Congrats to John Mollicone (skipper), Geoff Becker (trimmer), Tim Healy (tactics) and Dan Rabin (bow) for winning the J/24 Pan Am trials with Quantum® sails!
Seven races were sailed over two days at Davis Island YC in Tampa on February 10-11. Conditions were light and fluky for the first race, but the breeze settled in from the north at 7-13 knots for the remaining six races. John was using the newly updated 2011 Pan Am Jib along with the TH-2 Main and the Full Radial Spinnaker. The racing was very tight, but in the end, John showed the speed and consistency to win the regatta without needing to sail the final race!
The new 2011 Pan Am jib is easy to trim with the standard the rig tuning and deck setup. John’s team found that moving the mast butt forward a half- inch in 11+ knots of breeze helped get the desired backstay and head stay tension for the lighter, required crew weight (four crew members and max weight of 705 lbs). This set-up kept the jib flatter in the puffs and kept the main from getting too flat. Because of the lighter crew weight, John used backstay to depower much earlier than he would normally with a crew of five at 882lbs.