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February 1, 2016 “What is the ideal crew weight for a Star, and can a skipper weighing 175 with a 190 crew be competitive?”

Mark Reynolds

December 8, 2015 Quantum Expert Answer

Crew weight depends a lot on where you are sailing.  In steady boat speed type conditions the optimum crew weight is over 400 lbs.  My crew and I are currently very close to max weight.  I sailed a few weeks ago here in San Diego at 395 in pretty steady conditions and we did ok (we won) but not quite with the speed I normally have.  The Star starts getting overpowered in about 10 knots of wind so from there on up the weight helps.  In shifty stuff like on a lake I would say that weight doesn’t make much difference.  Agility becomes more important and just finding the wind and playing the shifts become so much more important as well.  I would rather have a good crew that is fast and can help with the wind and tactics that weighed 190 then a 270 pound person that couldn't help out.

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