OPTIMIST RIGGING WITH JAMES HOPSON. MY BACKGROUND Started racing optimists aged 8. Joined the Welsh National Sailing Squad aged 10, Optimist GBR Squad aged 11. 3 rd Optimist UK nationals (junior fleet) 2001
Started racing optimists aged 8. Joined the Welsh National Sailing Squad aged 10, Optimist GBR Squad aged 11.
3rd Optimist UK nationals (junior fleet) 2001
After Oppies I sailed Toppers, Lasers, 29ers, Cherubs, Foiling Moths, various Yachts.
Having sailed in the majority of the GBR junior and youth squads, aged 18 I started coaching the North Wales Performance Squad. This was taking sailors from a good club standard of racing to international level racing.
March 2012, I arrived in Dubai and started working at DOSC.
Padded toe straps
Decent mainsheet (7/8mm) with ability to make 2:1
112 inches (284.5cm) is our starting point
Lighter sailors may go down as far as 109.5 inches (278cm)
Mast sail ties : twice round mast 2mm rope
Boom sail ties : once round boom 2mm rope
Clew tie down : twice round boom 3mm rope
Tack boom tie : twice round boom 3mm rope
Tack mast tie : twice round mast 3mm rope
Mast head tie : twice round mast 3mm rope
SAIL TIES ON MAST
All sail ties 8mm off the mast – tighten as it gets windier
Light + Strong winds
Top and Bottom sail ties 8mm off the mast
Middle sail ties 2mm off the mast
All sail ties 8mm off the mast
SAIL TIES ON BOOM
8mm off the boom in the middle
Getting tighter towards each end of the boom
Generally it should be slack with horizontal creases visable.
As the wind increases tighten the luff.
The black band on the sail must be between the two bands on the mast
The sprit can be adjusted by the sailor on the water in accordance with the wind conditions. Pull on until the diagonal creases disappear.
Set to 80mm
Should be just slack upwind in light/medium conditions
Tighter when windy.
Vang should be tight enough to hold the sail shape on the downwind leg.
Smaller sailors can use the vang to help depower the boat.
Oppy sails are flat so only have the outhaul tight when its very light winds or blowing a gale.
Most of the time you want a nice smooth curve.
Mark on your daggerboard the positions for beat/reach/run
Light sailors will find lifting the daggerboard up 6inches (15cm) in strong winds will help them control the boat and allow them to sail upwind more effectively.