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Posts Tagged ‘dinghy’

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Whatever your body type, one of the new sporty solos are sure to fit you, and if they all look as good as the Melges 14 fleet above, everyone is a winner.  Look at the excellent video of the 25-boat M-14 fleet in Sarasota last week and tell us with a straight face that you can’t wait to get in your Laser…we’re waiting…

Results are here in a regatta that saw age ranges from 13-74, with everything from weekend sailors to past Olympians.  Head to Melges on Facebook for more vids and info about the M14, and join the ‘Catch On’ thread for varied and mostly civil discussions about the M14/Dzero/Aero and the future of solo dinghy racing.

 

 

March 28th, 2017 by admin

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For generations, families have gone into the woods to dig up time capsules. Relics of the past, to see how things were done way back when. For anyone who dug up an old Club 420, they were able to take it straight to the racecourse and give it the whip.

So many of us wonder why our kids are racing the same boats we buried in the backyard years ago, which is why it’s so encouraging to see some brilliant moves by Class leaders that have allowed the Club 420 to hit a sharp upswing in popularity.  Series scoring, smart championship and event venue choices, and creative work in partnership with builders Sturgis, Zim, and LP continue to add value to one of the foundations of youth sailing in America.

Managing a one-design class is a difficult balance between honoring history and keeping up with the times, and improvements can be painful in the short term even while they make the boat better, newer, and more exciting again. We’ve seen it with the E-Scow, Laser, Sunfish, Thistle, J24, and Melges 24, among others, and over this past winter season, the Club 420 has seen a unique and successful effort by the Builders and the Class, working together, to modernize the gear while adding a bit to the safety and ease of use.

The changes may be minor, but for 420 sailors, they give us some new gear to geek out on. There’s a new spinnaker cut to make the reaches more fun, plus a new rig package from Seldén which offers a lighter boom, plus updates the mast to replace the high-maintenance items with smarter and stronger parts.  Now the kiddos can even fly around the course with the same boom their Team USA heroes Stu and Dave took to Rio in the 470; if you’ve got young ones- the new gear is available from each of the class Builders. (Sturgis, Zim & LP).  Click the photo above or go here for a closer look at the new boom with Club 420 ExecDir John Vandemoer.

It shouldn’t be understated how important the C420 class is for the future of Sailing, and we’re all lucky for the current board of innovators and lifelong class stalwarts, so if you see one of them at the bar or in the boat park, buy ‘em a round and see if there’s an event in your area you can help out with next year! You may leave the weekend with new inspiration from Youth Sailing.

For a discussion about Selden and the growth of youth sailing in the USA, check last month’s Sailing Anarchy Podcast with Tim Fitzgerald, and keep an eye on Selden Mast Facebook page for more innovations over the coming months.

 

March 24th, 2017 by admin

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UFO Production - 1

We haven’t seen ‘average’ sailors so charged up about a new singlehander in a decade, and with UFO production hull # 1 currently in the mold, shit’s getting real for the US-designed and built ‘people’s foiler.’  Get to know the genesis of the project and the latest news right here on SA, and head over to the new builder’s website to find out more.

March 22nd, 2017 by admin

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Longtime Anarchist Dave Clark updates all of you foiling freaks on the new UFO.  Ask him specifics in the thread. Check out the latest video of some winter UFO foiling from the air and the water over on Youtube.

Production orangeHey Folks,

Time to get excited! Things are coming together over here in Rhode Island. The UFO is finally through the stage of production preparation that I’ve come to refer to as “Industrial foreplay” and it’s go time. The hull and deck molds move back onto the Zim Sailing factory floor this week, where they’ll commence to build the first 40 boats. The first 100 sets of foil struts are being finished up at the extruder in New Hampshire. The next 50 sets of spars are on their way from the manufacturer overseas. North Sails is hard at work making the first 20 suits of sails and Schaffer Marine in New Bedford is going full-tilt machining parts. The objective is to build 100 to 150 UFOs in 2017 with the capacity to step up production further as the class grows. This is the start of the period where you folks with deposits will be getting the heads up of the materials nearing the mold and thus the option to opt in or out.

The Tweaks: What’s changed since The Foiling Week?

Controls: Every little percentage gain in foil control allows for a truer flight path. While these things aren’t noticeable in the beginner or intermediate use ranges, they pay off in spades at the high end, enabling you to fly higher and more aggressively in all conditions.

We added a stiffer all-carbon wand with a carbon paddle, taking all available buffering out of the wand. Buffering does a few beneficial things but also comes with some flaws, especially in extremely gusty conditions. All told the stiffer wand realizes the full benefit of our ‘mountain goat’ style gearing.

We lengthened the wand sprit. There’s been a revolution in the moth class around getting the wand as far forward as possible, as it increases the gain on the sensor and thus responds to pitch changes more immediately. This enables the boat to be flown more confidently in big waves.

Both of these things benefit performance racers and recreational sailors. From a performance racers perspective, the combined effects enable you to race harder. From a recreational perspective, it makes the boat hardier and smoother in challenging conditions.

Sail: We found it necessary to add a full-length batten just above the clew to get rid of a set of creases that propagated upwards from the tack. Further we added a cutout for the clew to add an extra bit of leech tensioning capacity, as a tight leech is critical to going really really fast on foils. We also added a fillet bulb to the bottom of the endplate which assures a solid deck seal. This bumps up the efficiency of the sail by another increment. The front end of the fillet bulb additionally functions as a pouch to stow the halyard and other items, closing with Velcro.

Dolly: While the single-axle beachcat dolly is the best option for a catamaran, keeping the bunks upright and lining them up on both bows is more annoying than it should be. Further, while a retaining strap across the deck does hold the dolly, it’s more trouble than it could be to tie on and untie. We found that the easiest usable configuration is a beachcat dolly with cylindrical pads and short tethers on either side, which clip to the gunwales. This makes the dolly easier to put on and take off the bottom. Further we concluded that a wider wheelbase made it easier to pull the boat towards a ramp on a reach, so we moved the wheels outboard of the hull. A tertiary benefit is that the new dolly from Dynamic Dollies packs exceptionally well.

Hiking straps: Outstandingly short sailors and outstandingly tall ones pointed out that the straps were either too far away or too close for them. Making their position adjustable solves this problem easily.  People also wanted the straps to stand up more, so that sliding a foot into one would be easier. To do this, we rigged them with rigid tubing, which causes the straps to stand up.

Cosmetics: While I personally often scoff at considerations like this, it’s nonetheless an important feature to a good percentage of people and the UFO has gotten noticeably more spruced-up. While our original hull tooling was incapable of imparting a high gloss finish, the production tooling imparts a polished gleam to the gel-coat. Further, all the aluminum parts are anodized black, there’s a little bit more exposed carbon in the package and a few more decals and bright colors.  In line with the UFOs alien aesthetic, the production sails are clear with neon green trim, which together with the white hull and black hardware, foils and spars yields a tri-tone neon green, white and black color scheme. The available deck pad color options are neon green, black and white and the gelcoat options are black or white.

The fully enumerated list of tiny updates, improvements, cleanups is too long to go into. This is merely the shortlist. Beyond that, it’s the same old basic fun-machine we know and love.  And with that, I need to get back to the fight.

Cheers,

Dave Clark
President
Fulcrum Speedworks llc.

 

February 7th, 2017 by admin

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We’re not sure just what the recipe is for smashing the ultra-high performance fleets like they seem to, but we send a hearty congrats to our carbon-spinning friends at CST Marine on a phenomenal 2016 for the Aussie mast builders.  Learn more about their dinghy development and winning ways here.

1st Moth World Championships
1st Moth European World Championships
1st Contender World Championships
1st Contender Australian Championships
1st I14 Australian Championships
1st 16 Foot Skiff State Championships
2nd 16 Foot Skiff Australian Championships
1st MG Australian Championships
1st NS Australian Championships
1st Sabot Australian Championships
1st F11 Australian Championships

 

February 7th, 2017 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 10.04.03 AMAMAC’s long-developed and long-delayed ‘Waszp’ launch changed the foiling focus from outright speed to ease-of-use. Meanwhile, longtime  A-Cat and Little America’s Cup Defender Steve Clark was working on something similar, but very different.  It also promises to be cheaper and far easier to launch and recover than any Moth…Check the thread for the latest on the new foiler, and head over to Newport next weekend to get up close and personal.  Steve sums up:

Wild speculation may now commence.  But a few details:
Weight is 52 Kg.
8 and change square meters of sail.
Two T-foils, wand on main foil.
Foils retract between the hulls for upright launch and recovery.
Floats upright at the dock.
Closer to the Laser price point than the Waszp price point.

Nifty little project which should have commercial legs.  Focus has been on ease of use and handling, not a demonstration of a unique foil configuration.  Plenty of original thinking  and some unique solutions to achieve performance and cost goals.

-SHC

September 2nd, 2016 by admin

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The first sailor sickness has been reported due to Rio’s sewery water, though according to London Bronze Medalist (Laser Radial) Evi Van Acker’s coach, she caught it back in July training on the bay.  He also thinks Evi’s dysentary has contributed to her poor results thus far.  The Belgian OC said “she has not fully recovered. It makes it difficult for her to go through long periods of sustained effort.”  While several contacts with debris affected other racers, no other sicknesses have yet been reported.  Read the full story from our old friend Bernie Wilson (who’s down at the Games) at the AP here.

Caleb, Pained

In another kind of unwell, the US team is performing exactly where the oddsmakers had them; on the outside looking in, without a single sailor in the top 5 of any class. US Finn rep Caleb Paine port-tacked the fleet yesterday on his way to a 2nd for the race and an awesome 4th overall – that is, until he was flicked from the race at an evening protest hearing for a port/starboard on that spectacular start.  Now he’s in 15th, and the highest performing American team are the chicks’ 470, with Annie and Bri in 6th.  Go here for the US Sailing daily report, and to get to know America’s most likely medalist skipper, watch this just-posted Mr. Clean video interview with Annie from last summer in Rio.  Here are Team USA’s standings as of Friday morning; number in parentheses is change from yesterday’s standing (With special thanks to TFE):

RS:X M – 30 (same)
RS:X W – 12 (-2)
LASER M – 15 (same)*
LASER W – 7 (same)*
FINN – 15 (-8)
470 M – 10 (-2)
470 W – 6 (+1)
NACRA17 – 16 (-5)
49er M – *
49er W – *
*LASER M/W did not race Thursday. 49er M and W have yet to race; their first races are Friday.

 

August 12th, 2016 by admin

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18 picThe spectacular racing of the 34th America’s Cup was, at times, frustrating for we sailors, with an overhyped know-nothing commentator and an over-aged AC winner pointing out irrelevant facts and useless trivia in vain hopes of getting the ‘mainstream’ to buy into the live feed.  We got to see some of the most amazing sail racing ever captured on screen, but it was often better with the sound off.

This week’s 18 Footer Worlds (also known as the JJ Giltinan Championship presented by Sydney City Marine) might feature some of the same faces; AC34 Regatta Director and AC35 Challenger of Record CEO Iain Murray is helping out with the commentary at times, while numerous AC sailors are spread throughout the fleet.

But this broadcast ain’t for the landlubbers, it’s for sailors only, and the boys behind the microphone make no bones about it.  So if you’re a racer and you want to know who’s on the inside of what shift, and who’s got a slightly better kite drop than the other guy and the inside position at the Zone, this live coverage is for you.

Check out Day 3 of the JJ above, with all the news and current results from yesterday’s racing here.  Scroll down the page for yesterday’s video, and the highlight reels are here.

 

March 3rd, 2014 by admin

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