December 8, 2015
Quantum Expert Answer
Yes, distance racing does allow you to carry sails that are specifically designed for reaching. You might consider an asymmetrical spinnaker or a jib top reaching headsail. Either one of these sails would contribute greatly to your distance racing inventory. As for racing at night and trimming sails, a recommended approach is to spot check them with a flashlight. You can scan the luff, leech and draft stripes quickly and make necessary adjustments. We offer glow strips that can be applied to sails to help improve visibility. Using a light that shines brightly the whole time seems to quickly annoy most crews.
Hiking out in a distance race is necessary. Many crew have spent hours catnapping on the rail of sailboats. On a 35' sailboat an extra 100 lbs. on the rail is worth about eight seconds per mile. Imagine the effect on your Martin 242---this may equate to 15 seconds per mile faster. This is a relative number, but you should get the idea. Good luck and have fun.