Willy Clark

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  1. Willy Clark

    Minneys Closed

    Someone should jump on 177, You won't go faster/have more fun for $1K. Older boat so could use some updates, but hull is probably still super solid. Somebody gotta take the plunge! -Willy
  2. Willy Clark

    I.C. Down wind question

    Someone should jump on one of these. You won't go faster or have more fun for $1,000. Older boat that could use some updates, but with new sails and a few new parts should still be damn good. Fiberglass, bullet proof hull. Someone really should grab. The other one is older is probably a better fit for a museum. Best, Willy
  3. Willy Clark

    DC Designs

    Some photos from racing this weekend: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ue99JwWyonfWEt6C8 Small event due to COVID but awesome racing. It came down to the last race. Mike edged me at the leeward mark and hung on the rest of the way. Top 3 was an absolute fist fight all weekend. Great competition. Just gotta grow the fleet some more. Best, Willy
  4. Willy Clark

    I.C. Down wind question

    If you support getting more people getting out sailing, handicapping is great. Heck a lot of the time the choice is handicap racing or no racing at all. You just have to take the results with a grain of salt. Sail the best you can, try to win the race is you're in a fast boat. If you end up losing on corrected time, well whatever. It's just a race. And a day on the water beats a day at the office.
  5. Willy Clark

    I.C. Down wind question

    This. Besides the rush of sailing something that does give you a ridiculously dialed-in experience, I get an incredible sense of satisfaction just about every time I put my IC in the water. I'm not just plodding around in any other boat. I'm doing something novel. Embrace the adventure. This however is one of the very best moments you get in an IC or any other similarly challenging high performance boat (i14, Moth, etc.). If you stick with it, you never know when it's coming. Then there's suddenly this day when you're racing not just surviving. You don't even notice it at first, then suddenly you're at the gybe mark in race 2 and you go "hey, I'm actually racing here." It's a great moment, though it probably means you're about to fall off the boat or get hit by lightning or something because irony is powerful force. Best, Willy
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Willy Clark

    Craigslist Finds

    This might be the best threat on the internet
  14. 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
  15. 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"