Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation on 03/06/2019 in all areas

  1. 3 points
    It’s been about 4 months since Eric Faust (Exc Sec of ILCA) showed the C5 video at Sarasota, which was then shown on Sailing Anarchy, Scuttlebutt and other social media platforms and someone suggested that I should not add facts to spoil a good conspiracy theory. It’s time to just set the record straight so the conversation can be re-centered. C-Rigs, as they have become known, spun out of a far more comprehensive rig development project that Up Marine started in 2012. In chronological order:- Up Marine decided to use the Laser because of its superior numbers and simplicity. Chris Caldecott (GM, PSA) found out about the project, mid 2014 and asked if we could ‘screw’ the development to generate a new carbon rig for the Laser. MoU’s were generated and we altered focus a little. At the 2014 ILCA conference, I am told, Chris showed photos and reported on the development. 2015 a Worldwide Patent was applied for (by Up Marine) and has been subsequently granted. 2015 ILCA conference (Oct), what is now referred to as the C8 rig, was reported in glowing terms and I am told that focus changed from the C8 prospect to the C5 and the plight of Asians given that the 4.7 rig which is hugely successful in Europe, has failed to gain traction elsewhere to any reasonable level. Hugh Leicester (VP ILCA), Chris Caldecott and I met on the sidelines of the Sail Sydney regatta and Hugh saw the rig first hand. There is correspondence between ILCA and PSA re the rigs, expressing “excitement”. Just a side note, at this point the C-rig project had chewed through 28 masts, and 4 sails! It had been sailed by the likes of Tom Burton, Gerard West, Brett Perry and possibly 10 other biggish sailors. What has become known as the Flame Rig photo, the boat is being sailed by Chris Caldecott and the photo was taken by myself, in Chowder Bay Sydney 17th Dec 2015. In February 2016, Prof Tracy Usher (Pres of ILCA) traveled from San Francisco to Sydney for the day to sail the C8. Subsequent meeting at the Royal Sheaf Hotel with Tracy, Hugh, Chris and myself started to map out a process but at this stage, the Asian issue and the lack of traction of the 4.7 started to come to the fore. Mid 2016, lead builder started to move from PSA to PSJ, mostly due to the physical stature of the principals. Chris is 95kgs and a big man, whereas Takao Otani San (Owner, MD PSJ) is significantly lighter. Plus, Takao and I had met in Montreal in 1978 under the watchful eye of the late great Ian Bruce and had become life long friends. Takao was pivotal in the 49er and 29er programs being a founding partner. The 29er just would not have happened without Takao, so there was considerable history between the 2 of us. By late 2016 a complete re-thinking of the smaller stature rig had started and we trialled various breakthroughs, the biggest one was the spliced mast which allowed us to get the Centre of Effort in the right place WRT the CLR which in turn leads to weather helm (or in this case lack of it) without ridiculous mast bend, which leads to longevity and ease of pulling the mainsail up. By Early 2017, what is now known as the C5 was being sailed out of RSYS, by their junior program and a rolling development program had been put in place in which the rig and the fitting development evolved at a rapid rate. Nothing quite like arm’s length testing. There were various meetings between Tracy, Eric, the late Jeff Martin, Takao and myself, mostly at WS conferences. Early 2018 Takao visited Sydney and sailed the new C5 rig and was very impressed, it was a day of a lot of wind. (Takao had not seen the C8 so I sailed it) and videos were made, these videos were sent back to Tracy and ILCA and a decision was taken that ILCA should generate (and pay for) a video before the next WS Conference, which was May 2018. The weather did not co-operate so there were a few attempts but we did get the video to London in May, but it was not shown. I was overseas at the time, this job fell to my son, Harry. March 2018, Up Marine and PSJ entered into a formal contractual arrangement WRT the C-Rigs. Mid 2018 both Tracy and Eric travelled to Sydney to, among other things, see the C5 which again happened at RSYS and the “talking head clips” that you see in the video were done then. Also mid 2018 the project spun off the 29erC rig that is now being used in China extensively! One of the C5 rigs was flown to Japan for Takao to test in the local market. That lead to some subtle but significant modifications. There was a meeting on the sidelines of Sarasota WS Conference between Takao, Tracy, Chris, Jeff, Eric and myself re the introduction of the C5. By late 2018 ILCA/ALCA had decided that the C5 should be released into a nationwide (Australia) trial. Ken Hurling (Pres ALCA & VP ILCA) who was already aware of the project embraced this opportunity with both hands, and the minutes of those meetings are in the public space, so I won’t repeat them. The last 4 months has been chaotic. We took the decision, that if you are going to have a family of rigs, then you have to actually make them otherwise you have no idea of what pit-falls await you, so we did just that, C8 was relatively easy until we made the decision that all rigs should be of such a length they can be “checked in” as over size luggage on most commercial flights. C5 & C6 are relatively easy. C8 is more complicated. Clive Watts (owner of CST) developed a new technique to “kink” the mandrel in the winding process, so it comes off the machine finished. The rig then went to Davenport, Tasmania (with Sarah Kenny, Chair WS Events) to be sailed by as many kids as wanted to, it was flown back, and along with the C6 underwent 5 days of intensive testing and refinement by Takao and myself including Ian MacDiarmid tweaking the sails daily, fitting changes, re-running systems. This all happened Dec 2018. ILCA wanted the C5 rig with a full specification “suitable for the LCM” so they engaged Clive Humphries (tech officer, ILCA) to generate the whole spec. Clive travelled to China with Ian to oversee the whole sail making process, he also liaised with Clive Watts about the mast making process and he spoke with me and has a full set of drawings/3d files. Feb 2018 some parts of the project have been spun off to be used on the 49er- FX rigs post Tokyo! 2 days ago, we (Chris, Ian, Clive Watts and I) put every rig in a Laser and checked the whole process and those 3 rigs, C5, C6 and C8 are on their way to Valencia. The plan is to produce 100 C5 rigs for Australia over the next 4 months and scatter them across the country with a few leaking into Asia and no doubt to other parts to test the whole process that we have gone through to ensure it is fit for market. Again, ALCA position, how they plan to do that along with PSA, is in the public domain. Arms-length testing is critical, we have learnt that time and time again, nothing beats it. From my POV, the C5 is near perfect in terms of a final product. The C6, yes, I have sailed it, and I have watched Takao sail it, but I have not seen a young 60kg girl/boy sail it. It has been sailed extensively with glowing reports, but I can’t sign it off unless I see it with my own eyes. That will happen mid this year maybe, and there will be maybe 5 rigs made. The C8, in a previous incarnation, I have sailed many times, in everything from 5 – 30 knots, I have tried to break it, I have also capsized it and it’s a lot of fun. We are not done on the “checked luggage” solution yet, but the rig looks good. Chris has sailed it and believes it’s “fit for purpose!”. Again, that will all happen later this year maybe, and there will be maybe 5 rigs made for test. The feedback from Ken, the analysis of the feedback coming from SM, particularly the interest coming from Asia, in particular for the C5 concept would tell me that Tracy and the ILCA/ALCA have hit the nail right on the head. This has been a clever, think outside the box, structured plan. This will always be a situation in flux, and change is always painful, but if done well, it always leads to significant up-side, and if you need any examples of that, the Radial rig is a case in point as is the Carbon rig on the 49er/FX - both have lead to significant growth in the classes and in the case of the 49er/FX massive reductions in running cost. It will be a busy year. Julian
  2. 3 points
    So you put bunch of tater tots in the toaster oven as high as it goes to cook them super crispy. Meanwhile you fry up some bulk sweet italian sausage with some olive oil until just done and throw some flour in the pan with the sausage and cook until the flour is a light brown roux. Heat up some whole milk in the microwave and add that to the sausage pan as needed to get a nice thick gravy stirring and adding fresh ground pepper. It takes a lot of pepper, the right amount of salt and milk to get it right. Fry some eggs over easy the way you like them and put them on a warm plate along with the super hot and crispy tater tots. Spoon suasage gravy on the tater tots and put ground pepper and worchestershire sauce on the eggs and eat right away. Make sure you get a perfect bite of egg with sloppy yoke and a gravy covered tater tot!
  3. 3 points
    Asshole, you just outed a respected poster, a capital offence here on SA. You should have replaced his name with something like Whiner Mucho. Now delete that post, apologize and show us some tits, or you will get a long time out. And BTW, I did like that bar at the Encinal, halve a hull of sailing yacht iirc, but it looks like they replaced it with a motorboat transom or so.
  4. 2 points
    Sometimes there are some strange markings on the nautical chart. This time it is a 'ringdyke. I know the place, my mother grew up in this new polder. A few days before WW2 ended the retrieving German troops mined the dyke and blew two holes in it. The polder flooded and all inhabitants had to evacuate. I grabbed some of the material I could make and find and composed a very short historic document. Enjoy! The polder flooded
  5. 2 points
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-06/town-sees-a-third-penguin-kill-in-12-months/10875484?WT.ac=statenews_tas Mikey will have a shit-fit but sometimes domestic pets do need to be rounded up and put down, and the owners handed massive fines plus banned from owning pets in the future. There is *NO* excuse for allowing your pet to run loose and kill wildlife. Note the quite serious suggestion to ban the ownership of pet dogs from the area due to these attacks. Bottom line: if it's a choice between little penguins and peoples' pet dogs, I'm going for the penguins. FKT
  6. 2 points
    looks like Sat Comm domes in the construction pics
  7. 2 points
    Sorry Grith, I shouldn't have been snarky or preachy. I'm way more interested in efficient boats. Nothing says "fuck you" to the planet like using gobs of fossil fuels for pleasure. When a two-person airplane can happily fly on 40 horsepower, how can it suddenly be okay to use twin 225's on an 18' runabout. Okay, I'm getting all holy again. Let me tell you how I feel about monster trucks...
  8. 2 points
    They hate all that gay shit like homophones.
  9. 2 points
    yeah, limited window to get across the bay. Door is about to slam shut. The southern route will still be open but it won't be fun or easy
  10. 2 points
    I heard the flag at the CPAC conference has hired Michael Avenatti and is suing Trump for sexual harassment (unwanted touching). Willing to settle for the usual 130K.
  11. 2 points
    I apologize for the quality of the article - Scientific American has yet to offer a coloring book version of it's materials.
  12. 2 points
  13. 2 points
    Well.....1) I didn't beat the rain and 2) didn't like the fish and didn't feel like driving over to the fish market (a whole 10 minutes away!!)....BUT there was some very nice 18 count shrimp so.........a little panko fry up and presto Tacos de Camarones!! Burp.......... But the clean up is always a PIA...............
  14. 2 points
    So this is the rub. My wife puts out bird seed, lots of local birds hang out at our yard. If a cat like yours moved in it would kill all the neighborhood birds. That's an issue. What would you expect a neighbor to do about that?
  15. 2 points
    Federal judges have a yuge tolerance for game playing and bullshitting. Not. Mr. Stone needs to understand that his audience in this matter is not composed of people who believe that the democRATS are running a child sex ring from the basement of a DC pizza joint with no basement.
  16. 2 points
    Lock him up!, lock him up!, lock him up!
  17. 1 point
  18. 1 point
    I would really be interested in trying those cause the loss of leverage of wider underfoot skis when you need to edge on hard snow is real and really forces you to higher lean angles to achieve the same affect as a narrower ski it seems. The augment looks like a radical attempt to marry both extremes so to speak so if they are getting high torsional rigidity yet are allowing compliance in ends flex wise I could see that working.
  19. 1 point
    The one I worked on was owned by a guy who also *singlehanded* a 90 foot sloop, which was the other boat he owned. The whole reason the "Expedition Yacht" was invented was precisely because the floating luxo-barges could not go where the owners wanted to go.
  20. 1 point
    Yup, we're in. Slow trip...when we were sailing it was often right on the edge of the "fuck this, let's motor". And given them amount of motoring we did, we had to cut down on the RPMs to make sure we had enough fuel just in case the wind bore out as predicted. We had a few nice surprises, like yesterday the wind was supposed to be < 8 knots until 10AM or so. But it filled in 12 hours early, so by 10PM the night before we had wind and were making good time. Of course, by the time the 20-25 that was predicted was supposed to happen, it was gusting almost to 50, consistently in the mid-thirties and up. The autopilot was OK with the wind, but the steep chop was wigging it out so we drove through a couple of hours of that. I saw a 47 knot gust, my wife spotted a 50 but I didn't see it as I was driving. We were scooting along. Then it died out as we passed around the north side of the island, and we slowed it down again while powering so as to not have to pick our way down Queen Charlotte Sound and into the customs dark in the pitch black, cloudy moonless night. So we arrived at a more civilized 0800 instead. We also caught about 10 nice albacore and did some freezer-filling. (we didn't keep all 10) I was still miffed at the huge Mahi Mahi that got off our hand line while I was wrestling it in, it was the only one we saw all trip. Some of the spurious looking position updates are due to the stellar (not) design of the Iridium Go. It has an internal GPS antenna, so if you mount it below decks with an external antenna you get dodgy GPS reception if you get any since the antenna is for the Satcomm only, not the GPS. Idiotic...I mean, doesn't it need the GPS position to sort the satellites fully? We had a few times it reported us being 500ft in the air and so on. I don't think it ever saw more than 4 satellites.
  21. 1 point
    There's a difference between sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind.
  22. 1 point
    Not so Shark free in Kingston last August.
  23. 1 point
    Miff you forget one aspect being this race has a 45 year history of introducing cutting edge offshore shit but has being going backwards. Slugs are slugs and may be grand on many competitive measures I agree, but a incubator of evolution is a measure no more.
  24. 1 point
    An excellent 3 minute history lesson. Thanks for sharing. The Dutch are an amazing people. Every time I socialize with a group of them there's the inevitable round of "Oh yeah, well I live XXX meters below the water!" It takes some good engineers and a lot of faith in technology to live below sea level. I don't think it's a coincidence that they're some of the tallest people in the world. I figure it's Plan B for when the dykes fail...
  25. 1 point
    No buyers yet. Slowly repainting when Montys have space available. Best place in Aust to do work on a boat,they are the most tolerant crowd I have met. Will advertise extensively when she is finished. Have bought a block of land and am clearing it to start building soon. Did the conveyancing myself,with a lot of trouble, mentally challenging, as part of my rehabilitation, which I designed myself. Doctors and my son all said I could never live on a boat again --------so I did. Probably moved my rehab forward but the process stopped improving about a year ago. Thing is I am still alive. It was touch and go on the night I was assaulted, nearly had a craniotomy, removal of the top part of the skull and the resultant wearing of a helmet, cranium kept in frozen storage, for a couple of years, until being reattached. I was told I was about an hour feom having the procedure done when the brain swelling stspped. Strange to end up in the hospital where I had trained as a nurse in 1984.Highlight of my career was getting a reference from the Health Dept for developing a protocol for Sliding Scale Insulin Administration. My long term dream was to travel around Australia in Bullfrog and lecture about insulin administration. Wasn't to be. Next thing is to learn to sail again. Broke the top plastic jaw on a Barlow self tailing winch. The ally barrel had grown into the stainless screws and the helicoil thread .God that Helicoil stuff is now very expensive.Cheers Bottman