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Everything posted by Pants

  1. BVI Spring Regatta

    Certainly plenty of post-factory boat building on Elvis as the loads have increased. Round one came with 3DI sails, round 2 with the new rig. We've dished out plenty of abuse, especially on the C600 this year and no issues. Testament to the design and, as Soma says, the quality of the initial build in SA. Lovely boat. As to the results there were certainly two races when boats behind finished in a building breeze, which is just a part of handicap racing that you need to be philosophical about. A couple of the races were steady though and we lost huge after sailing a very high polar %. Guess it's still a work in progress.
  2. Caribbean 600

    Certainly we were always on our toes on Elvis but hearing about a capsize is, and always will be a bit of a check-in. It’s a race and you have to find the sweet spot between pushing hard and getting it home. Hate that our skills and experience/seamanship are called into question here. Heaps of offshore multi experience in the race crew and we’ve sailed her transatlantic twice. To add our setup to the discussion here we have electric winches for the headsails and a 2:1 hydraulic mainsheet. At all times in the race the headsail/spinnaker would be on the sheet with as few wraps as possible (3 or 4). We (forward trimmers) would always know how eased the main was (via a string pod led to the forward cockpit) and how much power we had in our hands. The mainsail has fast, slow and emergency dump functions as well as a manual cutout in the case of power loss. The fast release gets the sail fully eased in about 1.5 secs. Squall reaction was all about getting the sails eased and exercising the “out” (either high or low bow angle.) Since the race was majority power reaching the “out” was always high with a very eased main. The staysail furling line was always loaded and we had to furl it away on several occasions. Our near capsize several years earlier was with the old rig which had the mainsheet led to winches. It happened PDQ and the mainsheet hand fell to leeward with a lot of wraps on the winch which essientially self cleated. Harder to hold but we’ve always run as few wraps as possible since then so we can get rid of power quickly. Interesting discussion guys - thanks.
  3. Fujin Bieker 53 update

    Enjoyed the race guys. Yeah, turns out South of BI was a lemon on the way out. Kind of hopeful on the way back but we lost another 8 miles or so. You guys always looked lower and faster. Well done - see ya down south.
  4. Newport -Bermuda 2016

    Wishing all that started well. Not an easy decision for us to withdraw but the risks just seemed unacceptable. Likely everything will be fine but a cut off low over warm water can go nuclear pretty quickly. Let's keep it positive for those that went and respect the decisions of those teams that passed.
  5. Newport -Bermuda 2016

    No boats started in the Gibbs Hill Class.
  6. Newport -Bermuda 2016

    I'd say 25% of the fleet is DNS.
  7. GC32 super cat

    Big weekend for GC 32 Flipping. No dramas or damage for us ether.
  8. Ker 43 Ptarmigan

  9. Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    I think it's time to rename the thread "Ker 43 Otra Vez"
  10. Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    Nice one of the yacht in her original livery.
  11. Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    The whole boat was originally finished off in clear coat - including the bottom and foils. Why? For a dry sailed boat we felt that was the way to go. Regretted not ending it at the waterline soon enough though....
  12. Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    I knew you'd say that
  13. Falcon, Tripp/Goetz 50 on Craigslist

    I was pretty close to the boat in the Cabo Race when they broke the topmast off in fairly heavy running.
  14. Ker 43 Ptarmigan

    No, a charter later in the year is the only thing on the horizon.