No Worries Bruce - I have always kept up with how you're goin since the first days you purchased your Tiger and I was helping you with your initial set up (I think I had you call me over the weekend on my cell - that was cool)
As you can tell I don't get on and post much, but when I saw your question I had to jump in...I know its tough being out in the middle of the country without others to compare against - hopefully your area will 'turn on' with regard to Tigers...and soon you'll have a local fleet to help bring the levels up.
We will be starting our season this weekend in Mexico at the Midwinters West in San Felipe MEX. Hopefully it's warmer down there, its been in the 60's here....burrrrr. (haha - I bet you're laughing now!)
Anyway, if there is something else you're still unclear on, ask away!
Hey, Tiger Mike, Good luck with that strategy of getting to the favored side of the course without getting a good start (which you can only do from the proper side of the line) That will be a hard sell:-)....
Of course when we're sailing in large fleets and the line is only just slightly skewed, we'll give up the 'gun' start to be down the line a bit so as to almost assure ourselves of a clean start - however, if the line is really favored one side or the other - it is crucial to be there and fight - can't wimp out when the going gets tough....
See ya at the F 18's in OZ 2007?
PS: Matt - thanks, we'll be trying in Felipe....its been since August since we've sailed together. I just did a training regatta with Pete Melvin last weekend - felt a little rusty, but we still won. That was a neat deal, and he's a great partner too (but I'll stick with Greg, he's not that bad either!