Anotherclarkey

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  1. Anotherclarkey

    Vendee Globe 2020

    What is the trend of movement for the St Helena high? North or South? It looks like the ice exclusion zone might prevent people picking up decent breeze to the south.
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    I have tried to see both sides for nigh-on 20 years but these ugly mob pile-ons tilt me towards Rob's point of view..
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    It is such a simple idea but must really help tame a type of rig that many seem to have had considerable trouble with. What I find fascinating about Pizzey is that he didn't seem to be chasing raw performance (though he often mentions racing the boats) but sensations of sailing that he found enjoyable like flying a hull in complete control, almost as an end in itself. 'Flight' in particular seems more like a G32 than anything else - I wonder if some of his ideas like inclining the rig to leeward (before actual capsize.....) and counter-intuitively angled boards could be used on that boat?
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    I think the clever bit of Pizzey's rig was a vertical line down the centre of the sail that could be tensioned during the shunt. It then allowed both halves of the sail to hang downwind in a relatively controlled way while the boat was beam on to the wind and shunting operations were carried out.
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    I know they have their disadvantages but I can't help but get excited by Atlantics - I guess it was because my introduction to proas was reading 'Project Cheers' many years ago. I can concede that pacifics may be more elegant structurally but I can only imagine the sensations of blasting along in a fully powered up Cheers or Funambule.
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    I have only just noticed that Guy Delage has put together a really nice online proa resource: http://www.guydelage.com/~guydelage/index.php/en/proas Might be old news to many but I hadn't seen it before.
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    Ditch the rig

    It is a bit odd but how would a single motor mounted on one hull work? The MacGregor 36 cat did this and it seemed to work OK with negligible steering offset required once going? It puts the motor into an environment where it is designed to work (behind a transom) and is probably the lightest option?
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    Gougeon 32 Roll Call

    The bow shape reminds me of the little DS12 cat designed by Chris Tucker (plans available for free: https://www.ctmd.com.au/ds12.php) I guess that increased mass provided by the ballast might be particularly effective in wave-piercing designs where it can be used to increase 'punch' into seas?
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    Yes, I remember thinking when it was first built that the idea was sound enough (even if it seemed to be asking a lot of the track) but the execution didn't provide enough shift in COE.
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    Gougeon 32 Roll Call

    The comments highlighting the mass of the water ballast and not merely the weight of it are interesting. I would love to here more about how the 'settling'effect actually feels when sailing. I went down a rabbit hole of similar thoughts the other day and ended up in the rather odd place of a proa with a water filled torpedo on the end of a laterally swinging (canting?) daggerboard. But then I recovered.
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    It was originally designed to compete in the Jester Challenge wasn't it? Getting back to the Big Red Yacht of the thread title, how much difference to we think getting rid of the sliding mast foot arrangement should make? It seems to have got rid of a lot of complication (although they seem to need the jibs more for helm balance now). I see why Rael Dobkins needs to move his rig since he has no boards or rudder in the main hull.
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    70' Cruising Proa....Big Red Yacht

    I really like how Rael has moved forward with his ideas - very much looking forward to his 30'er.
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    Boats and foils comparison

    I do wonder what sort of enormous vortex may be generated by the nose and the windward side slab? There could be some lifting body shizzle going on at 50 knots?