Daniel Holman

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  1. Daniel Holman

    A-Cat Style Rig on foiling Moth

    Its bloody interesting this - I've sailed a moth twice, badly and of course Phil is right - you need very direct lightly loaded 1:1 windsurf rig direct AoA response, that I think that most tracked systems esp Mike L's would not give you, I can well imagine Mike's was a horror to sail having seen pics. How does James S' "starboat" style vang track affect sheet response? I've got a load of ideas that could possibly make this a goer and get rid of the whole boom issue, but you'd need to irrevocably alter what would need to be an otherwise good boat (read very minimum £10k and probably £20k) AND be very good mates with a top end sailmaker. And there would inevitably be a shitload of debugging. And it would be quite likely to be a failure.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Vehicle, propelled by wind, operating on the air/water interface.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Most top laser sailors change boats regularly because its a convenient / cheap way to renew many of the crappy bits that wear out quickly - spars, sails foils. Its easy to buy and sell boats - a fluid market. Also, at worlds you charter a new boat. You cna charter boats anywhere. Plenty of guys back in the day, Scheidt included, ran boats a decade old (with regularly replaced parts!) with no loss of stellar performance. Think that is less common these days given the disposable society! Dan
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    OK appreciate 29er and 49er are different boats sailed by different categories of people. I maintain that many 29ers sees similar "duty" i.e. frequency of use to olympic 49ers. I would also point out you don't see many guys > 80kg in 49ers. And that top18yo 29er crews especially can have adult levels of strength / size / athleticism.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Largely monolithic polyester / choppy i.e Laser is not strong or stiff, but it is robust, especially if engineered to be understressed / underutilised. Remember also that stiffness attracts load in a dynamic system. You have to look after sandwich boats, especially if using 200gsm skins aginst bumps and knocks. They aren't "Robust." Should be no issue re global / local strength if correctly engineered and built carefully /correctly / consistently. An unstayed boat is fundamentally not highly loaded like a stayed boat. You still need to resolve areas like rudder gudgeon attachments mast heels and partners etc. Still, look at 29ers. Polyester boats, 5 kts higher top speed and double the righting moment of &eros. Stayed rigs so big point loads and mast compression. The kids that sail them at squad / national level wring their necks for hundreds of days a year and you don't see breakages. Think they stay competitive for a decent period. Admittedly the hulls are not that light. Of course same can't be said for 49ers, which as I understand it don't last so well. I could guarantee that 5kg more material in the right places would sort that. Dan
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    "fu ws" (from the front page)

    Yes rtm = resin transfer moulding. Infusion between moulded a and b surfaces. As opposed to conventional infusion between mould and vac bag.
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    "fu ws" (from the front page)

    At present RS Aero is built exclusively in Uk under subcontract, and shipped to other territories. No reason why production couldn’t be spread around other continents but it’s rtm ie more of an industrial moulding thing with associated overheads. Low ish Manhr cost tho.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    Not sure how a sailing trial answer those questions? Long term trial a la car magazine maybe. To my mind, most of those criteria offer no differentiation between the contenders.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    I can say that Zero was always designed to accommodate a passenger. Not a primary modus operandi, but for that to be an acceptable experience. Suspect similar with m14 is it’s a singlehander but it’s a bigger boat I think.
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    I suspect that all of these boats are at least as capable of cruising off the beach with one or more passengers as the incumbent laser. Versatility is a good thing non? I’d have thought that the big highly Inauditable paired scoring sheets will be in force after the sailing trial, where sailing performance will probably account for a third of the result. At present it’s just a matter of whether to accept the recommendation to have a trial isn’t it? Or does even that require a complex inauditable scoring matrix?! :-)
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    New Olympic Dinghy Selection

    If Uk py returns are to be believed, the new boats are 6 or 7% faster. Not a quantum leap but a bit. More importantly I expect they all offer a substantially better “user experience” in their own different ways, to use the modern expression. Also operating costs would be lower I would venture. Perhaps greater pride of ownership - subjective I know. Rigs are all, again, productionised / value engineered interpretations of state of the art unstayed slow boat s/h rigs, and all completely suitable for that role, again with their own little peculiarities. Their operational roles are far far different to foiling boats, and the associated rigs are consequently chalk and cheese. The laser pretenders rigs cost about half as much As say a moth rig of almost identical size.
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    49er learning curve

    I’d say you have to be pretty classy at sailing for a four to six grand boat to be holding you back. Pretty robust too unless they have been tinkered with by non tinkerers! Personally I think a £4-6k i14 would be a far better class racing proposition than a similar value 49er which would have old rig, and I would venture be softer. Either way great to see these guys going at it in a boat that excites them.
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    49er learning curve

    Good work all. For something for similar tastes and reasonable supply of decent used kit and a friendly class with plenty sailing locally for amateurs consider i14. Used boats are phenomenal value for money. Rs800 will also be easy to get hold of kit new and old and a good amateur fleet just a less ahem stimulating / punishing sailing experience most of the time.
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    2018 I-14 Worlds

    Tacks are always expensive in i14. Most of the week was a right hand track anyhow, and often windy enough to be in manoeuvre minimisation territory upwind and down. Last few days were moderate and I was not alone in starting to look at shifts / lanes etc and throw in more tacks and gybes. Nobody came good out of the middle tho so tacking more about clearing air if necessary, ie top guys in r5,6,7 still didn’t tack or gybe much, hammering out to the side that paid off on first beat for them.
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    Whoa - Classic 1947 International Fourteen

    Cheers Paul. Delighted with pace just had a few too many errors and sail issues causing retirement. I hope that in 60 years time a nice bloke spruces her up! Catch you guys soon I hope! Dan
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    Whoa - Classic 1947 International Fourteen

    Cracking ship Paul thanks for bringing her down!
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    RS800 Video

    Well done champ! I think I did say your boat handling looked well slick. And the pace Cant Be shabby either! :-)
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    2018 I-14 Worlds

    Mozzy, Berkely circle we are assured is less brutal. Minimal current, and less wind that st Francis. Us fleet has had successful 14 nationals etc there recently. Think 15-20 most afternoons south part towards Oakland. A lot less in the Lee of Angel Island. Dan
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    2018 International 14 Worlds

    Sounds good chaps looking forward to it also. Dan
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    The Future of One Design

    Sounds cool and agree that avolunteer is worth 16 pressed men but where is class assoc revenue coming from? High fees?
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    The fine balance of Family and Sailing

    Fair play!
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    That’s the case on all boats less so on most “wave piercers” whatever that means. Waves come over the front quarter or beam not dead into bow irrespective of bow rake, and any skiff type boat on non flat water will be perpetually wet on deck.
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    A lot on any i14. Various mitigations, from flaps over hole... to half length socks which prevent the water going in sock.
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    Accept all of that - was just playing devils advocate! In most cases the big downsides would outweigh the marginal at best benefits.
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    Backwards Skiffs?

    Dare say the reverse bow least of their issues commercially / technically.