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  1. I did the Nationals on Carbon Credits and the Lincoln Race on Venom. The short course racing for the Nationals suited us on Carbon, we had a fully dialed in crew, all the sails you need and I believe we sailed the boat well for a great result. We were able to get off all start lines well and had the sails and crew to continually change gears and get the most out of the boat. Venom was sailed quite well at Vincent but the short courses and lack of a full sail wardrobe played into our hands to make it possible to beat them over the line in all races. The long passage race from Adelaide and the return leg was a totally different story with Venom showing significantly more speed in the open water sailing and more breeze. The boat was awesome in the lincoln race, we still suffered a little from not having a Screecher for around an hour and also could have used a MH sail in the earlier stages if the VMG run. The big surprise for me was the depth we achieved out of the hounds Code Zero and proved that boat may be faster than I anticipated. Venom does only have a hounds Code Zero at this stage so there is quite a performance gain to come yet. The wardrobe is still missing a upwind Capable Screecher and this will light the boat up super early. This is a new custom boat, the build is awesome and the platform is crazy stiff, the rig is also a great piece of work by Lorima and AYS. The OMR ratings at Vincent were originally published with a mistake, the actual final OMR for Venom was just over 1 quite a bit above the Farriers. All new boats take time to sort out, especially one of customs....
  2. If anything this sail could have been 50mm shorter on the luff, she can go full hoist, just a halyard that needs be be pulled up harder, great shots, she's a beast. Tack has a lashing.
  3. Chief I am sure your rig is thanking you every time you hoist the sail. The Main lock options are a bit harder, most have slots in the track and trip lines, I believe there is an Antal head car and track inserts that could work for your boat, but I remember a couple of boats in SA having ongoing issues with them. Any riggers out there that can suggest the range of Main Halyard lock options? The reefs complicate it as needs to lock at different heights unlike all the front sails.
  4. This is a very interesting development happening and all the majour brands have Multiple versions of this New/Old technology depending on the sails apparent wind sailing angle. There is loads of propaganda around and I am wary of saying too much here, what I will say is just my take, not a company policy or view and is quite possibly not correct or soon will be made inncorrect by the continual development happening. The use of the word Cabless seems flat out wrong to me, so far even if they were originally test sailed with no cable all rhe sails I have seen have ended up with luff cables, all be it smaller, but still cables, being called by ither names. Holding a mast up by a sail only is an amazing feat but does not interest me much. Having to keep your expensive forestay still there in front of the sail taking some of the load and therefore allowing sag in a sail is also not something I am interested in (unless looking for more entry depth)and we are seeing this as a current solution being used for the J1 on the Big boat Pil mentioned I believe. combined tack load is therefore actually no less in this example for the J1, so what is the advantage for an upwind sail? This technology is mainly seeing gains in the area between a Code Zero and a A3, when the mid girth over 75% is required, these sails struggle to get a smooth leech exit and meet the required girth (this is why non rated boats like Imoca or Volvo have had such great reaching sails designed without girth restrictions effecting the design) by putting more structure in the luff and load sharing with a much smaller cable the sails luff can project forward (no longer a taught straight line)allowing for the leech girth to come forward and allowing flatter and straighter exits that make very fast sails. There can be advantages in the luff entry shape also, alowing a finer entry and sailing closer to the wind can be the result essentially gaining a wider range of use than a traditiinal tight cable sail. All sounds great in theory and with a top pro crew on a boat like s Maxi 72, but the sails require more trimming and faster reactions and trim and helm, when the new "Cabless" luff then collapses on a sail sailing at between 50-80 degrees apparent it is going to probably flog like a bitch until fully sheeted back on to set the luff and it will feel like your rig is going to step off the side of the boat. Also bear in mind dropping down cable size is great news for a TP owner taking that stay from a 6k item to a 3k spend (even though he already owns the 6k cable from his previous sail)but in Multihull land where most boats use lower end Torque cables that cost 1-1.5k the new "baby" cable plus the extra cost in the new luff construction required to share the load makes this technology pretty expensive. It all sounds great and I will sell some of these sails but at this point they are getting sorted at the pro level sailing, more developments to come and I don't think they are for every application. I do look forward to seeing what can be achieved with these sails in the coming years.
  5. Hi Boys Hi Boys, Since the boat is a racer and cruiser it will have to modes. The Jib is way bigger than both of your boats have so will need to change down at some point in the wind range. The Staysail is on a Facnor internal Halyard lock, it has its own stay in the luff, vertical battens and also a UV strip, so this sail can be lowered in race mode or kept hoisted in cruise mode for easy gear changes. This halyard/lock/ base 3:1 arrangement then also accepts the furling Storm Jib, so you can switch these two sails out, the Jib must stay hoisted as it zips onto the forestay as it has an 8T Profurl Structural furler on the forestay. The Jib also has vertical battens and a UV strip and will be likely used up to 20 knots true in race mode, maybe 25 knots but time will tell. The Upwind Screecher will then be out in front of all that, no UV to be dropped when not in use just like you boys do.
  6. Not really sure how to respond to this, have you seen the french boats with multiple headsails out the front... There will be no parital furling happening, in addition t the two Jibs this boat will have an Upwind Screecher out on the bowsprit furling on a torque cable to be lowered when not in use, used hard on the breeze up to around 10knots true, then used at wider angles from there as the breeze increases. The Furling Jib lives on a structural furler that is the forestay, the fabric and strength of the sail is engineered to cope with conditions up to a single reefed Main, then you furl and go the heavy weather jib with reef 1 & 2 and eventually a Storm Jib. From, a sail design point of view the flatter shape and forestay sag(luff cut of the sail) required for best performance in the heavier breeze mean a second headsail is the best option. The tack aft position o the HWJ (staysail) is also keeping the boat quite nicely balanced when the Main is reefed. Add to that the engineering of the heavier Jib to suit the heavier conditions and I believe you have the best solution, for a 30ft Tri a reef in the Jib works quite well, at 42ft and with the brief being short handed offshore Racing and Cruising it is not really a user friendly or safe option to reef, plus a performance compromise. Yes there is expense, but with a build like this this was the owners preferred configuration for his dream boat, enjoying his sailing and not crawling around on the foredeck is a pretty big priority. Congratulations to Bob and good on him for going for it to get this sweet boat on the water! At the end of the day projects like this are few are far between and should be celebrated, the knocking that goes on simply blows my mind.
  7. We ended up with an overlapping Jib om a structural furler, final sail area is 42sqm. It has a second Heavy Weather Jib non overlapping on an inner stay that from memory would be around 30-32sqm. Add to that an Upwind Screecher (Torque Cable luff) out on the mid point of the pole for 0-10 knots n the breeze at 70sqm and all these points about under powered much surely go away.....
  8. Seagul, we ended up with an overlapping Jib, I will check tomorrow but pretty sure the final sail area is 42sqm. It has a second Heavy Weather Jib non overlapping on an inner stay that from memory would be around 30-32sqm.
  9. SeaGul, The 42 Main is 70sqm and the Jib is 42sqm.
  10. FYI, comparison between XL2 and Venom's working Sails, I believe Venom will be 3.2-3.5 T, Jamie's builds a light boat. I have sailed on XL2 plenty and she does have plenty of horsepower but really struggled for waterline length and with the big rig tended to trip over her fuller oldschool bows. XL2 is an awesome classic boat but Venom would be long gone on any racetrack. Rushour has performed very well is and is a super quick boat for what it is, but from where I stand if Venom is not well faster than Rushour I would be extremely surprised. Diagrams not to scale.
  11. The rig is 64ft, the image is from an angle that does not do it justice. Horsepower will not be an issue, the rig went up 1m during the early build process.
  12. Lowgroove

    Team UK

    The Instagram photo is straight off Ben Lamb's Instagram, who is a crew member of the Softbank team, he could be playing but looks like the 50 to me?
  13. Lowgroove

    Team UK

    They might have gone for a quick blast...
  14. Lowgroove

    Corsair Pulse 600

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    Older fast Aus multies

    Came from NZ didn't it? Been living in Martha Cove? Is it still owned by Simon McKeon? I didn't see that, I thought you meant the Sandy straits, a different Crowded House....