Phil Robin

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  1. Phil Robin

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    No.8 continued - Since the weight was reduced I have always car topped my IC. Aside from saving on the cost of a trailer, bearing failure etc, other advantages include a much softer ride for your prized possesion, away from the muck and grime of the road and you don't have to restrict your speed -I have travelled thousands of miles at 80mph (130kph) without incident. A top tip is to get an aluminium trolley which is much lighter. I put my boat on top of an estate car, with the bow about 2 feet away from the front of the car, with the front of trolley tied down to the front emergency tow hook. This means the boat overhangs the back of the car by about 5 feet, so best to hang something bright at the aft end. I put a rope from the trolley axle down to the tow hook on the rear bumper, so the whole shooting match doesn't slide forward if you have to brake very hard. The mast is tied down to the roofrack on the offside, and even with the spreaders is within the width of the car. Sliding seat, foils and sails can be put in the boat, but best to put a top cover on so they dont fly out. The other advantage is its much easier to park. En route for the Worlds last year I stopped off for a couple of days in Hamburg and could park in the centre of the city in a normal parking bay, albeit with the stern of the boat overhanging the car behind me.
  2. Phil Robin

    DC Designs

    Scarlett came in bang on 50kg Hull (with carriage and fittings) 62% Seat 16% Foils 5% Rig 17%
  3. Phil Robin

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    The experience of the flatpacks reminds me of Mcrae and all the teething problems I had on Scarlett O'Hara. Untried boats at a major event is rarely fast! Glad to say the "things to do/modify" list is pretty short these days, and reducing. Sailing Scarlett in winds above 20knots is still a challenge, but the purchase of a new drysuit to cope with the cold water in the spring made life more comfortable! Roger - glad to hear you have launched your new boat - are you and Peter Ullman planning to go to the Europa Cup in Sweden in August? It would be great to compare the different designs.
  4. Phil Robin

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    General update from UK. As Andy P says, the weather this year has not been kind - gales and no wind, so I have not been able to sail the Phil Morrison designed Scarlett O'Hara as much as I had hoped. For various reasons, the only time the 3 new rule ICs in the UK (Tin Tear Drop, Monkey and Scarlett O'Hara) sailed together was at the Weston Open in May and the wind was so shifty that it was hard to come to any conclusion about the merits of the various designs – it certainly demonstrated we needed more practice. It has also limited the chance for others to have a sail, but the those who have come ashore with a big smile on their face. The performance of the new boat is amazing. It is much faster, especially up wind and on reaches. I have sailed against Nethercots in a variety of conditions and the boat is much quicker, the more so as the wind increases. In handicap races ICs previously lost out big time on beam reaches to 3 sail reaching Fireballs etc, but now I can overtake them. I have also overtaken a reasonably well sailed 49er on a tight spinnaker reach. With the seat far forward, it knives along a bit like a catamaran, but as soon as you pull the seat back offwind it fizzes along a bit like a windsurfer – no water plumes in either mode! When the bow goes into the back of a wave, rather than decelerating like a Nethercot, it slices through it and pops out. Overall Scarlett is very well mannered, though much less stable than a Nethercot - the funniest experience of the year was waiting for a race to start after a flat calm had set in - having capsized the boat (don't ask why) it proved almost impossible to get back on board after righting it. I ended up having to go over the stern with the bow sticking up about 4 feet in the air. The one thing most people have questioned is the dished dance floor and the higher sides of the boat and whether this makes it harder to sail. I haven't noticed any greater difficulty when tacking, gybing and generally sailing, but it does make getting back into the boat after a capsize a bit harder – glad to say I've found this less of an issue as with more time on the water I am managing to stay upright. I have the same rig as previously - Superspar 55 diameter/2mm wall mast and Orange(Lester Noble) sails but I decided to go deck stepped to save some weight. Adding lowers was a big improvement as before the mast panted somewhat alarmingly when going over waves. The non self-tacking jib, saves weight and gives the option to back the jib to help the boat through a tack in a big sea. For that reason alone I do not think I would go for a una rig – I have never had any trouble tacking the boat. Perhaps the biggest challenge is when the wind dies upwind or on a reach – you need to get inboard to prevent a windward capsize! I still need to tweak the rig a bit more (I'm a bit underpowered) but there is nothing else I would change for the moment. I'll try to work out how to upload a few photos – any advice greatly appreciated. Phil