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angle of the dangle

Gotta love these newbie questions. Straight from the sailing Anarchy forum, brought to you by Marlow... We are getting better at racing - good enough to know we dont know shite :) I have never paid too much attention to heel, I knew its better than flat, sometimes, but now I know there must be a good heel angle at certain wind speeds and angles. But I dont know what it is. Is there a scientific way to do this? We are getting new sails including a code0, so we have to build new polars to get some target speeds and to find out how good we are. But I dont tknow how to compensate for trim..I cannot do every angle with all the heel, so I'd be glad if there is a scientific explanation... Jump in and help a brother out......

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broke but not broken!

With half the  Around New Zealand race now behind us we are all set for the 3rd leg restart at 2pm today. Titanium holds the lead with Motorboat II in second place out of the 7 boat fleet. Motorboat II, our little 1980s wooden sailboat is actually in better shape then when we started the race 2 weeks ago even after a brutal leg which involved us suspending racing at 2 separate times to seak shelter from severe conditions at the bottom of NZ. 180nm out from the finish and in the frigid waters of the southern ocean, our 3m carbon bowsprit broke off which triggered a remarkable story of camaraderie and support within New Zealand's marine scene.  While tied to the back of a rusty fishing boat in Chalky inlet with 45kts blowing down the fiord and communicating via sat phone we learned of the developments unfolding in Auckland 1000nm away. A new carbon bowsprit was getting custom made for us by Bart and luke at NZ rigging on a Sunday out of Carbon supplied by Sean Jefferies at Gurrit. Then on top of this, it was getting hand delivered the length of NZ to ensure it didny get lost and arrived on time by AJ Reid the owner of the legendary 37ft race boat Anarchy. The race was now on to try and beat our new prod to Stewart Island 180nm away. We lost that race and AJ along with a bottle of rum and our bowsprit were waiting for us at the dock under 2 days after our call for help. Now I should also note that all of this didn't cost us a cent! Only in NZ eh? Huge thanks to everyone involved for getting us back out here at full strength, we will give it...

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roots

Dear editor, Growth in sailing is a perpetual club level conversation. My group withing our club have created the beginnings of a regeneration of ONE DESIGN sailing in our club with a old proven method of fleet building. I would like to speak with you about this growth (still green) but creating excitement about ONE DESIGN and racing. Our fleet is made of younger members with young families, living in one of the most populous in North America where the economics of sailing is VIABLE for a family entertainment budget. We sail in Lake Ontario, racing, cruising, traveling, exploring, learning and living. Our ONE DESIGN fleet is a C&C Viking 28 fleet, I purchased my boat 3 years ago and worked with another boat to gain a third. Our fleet is now nine boats, we work together, we purchase together, we ask for and give help. We are a community. Regards, Jake Deal [email protected] wv28ca World Viking 28 Class Association...

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who knew?

That there was still a class of Sydney 38's? That is actually very good to see. Interesting how sort of odd/dated they look by comparison to today's designs.  But still cool! Peter Byford and David Hudson have come out the cream of the crop on Day 1 of the Yoti Sydney 38 Championship at the Sydney Harbour Regatta, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC), sailing Conspiracy to two wins from three races for an early lead this afternoon.Photo by Andrea Francolini.  More here....

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the answer is obvious; list it in the SA classifieds!

The saga of the four-masted Falls of Clyde at Honolulu Harbor is nearing a new chapter. On Thursday, the state announced that an auction of the 140-year-old ship didn’t drum up any qualified bidders. And so the 280-foot, iron-hulled oil tanker, the only one of its kind in the world, is set to remain at Honolulu Harbor for the foreseeable future ― until the state can figure out what’s next for the ship. Officials, though, do want to have the Falls of Clyde out of the harbor by June 1, the start of the 2019 hurricane season. Read on....

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win and you’re in

Visitors to the RYA Dingy Show this weekend are urged to visit the Andrew Simpson Foundation stand and enter its prize draw to win one of two fantastic prizes. Up for grabs are a watersports adventure holiday at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre in Lake Garda, Italy, for four people, and an ErgoFit 50N high-end buoyancy aid from Crewsaver. All visitors need to do is visit the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) stand B40 and leave their contact details on a competition postcard. The Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre in Italy is set up for anyone who wants to take their skills on the water to the next level. Fantastic sailing waters coupled with breathtaking views and thermal winds means that if you and your family are looking for the absolute ultimate in sailing and watersports training, this is definitely the venue for you. Located in one of the most famous sailing locations in the world, the centre offers RYA sailing and windsurfing courses, foiling courses and experiences and class-specific coaching, in addition to an on-site restaurant and facilities.  Set on the spectacular shores of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, the centre offers the perfect balance between relaxing and being active on an unforgettable trip. Plus, the local area is a delight to explore. Read more.  ...

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clever

For 20 years Elvstrøm Sails has been steadily refining its ideas for Code Zero development alongside the advances in design and fabrication. Most recently, Elvstrøm Sails’ EPEX Technology of precisely matching film and fibre has been particularly useful for engineering these sails due to their complex shapes and load characteristics. In fact, it is this technology that has enabled the development of the cable-free code sail, where the cable is replaced by load-bearing fibre passes in the luff section. This has been vitally important in Elvstrøm Sails’ clever way of working around the restrictions on minimum mid-girth dimensions imposed by the rating rule authorities, who seek to define these sails as spinnakers. For IRC this is 75 per cent and DH in Denmark at 65 per cent, which makes it difficult to have an effective flying shape for a sail this big without having too much roach on the leech. Read on....

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