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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

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OPTIMIST RIGGING

WITH

JAMES HOPSON

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MY BACKGROUND

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.

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OPTIMIST TUNING GUIDE

BOAT SETUP

Padded toe straps

Decent mainsheet (7/8mm) with ability to make 2:1

2 Bailers

Good non-slip

MAST RAKE

112 inches (284.5cm) is our starting point

Lighter sailors may go down as far as 109.5 inches (278cm)

SAIL TIES

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

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OPTIMIST TUNING GUIDE

SAIL TIES ON MAST

2 Theories:

First: Straight

All sail ties 8mm off the mast – tighten as it gets windier

Second: Banana

Light + Strong winds

Top and Bottom sail ties 8mm off the mast

Middle sail ties 2mm off the mast

Medium wind

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

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OPTIMIST TUNING GUIDE

LUFF TENSION

Generally it should be slack with horizontal creases visable.

As the wind increases tighten the luff.

BLACK BANDS

The black band on the sail must be between the two bands on the mast

SPRIT TENSION

The sprit can be adjusted by the sailor on the water in accordance with the wind conditions. Pull on until the diagonal creases disappear.

BOOM SPAN

Set to 80mm

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OPTIMIST TUNING GUIDE

VANG

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.

OUTHAUL

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.

DAGGERBOARD

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.

tool kit
TOOL KIT
  • SAIL TIES
  • ELASTIC
  • TAPE MEASURE
  • BUDGY
  • BOUYANCY BAG
  • TRAILER PINS
  • SPANNERS
  • TWEEZERS
  • FIBRE GLASS REPAIR KIT
  • DUCT TAPE
  • ELECTRICAL TAPE
  • PLIERS
  • ROPES
  • WD40
  • RIVET GUN
  • DRILL
spares
SPARES
  • BOUYANCY BAG
  • SAIL TIES
  • SAIL
  • TILLER EXTENSION
  • SPRIT LINE (HALYARD)
  • MAINSHEET
  • BLUEIES
  • BUDGY
  • MAST CLAMP
  • BAILERS