets are free and clear,
- route the first active spinnaker sheet to the free winch (starboard side, ie: criss-crossed).Â Load with one wrap, no handle.
- head to the mast to assist the hoist
- Helm: call Â â€œReady to Hoist?â€
- All(when ready): answer â€œReady!â€
Rounding & Hoist
- Helm: call â€œHoist Away!â€ and â€œRounding!â€
oÂ Â Â Jib/Spinnaker Trimmer: ease jib to lifelines, cleat in tailer, switch to other winch to be ready for spinnaker sheet.
oÂ Â Â ForedeckÂ (at bag): open remaining Velcro, apply slight tension along spinnaker luff as it is being hoisted (avoids hourglass formation)
oÂ Â Â Spinnaker AssistÂ (at mast):Â haul in the spinnaker halyard
oÂ Â Â Pit: haul in the spinnaker halyard
- Spinnaker Assist(at mast):Â Â Once Spinnaker is all the way to the masthead, call â€œMADEâ€, head back to mainsail position
- Jib/Spinnaker Trimmer: Haul the active sheet like mad, until too much tension
- Pit:Â add wraps to spinnaker sheet, insert handle and grind
- Foredeck: Remove bag, ease outhaul, ease cunningham, tension boom vang
- Pit: free jib from winch and furl it
- Pit: ease main halyard if needed
What are the significant changes:
- Calling â€œMADEâ€ when the Spinnaker reaches the mast-head â€“ this is the trigger for hauling the spinnaker sheet.
- Loading spinnaker sheets criss-crossed â€“ this has several benefits
oÂ Â Â Avoids situation where two lines need the same winch (jib sheet and spinnaker sheet)
oÂ Â Â PlacesÂ Jib/Spinnaker TrimmerÂ trimmer in the optimal place to see spinnaker luff curl, ease and grind without moving around
- Jib/Spinnaker TrimmerÂ focuses on the sheets, and only the sheets
- PitÂ focuses on getting the spinnaker set before anything else
- Putting the jib away isÂ Pitâ€™sÂ job â€“ there is no hurry
- Helm: calls â€œPrepare to Douse!â€
- Pit: tightens main halyard
- Foredeck: tightens outhaul & cunningham, eases boom vang
- Pit: opens the jib (not tight, just inside the lifelines), three wraps, cleated into the tailer , insert winch handle
- Foredeck: ensures lazy jib sheet is aft and to leeward of the hatch
- Spinnaker AssistÂ goes into the hole
- ForedeckÂ gathers lazy spinnaker sheet in front and to windward of forestay, hands toÂ Spinnaker Assist
- ForedeckÂ grasps tack of spinnaker from in front and to windward of forestay
- HelmÂ calls: â€œReady to Douse?â€
- All(when ready): answer â€œReady!â€
- HelmÂ calls: â€œDouse Away!â€
- Immediately and simultaneously:
- Jib/Spinnaker trimmerÂ blows the Spinnaker sheet, ensures it runs free, then goes to jib winch to prepare for upwind sailing
- PitÂ blows the tack
- Spinnaker AssistÂ begins hauling
- ForedeckÂ brings tack of sail toÂ Spinnaker Assist
- Then as soon as possible
- PitÂ opens halyard clutch and eases quickly, just slowing halyard a bit if needed to keep spinnaker dry
- Spinnaker AssistÂ hauls spinnaker through the hatch (from below)
- ForedeckÂ keeps the spinnaker from filling (ie: make a circle with arms, start at hatch, shift to forestay)
- At the mark
- HelmÂ calls â€œRounding!:
- Jib/Spinnaker TrimmerÂ begins to harden the jib sheet
- HelmÂ hardens the mainsail and heads upwind
- As soon as spinnaker is entirely below decks
- Spinnaker AssistÂ returns to station to trim the mainsail
- ForedeckÂ clears jib sheets and calls â€œClear!â€
- Once we have trimmed our sails for the upwind leg:
- Pit: tidies lines in front of cockpit
- Foredeck: tidies lines on foredeck
- Spinnaker Assist: tidies lines in back of cockpit (ie: spinnaker sheets)
What are the significant changes?
- Prepare the mainsail for the upwind leg first.
- PitÂ opens the jib, and gets it in ready position
- Jib/Spinnaker TrimmerÂ stays focused on the Spinnaker trim until the sheet is blown, then focuses only on the jib trim
- ForedeckÂ uses the jib to blanket the spinnaker, and the forestay to remove air and keep it high above the waterline
- HalyardÂ is lowered very quickly â€“ watching at the waterline to ensure it stays dry
- Done correctly, this will leave the lines connected properly to allow another bear-away set