RandyM81

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  1. I looked at the time and couldn't find anything off the shelf that I thought would work for my team. Once we got to the starting line it looked like everyone with a decent setup was sporting something custom. This was 5 years ago so maybe today there's something new.
  2. ^ custom pedal drive for R2AK. Worked well and allowed two people to pedal on one unit with one person pedaling forward and the other in reverse. If I was designing a new one I would want to have a simple gear shift mechanism and at least a high gear and a low gear. 5 or 6 speeds would be even better for "motor" sailing. This is a far more effective solution then rowing for anyone that's not an experienced rower with perfect form. And it has the advantage of keeping your hands free. Even if you are a great rower, you still have to get the gearing right for a sailboat that's going to weigh 10X what a rowing shell weighs.
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    Race 2 Alaska Put on Ice another 12 Months!

    When I did R2AK I thought the Northwest Maritime Center did an exceptionally good job as race organizer. I fully expect they'll do the same here. I think they're just being a bit irreverent with the announcement and that when registration opens they'll have a full race packet that explains the course in unambiguous detail. Only question for me is whether rowing or pedaling a sailboat for most of 360 miles sounds fun or not.
  4. The ideal boat for this thing is definitely of the Swiss lake racer variety. As in ultra-light over-canvassed catamaran. And sure, a fast monohull might stay in contact with a Farrier trimaran in the light stuff, but when we did the Northern Century on the Marstrom M32 it was so light that we were the only boat that could finish the 100nm within the time limit. No monohulls stayed in contact for more than the first 15min. I don't have the M32 anymore, but we raced the boat in a wide range of conditions and only other fast cats like the SL33 or the Extreme40 were somewhat competitive on a boat-for-boat basis. I'd take a 32-45' ultra-light catamaran racing 3-up over a TP52 for this race. WA360 is intriguing. Especially after a year of virtually no racing for me. On the other hand, getting down to Olympia looks potentially brutal: I can't decide if this looks like fun or hate mission.
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    Race to Alaska best boat

    I'd bet a solid crew practiced on the boat could finish two-thirds of the time and manage not to die the other third.
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    Top 10 list for SF based foiler

    All it needs is a carbon pedal drive
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    Foiling F-Boats

    Only semi-foiling experience here, but I'm sure a foiling Farrier or Corsair tri is technically achievable. But as others have said, almost certainly not worth it. I'm guessing you would add at least 150lbs to the boat. You would have a high takeoff speed and it would be downwind only. You would be slower all the time in light wind. Slower all the time upwind. And maybe only faster off the wind in moderate to strong breezes.
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    Top 10 list for SF based foiler

    I've got some leads on boats, but the event list isn't there yet. I haven't had an easily trailerable boat in 20 years. With the M32 I gave up the trailer for a 40' container pretty early on. Mama Tried went everywhere on her own bottom. Had some fun cruising her a bit around the San Juan Islands, sailed down to SF, and then raced her only on the Bay and a couple Farallones races. There were some more things I wish I had done with Mama Tried but didn't. That's the way it goes. Now I want to take advantage of lighter, easier logistics. So, what can I do with 400lb boat that lives on a trailer and is ramp launchable? Delta Ditch Run is on the list. But I've done it. What else? Anything in the Gorge? What's happening out of Alamitos Bay? Anything out of Ventura or Santa Barbara? Calling Mundt. Pacific Northwest? Tahoe? Still need some help on this top 10 list.
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    Top 10 list for SF based foiler

    Jonny Goldsberry did it on a Moth! Only time I flipped the M32 was on a ditch run. You can definitely enter a beach cat. I think Pete Melvin did it on a Nacra F20C a few years ago.
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    Top 10 list for SF based foiler

    So any thoughts on a top 10 event list for 20' SF based foiler?
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    Top 10 list for SF based foiler

    He does. But, I want to do some foiling on my side of the world before tackling something in Europe. Renting does seem to make sense for this sort of event when the time is right.
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    Top 10 list for SF based foiler

    This was awesome. Love it.
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    Top 10 list for SF based foiler

    Here's a few on my mind: Local/Regional - Santa Barbara to King Harbor (not sure a small cat can register). - Newport to Ensenada (is this still a race, can a beach cat register?) - Any multihull events in the Columbia River Gorge? - What are the West Coast beach cat regattas? How do I not know? Maybe Someday... - Round Texel - Stockholm Archipelago Raid (would this be fun for somebody that doesn't speak Swedish or German) - Something on Lake Garda I guess I'm pretty ignorant of what the events are for small cats in California and on the West Coast. I'm hoping it's because I'm ignorant and not because they don't exist...
  14. So I find myself between boats and thinking my next ride should be a foiler of some sort. Can I get some advice? I'm based in SF so whatever it is needs to be reasonably robust, or at the very least when things go bang it's closer to a three figure bill than a five figure one. It's not going to be GC32 or a TF10 for this round and whatever it is it's going to race double-handed, maybe single-handed. On the other hand, I'm 6'3" and weigh about 235lbs so I don't think the Nacra 15 is going to be the ticket either. As I sit here the Nacra F20C FCS looks pretty sweet. I could also consider an A-Class, or maybe even the Nacra F18 with full foiling and non foiling boards. I would like to be able to take my kids for a rip or show a non-sailing friend a good time every once in a while. I'd also like to be able to do some mid-distance point-to-point events. When I had the M32, the class events were awesome, but doing crazy stuff like R2AK, Southern Straits, and SB-KH were even more memorable for me. Regarding the Nacra F20C, when Frank Cammas took an Nacra F20C around Cape Horn it may have been just a stunt, but it still looked epic to me. 1739168-36781586-2560-1440.webp I think the boat decision should have a lot to do with the events available. So what are the best events for small cats on the West Coast? I'd like to put together a schedule of maybe 6-10 annual local/regional events and 1-2 bucket list type adventures that could be anywhere. What's the event calendar? What's the boat?
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    Race to Alaska best boat

    Work and Covid pretty much squashed all my sailing plans for this year so I recently donated Mama Tried to the Skiff Sailing Foundation. Starting to dream about what's next, but no decisions.