Hi, I’m the new owner of Hull # 111. Now named Zephyr and formerly known as Bow Down.
I have a fair amount of racing knowledge but haven’t raced an ULDB before. I would appreciate any tips you guys have. Especially related to the flukie winds on our high mountain lake.
My home port will be at the Watauga Lake Sailing Club on Watauga Lake, TN. There are about 40 boats on the sail dock and about 15 participate in the racing program. There is a J27 that wins most races. I hope to change that. If I can get a regular racing crew, I hope to campaign Zephyr in 2016.
I am looking forward to hearing other Olson 30 owners.
The main tip I would recommend for fluky winds is to try to maintain a steady course and have your trimmers do most of the work. Changing course in light air kills your speed more in a uldb than a heavier boat. Good luck!
Hey, Marc- welcome! I’ve raced in Charleston in a big phrf fleet (against J120’s, several beneteau’s, J111, etc…)- you’ll excel in light air, which I’m sure you may already know and should be able to out-point just about everyone, but will suffer ddw and can get waterlined very easily (my experience against lots of boats with asyms). What the previous owner of my boat advised me (and I learned the hard way) is never let the boat heel more than about 15 deg- you’ll really start sliding sideways, more than most boats do. Good luck!