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C.3.1 Limitations On The Crew

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C.3 CREW

C.3.1 LIMITATIONS ON THE CREW

(a) The crew shall consist of 3 or 4 persons.

(B) No crew member shall be substituted during the world championship and any event of 6 or less consecutive days, without the approval of the race committee or Jury.

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How is this rule working?    What crew weight works best for your team?

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The rule seems to be working in my mind. Most people I have spoken with like the idea of not having to weigh in. The number that seems to be for me in all around fashion is between 700 and 730. I have sailed heavier due to crew availability and have done well in breeze.

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I bought the boat when the rule was 614 lbs.

 

I thought this was great to be able to sail with three up and I enjoy sailing with three and it's easier to find crew.  It solves the crew problems associated with J24's and Melges24.  Lighter crews can add a fourth.  I think it is too crowded with four.

 

I was pretty bummed when the optimal weight turned out to be 700 lbs.

 

Now I am under weight and have to find someone 75-100 lbs. if I want to be competitive. It adds more logistics finding that fourth crew that I was hoping to avoid with the J70. 

 

Ron Thompson

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