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It won't point
In races I've been in, we don't seem to lack too much boat speed even without centre board fillers or the well 'glassed over, but no matter what I try it doesn't seem to point, compared to other RL's around us. Come on fellas, fess up who has these devices and are they worth the effort? My Mk 3 swing keel is pretty much set up for cruising and I don't want to change it that much, but Iam getting a little tired of always coming last or somtimes not even starting!
Now don't go getting all super technical on me, just offer some advice, if what it is is what it is then ok I'll continue to enjoy myself, just abit slower the everyone else.
Martyn1-Dec-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: It won't point
A bit more information like:
- where you sail
- what conditions you sail in
- what mast you have
might give others a chance to help.

Generally the later skiff rigs have a small jib sheeted in near the base of the mast almost closing the gap between the mast and jib.

All racing yachts are very weight sensitive, its important to be near minimum weight to reduce the force needed to drive the hull when sailing close to the wind.

Sail shape crew weight and having a smoothe hull all contribute to the efficiency when sailing close to the wind.

Its all text book stuff with the really good crews making it look easy.
Greg1-Dec-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: It won't point
Hi Morton Bay, Wintersun & bay 2 bay. Rig is as supplied and appears to same as listed in tech specs on this site. Set up is as seggested by Rob in this site ie mast rake etc. Mast is tapered but not a gold spar. Main sail is as listed for a Mk3.
Thnx M
Martyn1-Dec-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: It won't point
If you have an origonal Mk111 mainsail with short battens then that would make the sail around twenty five years old, and that sail would be long past its use for a raceing sail. when you say the boat wont point, do you mean you cant sail as high on the wind as the other boats, or are you pointing as high but just not getting there? I would suggest that you ask one of the leading skippers if they would take your boat for a sail with you and your crew on board, then you may get some clues. I know that it can be very dissapointing to be doing your best and only get poor results, and sometimes the solution can be quite simple, one of the most common problems is that the headsail is not sheeted close enough as was pointed out by Greg.
Keep trying and dont give up.
Rob1-Dec-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: It won't point
Yes Rob it is a short batten sail, I have asked Ox (Ian Davies from Hood) to have a look at it and he will somtime. I have looked at other boats, I lust after a Noelex (cant afford one) the RL is the best around in terms of comfort, berths and versatilaty (?spelling)
I wont give up. I was wondering wether the modifications listed previosly were making the difference?
Thanx all, I appreciate your responses Martyn
Martyn1-Dec-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: It won't point
Martyn, I sail a MK1 in Moreton Bay. Happy to have a look at your problem one weekend.My email address is attached.
John Green29-Dec-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: It won't point
thanks john, will contact you when the stupid oops silly season settles down.
Happy new ears,
martyn31-Dec-2008    Edit    Delete 

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