Is it my Blue 86, or my white 88?
It's probably the blue 86 which I believe I sold to a guy up in the Livermore area.
Wednesday evenings, almost without fail, I sail my 17 in Redwood City. This Wednesday will be different from most, because I will de-rig mine in preparation for an upcoming event. So I can take you out on my boat (in the protected/flat port, not the bay) and show you a few tricks, and then give you a run-down on on the rigging.
The bolt hole in your mast base is for the rotation control arm. Dookie, The guy in this forum with the storm-trashed 17 probably has one for cheap; You'll need both the bolt and the arm.
Mast tip float: I actually had one on that boat, there are holes drilled for a fixture I made that allowed me to attach a baby-bob.
Stuck-up sail. Using the halyard, raise and hold the sail to max elevation, rotate mast counter-clock-wise, pull down on sail.
failed tack: uncleat the sheet, and push both the tiller and the sail hard in the direction you want the hulls to point, it will swing right around.
Tacking with two: You've got your work cut out: get really good solo, then, let your crew get really good solo, then try both. Or, get a Sport jib kit. Tip, leave the battens a little loose. Until then, use the failed tack procedure above.
Events: Join the HCA Division 3 google group: there is a calendar posted there with many events for both racing and non-tracing events.