Willy Clark

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About Willy Clark

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  1. 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.
  2. 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"
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Mike wins the NAs - the first guy to ever successfully defend that trophy. He and I had a bunch of good battles, but he was definitely the most consistent. Couldn't quite catch him. Pictures and some video to follow.
  7. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Mike and me sneaking in a quick sail yesterday in advance of racing this weekend. The days getting shorter is a real bitch, but it is what it is. Too much rake on 258 right?
  8. Willy Clark

    What To Choose???

    That's a really great photo of Mike and Commander. @Reht masthead shot? @bill4 there are guys in the UK in their 70s who sail them. Just sayin. They're a challenge to be sure, but it is doable.
  9. Willy Clark

    What To Choose???

    @northwestern9 no worries. I actually did track down an older IC in your budget in your area(ish) if you are interested. PM sent. Just LMK and I can put you in touch with the owner. Frankly, all the options list in this thread are good ones. Some aren't my cup of tea, but that's a matter of personal preference. I tend to agree with @fastyacht - I haven't found anything that I like more than being dialed in on the end of the seat. But I have had fun sailing a ton of different boats and they all have something to offer. Based on your description of your wants, a contender might be a good fit. They're pretty nifty and there's a good fleet of 'em in Toronto from what I hear.
  10. Willy Clark

    What To Choose???

    @bill4 sounds like you need to re-allocate your time bruh!
  11. Willy Clark

    What To Choose???

    @northwestern9 I know of a few ICs potentially for sale that might fall within your budget. There are a number of solid boats built to the one-design rule now available for cheap. Some in Annapolis. Some in Western Canada. Fleets exist in Boston, SF Bay Area, and the PCNW. And there's a bunch more scattered throughout the country. There's a guy in the midwest who had a bunch of 'em at one point that should be available quite cheap. PM me if interested. In my personal experience, seat is infinitely preferable to the wire. I can get 9 feet away from the boat without having to worry about teabagging or dragging the leeward rack. It's an insanely powered up experience and, though I've sailed basically everything, I haven't found anything that compares. That said there are tons of boats out there with a wire and the IC is the only one with a seat. It's not JUST me, but I'm obviously in the minority. Best, Will
  12. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Posting this here well; 2019 IC North American's will be held September 14-15 at Savin Hill Yacht Club in Boston. Will post further details, photos, results etc. as they become available. Also, I'm working on revamping the North American class site, specifically the boats for sale section. If anyone has a used one they'd be willing to move PM me. Furthermore if anyone has ICs in North America and is sailing them and I don't know about it, also please PM me. I do most of my communication with the class via mass email. And there may be some people I'm not reaching. Or not. Who knows. Been sailing Bagheera out of SHYC the past two months with a buddy that I sold Red Shift to. We're having all kinds of fun. Also to respond to another question - no mold was ever pulled off Bagheera. However there is not unwillingness to do so. Dad, Dave, and I have been chatting about it off and on. What we'd want to make it worthwhile is interest from enough people in pulling a hull out of the mold to make the mold worth it before we get it cut. Enough people in our neck of the woods have expressed interest in building themself a boat that we may need to seriously consider it. The more people who commit, the more the cost of the mold goes down, etc. If enough people lined up, Dave would maybe even maybe be willing to move the molds into his shop and crank out some pieces real fast. That's another discussion though Best, Willy
  13. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    David uses Carbon sweep oars for a bunch of his boats. It's about as strong a carbon shaft as you'll find. Goose neck - I think he just shoved a steel bar in the thick end with a fitting on it. He can say more though.
  14. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Updates from a really fun week of IC sailing in Wales: Robin sailed a wonderful regatta and took home his fourth IC World Championship, edging out Chris who had a couple tough moments which cost him. Robin has bought Chris' boat Black Betty, so may be getting even faster! The rest of the IC fleet trembles at the thought of it. Meanwhile Chris will be building another new machine. The only thing that has been determined is the color (electric orange). Garreth sailed two absolutely terrific races to take home the New York Cup. Chris and I fought hard with Alistair, but Garreth was out of reach. He's going really well in his Maas design put together by Andy Patterson, and sailed a great regatta before a breakdown in the final race cost him a potential spot on the podium. Colin Brown is also fast as ever in his Maas/Patterson boat. Guy could pass me on a reach in his sleep. Further updates from the UK - the new Morrison design looks pretty flash. Dave Timson, Chris Hampe, and Steve Clarke are all going well. Meanwhile Alistair's Dragonfly design seems to be getting better every year. He has gotten even faster down reaches. Furthermore he and Phil never seem to capsize. Three 3rds in three tries for Alistair. Charlie Chandler and Mike Fenwick are making their M1s go fast. Finally John Ellis' design is pretty sweet and points like a demon. As for the Germans - Peter Ullman is as fast as ever. Flies down reaches, and seemingly sails directly into the wind on the beat. He's fast AF. And he just bought himself a new hull from Chris. Annette did well in String Theory (boat still beautiful). Meanwhile a bunch of the younger Germans (Anton, Emma, Hauke) are all making strides. All competed well. And Freddy spent the week measuring everything in sight so he can build himself a new design. The Aussies - Brett "The Thunder from Down Under" Holly may have had more fun than anyone at the regatta (both on shore and on the water). And in between capsizes Stefan was f---ing fast in Hellcat (borrowed from Lt. Steve Gay of the USA). Lots of excitement from Oz for the next Worlds. And finally, for the USA - Chris had some brilliant moments. Had a couple of unfortunate setbacks which cost him. Todd was a force in the heavy air. Struggled a bit with the chop in the light stuff. Dad was quick in the light stuff in Machete. Not as quick in the heavy air. I meanwhile suffered the expected new boat breakdowns which happen when you show up to a regatta with a boat you've never sailed. These issues were compounded by me twisting my ankle falling off Anton's skateboard on Wednesday (I'm too old to be this stupid. Was having too much fun). In the times when I had my act together, the boat felt really really fast. But obviously it wasn't much of a regatta for me. Knew it going in, and had a good time in spite of it all. We're thinking of pulling a mold off Bagheera (Carbon version of Dance Commander). Those interested in a pulling a hull let me know. Also Dance Commander and Machete are for sale to the right buyer (we'd love to keep them on the east coast if at all possible). My overall thought on designs is - it seems that they've gotten close enough together that it's mostly down to the quality of the sailors, which is what you'd want. Different designs and different sailors excel in different conditions. I'm currently posted up at Alistair Alsdair's home for wayward canoe sailors in Manchester with Freddy and Charlotte waiting for my flight tomorrow morning. Great week. Went by too fast. Can't wait for 2020 in Australia. Best, Willy
  15. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    I'll be there with my new boat Bagheera. May not have sailed it much (if at all) so this could be a weird regatta for me.