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open rigging guide

putting this together for the new owner of sluff.  It’s basically a rigging guide for an open5.7o in pictures, some of which are NOT for the OD rules, but make the boat much easier to sail.

open 5.70: SOLD!

We’re selling sluff.  Basically it comes down to there being 3 vipers in town now and we’d make the 4th.  There are a few other people talking vipers right now as well so next summer look like it has potential for a viper OD fleet in Newport, but at the very least we’d be sailing against other boats that were the same under PHRF which will be awesome.  We really wish we could keep the open as well because it’s a better daysailing boat, at least for us, because it’s so much more stable, but we can only fund ONE fun sailboat right now.  So sluff is officially for sail!  Here’s what’s included:

  • 1 white open 5.70 (duh!)
  • 1 set of used OD sails (main, jib, spinnaker)
  • 1 masthead spinnaker
  • rig has been modified to include upper shrouds and running backstays to support the bigger spinnaker (all can be easily removed for OD racing)
  • keel crane (makes either style launching very easy)
  • lifting straps (needed for hoist launching)
  • outboard bracket
  • trailer with mast support, spare tire and light/license bar (allows you to never put the lights in the water!)
  • main cover
  • jib cover
  • padded rudder bag
  • velocitek
  • mainsheet with cleat on the boom (can be removed for OD racing)
  • traveler on side tanks (can be removed for OD racing)

All the modifications to the rigging were done to make sailing with my 64y/o father easier.  Everything can be put back to the OD layout for OD racing w/o much effort.  The mast head spinnaker makes PHRF racing possible (the stock kite is small and likes to reach in light air).  The boat is completely ready to sail.  The boat is located in Newport RI.  CONTACT ME USING THIS PAGE!!!! Call 401-862-7255, email benjaminbjacobsen (at) The boat is sold.

Here’s a recent video:

and some more video links:


it’s the kite Winn (layline) had made so he could manage PHRF in GA that lost him his dealership rights.  Jerome/Philleas got so upset they wouldn’t let him sell boats (even though he NEVER said anything about it online) and they even went so far as to mandate him removing it from his own boat when he sold it.  We heard about it when we talked to him about our poor PHRF performance in light air (we bought our open from him) and once he sold the boat we asked what the sail’s status was.  He basically sent it up to us just so we could see if we liked it which we do so we both win!

It’s a shur (sp) sail.  It’s VERY MUCH a VMG runner.  If you watch the video we’re sailing it pretty “tight” there and are lower and faster than the SB3.  Granted we were both not racing and out having fun/drinking, so this wasn’t an honest/serious matchup, but considering that was the east coast laser rep driving and 2 shop boys, I doubt they didn’t want to beat us…  It was blowing maybe ~8kt and we were doing ~6kt against a VERY strong tide…  It’s funny looking back at the video when my crew (who’d never sailed before in his life) walks aft to see our wake -vs- the wind on the water.  :blink:   The guy I was sailing with is a navy sonar tech, so he know’s his angles and he agreed we were consistently faster and lower than the SB3.  We both also guesstimated our gybing angles around 45º which is a huge improvement from the little kite.

The rig is basically a set of cap shrouds that go up from the aft hole on the chainplate.  There’s a bigger shackle there that pins the shroud, the spin sheets shackle to it, and you lift the boat with it (we had a larger shackle there already so we could lift w/o taking off the spin gear, but this is the next size up to get the right pin diameter).  From there it’s 2 tangs near the top of the mast and a halyard on a string (if you’ve seen an open rig it’s the same string setup as the other halyard so it can rotate) as well as a metal plate that rotates off the top of the mast.  Unfortunately, because we put everything together the night we raced we took NO pics of the top of the mast, but I’ll try to snag some next week with a tele on the hill near the boat.  We are considering runners so we can just use this chute all the time as this setup probably isn’t far enough back in the boat if the breeze comes on.

First Tuesday night race…


Raced sluff for the first time last night. It was the last race of the spring series. Yarrow offered to help me as Dad’s “stuck” delivering avalanche right now. We haven’t gotten our real rating yet from PHRF (they’re having a meeting for us this week) so they gave us a provisional rating of 108… :lol: It’s funny because that’s way too low IMHO (the open rates 130~156 in other regions). I’m sure they’re just being cautious for now. Regardless it looked to be a perfect night, but the wind dropped from 10~15 before the race to 5~8 for the race. Light air isn’t fun for me ever, but our boat will not sail to it’s eventual rating, never mind 108 in light air. We still had a great night and a ton of fun. Going sailing, getting around a course, and NOT breaking anything are always good things. It’s also the first time I’ve moved the boat with my car which felt great.

Solo open…

We normally sail Tuesday nights, but I couldn’t last night so I went tonight. I also didn’t manage to track down crew in time (part of the reason we wanted a smaller boat) so I decided to sail alone. I ended up ramp launching the boat alone (first time ramp launching, and first time sailing alone in the open) and it was quite easy. Honestly the only concern at all was the water depth which was just enough. Once I was set, I took off out of Newport and sailed down to where the NYC RC was near Rose and gybed right in front of them (in case I didn’t something stupid). Then back over to goat, then I took the chute down and went back up towards clingstone. From there is was one more chute run back towards Rose/Goat and back to the dock.

It was blowing anywhere from 12~18kt I’d say. It was basically our usual Tuesday winds, but with a few stronger puffs. The boat sails very well with just one person. You can hike all you want, or sit there and enjoy it w/o working if you like. The tide was coming in and I was hitting 5~5.5 upwind (into the current) and 8~9.5 downwind with the tide easily. It was a great night. My max speed for the night was 11.4kts and my best 10 second average was 11.1kts. Not bad I’d say… I managed to get 2 videos on the way out of the harbor while I was still in the lee of the fort:

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We bought an Open!


Well we decided to get the open. The test sail confirmed everything we thought looked good on paper. Layline happened to have a white hull in stock and honored the new American pricing even though it’s a French built boat. They also happened to be coming north to Annapolis for a regatta so the dragged the boat up with them. My parents took a drive down to Annapolis on Thursday to pick it up. They had horrible weather down there so my parents decided to stay through Saturday morning. We rigged the boat Saturday night in around 2 hours (not bad for a brand new boat). Unfortunately mothers day kept us off the water Sunday. Continue reading ‘We bought an Open!’

Open 5.70 test sail!


We finally got out on an Open 5.70 today. Brendan met us down at Sail Newport at 11:30 in the morning. We had the boat rigged and floating by 12:45 with a health dose of “what’s this do” along with “where’s this go?” and general BSing/introductions (we actually know Brendan from racing etchells agaisnt each other ~10 years ago now). Honestly it’s VERY EASY to rig these things, even clueless, but with 4 people and only one with a clue of what was what, we had it all together and splashed in 1:15 which is very reasonable IMHO. It’s easy to see if you knew what you were doing and not BSing, it’s a half hours job. We also hand pushed it to the lift to see how easy that is and how light the boat is. Everything worked very well. We hoist launched it with the keel puller in place.
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Open 5.70 Newport Demo Day.


Sunday is the Open 5.70 demo day in Newport.  Not sure how many people will show up, but we’ve spoken with Brendan who owns the local 5.70 and we’ve got a “date” for sure.  We’ll be meeting him to rig at Sail Newport so we can see just how easy it is to rig (he laughed and said it is indeed very easy when I asked if we could help).  The weather is for high 40s so I doubt we’ll see a seabreeze.  The forecast is calling for east winds around 10kts.  We were hoping for more to see what the boat can do 2 up with our typical breeze, but we’ll take anything we can get.  We’re just very excited to see the boat in person and answer about a million questions we have about it they best way possible, TO GO SAILING!

I’ll have a post up either Sunday night or Monday night with pictures and hopefully videos as well as our thoughts on the boat.  Can’t wait.

Click below for another gallery of borrowed 5.70 images.

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