Steve Clark

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  1. Steve Clark

    The new sailing twin skin setup

    I haven’t made the inverted tip super twist thing work yet. To date my fastest set up has been to reduce camber to the minimum and ease the sheet. This may be because without a good seal to an impervious trampoline I don’t get the COE to drop as much as the AC designers report. Reducing Angle of Attack reduces the lift coefficient which reduces induced drag, so ideally the wing gets more efficient the less hard you sheet it. SHC
  2. Steve Clark

    The new sailing twin skin setup

    I have owned and built plenty of wings. They aren't easy, but they are so much better than sails that you are willing to put up with it. The only people who deny this are people who haven't sailed with a good wing. SHC
  3. Steve Clark

    How Do You Fly Your Flag?

    You can stitch the flag onto your mainsail. or you can install two small grommets ( brass ones sold at Home Depot) on the leach where you want to fly your flag. It is then possible to sail without colors. Small sail boats often cannot use an ensign staff because there is too much stuff going on ( booms, sheets, etc.) when we sailed the Tempest internationally, it was usual to have a small ensign flying from the backsay for tha sail out to and in from the course. We felt this was appropriate nationalism and just yachtie enough to be cool. SHC
  4. Steve Clark

    Byte Aluminum Top mast section, same as laser?

    The dimensions are the same, but the Byte topmast is not legal for Laser racing. SHC
  5. Steve Clark

    DC Designs

    Brett and others who may wish to build the Machete hull shape out of foam and carbon or some other method other than the CNC cut plywood kits. I have prepared a CNC cut file for external forms into which pre laminated panels or foam sheets can be placed and taped together. SHC
  6. Steve Clark

    V15 Bow stiffening

    There certainly is a " King Plank"on centerline of the foredeck. SHC
  7. Steve Clark

    V15 Bow stiffening

    Vanguard 15's would never win a medal for stiffness. This was a cost constraint, because foam core is bloody expensive. As a result we settled for the minimum acceptable stiffness and kept the boat light. 30 years later we probably would have made different decisions. On the other hand, the Zim 15 which had almost the same design brief but with " the things people said they wanted" like a tapered carbon mast, more sophisticated controls and a much stiffer hull has sold almost none. This tends to confirm that price is king. SHC
  8. Steve Clark

    DC Designs Simon putting his self completed Maas Super String Theory though some paces. He should have some more vang on to limit how much twist he gets when he dumps sheet. This will modulate the rolling. Nice look isn't it? Not Foiling, ICs don't do that, but not many monohulls do this either. Wayne, the 100 kg isn't a problem, the "lardiness" may be. There are many big boys sailing in the IC fleet, on different designs. The long narrow hull carries weight without many of the negatives of shorter fatter boats. But, a level of fitness and ability is required to react fast enough when things get interesting. SHC
  9. Steve Clark

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Let's keep a little perspective, in the not so recent history, if two boat finished an ocean race. Within 12 hours of each other it was considered epic. These are longer races than any of the "classic" Sydney Hobart, Bermuda, Fastnet, Trans Atlantic or Transpacs and the fleet is finishing within a few hours of each other. These boats are fast enough and dynamic enough to make these last minute dramatics possible. The traditional finish line at Newport is a bearing off of Castle Hill Lighthouse, about a mile seaward of Ft. Adams. They used to start the Bermuda Race at Brenton Reef, which is about 3 miles out. Either could reasonably be considered where you leave the Atlantic and enter Narragansett Bay. More recently ocean races have started between Ft Adams and Rose Island. This trend started with the BOC Race in '82 ( I think). And the finishes have been off the Fort. These few miles have added some additional risk the events. So much of coastal racing around these parts depends on when the tide turns and where you are on the course. There are tide gates that open and close, if you get though them you are styling, if not nourish nuts are in the brambles. In one Annapolis Newport, a 40' yawl was swept backward onto "The Butterball" and sank. I often have the anchor ready and have used it more than once. Once anchored to prevent being flushed, we saw the entire fleet closing on us with spinnackers set in the new sea breeze. We could no nothing but wait and only beat them home by a few minutes, correcting to DFL. So this particular shit fight is part and parcel of finishing early in the morning in Newport. It is complete chance whether you finish drifting in the fog at dawn, or basting in at 20 knots in mid afternoon. It is just a matter of timing, no different than the weather pattern during a championship. It isn't necessarily unfair, but you hate it when it fucks you. SHC
  10. Steve Clark

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Newport, one of the great deep water ports in the North Atlantic can be brutal. In The Great Days of Sail, the captains would have hung out and waited for the tide and not tried to climb the hill of water, but "sport" makes you do stupid things. If the fleet had been 6-8 hours later, the boats would have steamed past Castle Hill doing 20 knots in a thermal southerly under bright sunshine. Once again, sport makes you do stupid things. Maybe the Scallywags will finish in what we refer to as "Chamber of Commerce Conditions." A bit of a reward for finishing at the right time of day. Plastic bags on the keel, Charles please. Shit happens. Going into Hong Kong, Vestas caught a whole damn fishing boat on the bow....... SHC
  11. Steve Clark

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Called it. What happens in Newport in May. Fog will burn off by the time the drunk girls wake up. SHC
  12. Steve Clark

    VOR Leg 8 Itajaí to Newport

    Tide running out from 0200- 0700 May 8. If there is only 4 knots of wind, this will be the final park up & the race will be won or lost between Pt Jude and 1BI. SHC
  13. Steve Clark

    Olympic classes support in the USA

    Back in the Jurassic Period when I sailed in an Olympic Class, we thought it was cool to have a shot at all the top sailors. Getting worked over by a Gold Medalist was kind of an honor, and I will remember spitting Valentyn Mankin out the back to the end of my days. I repeat my favorite story about sailing out to the start of the '72 Tempest trials. I was the youngest competitor crewing for my father, who was the oldest. I said' "We aren't going to win this, are we?" He said, "No, but they have to beat us." I think we ended up 7th, lead one race until the last beat, and were generally in the mix. It was a great experience for a 19 year old who actually prepared the boat and made it as fast as it was. I thought about doing other Olympic campaigns, but was never sufficiently interested in any of the classes. I wanted to sail boats that were harder to sail and which I thought were more fun, so I became distracted by International Canoes, and everything else was like kissing a sister. I believe in one of Pierre de Cubertin's Olympic ideals, that international sportsmanship is a good and healthy thing, that creating international relationships adds depth and breadth to your understanding of the world. So I have sailed in classes where there are World Championships and have made it a point to attend them regularly. It helps that the IC only has a World Championships every 3 years. But the Olympic classes have suffered from the " If I can't win I won't bother" syndrome. Not enough people see the honor of being the JV that pushes the Varsity hard enough to win championships. Or maybe they just don't enjoy sailing enough to lose the race and still have a great day. SHC At Vanguard we built 470s, Finns, Europe Dinghies, 49ers and Lasers. Of those classes, the only one that was a success was the Finn. The Lasers were also probably better than average. Our 470s were mostly crap because we didn't cheat. The Europes were stiffer than all the other boats in the class, but got the reputation of being unsalable down wind in over 12 even though we took the hull shape directly off a Winner Europe. There was also a shape change that we couldn't afford to follow. The 49ers were a disaster start to finish that we never should have been involved with.
  14. Steve Clark

    Building a Foiling Beach Catamaran

    Thanks for your prompt and courteous reply. SHC
  15. Steve Clark

    Building a Foiling Beach Catamaran

    I could help. If you are not a troll, which your screen name and first post indicate that you are. Showing some bone fides, would help convince me that you aren't just trying to dick us around. Start with: Who the fuck are you? What the fuck have you done, built assembled repaired? Do you roll your own or just use stuff Mommy and Daddy buy you. Do you know how to use a table saw without cutting your hand off? Have you ever mixed epoxy? Ever laminated anything? Fixed a ding in your centerboard? Found out where your boat leaks and fixed it? And why the fuck I should care? Sorry to be rude kid, but when you sign in as F.U.C.K. you invite some additional scrutiny and cynicism from the adults. I suggest you grow a pair and ask properly SHC