Todd Downey

 

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  • in reply to: NA’s Event Discussion #2899

    Todd Downey
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    Given recent disasters on the Great Lakes and here on the West Coast, I am shocked that LYRA has lowerd the safety regulations for the Freeman in any way. I certainly hope that the competitors in the NA’s take VERY seriously the safety of themself and their crew members. I would not sail Blue Star across Lake Erie at night with the same safety gear aboard that I sailed with in the National Championship. All competitors should add on their own accord….An overboard strobe light, an EPIRB, Jack lines and harnesses for all aboard, a 6 man raft, xtra flares and a flare launcher. The sea has taken friends of mine. I will say or do anything not to loose another.
    Todd Downey

    in reply to: 2012 National Championship #2831

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Enter early and save some $$ Early entry is by June 4th. I know I am not entered. Will be in this week for sure.

    in reply to: Amendments to Class Constitution #2811

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS

    This Constitution and its By-Laws shall not be suspended but may be amended by a two-thirds vote at any National Class Association meeting. Any amendment to the Constitution or its By-Laws shall be put to vote only if the proposed amendment has been mailed via the Postal Service or electronic mail, i.e. E-mail, to the entire membership. For these purposes it shall be sufficient that the proposed amendment be postmarked or transmitted no later than thirty days prior to the day of voting. The National Executive Board may amend the By-Laws at any time by a three-fourths vote of its duly constituted membership.
    THIS YEARS DEADLINE WILL BE MAY 25th

    in reply to: Amendments to Class Constitution #2810

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Proposed Amendment to the Olson30 Class Association Constitution

    Article XI 3a) Insert after the word “pulpits” the following statement.

    Bow pulpits may be changed to a more modern design allowing the Spinnaker pole to be carried lower for the purpose of flying Asymmetric spinnakers in non fleet events. Stern pulpits may be changed to a two rail system with a lifeline between them to facilitate outboard motor installation and removal. If such a stern pulpit is used the boat must carry its outboard motor’s mount in place on the transom, as a corrector weight, during a fleet sanctioned event.

    in reply to: Class Constitution #2798

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Scot, Regarding MOB pole. It has always been included. Are you guys up there planing to weigh boats? We have 1 boat here that would be under weight without the MOB pole.

    in reply to: Class Constitution #2773

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Jason, Yes there are too many reasons to be listed in this semi-public fourm.

    in reply to: Class Constitution #2758

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Stiffening of Decks: Because none of us are Naval Arcatects or Hippies from Santa Cruz, I think we should leave this one alone..I do know if we allow random stiffening of the decks we may see the boats fail in other places. If you stiffen one spot another spot may take too much load and fail.. These boats are getting old and soft. When she dies she dies.

    in reply to: Class Constitution #2756

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    I do know of a boat that has done that. There is also an arguement that the bow pulpit be made two piece, being open in the front allowing a really low pole for asyo sails. There will be a windage and a slight weight savings in the ends of the boat with this modification. We are a development class and have allowed several things that some sceptics say is too much. This may be one of these.
    Lets write it up and include the bow and stern pulpit in it. Let the class vote!

    in reply to: 2012 National Championship #2750

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Everyone please enter LBRW asap. Entries breed entries. White Lightning is the only boat entered as of today. Blue Star is entering today. We have commitments from Hoot, Hot Betty, Ichiban, Run Wild, Southern Comfort, and Shadow. Others should be Intence and Grey Goose.

    in reply to: Sails #2357

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Larry Spencer of Blue Star was quoted to say “I never thought my sails could be faster. Then I tried a set of Quantum.”

    in reply to: Pointing vs. J80’s, Soverel 33s, etc. #2299

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Bruce, I use a all Twaron MX mainsail. Best we have ever had. Ichiban and Run Wild both have a MX main on order now.

    in reply to: Pointing vs. J80’s, Soverel 33s, etc. #2293

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Maby a bit more than the guide says. All the boats are a bit different. When we tried to come up with a heasdtay lenght. As much as 3 inches different with the same look of rake. I sail with as much rake as I can handle. Yes it adds weather helm but then just hike it harder and sail it real flat to get rid of the weather helm. Also a Quantum genoa always helps :)

    in reply to: Pointing vs. J80’s, Soverel 33s, etc. #2291

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Bruce,, I advise more mast rake.
    Todd

    in reply to: Sail Lofts #2225

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Fusion M vs. MX, The difference is in the stringing process. These are both panneled sails, the M will have the strings lined up from one pannel to the next, the MX the strings will be stagered. As the stringing machine moves from pannel to pannel making a M sail it must stop and move over a little and then continue. Then when the pannels are overlapped and glued togeather the strings line up. While stringing a MX sail the machine keeps going without moving over. The sail can be strung in less time, saving you $$$, but the strings do not line up. Yes its confusing and that is why Quantum is no longer advertising the MX. We can still make them but are fazing out the MX in favor of the M aka MR. Yes the MR 5000 is the closest match. Buy one you will LOVE it.

    in reply to: Sail Lofts #2223

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Quantum Mainsail, I current use a 2009, 15000dpi Fusion MX. That is a laminated sail with 100% Twaron strings aka Kevlar. We have used this main for 3 National Championships and several PHRF races in the last 3 years. I am very happy with the way this sail is holding up. The shape is still very good and the lamination is still perfect. I expect to use this sail for 2 more seasons.
    Dacron vs. Fusion MX mainsails. My take on this is simple. When a puff hits the boat you will see the leach of a Dacron main move, requiring a bit of mainsheet on. When the same puff hits the Fusion MX main the leech does not budge. I will pull backstay on first then add a bit of mainsheet to tighten the leech to the new backstay position. Dacron is $500 less than the Fusion MX:
    To be continued:

    in reply to: Sail Lofts #2219

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    Derek, Please call me. I am the Quantum sales rep in charge of the Olson 30 fleet. 805 890-6058
    Todd Downey
    Blue Star

    in reply to: Templates #2218

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    All being said. It doesn’t really matter, sometimes the ugly keels win. Vendeta won the Nationals with an asyo keel.

    in reply to: Templates #2217

    Todd Downey
    Participant

    KeelGate started in Seattle in themid 90’s. If anyone has the templates it would be John Rahn. The Seattle owners decided that the thin side was the correct side and they all shaved down the lead on the fat side. In doing so they were able to bring the total boat weight down to the minimum. Blue Star has a fat keel. It was fattened ion the flat side by the previous owner. He decided to shape it like sa surfboard fin. I dont think it is right but it works. I asked yacht designer Alan Andrews if I should thin down my keel to the minimum thickness. His reply was “If you are going to sail in Seattle on flat water it would be smart to thin it down. If you are going to sail in waves, leave it alone. The fater foil will reatach the flow faster thru the waves.

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