Willy Clark

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About Willy Clark

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  1. Willy Clark

    Craigslist Finds

    That's a crazy old one - wooden boom. That said, looks well maintained. Could be good fun if you stuck a new boom and sails on it. Has a carbon mast. Best, Willy
  2. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Some media from a very fun weekend of canoe sailing RI for the some of the New England contingent. Distance race was fun but challenging. Mess about in boats day, due to more favorable conditions, was even more fun. Both days led to some good footage: https://photos.app.goo.gl/HEPd8jDYohSApyTt8 Best, Willy
  3. Willy Clark

    The search continues!

    Working on getting Max a boat that has been in a shed in Michigan for years. Should have a plan within the next few weeks. If this falls through, one of Dave's boats would also make a lot of sense if they can make it to Ohio. Let's keep in touch over the next month or so. Gotta get @northwestern9 IC sailing!
  4. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Bow first IMO. Two straps should be just about all you need. If on is after of carriage to stop the boat gradually sliding aft you're fine. If you want to tie the bow down, there ought to be a way to make little loops on the front of the car and tie from there to the fitting where your forestay goes. Then tie after to your rudder trunk. But again, with racks and straps you ought to be fine. Furthermore Dave is definitely right - if bow first is more hydrodynamic it stands to reason that it's more aerodynamic too! Therefor, bow first is the way to go! Best, Willy
  5. Willy Clark

    best new foiler for beginner?

    That's really not even restricted to foilers. Any boat that actually goes fast is going to get somewhat challenging to sail as the breeze approaches 20. In order to make a fast boat, you have to find ways to get power without weight or drag. This creates a boat that is inherently overpowered and therefor rather difficult to sail as the breeze comes up. The onus then is on the sailor to practice, refine his technique, and master sailing his craft even in the most challenging conditions. I would imagine it's a bit like training a very fast but somewhat ill-tempered horse. Though having avoided ill-tempered horses all my life (unless my boat counts) I wouldn't really know. Also I obviously have a dog in this fight, so take what I say with a grain of salt. However while this thread has devolved into a discussion of foiling tacks and gybes I would say it's missing something rather obvious - it would seem to me that, when selecting a beginner foiler, one must consider the fact that, at least at first, one will spend a fair amount of time not foiling. There is a learning curve on any boat, and one must assume he/she will spend plenty of time in displacement mode. Thus one should consider how sailable/fun/seaworthy the boat is when not foiling. I have seen (and sailed) several absolutely wonderful foilers. Having said that, many of them I would not even consider launching if it were even marginal foiling conditions because the boat was a pain to sail in displacement mode. However I have sailed the UFO in marginal conditions and the overall experience was much more enjoyable. When I had the breeze to foil it was great. And in the light patches when I couldn't I at least had a stable, buoyant platform that moved through the water perfectly fine. This widens the range of conditions in which the boat you own can be enjoyed. And since virtually all of us don't sail our boats as much as we want to, it would seem important for many making purchasing decisions to select a boat that can be enjoyed even when the conditions are not perfect. Food for thought. Hope it help. -Willy
  6. Willy Clark

    Just got a c-lark.

    I've been a C-lark all my life! And I know of several others. I'll show myself out. Best, Willy
  7. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Fresh content: We also spent a lot of time this weekend discussing the merits/pitfalls of larger vs. smaller dagger boards. Much of the conversation revolves around the ability to "go slow fast." That is, when one is lit up like below, the standard Clark dagger boards likely offer far too much side force and results in one consistently having to dump leech to keep boat flat and moving fast. This is solved by aggressively reefing the board in anything more 7-8 knots. So, why not just make a smaller board? Well, there are those critical moments where the extra amount of side force really saves you - trying to hold your lane at the start. Trying desperately to barely make the windward mark that you under stood. Trying not to stall out after a rather bad light air tack. These are the times when the large board pays for itself. That said, the times when you find yourself going upwind in decent breeze without the board reefed enough does hurt you. It can begin to feel like the boat is being knocked over in the puffs rather than shooting forward like it should. Consequently believe the plan is for Mike to go with a smaller board this "season" while I stick with the old model. We'll see what happens.
  8. Willy Clark

    Craigslist Finds

    This might be the best threat on the internet
  9. Willy Clark

    The search continues!

    This fell off the map for me, but I have located a number around the Northeast @northwestern9. Sending you a PM. Let's make this happen! Best, Will
  10. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Some photos from our gathering in Rhode Island, including a video of Dave SHREDDING: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uqq3ZSy2mQ9vmyHJ7 Best, Willy IC USA 258 "Bagheera"
  11. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    That's the plan. Much of the class conversation has moved to FB/Google Groups, but thought I'd post this here as well: 2020 US East Coast Championships July 11-12, 2020 North Shore Yacht Club, Port Washington, NY Race Area: Manhasset Bay North Shore Yacht Club, which is what eventually grew out of the New York Canoe Club in the 1800s, is celebrating its 150th anniversary (or something) in 2020. As such they are looking to re-connect with their roots and thus have invited the IC class to their club for a regatta on Manhasset Bay, one of the earliest homes of canoe sailing in the United States. All competitors will be housed by club members. Meals (at least some) will be provided. Race committee, safety boats, and spectator boats also provided by the club. Loaner boats will be available. Also likely to award the Steve Lysak "Hangover Cup" at the event, as it seems like an appropriate opportunity to pay homage to our much-loved fallen comrade. Contact me if you plan to attend so we can sort out your housing. Looks like a good one. Further details to follow. Also planning to organize a clinic/mess about day on the day before, Friday the 10th. Contact me if interested. Mike's boat progresses, as does Dad's Crazy Ivan. There is also a strip planked boat being built further south. Chris has designed a Maas 5 that Geoff is building down under. There are also plans to build at least 2 new Maas hulls prior to the upcoming Worlds. And Hayden has finished his boat and it looks great. Good stuff for the class heading into this season.
  12. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Mike's new IC making progress. Also a somewhat up-to-date list of used boats for sale available on the US site here: http://intcanoe.com/boats-for-sale/ Could be of interest to anyone who's been kicking around ways to go fast on the cheap and also gain cheap entry into a really fun class. Best, Willy IC USA 258 "Bagheera"
  13. Willy Clark

    Show your dingy sailing....

    TBH I think the gybing technique in that vid is a lot harder than the one I use. Mine is 5 steps. Also that video has 10k views!? Good God.
  14. Willy Clark

    Show your dingy sailing....

    Probably my two favorite pics. Need to hit up Luka for some photos of me sailing my new black one. Though I would like to point out that, despite me obviously jumping out of the boat in picture 1, she is still completely flat! @RobbieB Steve Clarke in the UK actually did make a seat like that at one point. It was basically just the frame with a bucket seat running along the inside on runners, very similar to the seat of a rowing shell. Unfortunately that eliminated one of the nice bonuses of the sliding seat - it has enough volume and buoyancy that, if/when you hit a lull and go in to windward, it will keep you afloat long enough that you can get back to the boat and won't tip over to windward. The seat actually will act as a kick stand for you for a little while. It won't do it for very long - no seat has enough buoyancy that it will stop the boat from eventually going over. But it does buy you some valuable time. Also the seats are shaped so that, when they hit the occasional wave, they skip along the top of it and don't create much additional drag. Take away the volume and you take that away as well. Plus with the bucket seat arrangement it's hard to get yourself all the way out to the end (you're legs don't reach the gunnels when you're all the way out) or hike off the end of the thing. Overall it was a cool idea but nonetheless was soon abandoned. So, the typical move is, rather than keeping your ass in some sort of bucket seat that slides, you instead just slide your ass along the seat using your feet (either on the gunnels or the foot wells) to propel yourself inboard or outboard. The only downside of this method is it does create some general wear and tear on your posterior, which is why after a few days of tweener weather you'll hear many in the fleet begging for enough breeze for us to hike off the end of the seat as shown below rather than sliding our butts along it. @martin.langhoff do cats not count as dinghies? Whelp, great photo nonetheless. Thanks to everyone for sharing. Best, Willy
  15. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    @Dex Sawash yes. Class organization and schedule of events North America was one of the topics of the fleet meeting held over the weekend. Minutes will be shared this week, along with a rundown of upcoming events. Better communication of upcoming events is one of the goals going forward for the fleet and class officers. Furthermore a better effort will be made going forward to keep the schedule portion of the North American class website (http://intcanoe.com/) up to date. Best, Willy