These boats are arguably lighter, and definitely a little more snappy than the Zim FJs The booms are raised a little, I have not noticed any difference that pertains to boom-height/sail size going from them to “normal” FJs. Nor have I heard of anyone else mentioning any difference The mains are kind of old, the […]Read more "MIT Gouge Files from Stephen Duncan: Turbo FJ"
Key Takeaways and Points Crews drive the boat with their weight The rudders are tiny, the centerboards deep, so if they boat is not flat, the skipper cannot steer The boat powers up very easily, so weight on the rail early is crucial Tension is very loose, more so upwind than wing-on Tacks scoop water […]Read more "MIT Gouge Files from Stephen Duncan: Firefly"
Wind Northerly and North-Westerly Incredibly shifty, where the Charles got its reputation Very streaky and puffy, wind sheers and catspaws Sail the lift, whatever you are in, sail that shift Maximize what you have, while you have it The wind will always go back, be patient, and don’t tack into a header The tall buildings […]Read more "MIT Gouge Files from Stephen Duncan: Venue"
Today: Learn to Start in an FJ. -work on FJ starts, and holding spots when going slow. In the TR starts I noticed a lot of sideways motion, people late to the line, and generally not great FJ starting. Focus today on setting up, holding your spot, understanding the FJ boat characteristics and their important differences […]Read more "Practice Friday 4-28-2017"
Today 1. If FJ’s red and black get out quickly, we will run a team race or two. Don’t wait to launch. Go ahead and get out there. 2. Downwind positioning to finish day. Sail-Number-Order (SNO). Think about how you will defend your position, and/or improve it, using positioning, legal and superior boat handling, and […]Read more "Practice Thursday 4-27-2017"
Today: (stay tuned as we may cancel sailing and meet in Teel 302 if there is no wind) -working on light air starts -we will begin with FTL tacking drills, up and downwind. I want to see aggressive boat handling -tacks & gybes -acceleration -a few FJ team races and 2 on 2 LBL with […]Read more "Practice Wednesday 4-26-2017"
E/ENE wind 6-14 knots, courses were W4 and trapezoid. Competitive sailing today, where conditions made it very difficult to be in the top 3 in all races. NOTES -8 of the 10 boats had a top 3 finish today, which shows how competitive our race days are -crew work was good, focused. -Ryan Wahba also […]Read more "Race Day Results 4-25-2017"
WORKOUT CHANGE We do expect our sailors to be in top physical shape. That’s your responsibility now. No more workouts before daily practice. If you want to workout, do so on your own time. Feel free to discuss as a team if you want to set something up yourselves outside of practice on the water. […]Read more "Tuesday 4-25 Practice"