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About dbottles

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    Seattle, WA
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    Laser Racing, J22 Sailing, Float Plane Flying.

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  1. We sailed a lot of laps in the Offatts Bayou. Was that the 4th or 3rd time to the weather mark? Got to keep count! Easier on the legs than the long grind (25-30 min upwind) we sailed last night in our typical Thursday night racing in Seattle When I talked about a tuning guide I was thinking a document with measurements not the general applies to all boats more c-ham as the wind builds... for example the bottom of my bolt rope is typically at 0-1 on the mast marking as I start to hike, 2 when hiking fairly hard but not over powered and then maxes at 6 as I try and depower or get tired. I sailed most of NA's between 2 and 6.
  2. What a fun and interesting event, super nice venue with good wind in the mid teens and flat warm water. The venue rewarded keeping your head out of the boat and sailing smart. I would sail there again and I look forward to sailing against the fine group of competitors we have in the class. One needed boat speed but one also needed to work the big picture of the shifts while also sailing to and staying in the puffs - especially off the wind. The venue also rewarded quickly changing gears and modes, sometimes better to foot fast to the next puff or reach high to plane rather than going deeper down wind. I would say the class is in its sophomore stage, a lot of really good parts coming together but the newness hype has started to pass (hey look at that shinny new carbon thing over there) yet the fleets are growing and a lot has been learned. Some interesting subjects still need addressing. I sail the boat for the joy of racing a fun low cost of ownership one design that rewards good form. For some reason PYA ratings are used at some events. I hope this is just a temporary thing while the fleets grow. Three plus years in we are starting to see bigger speed gaps between the very talented or experienced Aero sailors and the newer to the boat up and comers. We really should get a tuning guide and other training material out to shorten the learning curve. Many events feature a clinic on the practice day and that is very helpful but only if you attend one of the bigger events. I have two Aeros, both fairly old now and I have sailed two newer charter boats. I think RS is doing a very good job of refining and improving deck gear while sticking to one design. I notice no speed or handling differences between the boats. For the record, so far after three or four years sailing my two boats hard and often - not one single bit of maintenance. I am still sailing with my original sail on #1380 for our 15+ boat Thursday night racing. I know others in our fleet did have issues with some early boats but I understand RS has stood behind the boats and everyone is happy with the resolutions reached. The Aero is a joy to sail and easy to sail, I rig it up and just go out for fun after work all summer long, yet it is also a rewarding racing platform with no odd tricks, the better you sail the better you do. I am looking forward to the video that comes out of the NA's.
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    Sailing Helmets

    I picked up a Zhik helmet this summer and found it surprisingly nice to wear. I wore it for the entire RS Aero's PCC's and had no issues or complaints using it. I will keep using it on windy events. I did go to the hospital some 30 years ago from a good wack in a 420 during a college practice so I know what it feels like. That turned out to be a minor concussion with no ill long term effects but it does happen.
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    rs aero

    So I sailed an RS Aero 9 last night in Seattle with wind light but a few decent puffs for a range of around 5-10 knots. Todd the owner of the Aero sailed my laser around to keep an eye on me and as a useful bench mark. Todd is likely a few pounds less than I am, I am around 190 LBS/ 87Kg. I was a lot faster on all points of sail but we all expected that. The RS Aero is very light, likely the lightest boat I have sailed yet more sail area than a Laser, Dyer 10, El Toro, Sunfish, Etc Etc Etc I have sailed a lot of boats. The rig is also more efficient. I was warned the boat was tippy but I did not think it was, just that with a such a light boat your body mass becomes a very big dynamic on the boat, it is the heaviest thing about the boat. Right off the dock I had a bit of a bother to get flow going on the blades to sail away from the leeward dock as the foils stalled and sideways I went when I first sheeted in, but as soon as I got some speed that issue went away and I did not experience this again for the rest of the sail. The nonskid is more aggressive than I like, it was hard to slid around on the boat and will likely wear on my gear faster than a laser does, I would use shorts over my wet suit for sure. As noted the boat is responsive to getting your mass in the correct spot be that forward or aft as speed builds. The bow is very fine so with mass forward it sinks the knuckle in quick. Roll tacking or Jibing is easy as you weigh so much more than the boat, but the sail powers up fast when flattening so important to get the sheet out when flattening. The boat has little mass so it will stop in the turn if not driven around with good helmsman-ship. It sails by the lee fine, reversed the flow on the sail and found it stable and fast. But I also found a little up turn out of jibes really got the boat back up to speed then I would drive down. So when by the lee jibe to a reach with no change in course get to speed then turn down and go by the lee other side appeared faster than turning in the jibe. The blades need flow before before dialing up pointing but when the flow is there one can really turn up the point. The Aero also appears to have less leeway than the laser as when matching angle the laser slid to leeward of the Aero. Controls all worked fine, I am not sure I like the tails going to a bunggy under the deck as I like to uncleat and let go of the outhaul and cunningham to let out to a stopper knot when rounding a mark, these took management from my to get let off. It was easy to adjust everything when sailing up wind however. Sail looked good most of the time when adjusted. Acceleration was very rewarding, it shoots out of tacks or even when making a little upturn on a run there is a sudden rush as the speed builds. The boat is highly responsive to kinetics - something the rules will need to look after but it is also easy to shake the rig so important to be smooth on the helm, moving in the boat, and sheeting the sail. Overall I really liked the boat and will likely buy one this week making 7 in Seattle by this summer.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Sounds like Round the County for the first race then! I should enter as there is sometimes a wait list. I can always take the J22 if Frances Lee is not done... Burr Cold and long at a rating of 201 in the J22. I only ran Atalanta aground once unexpectedly. Not that big a deal to draw 10.8 feet and I took her all over the Pacific.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Tiller extension is required.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    I am sure the boat will be plenty strong, Kim (dad) and I spent a little quality time together in the North Pacific one very dark night when it was blowing 70+. He has also seen me drive. With a hull speed well over the 8.3knts needed I hope 200 mile days are not a big effort. I personally have logged many days over 250 nm in the open ocean.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    For cars I would like to visit this one and drive a few: http://www.insideline.com/features/collection-of-a-lifetime.html Juha is a far more entertaining driver too...
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    A few years back on the Mac race (a light air year) I found my self a very nice berth way in the back of the boat where no one would step on me. Much better than later in the race when I was sleeping in the spin when it started to get hoisted out the bow hatch. As you can tell from the photos it is important for me to investigate all the sleeping options. Bob I think we could forgo the mid boat cleats. A ring off the shroud could be clipped into for spring lines and keep the spring up high so it will not rub on the rail. It might be nice to have a hard point for sheeting the jib on a reach forward of the track out on the edge of the boat, we can look at sheeting angles to figure out the best location once in the water. Everything looks fantastic.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Grandma and Grandpa KimB took their International Dragon for multi-week cruises with one big air mattress and sleeping bags in their 70's so I think this boat will be plenty comfy. Last summer Pretty Wife and I cruised our J22 without instruments. We had a few days of major fog, I did the navigating with a stop watch and compass. Makes for good mental gymnastics. Again after the J22 I think Sliver no matter the interior will seem rather nice. I am getting all excited to take her around the islands seeing the photos of the planking progressing.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    I recall I had to ask nicely to get a berth, sink and head added to the boat's program. Bob has done very nice work, let's see if we can do a good job getting it built and working right.
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    Swede 55

    Here are some photos of Die Nadel Here you can see the power pull main sheet that eliminated the need for a winch. Becca driving. Kimb(dad) and Mom on the boat. This is an asymmetric on the pole, I would pole them out to get more projected area when running rather then just leave it on the bow.
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    Swede 55

    The photo of me and Die Nadel is in Reid Harbor on Stuart Island the NW most San Juan Island, about 7nm east of Victoria, BC but in the United States. The photo was taken between Sept. 14 and Sept 20, 1997. The boat was fairly stock other then a Harken Furler, jammers for the halyards and a power pull main sheet. We did have an external masthead spin halyard that we used with the masthead asymmetric when it was not too windy. The boat had not been used by the first owner much if at all. When we got the boat the winch handles were still in their plastic wrap, I found a number of brand new unused things when putting the boat together off the truck such as a hot water system. On this trip there was no anchor windless so I tried to pick up moorings rather then hand haul the anchor up. This is a Washington State Parks Mooring. Derek