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Sailing a Jubilee


When selecting a yacht one must establish the purpose for which the yacht is to be used, where it is to be sailed and finally, but most important, under what conditions it is to be sailed.


It is the versatility of the Jubilee that appeals to most owners, their family, friends and crew.


Racing a Jubilee is its chief attraction, but because of its stability and safety it also makes a very good cruising yacht. Racing to win requires knowledge by the skipper bad crew of the many different pieces of equipment capable of suitably setting ails for varying conditions and racing takes place in winds of up to 40 knots. Fittings are located so that adjustments can be made quickly and with a minimum of effort by the crew. Basic equipment is as follows:


Jib Luff Tension - necessary to alter the jib shape with varying wind speeds


Mainsail Luff Tension - necessary to alter the mainsail shape with varying wind speeds, to match the jib setting, and so achieve maximum performance. This adjustment can be made by using a gooseneck or Cunningham eye or both.


Mainsail Foot Tension - can be effectively controlled by about a 4 to 1 advantage system, so that adjustment may be made while the boat is close hauled.


Jib Sheets - in either single or double purchase depending upon crew strength and or wind strength. For and aft and athwartships adjustments are made by using slides or a Barber-hauler system.


Main Sheet - which may be fitted with either centre or boom-end sheeting fittings, provided that the maximum athwartships adjustment is made available. A 6 to 1 block system is about the optimum for mainsail adjustment.


Mast Bending Equipment - which is usually a simple lever installation to apply a load at the foot of the mast is used to quickly bend the mast to enable the sail to be flattened, and its shape altered to suit the prevailing wind speed.


Topmast Forestay - which is optional, is useful, where necessary, to control the bend of the upper mast, so that complete control of the sail is effected.


Spinnaker Gear - should be set up to provide simple adjustment of Brace, Sheet, Downhaul and Topping lift. Cleats for the Brace and Sheet should be located so that they are easily operated under load and by the crew in any normal sailing position. The Jubilee spinnaker can be used in winds of up to and over 30 knots if the gear is of sufficient strength. On a close reach the spinnaker is of little use over 25 knots. The Jubilee will plane in a flat sea with a breeze of about 30 knots. Surfing in a sea would occur at much lower wind speeds.


The Centre Plate - which is of course lowered to the allowable limit for on the wind sailing, is raised for a square run and may be lowered fractionally when reaching.


The above mentioned equipment, which may be supplemented by fine tuning gear , together with compulsory safety equipment such as flotation, pumps, bucket, anchor etc make the Jubilee a fine racing yacht as well as a very safe cruising boat. The shallow draft (406 mm (1 ft 4ins)) provides for easy beaching. Outboard motors may be fitted on well designed brackets and covers may b be fitted for overnight sleeping. The matters discussed above indicate that the Jubilee is a very versatile yacht and provides excellent sailing for crews of three to four, which means that whole families can race or cruise. Trailers are common among Jubilee owners who can readily transport their boats to and from championship venues, and launch by crane and slings or launching ramp.


Wonderful enjoyment is derived from these sturdy, safe and inexpensive Jubilee One Design Class Yachts.



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