We had a tough time at the Fall Dinghy. Off the starting line everyone had better point and better speed than we did…and we were dust. In the first race we were able to pass the fat boys down wind, but right after the leeward mark their superior point and speed destroyed our meager gains.
Heres are some things I gleaned:
1. we needed more vang and more mast ram. Our vang has way too much friction and no feel. When uncleated it does not ease. We have removed a few laps of purchase and now have a 16:1 vang to try. Probably need a bit more purchase, but Ill try it.
2. All the tuning guides that we were reading online spoke of huge amounts of shroud tension. Everyone I spoke to said that you just pull on enough to keep some tension on the leeward shroud going upwind. Seems pretty simple.
3. We probably need to buy a high aspect jibing centerboard if we want to point.
4. Need to do something to make the spinnaker slide out easier.
5. Pete needs to keep the pole up until the kite is mostly down. (to keep it from going under the boat)
6. Don’t bother letting the shrouds off down wind.