CAL 20 FUN
Cal 20 Racing Season is about to begin ! Time to start prepping our boats and selves to go faster. An interesting thing about Cal 20’s is you can modify so many things to gain that competitive advantage. Lighten to the minimum weight, refinish and polish the hull, new design rudder (Gresham), new sails, but the biggest advantages are practice, learning the rules and taking courses on tactics and trim. The more you can get out there and develop your skills the better. Placing well in a series – First of all, if you have no DNS’s, you can place better than those that do. Making sure you have no equipment failures – Your boat is only as strong as your weakest part. Maintenance is key.
See you at the Marina in the coming months , scrubbing, cleaning, replacing spreader bolts, etc.
Fleet Captain – Kerry Brann > Magical 777 <
There has been a suggestion that we plan this years Fleet Championship Regatta as a Spinnaker event. Dates to be determined. I think we should give it a go. It will add a new dimension to our sailing and create some interest. We could invite the Tacoma Fleet as well and have them bring their boats or join us on ours. 3 or 4 to a boat. ?
I’m OK but there may be a lot of folk who’d be left out.
The pros and cons :
Cons- Additional crew needed to fly the spinnaker. One more sail, pole, halyard, 2 spin sheets, uphaul, downhaul, a few more blocks ( ratchet and single ), extra cleats, a fraculator, ( $ estimated cost $500 – $2000 )
Pros- It would be a blast to go fast downwind. Most of the fleet already is set up with spinnakers. Those that aren’t could be available for crew.