We raced a 33 MKII extensively....had good sails...boat handled
well....then the owner got a new Doyle Pentax full roach main....he
didn't know he was getting a main with a big roach he didn't have
originally....the sail maker, Brad from Doyle took it upon himself to do
it, he knew we were seriously campaigning the boat.
There was a noticeable difference and not that the old main sail was all
that bad...it wasn't, Bruce had decided he wanted a new main.
We felt the big roach helped to point that boat very well and the extra
sq. footage in the main downwind didn't slow us down.
And yes, in light air you need to 'feather' the main across the backstay
but it is worth it....the other points of sail outweigh the light air stuff.
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On 2018-02-09 3:21 PM, Bill Coleman via CnC-List wrote:
I think the biggest bang for the buck is a full roach main.
Shortly after buying the boat, I got mad at the boom and bought a new
extrusion from Charleston, they sell in 2 foot increments. I was
telling a friend (who also had a 39, and was an NA Intern at C&C in
the early 70’s) what I was doing, and he said, don’t bother cutting
that extra foot off, just leave it 14’, it will sail better” So I
did, and with a full roach, it was a game changer. PHRF nicked me 6
seconds, but it was well worth it. When the wind pipes up 18 – 20 and
over, I just drop the main and sail with the 140 Genoa. Only (very
slight drawback), is the 140 had to be a little heavy to do this.
Oh yeah, one other thing, in very light air you have to **help** the
main across the backstay.
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