Crew weight - 9/2002.
In our opinion crew weight is one of the most important factors in achieving the maximum speed from your boat. Before the class maximum weight was established there were teams in California sailing with over 1000 lbs. It was very helpful in the San Francisco area. Heavier crew adds to the stability of the boat, so you can race with more sail area, less heel and therefore be faster. Always try to assemble the crew at the class maximum of 882 lbs.
Weight placement - 11/2002.
Upwind try to keep the crew hiking as far out as possible and bunched up together in the middle of the boat. The helmsman shall use maximum extension of the hiking stick and move forward as much as possible. In the case of light air and chop, part of the crew should (voluntary !) go below to lower the center of gravity and reduce pitching of the boat. Downwind, position the crew so the boat is flat. In light air the helmsman should move forward into the middle of the boat and the bowman in front of the mast. This will raise the wide stern of the boat up from the water - reducing the drag. For heavy breeze move everybody back to help lift the bow and reduce “plowing” into the waves.
Light air Genoa trim - 1/2003
In light air and chop (flat water is more forgiving) you can not trim the Genoa too close to the rig because it will narrow the slot between the Main and Genoa and the airflow will slow down diminishing the speed of the boat. So you have to ease the sheet to the point that you almost touch the lifelines with the foot of the Genoa. What happens to the top at this time? Very often it is too twisted. Therefore you have to move the Genoa lead forward to prevent overtwisting the sail.