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Jib Trim

The following are a set of notes on jib trim.  They have been pulled together with the help of Phil McNeill.  It’s based on what I’ve seen on “Thumper” but should apply just the same to any other Javelin and in general to any boat with a jib and mail sail.

Terms

Woollies – The tell-tales on a sail.
Steering Woollies – The forward/front lower tell-tales used to steer the boat by.

Note the front wooolies on the jib, these are the steering woolies (Ben and Colin in Perth 2015/2016)
Note the front wooolies on the jib, these are the steering woolies (Ben and Colin in Perth 2015/2016)

 

Setup/Trim for the conditions (for pointing)

Light

  1. Sheeting angle 10 degrees
  2. Jib sheet back on clew plate to give the foot some fullness to provide power.
  3. Sheet on until the leech woolly stalls, then ease the sheet a fraction.

Moderate

  1. Sheeting angle 13 degrees for moderate planning conditions (possible 12 to 16knots)
  2. Jib sheet back on clew plate to give the foot some fullness to provide power.
  3. Sheet on until the leech woolly stalls, then ease the sheet a fraction.

Strong – Fresh

  1. Sheeting angle 13 to 16 degrees. Certainly 16 degrees in the fresh stuff.
  2. Jib sheet 1 hole further forward.
  3. Jib sheet eased up to 100mm from the light to moderate air pointing sheet tension.

Boat handling notes

  1. The key is to keep the boat flat and get it balanced so that you have this big steering groove while the boat still wants to climb to windward.
  2. It is imperative that as soon as the boat starts to stagger or not want to accelerate in the puffs, you need main cunningham. This is the power control and you need to work it in puffy conditions.
  3. In the fresh – find the right spot, by starting eased and then tighten up until the boat is hard to keep planning upwind.
  4. In the fresh – we would usually sail with all of the jib luff woollies lifting and we would be driving up to windward on the main. Sheet the main on to point while still keeping the boat dead flat and then easing the main to foot. All with the same jib setting. This allows us ot choose our course and is especially good for making lay lines ie we can choose to sail high or low and fast with our normal jib sheeting position.

Other trim notes

  1. Jib position on the clew plate only really affects the fullness of the bottom of the jib.
  2. The top of the jib is controlled by sheet tension.
  3. Only check the woollies when you are steering exactly right on the steering woollies.
  4. When you are steering to the woollies the top leech woolly must stream.
  5. The leech must always flow otherwise the slot is not working (again subject to steering exactly to the lower steering woollies)
  6. If the top forward woollies don’t flow and the boat is going quick, ignore them. With some of the 470 jibs, if the forward woollies flowed correctly then we were oversheeted and going slow.
  7. Everything in sailing is a compromise.
  8. In theory all the woollies should stream but to achieve that you may have to change to different jibs for different conditions which isn’t practical. Or as has been done – remove the woollies that won’t co-operate!
  9. There should never be creates up the luff of the jib in a breeze
    10. footing – we try to never sail lower than having all of teh steering woollies working.

2016 NZ Javelin National Report

Mixed results in mixed conditions at Lake Taupo

The 14ft Javelin Skiffs are getting together on Lake Taupo for their New Zealand Championships this weekend. A new boat being built along with a date change reduced the fleet, but the racing was just as close as ever.

Hosted by Lake Taupo Yacht Club in conjunction with the Mighty River Power Regatta

In the first race, the oldest boat Hot Gossip led for the first lap but could not defend the lead in shifty and gusty conditions, and Thumper took the victory. With the wind coming up to 25 knots, there were amazingly fast gennaker rides, and several capsizes.

Phlipnhel was doing fine with the replacement skipper Wade, leading around the top mark several times, but unfortunately broke their mast after a capsize, which took them out of the contest.

After the first three races on Friday, the four leading boats were within four points of each other, leaving the contest wide open.

The Saturday started well for Trailblazer with a win coming from third, catching the leading Thumper only at the last top mark. Flying Circus had a good race, beating Bax Contractors across the line, thereby putting the three Lee hulls in the first three places. Brilliant sunshine and warm water but cool breeze made for wonderful sailing conditions.

Trailblazer 524 - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima
Trailblazer 524 – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima

In Race Five,  Bax Contractors had bad start, crossing the fleet astern on port, but after tacking and going left found a favourable shift, which saw them coming into the top mark second behind Thirty Something. Because they managed to stay inside until the anticipated shift came, they got to gybe and pass them, winning the race. Trailblazer and Hot Gossip would have been in touch but got knocked around the top mark. Hot Gossip managed a third place ahead of Trailblazer in the finish.

Due to big holes and shifts, the first beat of Race Six was very challenging. Hot Gossip went up the middle and caught some good lifts, with Bax Contractors following them and rounding the top mark in second place behind them. Trailblazer got buried, never reaching the definitive right hand shift and could not recover on the one-lap track, even though choosing the Lake side on the downwind looked famous for a while. Bax Contractors showed great boat speed on the light-wind run going lower and faster that all of their competition. Hot Gossip was struggling with taking on water, which saw Thirty Something and Full Frontal beating them to the line.

After six races, there are still only seven points between the first and fifth placed yacht. Sunday will see the final three races on this contest. The light wind forecast was welcome to Bax Contractors.

Close downhill racing - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima
Close downhill racing – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima

Preliminary Results after 6 (of 10) Races, 1 Discard
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Net
1st Thirty Something Wade McGee Demian Dixon 5 1 1 6 2 2 17 11
2nd Bax Contractors Ben Bax Dylan Doug 3 2 4 4 1 1 15 11
3rd Trailblazer David Brown David Feek 2 5 2 1 4 5 19 14
4th Thumper Sara Watters Hamish Norton 1 6 10 2 6 3 28 18
5th Hot Gossip Antje Muller Kez Cameron 4 4 3 5 3 4 23 18
6th Flying Circus Andrew Howden Mark Gatti 7 10 5 3 5 10 40 30
7th Phlipnhel Wade Gatfield Craig Gilberd 6 3 10 10 10 10 49 39
8th Black Bart Mat McMillan Andy Chapman 10 10 10 7 10 10 57 47
9th The Unknown Doug Roberts Bill Mullins 10 10 10 10 10 10 60 50

Original article by Antje Muller on 12 Mar 2016 on Sail-world.com

Nerve-racking final day in the Javelin Nationals at Lake Taupo

If the racing has been close on the first two days, it only got closer through the final three races of the 2016 Javelin Nationals, sailed on Lake Taupo. Brilliant sunshine and a moderate wiring breeze provided a great stage for the epic battle to win the Ray Eade Cup.

In the morning, Thirty Something looked like they had their hands on the Cup as the light Northerly winds died out and the fleet was kept ashore. Black Bart used the spare time again to get in more time on the water brushing up on their roll tacks.

The lake breeze set in around lunchtime however, slowly building to around 12 knots, but with big holes and breeze lines across the course. Trailblazer came up to form in race 7, using their local knowledge to win ahead of Bax Contractors and Thirty Something. This closed the gap to the two leading boats and gave Trailblazer a realistic chance of competing for the title.

In Race 8 Thirty Something took the lead and won ahead of Bax Contractors with Trailblazer having to fight up through the fleet into third place. To come out on top, the Davids now had to win the last race with two boats in between them and the leading boats. Therefore they shut out those two at the start, and came around the top mark second behind Thumper and in front of Flying Circus.

Success seemed achievable when they caught up to the leader at the last mark rounding, but Bax Contractors fought hard up the last short beat to come in second behind Trailblazer but ahead of Thumper and Flying Circus, which secured their overall win.

Best female Skipper Sara Watters with Hamish Norton on Thumper - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima
Best female Skipper Sara Watters with Hamish Norton on Thumper – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima

The National Title along with the Ray Eade Trophy go to Ben Bax and Dylan Doug, the oldest skipper and the youngest crew in the fleet. Congratulations!

Winner of the John Long Memorial Trophy for second place went to David Brown and David Feek who narrowly beat Wade McGee and Demian Dixon.

Best Female Skipper was Sara Watters with Hamish Norton crewing who finished fourth. .

This year, the DFL trophy went to the fifth place holder Antje Muller and Kez Cameron.

Big thanks go to the Lake Taupo Yacht Club for hosting the event, and the officials and volunteers who made this exciting regatta possible.

The next competition will be the Sanders Cup Inter-provincial Trophy held in Whangarei over Easter.

Original article by Antje Muller on 13 Mar 2016 on Sail-world.com

Last start - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima
Last start – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima

 

 

 

 

Flying Circus and Trailblazer - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima
Flying Circus and Trailblazer – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima

 

 

 

Close racing for the competitive fleet - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima
Close racing for the competitive fleet – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima

 

Black Bart improving their roll tacks - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima
Black Bart improving their roll tacks – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima

 

Enjoyable sailing for Hot Gossip and Black Bart - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima
Enjoyable sailing for Hot Gossip and Black Bart – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima

 

Close racing, Trailblazer leading Bax Contractors - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima
Close racing, Trailblazer leading Bax Contractors – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Yuki Katsushima

 

 

Final Results - Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Antje Muller
Final Results – Javelin Skiff National Championships 2016 © Antje Muller

North Island Sprint Champs

The North Island Sprint Champs were held on Lake Rotorua by the Rotorua Yacht Club over the weekend (Sat & Sun, 17th & 18th October).

Brief Report from Hamish

Wow! what a reminder of how lethargic my winter has been.  Very short courses in trying conditions (gusty, shifty strong 20-30knot winds) made for some super intense sailing.  Saturday they only managed to get one race away before having to abandon racing due to the combination of carnage and strong winds (various boats losing rigs).  Despite capsizing on the start line with less than 3 minutes before our start, Antje and I managed to get Thumper around the course to take the win from Ben and Colin on Bax Contractors.  Keeping the boat up right gave us that one.  The afternoon saw some of the fleet lying around like seals on the hot paving stones with a beverage in hand until we go the call to go out and give it another go.  Unfortunately they didn’t get another race in and abandoned sailing for the day.  Give how shall the lake it this meant we also got a second session of aqua jogging in and definitively required another beverage.
Sunday the day started a bit more softly and with everyone in a light cheery mood after the Rugby.  Boy that was short lived, after a couple of races / few laps of the short course I’d been reacquainted with my heart & lungs wanting to leap from my chest.  Tack, Tack, Tack, Launch, Gybe, & Retrieve, all with little time to get settled between maneuvers.  Antje’s and I’s lack of sailing together was becoming apparent.  So we swapped over to try and save me a bit.  Although she did want my gloves (who sails a Jav without gloves). The the conditions didn’t let up, and built up to a similar level as Saturday and after numerous swimming lessons we were poached.  We’d managed to pull off another 1st, and at least 1 2nd.  I’m not sure how many races we had but I do know we knocked out 3 races in the first hour.  TrailBlazer were in the mix too, but unfortunately had the squeeze put on them during one of the starts by the 12s, resulting in one of them running over their mainsail and damaging it.
It was magic to see some locals out racing with Bad Blood, and to have Mat McMillan there with Black Bart, and to see Flying Cirrus (Mark and Andrew) make it down from Auckland.
Next event is Auckland 7th & 8th November for South Pacifics Training.
Thanks Antje for proving to be one of the very few people I would sail with in those conditions, and thank you shore crew Erica Newlands for all your effort.

Results

Sail# Boat Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Points
522 Bax Contractors Ben Bax & Colin Shanks 2 1 3 3 1 1 8
523 Thumper Antje Muller & Hamish Norton 1 2 1 2 2 2 8
524 Trailblazer David Brown & David Feek 3 3 2 1 7 7 16
38 Bad Blood Wayne Bigwood 7 4 4 4 7 7 26
318 Black Bart Mat MacMillan & Kez Cameron 7 7 7 7 7 7 35
374 Flying Circus Andrew Howden & Mark Getty 7 7 7 7 7 7 35