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  1. IanA.

    PNW small boat ORC

    Thanks for doing the math and cool to see some comparisons in the two systems. Even if it wasn't best race to judge from. My dad and the rest of the team on Madame Pele had a good weekend and series overall fighting it out with the Farr 1020, Kiwi Express. It would be really interesting to see what the rating difference between them would be under ORC since it was really close for the whole series under PHRF. Anyways it just takes more people to join in and get their boats measured. Its relatively painless and you will learn a lot more about your own boat and it's performance characteristics from the calculations made.
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    R2AK on a Beachcat

    You can buy my Nacra17. Its in the right location. I've done and won this race already and got somewhat further along in a plan to go for the single handed record in a modified version of this boat. Would be happy to share all this...if you buy the boat. http://sailinganarchy.com/classifieds/show-ad/?id=3653
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    PNW small boat ORC

    We have on ORC rating for Madame Pele(108 under PHRF) and would be stoked to see more competitors join in on this system.
  4. IanA.

    Spinlock XTR clutches

    The worst issues were when they starting coming stock for the gennaker tack-line and halyard on the marstrom32. It was angry sailing so they did receive some abuse. I remember the steel hook wire loops failing when used on a single point backstay for a new 46ft racer cruiser (18:1 that split to both sides of the boat). I think it was caused mostly by opening under load and it was the weakest part of the system apparently. Also we upgraded to a slightly thicker line with a higher tech cover to try help with the slipping. That's when we noticed the base plate distroting. In the end we just tied a slip knot in front of the clutch as it was a charter boat and we were having other issues at the time. Other times I had issues were with halyards on various small/medium sized sport and keel boats. I'm really trying not to bash the XTR but just provide some user experience. It's not that every xtr clutch I encountered broke or didn't work though it is one of the more commonly failing marine products i've dealt with. They can be fine if you stay well inside the spec loading and I they will probably work fine for your purposes as a family racer/cruiser. My Dad has a strip planked Davidson 29 that needs new halyard clutches. I would probably lean towards the XTRs as the boat doesn't get sailed in anger that often.
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    Spinlock XTR clutches

    I like most spinlock clutches and jammers but have had some pretty terrible experiences with the XTRs in multiple scenarios. When opened under load(because that is sailboat racing) I've seen the plastic levers just break off in the crew's hand. Meanwhile you're sailing past the leeward mark at 20 knots and have to lever open the cam with your rusty leatherman. If the lever doesn't break off that time then next to go is the plastic link arm of the locking mechanism for the cam. Another one is the thin steel hook wire loop that links the lever to the cam. I've seen these bend, buckle or deform the plastic link arm. The cam itself seems fine but sort of useless if its not attached to anything. Also the floating steel base plate doesn't provide enough grip (at the higher specified load range) and can distort under this load. https://www.spinlock.co.uk/uploads/files/042014/534651c20d1c48cb9600000a/original/3165-For_web_3R732A_XTR_Handle__26_Cam_Replacement_Instructions.pdf?1397118289 I don't want to be a hater but I just really hate these XTR clutches. To many late nights during regattas fixing/replacing these things. It felt like throwing away money. I think they can be okay for light use(50% of spec?) but would avoid using for any serious racing for obvious reasons. In the end we replaced some of the XTRs with constrictors. They work okay but sometimes a pain to feed out when there is no load. I'm sure the XTRs are fine for most people since they still exist as a product and I seem to be only one whinging about them. Just be aware if you are operating at the higher end of the load specs to be very very careful.
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    R2AK 2018

    No we sailed at under spec weight for racing as we only had the three of us onboard. The class rules for the M32 have and upper limit of 437.5 KG for crew weight and re engineering the boat to handle more than the original design load is just going backwards(The boat weighs appox 500kg all up in normal racing mode). The single heaviest "thing" we had onboard was our water supply. The freeze dried food wasn't too much weight and the rest was spare parts, tools and electronics(spare batteries). There are items we probably didn't need to bring in hindsight like 100+ spare AAs, all the spare flashlights, quart of Splash zone, a lot of handtools, etc... Maybe we didn't need the bucket for sh#tting in and the 2"x2" holes in the net would have sufficed(and make good hand holds). Not to mention trying to balance on a bucket on a net on the leeward side of the deck-sweeper(for privacy) with the occasional grundle splash made forcing out bowel movements into and action sport. You never know what will happen out there. If that floating 4x8 sheet of plywood we hit had gone through the inner skin it would have been one of us over the side with the underwater glue. There is no formula for knowing what you will need and what you can leave behind. Our approach was just having a few good sailors talking and planning this for a long time, practicing, reviewing and re-assessing what was right and wrong right up until the start of the race. Experience is useful but you usually only get that right after you need it.
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    R2AK 2016

    Don't forget we are mainly sailing on our leeward c-foil at sufficient speed and the horizontal winglets on the rudders take maybe 1/6 of the load(rough guess). The c-foil is what carries us across the troughs on the short stacked waves. I actually found it more difficult to drive in the more spread apart swell versus the upwind current squared chop that we had for most of johnstone strait. Sounds weird but it was way easier to get the boat to foil from crest to crest as they were only 15 feet across. The balance of the foils kept the boat relatively steady through that period and I'm certain a stock m32 without rudder winglets would have been chopping wood much much worse. In the more ocean style swell it took more severe angle changes in steering to keep the hull in the water which meant more active trimming to keep everything steady. The apparent changes so dramatically going up a wave versus going down it. And there is only so much you can do with the tiller at that point. Plus the crew gets worn out quickly working the main sheet and traveller when they've already been on the clock for 30 something hours. Anyways, my point is that the m32 is very different then a foiling windsurfer and our speed approach to relative wave/swell size is much different. But nothing beats dead flat water and lots of wind for either setup. Why don't you bring your windsurf setup next year? Could be a good run!
  8. IanA.

    R2AK 2016

    I think another part of the slamming problem upwind in Johnstone St is that we were sailing the boat too flat in those conditions. But to really explain the motion take a look a the video of Mad Dog Racing going up Johnstone Strait (~27 sec into video) That looks very similar to what we were experiencing....albeit slower of course... but launching off of one wave and slamming down on the next with both bows. If we could have powered up and flown a hull more consistently in these conditions I believe we could have knifed through a lot more of the rough stuff, but we were having trouble in the gusty conditions keeping the power consistently on. I think with quite a bit more time sailing and tuning we can do a better job of flying in these conditions. But it also seems like there is a component of the rig/sail weight that we are fighting in these conditions. It is a lot of momentum up high trying to complete a roll/ continue the bows pitching forward that must be absorbed.... so lighter aloft would help the motion quite a bit too. I can see where you think a softer gust response rig would be cool! Same thing happens with our 40er ULDB if I'm not steering to the wave valleys, especially above 7 knots hull speed, if the bow has been lifted at speed, but the bow is not involved very often, mainly the hull in the 2nd 5th of the front part of the hull. When the bow falls down on chop, usually it slices any bumps it falls on, which is why I asked mr perry during her design for more v up front, although it lowers the cp some, but that only helps if I can feather up enough so the boat is upright enough so I'm landing on the v rather than the side of the hull. (That, and she's a light air flyer.) Which is more what is happening in the video with the cat on both hulls. Hard design trade off, especially racing, when higher prismatic is a faster thing, Especially from mid hull back, where most of the lift of mad dog on top of chop seems to be happening. Be interesting to hear from the Hobie 16 after the race. So I'm hoping that the relatively narrow v'd hulls of the L7 might take some of the slamming out of a chop. Nice thing about a Gunter, if it breaks I hope the mast doesn't go with it, so iterations don't break the bank- we'll find out! The M32 is definitely more comfortable when one hull is up and flying clear of the waves. However, in the video we're sailing pretty flat and getting pounded. We could have powered up more but the gusts were nasty. Worse than that we would have been sailing much faster (possibly 50% faster) and while we would be on one hull, I think we would have launched airborne off every wave and slammed down even harder. After the helicopter left we took in a second reef. Lowering the CE helped a lot. No loss of speed and much less pitching. Hey, Randy, just wondering how much the weight of all the gear challenged you in both performance and comfort level in sailing (I know weight can get a little sketchy on smaller beach cats with big wind). I'm sure you were well adjusted to it by the end (and it was getting lighter), but just wondering how the M32 is influenced by the kind of weight you had to carry to get you through the race. Also, did you feel like you took about the right amount of stuff, too much, or too little? I can let Randy answer more specifically but we were never over-weight. I believe when we did our final pack-up in Victoria we were near 50lbs shy of our usual one-design weight. The M32 is not designed or built with lots of extra wiggle room in it's engineering limits so we decided not to push it. Otherwise we would have taken 10 sailors and a cook!
  9. IanA.

    R2AK 2016

    I think another part of the slamming problem upwind in Johnstone St is that we were sailing the boat too flat in those conditions. But to really explain the motion take a look a the video of Mad Dog Racing going up Johnstone Strait (~27 sec into video) That looks very similar to what we were experiencing....albeit slower of course... but launching off of one wave and slamming down on the next with both bows. If we could have powered up and flown a hull more consistently in these conditions I believe we could have knifed through a lot more of the rough stuff, but we were having trouble in the gusty conditions keeping the power consistently on. I think with quite a bit more time sailing and tuning we can do a better job of flying in these conditions. But it also seems like there is a component of the rig/sail weight that we are fighting in these conditions. It is a lot of momentum up high trying to complete a roll/ continue the bows pitching forward that must be absorbed.... so lighter aloft would help the motion quite a bit too. In those shots we weren't lacking enough power to fly the hull higher. I was keeping the boat from launching too hard and keeping the rig as steady as possible in all dimensions. As soon as you start flying the hull to high you lose to much righting moment in the gusts and then you are flying the hull relative to the surface of the water(unsteady) and not to planet earth(steady). The consequence is bad VMG as we were going upwind in a narrow gorge with massive amounts of upwind current. Best not to reach from side to side if it can be helped. It's okay for the windward hull to touch the water as long as you keep the right load balance between the foils and sail to maximize your speed forward. And keeping your rig steady side to side really helps with this.
  10. IanA.

    New Nacra 15

    I should elaborate then that the 15 is clearly less powerful then the 17 but that two guys heavier then your average Olympic team were able to get it going surprisingly well in light and lumpy conditions. It will be a great boat for the younger and lighter junior sailors no doubt.
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    New Nacra 15

    Took it out for a spin after the last day of racing. It was a bit light and choppy and I was sailing with another fella but was surprised how quickly it would still power up. Not all that different from the 17. Just smaller and more simplified. I like the trunk set-up better on the 15 though. My only real concern is the rudder horizontals. The shape is not quite right for lifting and of course they are much too small for the weight of the boat and crew. It provided some definite fore/aft stability at speed but you could also feel the drag in the helm. I would recommend either a whole new set-up and design or just keep the standard rudders. I mean, if everything else stayed the same, I bet you would actually see a performance increase by going back to the standard rudders. Well anyways it looks like I'll head out to Holland soon and do some more development testing with them.
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    New Nacra 15

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    New Nacra 15

    Looks like a cool boat up close. A bit more simplified in some ways then the 17's. The horizontals on the rudders look just big enough to provide more pitch control but I reckon you won't get all that much major lift out of them. The dutch boys where just rigging up for an evening sail while everyone was heading to the opening ceremonies so no comment yet on the performance but it has all the potential to go fast I reckon..
  14. IanA.

    New Nacra 15

    The beef is getting critical mass of boats anywhere but the EU... lets see.... we have the Hobie Dragoon.... then the Nacra SL16... then an F16.... Now something else again...... Oh... and of course... an occasional use of the Hobie 16 with spin... This is just a silly transfer of money from parents to ISAF and builders...and can't possibly grow the sport of cat racing... . It's tough enough to grow the sport through kids programs...changing youth boats AGAIN makes no sense. So making false statements and accusing Nacra of selling "dangerous weapons" to kids is meant to grow youth sailing in multihulls? Can you explain that please? And what's a junior sailor going to prefer, an outdated F16 or semi foiling Nacra15? Do you want to develop youth sailors or hold them back on slower and older boats. Imagine if you were 16 years old and could campaign on a smaller version of what you see your sailing hero's on. Get over yourself because it's not about the money. Bashing the development of youth sailing boats is a sad and slippery slope. In the US, old yacht club farts decided the 29er was too radical and investing into the FJ and club 420 was the right choice for junior sailors across America. Well the rest of the world passed us by and everyone wonders why there was only one American on the final Oracle race team last year.
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    New Nacra 15

    Looks like a fun boat for the youth. I was surprised to see this posted by the international F16 class though... "Nacra has launched a 15 foot catamaran with gennnaker, curved daggerboards and T-rudders as a bid for the next youth multihull. For experienced catamaran sailors, this boat will be a rocket. For youth sailors emerging from an Optimist, 420 or 29'er this boat poses a dangerous weapon. It took some of the best catamaran sailors around more than a year to handle such a beast. Letting the kids sail it is irresponsible." What's the beef?