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Young 88 Tuning Guide

  • Last Updated: February 15, 2022
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Young 88 Quick Reference Chart

 

True Wind Speed (knots) Cap Tension (Loos) Lower Tension (Loos)
0-8 13 Slack
9-12 (Base) 17 7
13-18 21 13
19+ 24 19
True Wind Speed (knots) Mast Step Chocks*
0-8 Aft 15 mm 10-20 mm behind
9-12 (Base) Base 5370 mm Neutral (Float)
13-18 Fwd 5 mm 10 mm front
19+ Fwd 10 mm 10 mm front

*Chocks: Measures from Neutral. Neutral is floating position of mast ad deck with slack out of forestay

NOTES:

  • Dock Rig Measurement Position: measure rig with chocks taken out and slack out of forestay by pulling on backstay.
  • Base Mast Rake – Top of mainsail track to top of boom: 11.140 m; to deck: 11.950 m; to transom: 14 m
  • Mainsail Track at Hounds Height to transom – 11.380
  • Mainsail Track at spreader height: 7.785 cm
  • Arc measured from underside of bottom mast band on forestay

 

Young 88 Playbook

MORNING

Prior to Dock Out

Bow Check spinnakers are packed
Mast Run Sheets etc
Pit Interior chief, check essentials are onboard, food/water
Floater/Brace Run sheets etc. Bail boat out etc
Main Check batten tensions
Helm Check weather, tide, noticeboard, team briefing prior to dock out
Jib/Spin Trim Check correct Sails are onboard before you leave the dock

Pre-Start Warm-Up

Bow Set up spinnaker and pole on correct side. Get line transit.
Mast Help Bow with set up.
Pit Check Headsail halyard tension with trimmer.
Floater/Brace Practice calling breeze, looking up the course.
Main Check settings for first beat (outhaul, cunningham, etc)
Helm

Check in with the Committee boat. Go through course with team. Practice runs at the line, lay lines etc. Look up the course to plan your first beat.

Jib/Spin Trim Select Headsail and Spinnaker to plug in.

PRE-START

Light Air

Bow On bow calling time and distance.
Mast Weight on rail where required.
Pit Calling time every 10 seconds from 3 minutes down.
Floater/Brace Looking at wind up the course. Tactical input.
Main Mainsail trim, set traveler for the final approach.
Helm Steering, work on final approach getting a good lane.
Jib/Spin Trim Trimming and relay if there are boats to look out for.

Heavy Air

Bow Weight up where possible, only on bow for final approach at line to call time and distance.
Mast Weight on rail where required.
Pit Calling time every 10 seconds from 3 minutes down.
Floater/Brace Looking at wind up the course. Tactical input.
Main Mainsail trim, set traveler for final approach.
Helm Steering, work on final approach getting a good lane.
Jib/Spin Trim Trimming and relay if there are boats to look out for.

UPWIND

Light Air

Bow Weight on rail where required. Relay obstacles like weed.
Mast Weight on rail where required. Lean in and out for lulls/puffs.
Pit Weight on rail where required. Lean in and out for lulls/puffs. Make sure Headsail Halyard is left on Winch.
Floater/Brace  Calling breeze for the Helm/Trim team.
Main Main trim, work with the helm to keep the boat balanced and fast. Traveler up.
Helm Steering, looking at Headsail Woolies etc.
Jib/Spin Trim  Headsail trim, work with the helm to keep the boat balanced and fast, full power. Check Luff tension.

Heavy Air

Bow Weight out. Relay obstacles like weeds.
Mast Weight out.
Pit Weight out. Make sure Headsail Halyard is left on Winch.
Floater/Brace Calling breeze for the Helm/Trim team.
Main Main trim, work for the helm to keep the boat balanced and fast. Traveler down in puffs.
Helm Steering, looking at Headsail Woolies, etc.
Jib/Spin Trim Headsail trim, work with the helm to keep the boat balanced and fast, de-power (car aft) if needed.

TACK

Light Air

Bow Cross boat around mast, skirt headsail if need be.
Mast Cross boat under boom.
Pit Cross boat through companionway.
Floater/Brace Cross boat through companionway.
Main Traveler up on new side ASAP. Speed build, then final trim.
Helm Call “Standby to Tack,” followed by “Tacking in 3,2,1…”
Jib/Spin Trim Cut and tail, speed build out of tack, final trim.

Heavy Air

Bow Cross boat around mat, skirt headsail if need be.
Mast Cross boat under boom.
Pit Cross boat through companionway.
Floater/Brace Cross boat through companionway.
Main Ease a little mainsheet going into the tack. Sort traveler, speed build, back to final trim.
Helm Call “Standby to Tack”, followed by “Tacking in 3,2,1….”. Be very loud so Bow team can hear.
Jib/Spin Trim Cut and tail, speed build out of tack, final trim. Indicate if Headsail Skirt is required.

TOP MARK

Light Air

Bow Pole up on final approach. Get ease in Windward Spin/Jib sheets. Drop Headsail after rounding.
Mast Weight on rail. Bounce topper if needed. Hoist Spinnaker once Helmsman calls it.
Pit Topper Up, Headsail halyard off winch ready to drop. Tail Spinnaker Halyard to Full Hoist with clutch CLOSED, Drop Headsail ASAP.
Floater/Brace Weight on rail. Move to Brace if needed.
Main Ensure Mainsheet is free to run, ease cunningham, outhaul at a suitable time.
Helm Steering around mark. Call “Ready to hoist”, “Hoisting in 3,2,1…”.
Jib/Spin Trim Ease Headsail and lock off for Hoist. Set Spin/Brace up. Sheet/Brace on. Trim.

Heavy Air

Bow Pole up on final approach. Get ease in Windward Spin/Jib sheets.
Mast Weight on rail. Bounce topper if needed. Hoist Spinnaker once Helmsman calls it.
Pit Topper Up, Headsail halyard off winch ready to drop. Tail Spinnaker Halyard to Full Hoist with clutch CLOSED, Drop Headsail ASAP.
Floater/Brace Move to Brace for hoist. Brace on and Trim.
Main Ensure Mainsheet is free to run, ease cunningham, outhaul at a suitable time.
Helm Steering around mark. Call “Ready to hoist”, “Hoisting in 3,2,1…”. Be loud!
Jib/Spin Trim Ease Headsail and lock off for Hoist. Set Spin/Brace up. Sheet/Brace on. Trim.

STRAIGHT LINE DOWNWIND

Light Air

Bow Weight in front of mast. Holding downhaul.
Mast Weight to leeward holding out boom. Call wind.
Pit Weight forward where needed.
Floater/Brace Weight forward where needed if Spin Trim can do own Brace.
Main Set Traveler, Main trim is crucial when sailing angles.
Helm Concentrate on driving smoothly. Work with Trimmers.
Jib/Spin Trim Be dynamic with Spin Trim, call pole forward/ aft where needed. Talk helm about pressure in spinnaker.

Heavy Air

Bow Weight behind mast. Hold downhaul if you can.
Mast Weight aft where needed. Call wind.
Pit Weight aft where needed. Can stand in companionway hatch.
Floater/Brace Trimming brace. Pole forward if needed to stop boat rounding out.
Main Main eased. Look out for other boats, wind, etc.
Helm Keep the boat on its feet, work with trimmers.
Jib/Spin Trim Be dynamic with Spin Trim, call pole forward/ aft where needed. Talk to helm about pressure in spinnaker

GYBE

Light Air

Bow Wait for Gybe Call, Trip both pole ends, clip new Brace in, push pole forward to clew as you push out and onto mast.
Mast Human pole on new side. Hold shrouds for balance.
Pit Weight across or in companionway. May need to ease more Downhaul for Gybe.
Floater/Brace Grind Brace aft as you go into Gybe to help rotate the spinnaker.
Main Pull Leeward Tweaker on for Gybe. Release Tweaker on Spinnaker sheet after Gybe.
Helm Call “Standby for Gybe”, “Gybing in 3,2,1…”. Steer the boat smoothly. Only Gybe when Spinnaker is set!
Jib/Spin Trim Keep Spinnaker Set throughout the Gybe!

Heavy Air

Bow Wait for Gybe Call, Trip both pole ends, clip new Brace in, push pole forward to clew as you push out and onto mast.
Mast Human pole on new side. Hold shrouds for balance.
Pit Weight in companionway. May need to ease more Downhaul for Gybe, then pull back on once set.
Floater/Brace Grind Brace aft as you go into Gybe to help rotate the spinnaker.
Main Make sure tweakers are on for Gybe!
Helm Call “Standby for Gybe”, “Gybing in 3,2,1…”. Only Gybe when Spinnaker is set! Be very careful about your exit angle, not too high or too low!
Jib/Spin Trim Keep Spinnaker Set throughout the Gybe!

DROPS

Windward Drop

Bow Wait for Jib Up and Pole off Call. Pole off and stowed between Jib Car and Cabin Windows Leeward side. Make sure Lazy Jib Sheet is behind the Hatch. Open Hatch ready for Drop. Human Pole will hand you the Clew for the Drop. Close Hatch and double check sheets are clear, then relay to the back of the boat “Clear for a Tack”.
Mast Hoist Headsail once call is made, then shift to Human Pole as the Pole comes off. Hand Windward Clew to Bow person for Drop.
Pit Tail Headsail Halyard, leave on winch and get to the correct setting for the Trimmer. Gently ease Topper as pole goes to Deck. Spin Halyard should already be run. Control the Spinnaker Drop for Bow team.
Floater/Brace Ease Brace for Bow Team.
Main Trimming Main. Get set up for Upwind – Outhaul, Cunningham etc.
Helm Angle for Drop is critical! Cannot be reaching, you must be low downwind! Call “Ready to Drop”, “Dropping in 3,2,1…”.
Jib/Spin Trim Release Spin Sheet and set up working Headsail sheet. Trim on Headsail for Drop. Final trim around Mark, then set up for a Tack.

Leeward Drop

Bow Wait for Jib Up and Pole off Call. Pole off and stowed between Jib Car and Cabin Windows. Make sure Lazy Jib Sheet is behind the Hatch. Open Hatch ready for Drop. Reach under Headsail and grab Leeward Sheet to Drop. . Close Hatch and double check sheets are clear, then relay to the back of the boat “Clear for a Tack”.
Mast Hoist Headsail once call is made, then shift to Human Pole as the Pole comes off. Help Bow person drop Spinnaker if needed.
Pit Tail Headsail Halyard, leave on winch and get to the correct setting for the Trimmer. Gently ease Topper as pole goes to Deck. Spin Halyard should already be run. Control the Spinnaker Drop for Bow team.
Floater/Brace Ease Brace for Bow Team. If Pole is on for the Drop, ‘smoke’ the brace out all the way off the winch!
Main Trimming Main. Get set up for Upwind – Outhaul, Cunningham etc.
Helm Angle not as critical, but make it as easy for the team. Call “Ready to Drop”, “Dropping in 3,2,1…”.
Jib/Spin Trim Release Spin Sheet and set up working Headsail sheet. Trim on Headsail for Drop. Final trim around Mark, then set up for a Tack.

POST RACE

After Races

Bow Rig check, area check, pack Spinnakers.
Mast Area check, pack Spinnakers, flake sails.
Pit Area check, Clean out interior. Check Water for following day.
Floater/Brace Bail boat, help with Sails, get beers for team.
Main Check Mainsail for chafe, Batten damage etc.
Helm Check sheets etc are all in before turning engine on. Check noticeboard for protests, amendments etc. Team Debrief, Plan for next Race Day.
Jib/Spin Trim Check Headsails as they are getting flaked up for chafe, Batten Damage etc.

A note about repairs/damage: Deal with it right away, do not leave for the morning!

Take ownership of all your areas.

Race hard & have fun!

Class Experts

Derek Scott

Auckland, New Zealand – Sail Loft
Derek.Scott@northsails.com

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