If you want to "race" on Wednesday Nites, the J80 is the ticket. The action is very tight and a simple knot in the lazy sheet can send you from 1st to 3rd. And while the Wed. Nite course does not usually have the inherent tactical calls of W/L courses, it sure gives us a chance to work on factors that effect boat speed. As much as we all want handicapping to work, there just is not a great option that can even compete with one design racing.
As far as the Wet vs Dry, our class does not make accomodations for it. The GYA is an outlier on that componet of speed as it is not supported by new handicapping systems. With out a doubt, if you do not keep your bottom clean it makes a difference. Hairy bottoms are slow as evidenced by Catty II and Dee-Lirious this past Wed.
Of the 10 boats in the class 6 are kept on the hard and yes those are the ones at the top. When the class started, most boats were in the water and as the competition got better they started going on the hard. Thats Racers and Racing. Come Join Us for the fun if you can find one.
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