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  1. 2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    How do we pay dues? Couldn't find it on site, but I am a known computer idiot....
  2. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    My thoughts watching the vid (bear in mind I have sailed mine a total of FIVE times!). I think you're too close to the wind trying to get foiling. I have my best results when starting on a super broad reach. You're on a close reach, and that doesn't give you enough wiggle room. You did a GREAT job of bailing when the weather hull was the first out of the water. The boat won't foil when the weather hull is out first, or rather, I can't get the boat to foil when the weather hull is the first out of the water. If you can try starting out on a broader reach, I predict you will be flying all the time! Once the boat is foiling and stable, you can then start experimenting with trying to get to weather. Love the video!
  3. How Does My New Boat Not Have a Boom?

    A Class — you’re absolutely correct that I erred in making a definitive statement in an area about which I know nothing, which (among many things) is in this case developments in multihulls. I am a Laser guy, so my comment was from that perspective. I do appreciate your setting me straight. You’ve pointed me in a new direction of learning, and learning is essential. I will also work on being more precise with my language.
  4. How Does My New Boat Not Have a Boom?

    Martin, the Weta class is in the midst of a discussion within the US as to whether and when to allow a traveler to allow for better sail performance while racing one design. The bottom line is that ditching a boom negatively impacts performance, but for some classes, like the Weta, safety and ease of handling were thought to outweigh performance compromises.
  5. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Digging around in pics and found several from my trip to RI in November 2016. Decent shots of the first prototype, the green Probe, may be found on this FB page: UFO Foiling in Texas. Needless to say, the boat design has come a long way from its rather humble beginnings as a mash up of Laser spars, spare parts, and one incomplete Moth hull.... The boat we sail is many iterations removed from Probe, and many of those iterations may be seen in the pics.
  6. 2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    Yes, Michelle, this is the thread. I will be going to Hefner in the near future as that is one of my absolute favorite lakes. Do you have any Laser activity there?
  7. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Charlie, to Bad Andy's point, cold in Texas has a completely different meaning than that in more northern climes. While my UFO is in drydock having some mast repairs done, I have sailed the Laser several times with water temps around 40°, air temps around 29°, and attendant wind chill when it's blowing 15. All ropes, blocks, and ratchets have frozen along with any water that may be in the boat. As you know, that is really cold for these parts! I have been wearing the following which has kept me toasty: 3 mm neoprene longsleeve shirt, dry suit, 3 mm neoprene 3/4 Rooster hikers, life jacket, spray top over life jacket, Aigle boots, polypropylene balaclava, helmet, and the key for me, Rooster Aquapro gloves. I have never been able to get my hands warm, but these do the trick. Rod Vela sells them: https://www.velasailingsupply.com/rooster-aqua-pro-glove/ I wear the hikers over the dry suit to keep my lower body warm. I intentionally got the Rooster hikers on the large side to wear them this way. My normal hikers are SEA 3/4 airprene, which I wear when it's not freezing. I also wear the spray top over the life jacket to give me a bit of extra insulation. I have been fully immersed in this get up, and while I would not want to spend the afternoon in the water, it has served me quite well. I am certainly motivated to get back on the boat! I can't say enough good things about the gloves.
  8. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Would love to, Charlie, but still working!! Ha ha!!
  9. 2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    Good catch, Ortega!! Autocorrect strikes again!! I know you’re a RACER and not that abhorrent other “R” word.... Lindy, your regatta sounds like a blast!! Should be a ton of fun! Now if I can only wrest away control of the tune-age to ensure a good mix of The Gap Band, KC, Wild Cherry, and the like, that will make it even better!! Ha ha!! The Laser youth don’t let me near the noise maker, alas....
  10. 2018 Texas Centerboard Circuit

    DCYC is a fun place to sail small boats. It's on an arm of Lake Lewisville that doesn't get too much motorboat traffic, which is great because the rest of Lake Lewisville is about the most dangerous lake of which I am aware for people boating while drunk in boats that will do 80. You don't get that where DCYC is. I took a trip up there for the first time in about 30 years, and getting to the lake is now more difficult because of the explosive growth of Little Elm, but once you make the turnoff and get to the club, it's a really nicely appointed place. The clubhouse has been replaced since my last visit and is very nice. Don't know about regatta management, but it's really a nice facility. I am sure the club would enjoy whatever fleet or group attended.
  11. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Dex, sounds as though you need to buy a present for yourself!!
  12. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    https://www.sailmagazine.com/boats/best-boat-winners-2018 Congratulations to Steve and Dave Clark on the notice.
  13. Texas High Performance Singlehanders Multiplying

    UFO no. 5 is so in!!! First step is finding out to whom the boats belong (you account for the majority!!).
  14. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Kind of irritating that the 12 year old in the promo pic is making that boat fly as I can only in my dreams!! Ha ha!!
  15. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Charlie, if you’re heeling to leeward at take off, in my experience it meant I was sheeted too tight and over powered. What I did yesterday was start on a broader reach, really get the speed up, hike hard, and when the boat came free headed up a tad and sheeted in depending on roll. Try not to wrap the sheet on your hand. I always had the sheet in my tiller hand trapped between my index finger and the extension so I could grab a handful with the free hand when the boat started rolling over on me. When I was near flat, I knew I was not going to have to haul in sheet, but release it, so the forward hand payed out the sheet to get the boat to heel to weather. As soon as I got weather heel, I again held the sheet in the tiller hand with forward hand ready to haul sheet if I rolled too much to weather. If while you’re flat the boat heels to leeward, I had my best success sheeting out and steering up slightly, which eased pressure and allowed me to get back to flat and then get weather heel. I found that I had a very, very short time to try to save it, so get rid of leeward heel at all costs. i found that I saved a lot of rollovers on top of me by really sheeting in aggressively and bearing off a tad. Even if I rolled in to weather, my body buoyancy kept the boat from capsizing on top of me. And the boat seemed to go fastest when rolling over to be caught by a sheet in. if you’re like me, you will oversheet at times and cause leeward heel. By the end of 15 minutes, I had that licked, but it takes some messing up to get better. lighter air here, too, but I kept the boat rigged to give it a whirl.
  16. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Randy, the hiking scrap material is 2 inch polyester seat belt material. I ordered mine on eBay. I think if you get 20 feet of the stuff, you will likely have a lifetime supply, I don’t think you’ll have to use pool noodles. The manner in which the straps are held up is pretty ingenious. I hope this is the solution. My issue is that I am 6’ 3” and the geometry is just not right for me to get my feet in and out of the straps. I hope longer straps will be the answer. If not, I’m going to have to place the straps farther outboard. Charlie, great sailing, particularly at the beginning. What I found is that if I got any leeward heel, and I gave it one try by heading up while sheeting out to get myself to at least flat and it didn’t work, I would just let everything out and start all over again. Trying to sail with any leeward heel makes it impossible to foil. I actually started using some helm movements to accentuate maneuvers because sheeting was not quick enough in some instances. I am going to further experiment with that today assuming the wind is as predicted. I will give you a report upon completion of outing number five. I’m going to see if I can’t hang a go pro on there today.
  17. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Fourth time sailing the boat, and the learning curve continues to be vertical. Wind was between eight and 15, which was perfect foiling weather. I originally went out in fairly light air and had the sail very powered up per Dave’s video. When the wind came up, I was over powered, but found that steering in conjunction with sheeeting made a huge difference in roll rate. I also raised the ride height so about 3” of wand was above the cam. While it provided more time to correct, if the boat rolled past a certain point,i it was dicey on getting the boat saved. More good air tomorrow, but I think I’m going to opt for a dry suit. Have not received my hiking strap material to lengthen the straps. Still having to use my hands to get feet in and out of straps, which is not good. Thanks to Rod Favela for hitting the lake with me. His VX Evo is gorgeous and fast!! The ufo, even in my inept hands, is freaking fast and one hell of a lot of fun!!
  18. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    So Dave, in this case where Theo and I both ran out of the puff, my reaction, which was sheeting in with no change in bearing while still hiked is the incorrect response, and Theo's, while he didn't pull it off, was the right one, to fall off, correct? And then, while one falls off, the key is to get one's weight in toward the middle of the boat and sheet out to prevent sail from stalling?
  19. VX Evo

    Bill4, I agree with your reasoning, which is why in theory the idea to limit to two sails based on weight seems a good idea. Weight still matters — this is a performance boat. Having the people on either end of the weight spectrum feel as though they have a chance in non-optimal for their weight conditions seems the ticket. Make the heavy guy have to use a larger sail in the heavy stuff to give the lighter guy a chance going to weather and let the big guy have more sail area in the light stuff. It’s a theory anyway.... not sure if it’s a good one.
  20. VX Evo

    Rod is right about it being windy on the old lake this Saturday! The only sailboat on the lake was a 95 cm radio control boat, a Dragon Flite 95, and it was in C rig. On the Evo going from A rig to B rig is an 8% reduction in sail area and going from B to C is a 10% reduction. I hope the concept works well for the Evo in practice.
  21. VX Evo

    Dex, you’re not forced to buy more than one sail. The idea is to limit the number of sails when changing up or down to meet wind conditions. If you’re going to have more than one sail at your disposal at a regatta, one of the sails of the two declared has to be a B sail. Hopefully that will broaden the competitive weight range. It is a lovely boat and looks fast sitting on its trailer! My ufo is parked next to Rod’s Evo, and from my cursory look over the boat, the standard of finish and attention to detail are quite high. An all up weight of 180# is pretty impressive, too.
  22. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Charlie, you need the boat to heel to weather, so that means starting out on a broader reach than you were on, generally. The boat was always heeled to leeward in the clip, and the entire boat won’t get out of the water unless it’s flat or better yet, heeled to weather at take off. Once the boat breaks free, the apparent wind shifts forward and you have to sheet in. The short wand is not conducive to balancing once you’re out of the water, but try starting on a broader reach and have the leeward hull come out of the water first. Great video,,
  23. Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    The rudder pull up handle is brilliant!!
  24. VX Evo

    This has been an interesting thread. Several questions. Regarding the weight of the sailor and which sail they use, either the A, B, or C, can a heavy sailor change down from an A to a B or C when the wind comes up and they become over powered? I also sail model boats, and rig changes are what allow boats to sail in 0 to 40 mph wind conditions. If one does allow rig changes, it would seem to me that the 155 pound person who was already using the C rig will have a tough time when it’s blowing, say, 25 against a guy who weighs 220, is of comparable ability, and is also in C rig. I guess my real question is once you start a regatta with a sail size, can it be changed during the regatta? If Rod is precluded from using anything other than a C rig in light stuff, can the heavyweight guy sail with anything less then an A rig when it cranks? Does the price being mooted Include all three sails?
  25. 2017 Centerboard Circuit of Texas

    I think the issue is a rating based on the characteristics of the boat. The VX Evo appears to be much more light air optimized than a D-One, which is 1.5 feet shorter and weighs only 10# less than Evo. If, as Sushi suggests, the boat fleets out, the rating is moot; however, if it stays in PN, a more realistic rating is required in my opinion. That takes time to develop. Same as ufo, whose rating will take time to develop. The PN for ufo at Wurstfest was 65, I believe, which is a moth rating. The ufo is not ever going to match a moth rating, nor is it designed to be anywhere near as fast and it sure won’t get there in a non-foiling state. Add into that the fact that all Texas ufo sailors are rank beginners in a new dimension of sailing, and the rating of 65 becomes even more farcical. But you have to start somewhere. I suggest that the Evo try a lower rating at next regatta to find its happy place.