But before the any racing was the 'weigh-in' where the all up weight of the boat is checked that it meets the minimum weight of 136kg. They weighed Acushla 6 times in different configurations because they could not believe that she was so light, the wind played about about with the process and caused quite a bit of fluctuation but in the end the settled for the maximum weight of 129kg, which meant I needed 7kg of corrector weights fitted. Where on a Saturday afternoon do you find 7kg of lead weight? In the end I borrowed two 5.6kg lead weights used for mark anchors and strapped and gaffer taped them to the centreboard knees and we raced with them for two days until I could get to Jewsons and purchase 7kg of lead flashing which I then had to fashion into two equal chuncks of lead weights and fix them into the boat.
I fixed them in the time honoured fashion - with Gaffer tape. Until I can reshape them into a more attractive shape and something that fits neatly onto the centreboard casing knees.