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  1. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    LB, was this your dear old grandpa?
  2. SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018

    Totally agree.... can’t be too hard to redesign and make the foils work better with them all down. They ding/smash them up pretty regularly anyhow? And not having to raise and lift boards all the time is less tiring and therefore fewer mistakes will happen.
  3. SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018

    Bearing in mind the limited pool of sailors who have sufficient skill, athleticism and foil experience/know how to sail the SF, the promoters can’t afford too many injuries. So things will evolve, in terms of boat design and setup, courses, protective gear and safety procedures, not to mention pay grades, health insurance, superannuation and “workers compo” otherwise the SF series won’t last long. And maybe that should also include a novice class on detuned SF’s. I see little point in having a different faster/easier to sail boat if you are going to end up being promoted to racing a fully powered up SF eventually. You could make them sail only on all four foils the whole time to start with? A lot of the grief seem to come from tacking the foils? And worst case, one less thing to hit when you wipe out?
  4. SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018

    They are paid gladiators. They know the risks. Have a look at the set up of Red Bull Air Races sometime: http://airrace.redbull.com/en_INT/article/track ..... They might even end up with tuned down SF’s for the novice gladiators in their own league. At least, so far, it would have been an accident/self inflicted, unlike the paid gladiators in Rugby League/Union, AFL and even cricket where they try and get away wiith legally (and accidentally of course) maiming the opposition to help get the win......
  5. SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018

    Because it is a glamorous wannabe location and the local tourist board probably paid a lot/the most to have it staged there... And as dave202 says above “ I personally loved that I could sail all morning , stop on a random beach and watch some crazy sailing antics. Apparently so did the hundreds and hundreds of other boats that ventured out.” All of which adds to the spectacle and the television theatre.... it has little to do with pure sailing.
  6. Kenny's Camp Racer, the People's Proa

    Proas are hard to balance at the best of times, more so with a una rig because the CE is so far aft, especially if the rig is also well to leeward. Look at the profile drawing below.... see how far the foil is aft of the mast? If your mast is central, where does the foil have to be...on each tack? And beware rudder(s) not sufficiently far off centre longitudinally.......... You also need enough distance between the foil and the rudder/ oar..... if it is off to leeward at the stern, you might just get away with it......
  7. R2AK 2018

    All that and more..... especially as a back up if you have combined electric auxiliary power.......
  8. R2AK 2018

    AlanH As someone who lives on the other side of the world and having checked out both races, I have to say that if I lived in North America, I would have done R2AK by now... Not so Texas 200. No comparison. The only advantage that the Texas 200 gives you apart from being much shorter/easier is a dry sleeping bag..... provided you don’t sweat too much...... Take Russell’s advice. And prepare well, don’t push too hard and enjoy the scenery. The only thing you have to beat is the Grim Sweeper.....
  9. R2AK 2018

    Not BTDT, but there is no doubt that 2 people rowing with 2 longer oars are going to be faster than one person on shorter oars. However, for a 2 man crew, that means that the entire crew is on the oars, with no one getting rest or sailing the boat. There are times when “motor” sailing gives you best speed by increasing apparent wind. You would be best off if you can do it with 2 rowing stations each with 2 oars. Then you have max power for short bursts when you need it and the long term alternative where the non rower is either resting or sailing. If you can’t do 2 rowing stations, then a single station with 2 oars has to be the best all round option, with maybe a bit of paddling/sculling thrown in when necessary by the non rower...... R2AK is all about rest and conserving your energy.
  10. what is it?

    There probably is a lifting keel trunk between them....
  11. R2AK 2018

    My guess is s that the R2AK organisers aren’t too interested in advancing human/non fossil fuel powered boat technology other than as a by product. For them it is all about getting people off their arses and away from sitting in from of the TV or hanging around on Forums and doing something real and challenging. And as cheaply and simply as possible, without creating another millionaires arms race. We have plenty of those already.....
  12. what is it?

    The daycat 32 is unusual in that the mast is much further aft than most other cat boats and carries a spinnaker set of the retractable .bowsprit/prod. Even Though the mast is carbon, I would love to know how heavy it is? That sort of weight so far forward in a cat rigged boat can’t help with pitching especially when heeled. Here,is a more extreme Australian cat boat: http://www.radford-yacht.com/dsn070/dsn070.html
  13. what is it?

    Sorry, it is the Italian civil ensign (without crown).....
  14. what is it?

    It’s flying an Italian naval ensign...... so more likely to be a Luca Brenta experiment.....
  15. +1..... Like Zonker said: https://www.alubat.com/ovni-evolution-range Lots second hand too.... all over the world: https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/used/sailing-boats/alubat-ovni-445-evolution/209040