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Mike Reyes

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Masthead spinnaker for PHRF
« on: August 20, 2020, 10:45:07 PM »
Anyone doing this and care to share how they like it? We have the carbon mast.

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Re: Masthead spinnaker for PHRF
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2020, 08:43:27 PM »
Without a backstay, i wouldn't!
And even with a backstay, ddw only.
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Re: Masthead spinnaker for PHRF
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2020, 05:20:48 PM »
I have heard of people doing it with the carbon rig.  The rig is strong enough.  I have also seen some pics with a square top main.

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Re: Masthead spinnaker for PHRF
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2020, 06:21:16 PM »
Mike, interested to hear what you do and why you are doing it.  Do you have some PHRF giants to chase down?


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Re: Masthead spinnaker for PHRF
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2020, 01:39:22 PM »
Mike with your mast I would not hesitate in building a MH kite for your boat. The Forte rig is so stiff that I would not worry at all. We did a MH kite with a flat top for Jim Pearson on Slippery. That boat, which has since been sold, had the C Tech mast and he did put a set of backstays on just in case. I am not sure that he really needed them but he had them in case.

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Re: Masthead spinnaker for PHRF
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2020, 10:35:24 PM »
Tack,

Do you know what kind of rating hit he took and if the juice was worth the squeeze?  Not considering this as I still have an aluminum rig but I am curious.

Thanks

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Re: Masthead spinnaker for PHRF
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2020, 10:48:01 PM »
Mike, interested to hear what you do and why you are doing it.  Do you have some PHRF giants to chase down? 

Just wondered if it would be worthwhile. A couple of boats are faster downwind (they do have lower phrf ratings) and it would be nice to have a bit more speed downwind.
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Re: Masthead spinnaker for PHRF
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2020, 04:23:09 PM »
Tack,

Do you know what kind of rating hit he took and if the juice was worth the squeeze?  Not considering this as I still have an aluminum rig but I am curious.

Thanks

I will email Jim and ask. I know that he ended up going back to Frac kite because the changed the race course layout and it ended up with tight reaches and the boat was just plane over powered for those. We made him a reaching kite that was quite a bit small in the girths a while ago that he used most of the time. Still used the flat top main and full size PHRF jib.

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Re: Masthead spinnaker for PHRF
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2020, 03:17:30 PM »
I personally am not convinced the difference is worth the penalty so I haven't ever gone down the path of using non-ODR sails.  We had one boat here on Lake Norman that would use some bigger sails (12 second penalty), but the boats sailing ODR would often win boat for boat.