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 Post subject: Crew weight
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:21 pm 
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I totally get why keeping combined skipper and crew weight to a minimum is desirable for racing, but is there a point of diminishing returns as it relates to increases in wind speed? In other words, in 8 knots, the lighter crew/skipper weight is clearly an advantage. Is that also true in 15-20 knots or does it pay to have more weight to keep the boat down on the water?


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 Post subject: Re: Crew weight
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:16 pm 
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Yes.


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 Post subject: Re: Crew weight
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:23 pm 
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Skipshot wrote:
Yes.

That's the short answer, but there is a point of diminishing returns.

The really good, lighter weight crews can hold their own when the squirrels are being blow out of the trees.


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 Post subject: Re: Crew weight
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:45 pm 
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My experience sailing as an "anatomically gifted" Hobie 18 and 17 pilot, and corroborated by the handicap corrections is that the crossover point where the heavier crews are equal or maybe half a touch faster occurs where the squirrels leave the trees. More correctly where the Race Committee decides that the crash boat guys are at risk and calls it off. So the lighter guys have an advantage right up until the heavy guys catch up and then ... it's all over.

You should go on a diet and start running.

Do as I say, not as I do, or did.


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 Post subject: Re: Crew weight
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:01 pm 
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I like tall and lanky crews (I'm the light one)... my younger brother was great at 6'3 175 lbs :D


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