Posts Tagged ‘steve clark’
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
Dave and Steve Clark’s UFO foiler is moving incredibly fast, the unique catamaran already finding a reputable US-based production shop and deposits already starting to flow. Meanwhile, with the Clark’s opting not to produce a bespoke trailer for the 90-pound boat, the biggest question on anyone’s mind turns out to be ‘how do I transport this thing?”
Project manager Dave Clark took the time to actually answer the question in an extremely comprehensive form that applies to any small dinghy looking for wheels, but papa Steve isn’t known for his patience, and he penned our ‘answer of the week’ in the thread.
It just hovers there. You pull it behind the car with a light piece of string tied to the mast step.
We were considering powerful magnets as the coupling device because it was much cooler than the bit of string, but a passing semi truck ripped the boat out of our magnetic field and the boat floated into an underpass where it attached itself to the steel I beams.
Turned into a hell of a mess, we had to stop traffic in both directions while Dave tried to lasso the rudder gantry with a bit of Rooster Braid (which sucks as a lariat). Traffic ended up backed up for a few miles and the cops weren’t amused. Particularly when we mentioned Alien Technology. They called Homeland Security, and because it was a first reporting of a new kind of threat, we had to go down to the station and answer questions for 48 hours while they played Donny and Marie songs at us.
Didn’t think something as simple as move a boat would get so complex. Maybe if we had just tied it down to something with wheels like thousands have done in the past…
September 26th, 2016 by admin
One of the most dominant players in the history of the C-Class and Little America’s Cup has once again lost his way. The first day of the Little AC saw a familiar site to those who’ve watched the past few C-Class events – the capsize and destruction of Steve Clark’s Aethon. We’re not going to try to tell you the story; for everything Little Cup, head over to the thread.
The photo montage of Aethon’s destruction is here, the spirited discussion on whether the C-Class is headed for another dormant period begins here. Luka’s been doing a solid job of free onsite coverage on his Facebook Page here.
For live virtual reality coverage of the event, go to the Hydros Youtube channel.
Mysterious title shout to 80′s post-punkdom.
- Tags: aethon, C-Class, Groupama, hydros, Little America's Cup, LIttle Cup, steve clark, suisse, Switzerland
September 17th, 2015 by admin
With the Little America’s Cup fast approaching (and the entirely expected but still sad withdrawal of Rob Patterson’s Canadian team, the guy whose dominance nearly killed the C-Class checks in with his latest idea for taking the Cup back to the USA, and in a competition that may be more floating than foiling, it’s clever as a motherf^%&ker. Meet the SNAKEfOIL, and hit the thread for the full details on Steve Clark’s entry and the full field of competitors. Teammate and family member Dave Clark explains the foil.
The intent of the SNAKEfOIL is actually not to get foiling sooner. There is no judge awarding points for simply being out of the water more. The boat has exited the water in light winds sooner than would be expected, but that was mainly a function of maxing out the foil trim and was on final analysis simply wasted energy picking up the boat. It definitely brought it below a fast catamaran’s displacement-mode speed for that wind. In fact, I believe my dad’s intent is the reverse of your assumption. The SNAKEfOIL (named for the board head’s resemblance to that of a cobra, the caps bit is a self deprecating joke i.e. “snake oil”) is a seven foot long slightly recurved straight board with a tightly curved head that acts as a cant control. This means that the board can be reverted to a cant angle of zero and simply zip along in displacement mode on the leeward side and be fully retracted from play on the windward side. This solves too problems in wind speeds where foiling is pointless. First, it eliminates the excess drag found in the horizontal component of a stereotypical catamaran hydrofoil when in displacement mode. This excess drag was poison to hydros in light air and Mischa went to arguably radical lengths to combat it. Second, the unretractable component of the stereotypical catamaran hydrofoil is a pain on the windward side in light air. It juts out sideways and drags just as you are starting to build speed and fly a hull. Ideally, the SNAKEfOIL should make it possible to glide along in sea-hugger mode in light air and foil in good breeze. That said, if the breeze is light, my money is on Cogito. She’s the best boat for a drifter in the event, Benoit Marie knows what he’s doing with the stick and Benoit Morelle is a seasoned veteran of strange lake geneva breeze. Let’s bit forget that this is a boat race. I hope I’ve brought some clarity to all this.
August 28th, 2015 by admin