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  1. IanA.

    R2AK 2019

    The rig came down because of an experimental systems change that caused the lower panels to buckle, no luck involved there and not really a funny story. We dropped a few rigs before this one in previous racing and had a pretty good idea of the threshold we were dealing with going into the R2AK. Not to mention all the sail development we did, and moving gennaker to a locking system. Boat for boat, an R33 puts no pressure on an stock/one design M32, let alone the turbo version (tfoil rudders, upwind J-0, deck sweeper mainsail, aerofoil fairings, etc..) we had. I think even beating Jungle Kitty, boat for boat, in 2016 would have been pretty tough for a properly crewed R33. We hit quite a few things on our race that year without any of it being a major. The re-occurring thought going into the race was that we would hit something to cause enough water ingress to fill the hull and cause us to flip. I remember we solidly hit a 4x8 sheet of thick plywood floating on the surface at early dawn and army crawling out to the bow with a roll of gorilla tape in my mouth to try and patch the hole while the hull stayed high enough in the air(tape didn't stick). Thinking back on it, there were probably a few instances any one of us could have gone overboard in that race. Like going 26 knots and riding reverse cow-girl on the windward transom in the middle of the darkest night crossing Dixon entrance. Trying to clear weeds off the t-foil with our carbon paddle and losing sense of whats up and down with the crazy glow of phosphorescence suddenly you feel so tired that you just want to roll into the floating little green champagne bubbles and then the bow suddenly stuffs into a wave, you snap out of it, climb back into the safety of the netting and get back to hiking. Anyways, most of the race is won before the start. Luck plays a certain role for sure but preparedness will mitigate most of that. All the most successful programs (single handed, fully crewed, sail, human power, etc..) were always the best prepared. It doesn't matter what boat you bring if you're not able to get to Ketchikan.
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    Jib Lock Help

    That is a SS designed external lock that probably came with your EC6 rigging package(King Marine rig?). RigPro handles all service work now for FutureFibers, SS, Hall Spars. They should be able to sort you out. https://www.southernspars.com/rig_pro/
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    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.
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    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.
  8. IanA.

    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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    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..
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    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?
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    AC Youth Cup

    The Force takes part in a top secret boat building competition and comes out victorious! Hope you guys enjoy this fun take on a plywood boat building contest and one Youth AC team's battle against better funded and more experienced teams. (its sort of a cheaper, knockoff version of The Wind Gods)