Doug Halsey

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    Beginning Moth - first attempt = failure

    When there's no wind is absolutely the hardest time to get into the boat. I would definitely advise you to learn when there's a little more breeze. But if you insist on trying, and you find that you can't make either method work, here's something else you can try: a variation of the waterstart, where you start from much farther aft & pull yourself in with a forward motion. Without the line between the wingbars, you can even start from the transom. You'll find that the boat is much more stable fore & aft than sideways, and you should be able to get in that way even when there's no wind at all.
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    Foilers: brushing off seaweeds?

    Reattaching flows are very tricky though. What helps for one type of boat in certain situations may possibly be the wrong thing for another boat or in other situations. I would like to see some hard data about it.
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    Foilers: brushing off seaweeds?

    Is this true? Can you explain it or point me to any references?
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    Moth decksweeper and lowered mast stumps

    There's an old thread on the boat design list with lots of examples of multiperson monofoilers:
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    2018 moth worlds - bermuda (march 25 - april 1st)

    Some preliminary racing in Florida a couple of weeks ago...
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    Moth Foiler & Back bone issue

    Phil: I know that Chris Rashley had a serious issue with his back just prior to the 2015 Worlds, but was still able to compete & place very near the top. Do you know more precisely what his injury involved and what he had to do to cope with it?
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    Super foiled configuration

    Here's another moderately successful attempt with bow mounted foils. Gary Seaman (who also sailed sailboards in California) won a speed-trial against the D-Cat Beowulf in about 1972. That was in fairly light conditions (but still foiling). The boat was quite a handful when it blew harder though.
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    EC2018 Thread

    CCock & DeSea aren't shown as having made CP2 yet. They didn't skip it, did they?
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    EC2018 Thread

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    Everglades Challenge 2018
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    Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    Like this? (Figure from Ian Ward)
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    SuperFoiler Grand Prix 2018

    So far, they're not entered.
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    C-Class Little Cup news

    That's pretty funny! I do happen to be a retired aero engineer with some CFD experience (not that it makes any difference). I'm not sure why Erwan was admonishing me to pay attention to your posts; I thought we were saying essentially the same thing.
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    C-Class Little Cup news

    Are you sure you're computing the speeds correctly? Your saying "Sum of all drags = driving force (@ constant speed)" makes me doubt it, since the aero & hydro drags act in very different directions & cannot be simply added. I also think you would need something more powerful than a hand-held calculator to do the calculations. Even the relatively simple VPP's that I've written require several hundred lines of code.
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    Moths in Annapolis/DC

    Maybe you could ask at one of these sites, or directly email the officers:
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    Wing Sail Design

    Thom: I don't think that max lift is the desired condition very much of the time (even assuming that the boat isn't overpowered). As you mentioned, it doesn't give max thrust (except for apparent wind angles of 90°). At smaller apparent wind angles, I think a lift coefficient somewhat larger than the value for max lift/drag, but smaller than max lift, would be the aim. The attached figure illustrates how a solid wing can be better than a soft rig in that range. It was taken from a paper by Sam Bradfield, analyzing the results of the last Little AC won by a soft sail. The solid wings of that era had simpler hinged-flaps, so the newer wings with slotted flaps should have an even greater advantage.
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    14' Stunt S9 Foiling Cat

    This is also just a guess: If the boat is allowed to slow down too much prior to the gybe, the apparent wind angle can change quite a bit. Having more twist ensures that at least part of the sail will be trimmed properly, in that case. Of course, it's better to maintain as much speed as possible during the gybe to keep the apparent wind forward. If that is done, the boom does not come across violently; it's more like a tack in light-air.
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    Wing Sail Design

    I think you can download AMO's paper for free here, but you have to sign up 1st:
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    Wing Sail Design

    Here's a link to the Scherer article:
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    Wing Sail Design

    I think the max-camber location is probably less important in a multielement wing, at least partly because the boundary layer gets to start fresh at the leading edge of each element. The best starting point for understanding the theory is probably still AMO Smith's 1975 Wright Brothers lecture. I couldn't find a link to a free download (yet), but this more recent reference summarizes part of it: Some interesting experimental data for models of actual C-Cat wings were published by Otto Scherer in Marine Technology. I'm also still looking for a link for that.
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    I'm getting one of these:
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    Moth Developement

    Since you're asking about older Moth designs, you might be interested in this: Nothing much about scows though, since there weren't many of them in the US.
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    Origin of VMG as terminology

    Apparently Einstein was a big fan of his too, calling him "the greatest mind in American history," according to this biography:
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    Moth - adding bladder to tramp

    I think that learning to sail the Moth is difficult enough without adding to it by going without the bladders. Apparently, even some big names in the Moth World agree with me. Chris Rashley describes them as "absolutely critical" in this link And Nathan Outteridge praises them in this one: