The Annapolis Etchells Star Regatta in Annapolis was held October 20-21, 2012. Racing Etchells USA 102, Tomas Hornos, Chris Burd, Scott Sheffer and Lindsay Smith finished 2nd. Tomas sailed with a new shared outboard/inboard jib lead configuration and the new 2012 NLM-5 RS-6 jib with shorter leech length. This jib lead configuration is designed to replace in-hauling with windward sheet and provide a repeatable setting from tack to tack.
The jib leech is high enough to allow for clew blocks to be shackled on with a twist shackle or running jib sheets directly though clew ring. Lashing blocks could also be used instead through the clew ring to allow block load properly.
The shared inboard/outboard track was the brain child of tactician Luke Lawrence, sailing with Gary Gilbert on Annie. Chuck Poindexter of Sound Rigging was the first to install and test the idea on his Etchells. Frank Atkinson of Rigging Systems came up with the low profile track seen in the photos installed on Etchells USA 102. Jud Smith and Tomas collaborated on installing at an angle for range of adjustment.